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Getsemani Calle Lomba 28-01 Esquina, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.5 / 5Excellent

Score breakdown (from 14 reviews)

  • Cleanliness
    Quite clean
  • Location
    Great location
  • Service
    Fantastic service
  • Comfort
    Rather comfortable
  • Vibe
    Decent vibe
  • Pool
    Ordinary pool
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Nice Hotel and Staff"
Very nice hotel, room was comfy, clean and pleasant. Lea, the person in charge, is extremely nice and helpful. Location wise is pretty good as well, 2 minute walking distance from Getsemani's main square; and around 10 minute walk from the walled city entrance (Clock Tower). Safe and sound, my wife and I walked back and forth up to 1 am with no problems of any kind at all. One of the 3 nights we stayed was a little noisy from the street
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 18, 2015
Alex
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Cozy House in Hip Neighborhood"
The house is located in a quite/private street, just steps away from all the best bars and restaurants. Lea, the admin, was very welcoming and always on top of everything. She has a big heart and cares about tourists.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 20, 2015
Samir
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"good for few days"
Hotel is not easy to find. Decent neighborhood some music from outside but it calms down by 9. Close to many restaurants. Pool is very small. Safe neighborhood close to all.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night trip Nov 9, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best place for staying outside of the Walled City"
We were the only ones staying there that weekend, so we got the largest room and had the place all to ourselves. The hostel overall is small, but charming. All the rooms open up to the small courtyard. Leah is the owner and is super week and helpful (though she does not speak English). She helped us book bus tickets to Santa Marta. The neighborhood in which Casa Portal is located, Getsemani, is colorful and lively. The people are very friendly, and we felt like we got a good taste of the local life, as opposed to the Walled City, which is beautiful and historic in its own right, but extremely touristy. We felt safe in Getsemani and got to see all the locals hang out, and there is some incredible graffiti that visitors should see around the neighborhood.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Jul 18, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A feast for the senses"
Waking in the charming Getsemani neighborhood to fruit cart vendors shouting their offerings of the day sums up the personal touch of Casa Portal. Host Leah, quickly becomes a friend, offering conversation, assistance, and delicious breakfasts. Quiet solitude overlaps the nightly chatter of the community spilling into the narrow streets and squares to share food, music and conversation with friends and tourists. The Historic Centro district is an easy 20 minute walk, and many delicious eating an drinking spots are practically right around the corner. We even found salsa lessons right down the street to finish our experience.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
7 night trip Mar 1, 2014
Connie and Joe
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Enough for overnighting"
Very friendly own operated hotel. Its a family house with adequated rooms as guest rooms. Too small and basic rooms
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Feb 16, 2014
A Traveler
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Colonial Hostal near the castle of San Felipe"
We had a truly wonderful stay at the Casa del Portal. As soon as we arrived Lea (the Land Lady) was very welcoming and presented us with a beautiful and very colonial (en-suite) looking room which was very clean, nicely decorated and had both A/C and a fan. There are only 3 additional double bedrooms in the house, so it feels like you're at home. The shared amenities i.e. lounge and kitchen were also very nicely presented and we had full access to them and to the wifi connection and a computer that was there.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 20, 2014
F
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Lovely Hostal, Lovely Staff"
This is a beautiful colonial-style hotel in the new area of Cartagena. The rooms are comfy, but the main attraction has to be the wonderful staff.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Dec 27, 2013
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hotel"
Leah was great help and funny. Breakfast was good. Changed a little each day. Great place to stay.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 2, 2014
A Traveler
AU

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

3.0 / 5Good
"bueno el interior muy malo el exterior"
Muy bien en cuanto a la atención de la señora Leo. Nada bien el sitio donde queda la casa.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
7 night business trip Nov 30, 2014
Martha Patricia
CO
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Goed hotel in de levendige wijk Getsemani"
Goed hotel in het midden van de levendige wijk Getsemani en op loop afstand van het oude stadscentrum. De eigenaresse is erg vriendelijk en wil je overal mee helpen. Elke ochtend krijg je een lekker sapje bij een goed Engels ontbijt. Getsemani is een gezellige volksbuurt en het kloppend hart van de salsa en rumba. Je zit dichtbij Plaza Trinidad en Club Havana waar je in het weekend echt naar toe moet. Er speelt dan een live band en toeristen en locals dansen zij aan zij. Je hotel is de perfecte uitvalsbasis in Cartagena. Alle voorzieningen zijn aanwezig, maar het is een klein hotelletje met 3 kamers in totaal. Top plek!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 11, 2014
T & J
NL
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"EXCELENTE SERVICIO"
EXCELENTE SERVICIO. ME SENTI COMO EN CASA.GRACIAS.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night business trip Feb 25, 2014
A Traveler
CO
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Increíble!"
La atenciones son increíbles!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Feb 18, 2014
Joel Martín
CO
4.0 / 5Excellent
"lugar tipico, atencion familiar muy bueba"
cumplio mis espectativas, un lugar familiar, agradable. Ningun incoveniente
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Jan 24, 2014
A Traveler
CO

