Nothing better than Colombian coffee, fresh fruit, and a fabulous view! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Living room seating area - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Balcony goes full length of the apartment; each bedroom & the living room have balcony doors - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Living/dining area. Open door is to king/twin bedroom; middle door is to half bath; door to left is main apartment door. - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Living/dining area with balcony beyond - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Living/dining area with view to kitchen (as seen from balcony) - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Fully equipped kitchen with counter seating - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 1 with king bed (seen here, 2x2 meters/78x78 inches) or twins, en suite bath & balcony access - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 1 with king bed or twins (seen here, 1x2mts), en suite bath & balcony access - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 1 with king bed (seen here, 2x2 meters/78x78 inches) or twins, en suite bath & balcony access; black out curtains in each bedroom - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 1 with king bed or twins (seen here, 1x2mts), en suite bath & balcony access - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
King/twin bedroom en suite bath - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 2 with US sized queen bed (1.53x2meters/60x78 inches each), en suite bath & balcony access. - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 2 with US sized queen bed (1.53x2meters/60x78 inches each), en suite bath & balcony access. - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Bedroom 2 with US sized queen bed (1.53x2meters/60x78 inches each), en suite bath & balcony access; each bedroom has full length black out curtains - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Queen bedroom en suite bath - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Half bath off living area - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Chillaxing on the balcony! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Not a bad view from the balcony at the end of each day - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Marlidis can show you how to make patacones (fried plantains) and more! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Would you like to have a home cooked Colombian meal on the balcony? - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Laundry area - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Movistar fiber optic - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Apartment floor plan - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
View of the Popa & Castillo San Felipe out the apartment back window. - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Balcony view towards the old city (which starts right where you see the Christmas tree!). Sunsets seen here! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Balcony view of the beach just in front of the building. - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Balcony view to the north (towards the airport) - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Building pool (15Mx4M) with lounge chairs, sauna, jacuzzi, BBQ area; this area is open 9 am to 6 pm - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Pool gets shade in morning & sun in afternoon - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Jacuzzi in pool area - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Sauna - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Pool social area - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Building facade - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Building from the street behind; blue awning is small grocery store & fast food place - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Vendor selling fruit & vegetables just behind the building! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
You'll often see fishermen bringing in their nets on the beaches in front of the building - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Former president Rafael Nuñez house/museum, on the way from my apartment to the Old City - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Parque Apolo, across the street from Rafael Nuñez house/museum & just down the street from my building - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Ermita (chapel) in Parque Apolo, across the street from Rafael Nuñez house/museum & just down the street from my building - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
You are a short walk from the top of the Old City wall (& this view!). - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Photo taken while atop the Old City wall at the same vantage point; my building is the narrow white one - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Cartagena's Old City Clock Tower is easy to get to - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
As seen on a recent evening walk home from the Old City - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
The Cabrero neighborhood from above; this building is lower middle with the pool visible on the 7th floor - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
An 11 minute walk & you are inside the Old City walls - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
I partner with PackForAPurpose to help community organizations in Cartagena, & would love to have your help! - Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena
Amazing view, pool, beach, AC, wifi, 2BR, steps to Old City!
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Overview

Looking for a quiet, relaxing beachfront place with a pool, balcony with fabulous view of the Caribbean, & just an 11 min walk to the Old City? This modern apartment with AC, hot water, & strong wifi is perfect for two couples, a couple of friends, or a small family! I can help connect you to volunteering opportunities, dive certification, Spanish and dance classes, & more!

The apartment is on the 15th floor with a balcony that goes the length of the apartment -- you'll love watching the sun set each evening over the sea! You also have a great view north to the Marbella/Crespo area of the coast and beyond, as well as a sneak peak at the part of the Old City wall called "La Tenaza." There are windows in the back of the apartment that give you a view of the Popa, the highest point in Cartagena, as well as the Castillo San Felipe.

The building is in the Cabrero district, was built in 2010, has 24 hour reception, two elevators; and a pool (15meters x 4meters x 1.3meters), jacuzzi, sauna, & social area on the 7th floor.

Each bedroom has night tables, reading lamps, small desk with chair, full length mirror, a private full bath with walk in closet, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors which lead out to the balcony, & hammock just outside the door!

--Bedroom 1 has the option of two XL twin beds (1x2 meters/39x78 inches each) or a king bed (2x2 meters/78x78 inches).

--Bedroom 2 has a US standard queen sized bed bed (1.53x2 meters/60x78 inches).

The kitchen is well-stocked for cooking & eating and there is counter seating. The living/dining area has a table with seating for four, nice seating, TV, plus opens right up to the balcony, where there is a small table and four chairs. There is a half bath off the living area.

Each room has a ceiling fan and mini split air conditioner.

In addition, there is a laundry area with washer/dryer, clothes drying racks & laundry sink.

