Best Places for Backpackers in Cartagena, Colombia.

Enjoy backpacking around Cartagena, Colombia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Top 50 hostels in Cartagena, Colombia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Cartagena, Colombia.

1
Zion Beach House

100 /100

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Zion Beach House

Our hostel is directly located at the beach. It is supposed to especially attract people who prefer to relax at a lonely beach or that are keen on kite surfing, as with Pure Kite surf we have one of the best Kite surf schools in Colombia. The evening programs are filled with barbecues, poker-tournam...
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Santuario Hostel Cartagena

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Santuario Hostel Cartagena

Our property has a privileged view to the castle of San Felipe de Barajas and is a few minutes walk from the main tourist points of the historical center, like the Museum of the Gold of Cartagena, the statue of the India Catalina, the square of the Most Holy Trinidad and Bolivar Park. Santuario H...
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Casa Ébano 967

100 /100

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Casa Ébano 967

Tranquility simple atmosphere and especially Family, where you feel at home, the exterior is surrounded by a small garden where you can enjoy flowers in times of small birds like hummingbirds and hummingbird. centrally located Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival. In case of a...
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Hotel Pueblito Playa

97 /100

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Hotel Pueblito Playa

We are a small and friendly hotel in Cartagena. We offer you a personal service, our reception is open 24 hours and we have Free WiFi to be connected at anytime! What make us different from the other properties is our famous and tasty breakfast! It is cooked by our chef (and owner) with love! Th...
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Life is Good Cartagena Hostel

95 /100

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Life is Good Cartagena Hostel

Life is Good Cartagena are brand new accommodation and have air conditioning, as well as en-suite washrooms, breakfast is included in the price of the reservation and restaurant on-site, guests can enjoy ceviches, pastas and freshly squeezed juices, amongst other services. Our facilities include lau...
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Hotel Summer

94 /100

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Hotel Summer

Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a solarium overlooking the ocean, Hotel Summer offers beachfront accommodation in Cartagena de Indias, a few steps from Centro de Convenciones Las Americas and 1 km from Rafael Nuñez Airport. Free WiFi access is provided throughout the property, and guests can e...
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Casa Del Pozo Boutique Hostel

93 /100

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Casa Del Pozo Boutique Hostel

Our hostel has: an amazing bar where our guests are spoiled with delicious food and fresh drinks, a cozy pool with bar area where to chill during the warmest hours and a relaxing area with A/C, 58' TV with Netflix, Internet station, books and more. Our hostel is located in Calle del Pozo, just...
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The Icon Capsule Hostel

92 /100

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The Icon Capsule Hostel

Welcome to The Icon Capsule Hostel, a brand new type of accommodation in Cartagena with 24 hours A/C in each room, hot water, pool, rooftop bar, Jacuzzi, solarium and a beautiful communal kitchen. Furthermore, breakfast is included and we have 2 restaurants where you can order sea food, Turkish foo...
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9
Posada Kalea

91 /100

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Posada Kalea

Posada Kalea is a beachfront paradise hostel located in the north area of the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on one of the most extensive beaches of the “Corralito de Piedra” and only a few minutes from the most important hotels in the city, Las Americas Convention Center, 2KM from the Rafae...
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10
Hotel Puerto De Manga

91 /100

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Hotel Puerto De Manga

Welcome to Hotel Puerto de Manga. It is a Mediterranean style hotel with 2 apartments and 13 rooms with all amenities and a large pool in the central courtyard. The hotel offers free WiFi and American style breakfast is included in the rate. We offer Tours and transfer shuttle service. Our hotel...
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11
La Terraza De Estella

91 /100

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La Terraza De Estella

Our hostel is set in a new 4 floors building in front of a nice square. On the first floor is the kitchen for hosts and a family room. The four other rooms and the dorm are on the 3rd floor and you have to go up the roof, on the terrace to see the view on the city, under the palm roof. We leave with...
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12
Bike Dive Hostel

90 /100

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Bike Dive Hostel

We pride ourselves on great customer service and being the best hosts in Cartagena. We are a hostel for travellers, tourist and anyone who wants to go on an adventure and have the time of their life. The delicious breakfast buffet is included and served from 8-10 am, if you`re looking for some adv...
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13
Hostel La Antigua Capsula