TripAdvisor reviews for Casa Portal de Getsemani

Overall rating:Based on 22 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"Great host!"
02/03/16 toebeeus Berlin, Germany
Great rooms, nicely designed interior, good breakfast costeño, perfect location, Lea was a very helpful and fantastic host! Little downers: advertised pool was not working, third night was still charged even though we spontaneously decided to leave a day early.
Overall Rating
"Very charming little hotel with nice breakfast and huge rooms"
09/27/15 Kerstin H
The little Hotel was really nice and perfect for our stay in Cartagena. It is located in Getsemani, so a little walk fromt he old town center, but perfect to walk through the City. Lea, the owner, is really nice and helpful (organising bus to airport and so on). The breakfast is very tasty with fresh food, scrammbled eggs and Juice/ coffee. The rooms are huge and very beautiful with typical furniture. The little pool in the inner court is nice but not really to swim in. It is a bit loud in the evening if you have the room next to the street, but thats also kind of nice as you get to know the Colombian atmosphere. We definitively enjoyed our stay here!
Overall Rating
"A very nice, small place with a super owner"
01/10/14 Doug_Elea Seattle, Washington
Casa Portal is in a great location near Plaza Trinidad, Cafe Havana and a host of things to see in Getsemani. The hotel is small and a great change of pace from bland corporate hotel chains. This is more like a bed & breakfast rather than a hotel. After all, it used to be a home. The architecture is interesting and the common area is very comfortable. The owner, Lea, is super. Sweet and very helpful. She made our trip. We'd recommend Casa Partal just so you can meet her. Cartegena is hot. Steamy hot. Our room had a ceiling fan and air conditioning. We also had hot water which it seems is not always the case in Cartegena. Not that we really needed it. A cold shower was so welcome.
Overall Rating
"be careful!"
07/30/13 A G Brussels, Belgium
We made a reservation online, but when we arrived they asked us to pay four our room, saying they hadn't received any payment. That same evening they discovered the price had been payed already via our visa card, and they said they would return the cash we had given, but they hadn't enough at the hotel, so ultimately we left and they still owed us money!!!!we had to leave very early so we couldn't talk to the hotel owner. the person in charge was friendly but THIS IS NOT PROFESSIONAL the place is hot and small, the "pool" is actually a bathtub. NEVER AGAIN, such confusion is UNACCEPTABLE
Overall Rating
"The worst place I've ever stayed-in"
01/05/13 David S London
We chose this place due to good reviews and location. The location indeed was good (10 minutes walk to the old town). However, we didn’t really understand, how someone could write any positives about this awful place. Casa Portal De Getsemani was shown as a guest house with rating of 4 star. However, it would much better fit in a category of a poor quality hostel. From the very beginning we were told that we had to stay in whether we liked it or not, although the web policy stated something else. We contacted Booking.com and were advised to stay-in at least one night just to prove that we showed up. During that time, the monies were taken from our bank account without our approval, just in case we would decide to leave. The lady, who looked after the house, although very friendly, did not speak any English. The breakfast, although included in the price, was of extremely poor quality (no choice whatsoever; ever day a piece of bread, either juice or coffee and eggs - no more then that!!!). The room was very dark and dirty. There were just two small lights which didn’t give enough light. Even during the day, there was not much light as the room had only a very small window. The towels were just changed after 3 days of our stay which was completely unacceptable considering the very hot and humid weather in Cartagena (and just after we asked for it). Hot water in the bathroom every other day. The bathroom itself was very small (had to go inside the shower if wanted to close the door of the bathroom). No ventilation whatsoever. Rust of the tap. Toiletries included just a small soap. The beds were very small and uncomfortable (base made of concrete). No storage for the language whatsoever (wardrobe very small, old, smelly and dirty). An outdoor pool was tiny and dirty. Free Wi-Fi only in a communal area which didn’t have an air-condition making impossible to browse the net for longer than 5 minutes due to the heat. Definitely would never recommend this place to stay. On the very same street, there were much nicer and cheaper HOSTELS with hammocks and English speaking staff. No social life as there were just 3 rooms in the whole house. Please refer to the photos which show the real state of the house. We also recorded a video which shows much better the poor state of Casa Portal de Getsemani.
