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馃嚚馃嚧 Old City 2BR: great wifi, AC, hot water, more! 馃槑

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,150 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

The magic of Cartagena is in wandering the streets of the beautiful colonial walled city. Choose the Balcones or Moneda Apartments (studio, one bedroom and two bedroom options) & you are right in the heart of that magic each day of your stay!

In this listing we're highlighting the two bedroom Moneda apartment, which is ideal for a small group of friends, two couples, or a family. It is located on the 2nd floor of a two-story building (a clothing store is on the ground floor).


*Living area: Lounge seating for 4-5, sofa bed, TV

*Dining area: Table seating for 4

*Fully equipped kitchen

*Counter seating at kitchen

*Master bedroom with twins or king bed, en suite bath (with rain showerhead), TV

*Second bedroom with double bed, TV

*Second full bath (with rain showerhead) has two doors: one to second bedroom & one to living area


*Air conditioning (mini-split in each room)

*Fans: ceiling and floor

*Wifi/Internet (dedicated broadband!)

*Hot water in the shower and sinks -- not all places in Cartagena have this!


*Bed linens

*Towels: dish, hand, bath & beach

*Personal soap

*Toilet paper

*Hair dryer


*Tourist information

*Smoke detector

*First aid kit

*Fire extinguisher


*Baby crib

*Extra single portable mattress

*Iron/ironing board

OPTIONAL SERVICES (at additional expense):

*Colombian meals &/or cooking classes in the apartment

*Housekeeping during your stay

*Laundry service

*Tour guide services

Once booked, guests receive a multi-page document (in English) with information on the apartments and Cartagena. I have lived in this city for more than two years, traveled around Colombia quite a bit and would be happy to answer any questions or give advice via email or phone prior to your trip.

Upon arrival in Cartagena, our multilingual (Spanish/English/French) apartment manager will meet you at the apartment at the agreed upon time to let you in, show you the place, and give you keys. Should you have a question about the apartment or you want tourism assistance, laundry service, a cook or cooking class while there, feel free to ask him!

If you’d like a smaller place, or if you’d like to book multiple apartments (parties of 1-36 can be accommodated), please let me know.

We partner with 'Pack for a Purpose', an organization that links travelers who'd like to help fulfill wish lists of non-profits in developing countries. We work with community organization Foundación La Vecina in the Boquilla section of Cartagena & would love to have your help!

We look forward to having you!


More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Smalley, Vacation Rentals Cartagena
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About Barbara Smalley, Vacation Rentals Cartagena

I've lived most of my life in the U.S. but have also lived for a couple of months to up to two years in different countries: Germany, Spain, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico & Belize. Since 2011 I've been living a somewhat nomadic lifestyle while exploring, working & volunteering in new & old places in North, Central & South America and Europe. It's a great way to keep learning!

I was fortunate to meet a couple from Dallas, who own the Cartagena, Colombia, & Ambergris Caye, Belize, vacation rentals I'm listing. They asked me to help them out and I've fallen into doing something that I love -- helping people like you with their travels. Let me help you with your dream vacation! In the fall of 2015, I was lucky enough to be able to buy my own apartment in Cartagena, Colombia, and rent out the second bedroom when I'm there and the whole apartment when I'm not. I love playing direct host also!

We also partner with 'Pack for a Purpose', an organization that links travelers who'd like to help fulfill wish lists of non-profits in developing countries. We work with Fundación La Vecina, a community organization in Cartagena, and in Belize we partner with Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) and the Saga Humane Society in San Pedro. We'd love to have your help!



Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters are required to pay for any damages.
  • Other renters are to be respected regarding noise level. No drugs, no prostitutes
  • Guests of renters are permitted if they do not pose a security threat but they cannot stay overnight.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Has a door to the 2nd bedroom & a door to the living area
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite bathroom with master bedroom; rain shower head
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Twins can be made into king on request
  • Double sofabed in the living room. Crib available on request.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cook, Colombian cooking classes, housekeeping, laundry, and tour guide services on request for extra fee.


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馃嚚馃嚧 Old City 2BR: great wifi, AC, hot water, more! 馃槑
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Heart of Old City: Comfort and Convenience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this condo for a week with another couple. It was comfortable, clean and very convenient. Not super chi-chi, but nice, very nice. Two bedrooms, two full baths, plus full kitchen -- great for keeping cold drinks, snack and making coffee. All you could want, with wifi, ceiling fans, cable tv. But mostly, just step outside into the heart of Old Town, with an easy stroll to anywhere. The very best thing about our visit to Cartegena was there graciousness of everyone we met -- warm, welcoming and happy. Barbara's welcome to her home was indicative of that.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thrilled you enjoyed your stay in beautiful Cartagena & at the apartment -- muchas gracias for your nice words!
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Great apartment at the center of everything, yet unexpected quiet within

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here most definitely because Benjamin was an excellent apartment manager. He was highly responsive and could be reached immediately. But most importantly his recommendations of what to do and see while in Cartagena were invaluable. He recommended the Rosario island tour and set it up everything with the tour company. Again Benjamin made this stay enjoyable and helped us navigate tourist attractions seemlessly. Would have given a 5 star rating, except we continued to have issues with no hot water, even after the plumber claimed have resolved the issue. Also, I wish the housekeeping services were more frequent and happened without prompting(she didn’t clean the apt during our 8 day stay, but did bring clean towels when we requested it).