APARTMENT AMENITIES:
*Air conditioning (mini-split in each room, including the living room; many apts only have AC in the bedrooms)
*Ceiling fans
*Portable floor fan & portable table fan
*40" Samsung smart TV/cable
*Wifi
*Hot water (many Cartagena apartments don't have this)
*Washer, dryer & clothes drying racks
*Oven/stove (both gas)
*Refrigerator/freezer
*Microwave, toaster, blender
*Various ways to make coffee
*Balcony going the length of the apartment
*Hammocks
*Hair dryer
*Iron/ironing board
*Bed linens
*Towels: bath, hand, beach/pool
*Locking closet with small digital safe in each bedroom
*Blackout curtains in bedrooms
*Landline for local phone calls
*Weekly housecleaning
*Back up water & electrical systems (there are often water & electrical outages in Cartagena; this building has back ups for both which not all Cartagena buildings have--AC will not work when on back up generator but fans, fridge, lights, etc, will)

Possible at additional expense:
*Additional housecleaning (weekly already included)
*Home cooked Colombian meal(s)

BUILDING AMENITIES:
*Pool (15Mx4Mx1.3M), jacuzzi, sauna, dining/social area (9 am to 6 pm)
*24 hour doorman
*Elevator
*Pharmacy with mini-mart on ground floor (grocery store within a 5 minute walk)
*Helicopter landing pad on the roof (seriously! Let me know if you'll be arriving by chopper)

Guests have access to the entire apartment with the exception of a locked owner's closet. In addition, the building has a pool and adjoining area which includes a jacuzzi, sauna, and dining/social area (hours 9 am to 6 pm).

I have lived in Cartagena for over two years and would be happy to help in any way I can either via email/phone prior to your arrival or during your stay. In addition, Walter & Tara, a US couple who have lived in Cartagena for 7+ years and who live a 7 minute walk from the apartment, will arrange to meet you on arrival to check you in and help as needed while you are there.

I love Cartagena's Old Walled City, but I also love a modern building by the beach with a pool -- this building is an 11 minute (per Goo gle) walk or a COP$7,000/~US$2.50 taxi ride to/from the Old Walled City, so it is the best of both worlds. It's located in the Cabrero neighborhood which is quiet & residential. The historic Rafael Nuñez House and Apollo Park with chapel is a short walk away (on the way to the Old City). The beach is across the street.

There is a pharmacy/mini-mart on the building's ground floor, another mini-mart/fast food place around the corner, and a larger grocery store about a 5 minute walk away. There are a handful of other small restaurants/grocery stores nearby as well.

The magical Old City itself is steps away -- you'll love wandering the maze of quaint streets with their colonial architecture, shops, restaurants, museums & little plazas.

The apartment is a 5-10 minute/COP$11 to 13,000 (~US$4+) taxi ride from the airport, a less than 5 minute/COP$7000 (~US$2.50) taxi ride in to the Old City, a 5-10 minute/COP$8,000 (~US$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). Taxis are readily available.

Walking during the day is also a great option (it's about 10 minutes to the Old City), but I advise bringing a hat and an umbrella to ward off the equatorial sun! Taxis are advised at night.

I 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 organizations in impoverished areas as well as with an organization helping street animals, and would love to have your help!

Sleeping Configuration

Bedroom One
2 single beds
Bed set up can be as two twins or one king
Bedroom two
1 queen bed

Scenic views

Beach view
Ocean view
Water view

Location

Beachfront
Waterfront
Oceanfront
City

Amenities

Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Full Kitchen
Oven
Terrace
Balcony
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Desk
Desk Chair

Shared spaces

Shared Pool
Shared Hottub
Pool/social area on 7th floor is shared; has sauna, jacuzzi, terrace/patio

Reviews (17)

Excellent based on 17 Reviews

Nearby activities

Scuba diving or snorkeling
Surfing
Kitesurf
Jet skiing
Swimming
Fishing
Walking
Nature Viewing

Suitability

Child friendly
Children allowed but I do not have a child related items. Children must be carefully watched on balcony & at shared pool.
No parties or events
No smoking
No Parking
Not Wheelchair Accessible

Getting around

The apartment is a 5-10 minute/COP$13,000 (~US$4) taxi ride from the airport, a less than 5 minute/COP$800 (~US$2.50) taxi ride in to the Old City, a 5-10 minute/COP$10,000 (~US$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). Taxis are readily available.

Walking during the day is also a great option (it's about 10 minutes to the Old City), but I advise bringing a hat and an umbrella to ward off the equatorial sun! Taxis are advised at night.
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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 it when I'm not in Colombia.

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 schools, community organizations & animal rescue groups in both Colombia & Belize. We'd love to have your help!
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Member since: December 2017
Speaks: English , German , Spanish
Response rate: 33%
Response time: within 48 hours

Policies and Rules

Check In: 4PM - 10PM
Luggage storage possible outside of check in/out times; we can be flexible when possible!
Check Out: 10AM
No pets
Minimum age limit for renters: 25
House Rules
*No smoking (not even on the balcony), drugs, pets, parties or loud music
*I will need to supply the building administration with the passport or cédula number for each member of your party in order for you to be allowed to stay in the building
*Non registered guests not allowed to the apartment or pool (if you plan to rent monthly and think you might have a friend visit, please ask me about this; no overnight unregistered guests allowed)
*Not recommended for young children
*Guests pay for any damages beyond normal wear & tear
*Guests with AirBNB recommendations & verification preferred
*Please send your arrival details (flight information/time) so we are sure to have someone meet you at the apartment at the right time to check you in!
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Cancellation Policy
CANCELLATIONS must be received by Barbara Smalley in writing and will be acknowledged by reply to ensure it was received. Following are the cancellation policies:

-Full refund (less $200 cancellation fee) for cancellations made more than 60 days before check-in date. 
-50% refund of full rental cost for cancellations made between 60 and 30 days before check-in date. 
-No refund for cancellations 30 days or less before check-in date.
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Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena is a Vacation Home located in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia. This Vacation Home is available for short term lodging and accommodates 4 guests
Casa Barbara Cartagena - Cartagena has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on Dec 2017

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