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Charming 2 BR Apart. in Heart of Colonial Cartagena, Colombia

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

This apartment is ideally located in the heart of magnificent colonial Cartagena, which is a very safe area. It's a stone-throw from the 16th century cathedral and also where Sir Francis Drake lived when he captured the city.

Within walking distance: fine restaurants, museums, churches, the beautiful streets of Cartagena, and its fortifications. A bit further out, requiring a taxi ride, the spectacular San Felipe fort and La Popa mountain-top monastery.

Beaches close by.

The apartment itself is well appointed and decorated, ideal for two couples. The building has a lap pool at street level as well as a roof-top sunning and lounging area. It has a doorman at all times.

The daily visit of a cleaning lady is included, except on Sundays and holidays. She can also be hired to cook lunch.

Nearby travel agencies, or boats on the dock southeast of the apartment, can arrange a boating visit to the bay's fortifications, the Rosario islands, and the Aquarium.

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Jaime Urrutia
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Jaime Urrutia

Residing in Santiago, Chile, also in Bogotá, Colombia. Have loved Cartagena for a long, long time.

Jaime Urrutia purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Jaime Urrutia chose Centro

Colonial, walled, Cartagena is extraordinary - an intimate and magnificent experience. This building is located on the landmark Plaza de Bolívar, diagonal from the Inquisition Palace Museum, the XVIth Century Cathedral, and the Gold Museum.

What makes this apartment unique

The lanai of the apartment faces the beautiful dome and spires of San Pedro Claver Church. The building is on the central Plaza de Bolivar or Inquisition Square, although the apartment is on the quiet side of the building, not facing the sometimes noicy square. Ideal location for walking tours of this gem of a colonial city. The building has a lap pool and a sundeck.


Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • no unregistered guest can stay overnight
  • all guests must supply copy of passport with photo to register
  • sex tourism strictly prohibited
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , two single beds (1 meter wide) paired, can be separated
  • King size bed (1) made up of two separate beds in main bedroom, Queen size bed (1) bedroom 2.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Paintings by renowned Latin American artists. Daily cleaning, washing and ironing included.


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Charming 2 BR Apart. in Heart of Colonial Cartagena, Colombia
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews
Washington DC

A charming apartment in the heart of the walled city, perfect for exploring the magic of Cartagena

  • 5 of 5

I have visited Cartagena many times, always wanting to come back to enjoy the magic of this special city. This visit is one of my favorite thanks to our stay at this charming apartment, located right in the middle of the walled city. The place is very nicely appointed with interesting art and everything you need for a lovely stay. Both rooms are comfortable with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. You will find lots of reference books on the history and architecture of this amazing city. Aydé, the housekeeper, is very, very kind; it is a real treat to find everything clean and organized when you come back from exploring the city. There is a small pool in the ground floor, perfect for relaxing after a warm day. But my favorite place must have been the lanai with its hammock and lovely view of the San Pedro Claver Church (do not miss visiting this church's courtyard, pure magic). The apartment is also located near the small but beautiful Museo del Oro, the Palacio de la Inquisición and plenty of delicious restaurants, cafés and bars. The owners have put together a very useful list of recommendations.

I would love to come back to this charming place!


  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm overjoyed you had a great stay! Jaime (and do come back)
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Good not perfect

  • 3 of 5

The apartment is beautiful and tasteful. There is a cleaning person and apartment caretaker who is wonderful and sweet and requires only a reasonable tip. The apartment is well situated and has everything u could need. Unfortunately the beds are very hard and uncomfortable and there is a smell of mildew in the apartment...

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, The beds you found hard are the ones in the main bedroom? I will order new mattresses as soon as you answer. Where did you smell mildew? We spent a week there in March, and did not feel it. We did not turn on the air conditioning, and left all windows open to ventilate - might the air conditioning be the culprit, in case you did use it? Sincerely, Jaime
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What a charming city and apartment.

  • 5 of 5

This property is ideal for a stay in the ancient city. From 10:00 p.m. it is quiet with only the beautiful view of San Pedro to enjoy if you care to take in the evening breeze on the private balcony. We enjoyed having our own bedroom and bath, bedrooms are air conditioned, plenty of warm water new soap, lots of towels in the linen along with beach towels and more bedding. DO bring your own wash clothes. The kitchen is well supplied, dishes, glass ware and flat ware. Lots of books on Cartagena. The location is very good, right in the middle of all the local action. Wonderful food everywhere. the woman who comes in daily is very sweet and willing to be of help. A great coffee shop right next door. We will hopefully return and stay in this apartment.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

Love in the Time of Cartagena

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Jaime's apartment was magical--you are living outdoors, with the beautiful balcony and all the windows. Though it was hot and humid in Cartagena, we never used the air conditioning. The temperatures cooled at night and there was always a breeze. The apartment has tile floors throughout and ceiling fans in every room to move the air.

The apartment is located on Plaza Bolivar, the prettiest plaza in the city. Each morning, I got a cup of coffee and sat in the plaza and watched the city come to life. At night, the plaza bursts into activity with music and dancing. The apartment itself is a perfect location in the building, with the balcony facing the side of the building away from the noise of the plaza.

Both bedrooms were very pretty and each had its own full bath with a large shower. The building has a doorperson 24 hours a day and is totally safe.

Don't miss watching the sunset from the rooftop of the building. In one direction you see the steeple of the cathedral. In the other direction, you see the surreal spectacle of the high rises of Bocagrande. The sun sets over the Caribbean and the skies turn dusty pink as the lights of the city come up. You may feel you're living in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment makes a good home base for a trip in Cartagena. The location couldn’t get any better. The owner is very responsive. There is a cleaning service while there and a 24x7 security guard/doorman so it feels very safe. The main living area and kitchen can definitely be warm but the bedrooms are air conditioned so they are cool for sleeping. The apartment doesn’t have a luxurious feel inside but it includes most everything you’d need. The hammock on the balcony was very relaxing. The rooms were quite enough, although the birds can be loud in the morning. The internet is slow but worked well enough for emailing and web surfing. The showers worked well. We had a family of 2 adults and 2 children. We used the swimming pool as well. Overall I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming old world apartment by the main square. Beautifully art and paintings. Feeling of home

  • 5 of 5

Recommend stay. Air conditioning in both bedrooms not living area. Can get hot. Otherwise a beautiful apartment in walking distance to everything in the walled city

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
one block
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
one block
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
40 minutes walking
Car: not necessary

In the heart of extraordinarily beautiful colonial Cartagena. Building faces wonderful Plaza de Bolivar, surrounded by Inquisition Palace, Cathedral and Gold Museum. Bocagrande beaches nearby. Beautiful beaches and coral reefs in Barú and the Islas del Rosario (including a seaquarium), less than an hour away by speedboat, or an hour by taxi to Barú.




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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