90 /100

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Hostel La Antigua Capsula

Starting Monday, April 22,, we will have 3 tiered pricing: 30000 pesos, Without Breakfast, in our 17 bed dorm; 38000, with breakfast, in our 13 bed (one double bed in it's own capsule) dorm; and 48000 in our six bed dorm. We also have two private rooms. For those who change their mind about brea...
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14
Folatun Hostal

89 /100

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Folatun Hostal

At Folatún Hostal we are an Italian and Colombian couple who run the place and who know our city well. We promote a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for our guests: it's all about good vibes and good people here at Folatún. We love to cook together and enjoy a beer on the balcony watching the world...
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The Clock Hostel And Suites

89 /100

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The Clock Hostel And Suites

The Clock Hostel And Suites is one of the most innovative places in town according to the new styling in hostels around the world, backpacker but no that so, cool and comfortable facilities, semiprivate dorms with blackouts, connectivity, outdoors patio with an amazing hot tub (jacuzzi) and our amaz...
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Hostal 1811

88 /100

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Hostal 1811

Hostal 1811 is a beautiful house of Republican architecture preserved for more than 85 years. Located in the area of Getsemani, tourist epicenter of Cartagena. The comfort and the simplicity of his rooms and his construction which allows during the whole day natural air flow they were stopping to...
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Hotel Casa Mary

88 /100

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Hotel Casa Mary

Casa Mary is a beautiful and comfortable 3-star hotel located in Cartagena. Located in Cartagena de Indias' historic centre, comfortable rooms, and free Wi-Fi access throughout the building. The property has a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, air conditioning and breakfast is included. Ca...
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Quintas by Maos

88 /100

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Quintas by Maos

The building is a big three floor house on a corner of the best Neighborhood of Cartagena at 5 minutes walking from the historic center. The place has 6 rooms, one private with double bed and private bathroom, one private room with two single beds and private bathroom, one shared for four(4) women,...
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Viajero Cartagena Hostel

88 /100

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Viajero Cartagena Hostel

The Viajero Hostel Cartagena is located in the Walled City, a few streets away from the well-known Plaza Fernandez Madrid and the most important tourist attractions of the city. You will find museums, squares, handicrafts, bars, restaurants and coffee stores a few meters from our hostel, we offer th...
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Hostal Boutique Casa Escallon

88 /100

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Hostal Boutique Casa Escallon

The team of Hostal Casa Escallón is prepared and attentive to receive you. Providing good service is our main objective. We are known for being a quiet hostel, without noise and perfect for those who want to rest in the fantastic walled city of Cartagena. We have a beautiful Garden with waterfall th...
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21
One Day Hostel

88 /100

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One Day Hostel

We are located within walking distance of the best tourist sites, access to public transport, bars, restaurants, and the best parties in Cartagena. Excellent home, colonial, family atmosphere with comfortable rooms, orthopedic mattresses, cool spaces, Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea. We are located w...
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Volunteer Hostel Cartagena

88 /100

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Volunteer Hostel Cartagena

Volunteer Hostels is a social business that works to build a more equitable society through responsible tourism. Based on a qualified volunteering model we team up with our Foundation (FEM: which has been working with afro and indigenous communities in Cartagena for 7 years) to provide technical...
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Republica Hostel Cartagena

87 /100

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Republica Hostel Cartagena

Ideally located within the walls of Cartagena's beautiful and historic Old City, Republica Cartagena provides a unique and unforgettable experience. Focused on offering our guests an authentic Colombian experience in a fun yet relaxing environment, Republica Cartagena is the perfect place to soak up...
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Be Lounge Cartagena

87 /100

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Be Lounge Cartagena

Be Lounge Hostel is located in the Heart of the Walled City of Cartagena, set in a 400-year-colonial house. This property is a house with two floors, the first one with a local restaurant and a garden bar and the second floor where the rooms are located is surround by a colonial balcony. There is al...
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Media Luna Baru

87 /100

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Media Luna Baru

Media Luna Baru is a nice hostel that offers its own Bar, Restaurant, Volleyball field, kayaks, SUP´s, snorkels and private beach! Media Luna Baru is located 50 minutes away from Cartagena and can be reached by speedboat OR 4X4, depending of how many people go to the hostel. You will enjoy the pr...
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Bourbon St Hostel Boutique