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: VERY glad you had a good stay & that Benjamin took good care of you! As we communicated about separately, he was *very* sorry to hear that you still had trouble with the hot water, though, as he would have helped had he been made aware. Also as discussed you mentioned you had never rented a vacation apartment before & thought daily housekeeping would be as in a hotel, which is not the case; housekeeping is not included but fresh towels are available every couple of days on request. We do indeed hope you are able to return soon for the islands & more great Cartagena beauty, history & restaurants! Muchas gracias!
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Central Cartagena Rental

  • 5 of 5

This property is located on Calle de la Moneda, which is a very busy street into the center of old Cartagena. At first, I was concerned with the street noise, but the unit is located on the second floor and away from the street. It is a very quiet, clean unit and I would recommend it. The location is really great as it is close to two plazas, both of which have a myriad of dining options. Unit is clean with two bedrooms and two baths. The larger bedroom has a large bathroom which has been updated and is nicely done. The second bedroom is smaller but still comfortable. Kitchen is clean and fairly will stocked with all the needed utensils. There is a large Exito grocery store 2 blocks away on Calle Moneda. There is small dining room area and living room. The living room had a large flat screen and Direct TV cable box. Wifi worked great and was easy to connect to. Both dining room and living room are comfortable for 4 adults. The property manager for the unit is very approachable and friendly. He is really knowledgeable about Cartgena and can make recommendations and suggestions. Very helpful. All and all, we had a great time in Cartgena with it's friendly people and great seafood. It seemed like no matter where we went in Cartagena, all roads led us right back to Calle de la Moneda and this apartment.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your thoughtful review -- come back soon for some more great seafood! :)
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Very nice, quiet apartment in excellent location..

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, with two minor exceptions. Warm water was brief, maybe two minutes max. Kitchen is mimimalist, no towels or coffee filters. Otherwise, a very comfortable apartment for two couples. King sized bed was a real treat. A/C and fans in every room. Comfortable seating in living room.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay & the apartment but so sorry that Benjamin wasn't made aware of the missing kitchen towel or the hot water issue during your stay; he would have addressed that immediately! Hope you can come back sometime soon -- muchas gracias!
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Great location & quiet

  • 4 of 5

Benjamin was there to meet us and explain everything. The apartment is in central old town and you can walk everywhere including Getsemeni. Unfortunately we never had hot water for showers for our entire stay - one day it was lukewarm. The apartment was clean and a highlight was having Mary come in and cook a typical Colombian pork dinner for us. It was delicious. I would recommend the apartment for comfort and location.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review but I am SO sorry that anything was less than perfect for your stay! Benjamin discovered that the hot water heater somehow got set to 'off'; we always encourage guests to please let us know of *any* issues during their stay so that they can be fixed while there--the hot water could have been addressed immediately!! Mary is indeed a great cook and glad you enjoyed that as well as the comfortable apartment & location! Please come back!!
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment in the best area.

It's really spacious and super clean close to everything.

Benjamin was always on hand to give great tips and advice.

If I were to ever go back to Cartagena I would definitely stay here again.

The apartment is very spacious and with two bathrooms which allowed for privacy.

As soon as you step out of the front door you're in the middle of everything. We often chose to go out and but fresh pastries and fruit and had breakfast in the apartment before going out for the day. Cabs were always available and really inexpensive.

Great restaurants within walking distance.

All in all a brilliant stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay, very happy you enjoyed your time at the Moneda Apartments & in Cartagena! Thanks so much for your nice review -- please come back!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Cartagena Rafael Nu帽ez
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Manga Cruise Terminal
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

These apartments are located in the San Diego section of the magical Old City of Cartagena, within the 500 year old Spanish colonial walls. Colonial architecture abounds!

The building is on Calle de la Moneda, which is a busy and lively street during the day but quiet at night. This street is widely used by Cartageneros as they go to and from work, school, etc. (and to shop!). You are in the heart of “real” Cartagena on Calle de la Moneda!

The street is lined with shops and a couple of small, inexpensive restaurants. Just about everything is closed by 8 pm, however, so you’re not disturbed by noise during the night.

At the far end of Calle de la Moneda is the Exito department store which sells everything from groceries to electronics plus has an ATM. One street away in the other direction you'll find the popular Juan Valdez coffee shop and the main University of Cartagena building. And a block around the corner is the beautiful Parque Fernández de Madrid surrounded by plenty of nice restaurants and cafes.

Churches, museums, other shops, bars, the old city wall, and the Caribbean Sea are only a few blocks away. You are within close proximity to everything here!

Walking is the best way to get around the Walled City – it’s great wandering the maze of quaint streets. But you are never far from the surrounding walls so you don’t have to worry about accidentally straying too far!

If you are in a hurry or want to venture outside the walls, taxis are inexpensive and easily flagged on the street. We are a 5-10 minute/US$4-5 taxi ride from the airport, and a 5-10 minute/US$2-3 taxi ride away from other sites/areas, such as San Felipe Castle (the huge old Spanish fort) or the tourist dock (for the boats to the Rosario Islands, where many prefer to go for the beach), or the beaches of Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillogrande.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

- Renters are required to pay for any damage to the apartments.
- Other renters are to be respected regarding noise level
- No drugs
- No non-registered guests without prior permission and then only if they do not pose a security threat to the apartments or other renters; non-registered guests may not stay the night
-Maximum of 6 guests, even if one is an infant
-Extra guest fees for those age 3 & above.
Thank you!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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