The Balcones Apartments are right in the heart of Cartagena's Walled City.
In this listing our two bedroom/three bath plus living area (with balcony!) option is highlighted, ideal for a couple of friends, two couples, or a small family. There's lots of information below, or look through the photos to get to know where you could be staying on your Colombian visit!
This newly renovated (fall 2016) offering is a great place to base yourself in Cartagena. You’ll love sipping your glass of wine or morning cup of Colombian coffee on your private balcony overlooking Calle de la Moneda while people-watching and getting a true taste of Cartagena life. Want to get to know your fellow travelers staying in the other Balcones apartments and/or get a higher view of the Old City? Check out the roof deck with amazing views!
This listing describes combining two of our Balcones apartments, a one bedroom (204) with a studio (205), via a double locking hotel door to make a two bedroom/three bath apartment with living area (see floor plan among photos!). Each bedroom has its own bath, one has either twins or king bed and the other (interior studio 205) has a double bed plus kitchenette. The living area has a sofabed, kitchenette, a balcony, and full bath.
*Balcony with teak bistro table & chairs overlooking Calle de la Moneda
*Double-paned windows & balcony doors with black out shades
*Twins or king in one bedroom, double bed in the other, sofabed in living area
*Three full baths, each with rain shower head
*40" flat screen TV in each room (three total)
*Two kitchenettes, each with small refrigerator, coffee machine, induction burner, toaster, and basics for making (& eating! :) light meals
*Beautiful coralina stone walls & finishing touches
*Air conditioning (mini-split in each room)
*Ceiling fan in each room
*Wifi/Internet (dedicated broadband!)
*Hot water in the showers and sinks -- not all places in Cartagena have this!
*Towels: dish, hand, bath & beach
*Rooftop terrace & 'mirador' -- great views!
*First aid kit
OPTIONAL SERVICES (at additional expense):
*Housekeeping during your stay
*Tour guide services
Besides this listing, there are 9 other apartments located on the 2nd & 3rd floors of this three-story building (a clothing store is on the ground floor); this listing is on the 2nd floor (combination of one bedroom apartment 204 and studio 205). There is a door from the street with stairs to the second & third floors which guests of the eleven apartments share. Guests will have the key to this main door as well as to their own individual apartment.
There is also a roof deck with a 'mirador' and great views of Cartagena! All Balcones guests have access to this.
Once booked, guests receive a multi-page document (in English) and website 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 Benjamin 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, or have questions while there, feel free to ask!
If you’d like a smaller or larger 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 Fundación La Vecina in the Boquilla section of Cartagena & would love to have your help!
We look forward to having you!
Barbara SmalleyGet the full listing »