Charming hotel with great design and stagf
Posted Jun 21, 2015
Just spent three nights enjoying ourselves at the charming bovedas de Santa clara in Cartagena. We stayed in room 405, a duplex suite with a king bed upstairs, queen downstairs and a sofa bed downstairs as well, along with a kitchenette (no stove and minibar fridge only) and 2 bathrooms. We had the choice of a slightly smaller room that would have a balcony and room 405 which did not and we chose space over a balcony because of our family (2 bathrooms were more important to us).
The pluses: the excellent and friendly staff welcomes everyone and makes you feel at home, especially Eduardo. The beds are incredible, from the support to the pillows and bedding. The air conditioning works well. You have access to the sofitel's amenities which are without parallel in the old city. The air conditioning is strong and needed. The tour the hotel offers to the Rosario islands was excellent (hotel San pedro de majagua) and defied all expectations based on the negative reviews I read out there, though it is definitely pricey for the number of hours.
The negatives: we wished the kitchenette had a real fridge and some more accoutrements to be usable. Thigh not the hotel's fault, it does overlook the ocean and walls and you can hear locals blasting their music starting at 10pm, both of weekdays and weekends. It did not bother us because of he hum of the ac. Lastly, the bathrooms are very tiny.