Overall Rating
"Deliberately put in another hostel!"
12/24/12 19Caesar80 Eindhoven
We had a reservation for casa portal that was made over 2 months in advance. However, when we got there we were told it was full. The excuse was that the website was to blaim for the overbookings. On the question why they did not inform us of this in advance I never received an answer... Instead they redirected us to another hostel, supposedly of the same organisation, and offered us a room there. Although this place looked better than casa portal, with a large room and swimming pool, we did not take it. The lady was not particularly friendly and the whole situation spoilt it for us. The fact that another review mentiones the same tells me that this is standard operating procedure to expand business instead of a malfunctioning website
Overall Rating
"Chevere!!"
11/13/12 hannibalboy New Orleans
My wife and I spent a week at Casa Portal de Getsemani in September 12. Cartagena is an enchanting Spanish colonial afro-caribbean creole city full of sights, sounds, smells, tastes. Our barrio, Getsemani, awoke to the cries of street hawkers with their papayas, citrus, plantanos. Later salsa and cumbia and champeta from doorways, somewhere in the background someone practicing the trumpet, children playing futbol in the street. Aromas of frying fish and plantains. The bed and breakfast served both as our gateway to and refuge from this world. We could sit in the living room enjoying the tropical warmth and watch and hear the life of the neighborhood. Or we could retreat to our quiet air conditioned bedroom. Or we could cool off in the quite tiny but perfectly cool courtyard pool. Sipping on cuba libres or aguardiente or aguila. Every corner has a corner store. Some have two. All are ready to provision you with chilled bottles of ron or aguardiente complete with complementary plastic shot glasses. Oh yes, the breakfasts. Must mention the breakfasts. Lovely fresh tropical fruit juices, eggs, queso, papaya, patacon, empanaditos, toast, marmalade, cafe. Every morning anticipation. What will we have today? FInally and most importantly the hospitality. Muy simpatico! In short, Lea is a true jewel. Ever smiling. Ever helpful. Ever patient with our virtually non-existent Spanish. We considered ourselves most fortunate to have her as our host in Cartagena. Un abrazo grande para Lea.
Overall Rating
"Hospedagem com carinho de mãe"
01/26/16 MarciaGasparotti Sumaré, São Paulo, Brazil
Realmente a possibilidade de ficar em uma casa, com atendimento de pousada, é o que mais eu gostei. Você tem seu quarto sempre limpinho e arrumado, com a Dona Lea sempre para te dar um carinho e toda ajuda e informação que você precisa. Acabamos abusando da comida de rua, passamos mau e a dona Lea cuida da gente com todo carinho. A localização em Getsemani é a ideal, fica bem perto de uma praça onde o pessoal dos Hostals ficam a noite. E tem vários bares, restaurantes, pizzarias. Um ambiente bem jovem e alternativo, acho que bem legal para quem quer encontrar uma turma. Também fica perto do Muelle de La Bodeguita para quem quer pegar as lanchas para ir a praia e perto das muralhas.
Overall Rating
"Casa familiar."
01/19/16 Mariana L
Acogedor y bonito. Muy bien ubicado a una cuadra de la plaza principal de Getsemani donde estalla la vida nocturna y hay muy buenos restaurantes. Se puede ir caminando a la ciudad amurallada y al castillo de San Felipe. El desayuno es un poco pobre pero la atención es excelente. Te hacen sentir muy cómodo.
Overall Rating
"Bastante bueno"
08/13/15 Juan Jose L Copiapo, Chile
Destaca la calidez de la anfitriona, además de estar muy proximo a la plaza de la Trinidad... el cual es un agradable lugar nocturne. Al principio parece ser un lugar algo peligroso, pero despues uno se da cuenta que no lo es.
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