87 /100

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Bourbon St Hostel Boutique

Welcome to our boutique hostel considered “One of the 6 best Hostels in Colombia” by Luxe Hostels and the best place in Old Town Cartagena to enjoy the magic of the oldest city in South America. Our hostel is located in Plaza Santo Domingo within the walled city of Cartagena, The hostel is a colonia...
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Espiritu Santo by Maos

87 /100

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Espiritu Santo by Maos

We are in the middle of one of the most traditional streets of Getsemany Neighbourhood, Calle del Espiritu Santo.We have prepared each bed and space to offer the best experience for backpackers in Cartagena starting with our receptionist, followed by our Super Top comfortable mattresses and finishin...
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Makako Chill Out Hostel

87 /100

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Makako Chill Out Hostel

Beautiful Colonial house located in the center of the Old Town, inside the Walled City on the safest and most picturesque and colorful street. Surrounded by museums, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and more. ¡ FREE COCKTAIL PARTY EVERY FRIDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT ! We offer a nice friendly,...
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Hostal Santo Domingo Vidal

87 /100

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Hostal Santo Domingo Vidal

Hostal Santo Domingo Vidal is located in a picturesque colonial style house with a nice balance between the modernity and the old republic charm. Hostal Santo Domingo Vidal is is a ideal location.Nearby, just minutes away, you will find all the monuments and historic sites; our team are able to...
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Hostal Don Miguel

86 /100

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Hostal Don Miguel

Hostal Don Miguel is located on a republican type of two-story buildings, this property was originally acquired by Mr. Miguel Dau Dabbas over 80 years ago and to this day preserved as family property, in the beginning the property was used for business office until two years ago the family started t...
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Casa Palenque Hostel Beach and Airport

86 /100

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Casa Palenque Hostel Beach and Airport

Literally only 5 minutes walking to the airport without catching any kind of transportation next to the old town in one of the safest areas in the city, surrounded by beaches, restaurants, kitesurfing-schools, electronic beach parties, supermarkets , bars, beach clubs and only ten minutes from t...
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Hostel Mamallena

85 /100

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Hostel Mamallena

At Hostel Mamallena(RNT 27977) we pride ourselves on great customer service and providing a real backpacker experience. We also provide three things that most hostels in Cartagena dont - Airconditioning is available 24 hours in all our dorms and privates. Most places in Cartagena only have i...
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Casa Carmen

85 /100

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Casa Carmen

Casa Carmen offers 6 spacious, pristine guest rooms, each one featuring comfortable beds with fresh linens, air conditioning, private en-suite bathroom, cable television, and free WiFi. All guests have access to the peaceful central courtyard and the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the c...
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Mi Llave Hostels Cartagena

84 /100

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Mi Llave Hostels Cartagena

Mi Llave Hostels Cartagena its a nice rebuilt Colonial house in Getsemani, located to 5-minute walk from the Plaza de la Trinidad, beautiful place to have a snack and meet some people and only 10 minute walk from the Walled City. Mi Llave Hostels Cartagena has a communal area where you can eat a...
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Pachamama hostel Cartagena

84 /100

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Pachamama hostel Cartagena

In Pachamama hostel Cartagena all rooms comes with Air Conditioning, Lockers, Orthopedic mattresses,oak beds,Refrigerator and TV. We have fully equipped kitchen, Stove and oven, Kitchen utensils. Common area featuring Sofas, Chairs, Tables, Games, Adapters. Services we offer: Netflix, Cable Tv, b...
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El Arsenal Hostel Boutique

83 /100

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El Arsenal Hostel Boutique

Each bed at El Arsenal Hostel Boutique has it's own night light and 2 plugins for electronic devices, has A/C for your comfort in all rooms, a big pool, kitchen full equipped, laundry service. El Arsenal Hostel Boutique is located in front of the bay inside the old town in one of the most beautif...
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Marlin Hostel

83 /100

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Marlin Hostel

The hostel is located in the heart of Getsemaní, one of the most popular neighbourhoods for travellers, just a few meters from the majority of the tourist attractions, 10’ from the airport and a short walk from the beach. We have different areas to chill and hang out with other travellers, such as a...
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Hotel Casa Isla de Manga

83 /100

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Hotel Casa Isla de Manga

Welcome to Hotel Casa Isla de Manga, your home in Cartagena! The Hotel is located in the Manga neighborhood, 2 minutes from the Port of Cartagena, 5 minutes from the bay of Cartagena and 5 minutes from the historic center by car and 10 minutes walking through the bay, in this tour we find the tou...
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Cartagena Friends Hostel

81 /100

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Cartagena Friends Hostel

We are set in Cartagena, Colombia, our hostel have 6 rooms, 3 private rooms and 3 shared rooms, we are located close to the old town, airport, beach and malls, all the rooms have air conditioned, we have a shared kitchen and a lounge zone with tv and shared book. We can offer the Pick up from airpor...
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Media Luna Hostel

81 /100

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Media Luna Hostel

Media Luna Hostel is a unique combination of chill-out backpacker vibes and the historical feel of Cartagena. The old colonial building sheds a magical setting for enjoying a cold beer with your fellow travelers, sun-bathing at the lush patio or dipping into the refreshing pool to escape the heat of...
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Hostal Caracoles

81 /100

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Hostal Caracoles

The hostel has a unique style alluding to the Caribbean Sea and local culture, it is an ideal place for travellers looking for variety in one place. Caracoles Hostal offers a total of 10 bedrooms between dorms and privates, wireless internet service, terrace for meals, terrace bar and tanning terra...
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Wonderland Cartagena by GB Collection

81 /100

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Wonderland Cartagena by GB Collection

Experience the real Cartagena in Wonderland. Located in the best neighborhood with everything you need in walking distance…airport, beaches, park with bike trails & skateboarding, supermarkets, ATM’s, restaurants. And when you want to be a tourist, it’s only a few minutes by taxi or bus, then you...
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LA COSTEÑA HOSTEL

80 /100

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LA COSTEÑA HOSTEL

In an old colonial house, former site of The El Expectador newspaper, in the heart of Getsemani neighbourhood, La Costena Hostel welcomes people from all around the world. The Hostel is located near all main sightseeing places of our beautiful city: Cartagena de Indias. The Hostel is situated in the...
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Hostal Casa Roman

80 /100

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Hostal Casa Roman

Located in the exclusive Calle Roman, two blocks from the clock tower, is an emblematic colonial house. Dormitories with 8 single beds, anti-mite orthopedic mattress, air conditioning at 25 ° C without time restriction, locker. Towel and body soap. Typical breakfast of the Caribbean: Cayeye, p...
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Stamp Hostels

80 /100

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Stamp Hostels

We’re the only hostel with an ocean view, located in Manzanillo Mar, just 15 minutes from the walled city and just a few steps from the wetlands, where guests will be able to enjoy the charm of a fishing village and a beach paradise that captures every new day. Our guests will have more than a roof,...
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CASA CHIPI CHIPI HOSTAL

80 /100

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CASA CHIPI CHIPI HOSTAL

Recently renovated, this relax Casa Hostel is brand-new and located in a quiet street. It’s not a party hostel and it provides a safe and secure place where backpackers can chill (even work) or update their travel journeys and adventures. Our location is our guests' favourite part of Cartagena de...
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Selina Cartagena

79 /100

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Selina Cartagena

It’s effortless charm will steal your heart. Just by strolling through the Old Town at day or night and you’ll get lost with its bright colored buildings, lined balconies, cobbled streets, markets, colonial architecture, parks, restaurants and charismatic citizens, this is a perfect place to get lo...
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El Pedregal

79 /100

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El Pedregal

El Pedregal is a colonial house that offers private and shared rooms all with air conditioning. The hotel is decorated with a mix of old, artisan and modern elements that make it unique and the best thing is its cosy atmosphere. It is located in the heart of Getsemaní, It is close to different...
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Hostal Getsemani

79 /100

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Hostal Getsemani

Hostal Getsemani is a house of 600m² and has a big patio. There are 4 big trees which give shade. It exists a terrace. The house has 3 dorms and 3 private rooms. There is a big kitchen, a small bar, laundry and hammocks to relax. We also offer free WiFi, air conditioning, free city map and cable TV....
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Mama Waldy Hostel

78 /100

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Mama Waldy Hostel

Come in from the cold (especially if you've just done the overnight bus from Bogotá to Cartagena) with a warm stay with Mama Waldy - the family run Cartagena hostel with heaps of heart. Named after the family matriarch, the much loved abuela (grandma) Waldy, this Getsemani hostel is as close as y...
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