It is not easy to choose among the best hotels in Getsemani. Some are expensive. Others are located in noisy alleys.
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I have been to Cartagena many times since 2015, and in this post, you’ll be able to quickly decide where to stay in Getsemani.
I have classified the best hotels into different categories.
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Best hotels in Getsemaní: Map
Best Hotels in Getsemaní: Mini-reviews
Getsemaní is a neighborhood located 10-15 minutes walk from the historic walled city center. There are fewer luxury hotels, but you will find accommodations with good value for money.
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Casa Isabel: My favorite boutique hotel in Getsemaní
Casa Isabel is a charming oasis on the edge of Getsemani, offering a serene retreat with the vibrancy of Cartagena right at your doorstep.
Why I like Casa Isabel
- This quaint hotel draws you in with its quirky, comfortable rooms and its proximity to the city’s attractions.
- Every morning brings the anticipation of a delightful, varied breakfast that will tickle your palate, whether you prefer traditional or ‘Western’ fare. It’s a culinary surprise each day! I loved all of them!
- But the true jewel in Casa Isabel’s crown is customer service. From arranging day passes at the Hyatt to tailoring breakfast to your dietary needs, the staff goes above and beyond to ensure your stay is personalized and exceptional.
- To top it off, enjoy invigorating cold towels and the bliss of soaking in the rooftop plunge pool while sipping on expertly mixed cocktails.
What you might not like about this hotel in Getsemaní
- The rooms can get rather warm in the morning due to their east-facing position, so you might want to keep the air conditioning running.
- Also, despite being a distance from noisy nightlife, occasional street noise from passing vehicles can be an issue – thankfully, the hotel provides earplugs for undisturbed sleep.
- Stairs might pose a challenge for guests with mobility issues, but always expect a helpful hand from the friendly staff.
Casa Jaguar: The smallest Boutique hotel in Getsemaní
Casa Jaguar Hotel Boutique is a 4-room cozy haven with remarkable staff and delectable breakfasts.
Why do I like Casa Jaguar
The Casa Jaguar Hotel Boutique, nestled in the heart of Getsemani, has won the hearts of many thanks to its wonderful staff, exquisite breakfast, and impeccable cleanliness. As a cozy sanctuary, it’s particularly alluring to travelers looking for an intimate and warm experience.
- Wake up to the excellent breakfast, included in your rate, featuring a vast menu of sumptuous dishes and refreshing juices. Whether you fancy fruits, toast-like dishes, or a simple early morning fare before you head out, they have it all covered.
- You’ll adore your well-equipped room, where you can revel in great air conditioning, a safe for your valuables, and a comfortable bed, despite its occasional shakiness.
- The hotel’s architecture is another plus, featuring a beautiful courtyard with a refreshing pool, great for relaxing after a day of exploration.
- The staff, always available and attentive, adds a personal touch to your stay. Plus, they’re a goldmine of local information for getting around and experiencing the best of Getsemani.
What you might not like about this hotel in Getsemani
- Given its intimate size, you may find the 2 Queen Rooms a bit cramped, particularly for an extended stay.
- While the courtyard and pool are stunning, sunbathing options are limited.
Casa Relax: Mid-range hotel with a pool
Casa Relax is a simple, laid-back spot in the heart of Getsemaní, ideal for explorers who value location and like to cool down in the pool at the end of their day.
Why do I like Casa Relax?
Casa Relax, in the Getsemani district, is a tranquil spot in the heart of city life. Its unbeatable location allows for easy exploration of Cartagena’s bustling streets, making it ideal for urban adventurers.
- A key highlight is the pool – perfect for a refreshing dip after a day’s exploration.
- The hotel’s simple, clean rooms offer effective air conditioning.
- You’ll enjoy a simple, freshly-prepared breakfast each morning.
Why You might not like this hotel in Getsemani
- Despite its charm, some rooms suffer from mold due to poor ventilation, though the staff is prompt with room changes
- Noise can be an issue in rooms near reception or the breakfast area, so request a quieter location if needed.
- The limited English proficiency of the staff might pose some communication hurdles.
Posasa La Fe: Getsemaní’s liveliest street
Posada La Fe: A warm Colombian embrace amidst a lively cultural backdrop, with comfort at its core.
Why do I like Posada La Fe
You’re stepping into Posada La Fe, where your comfort is king, and remarkable Colombian hospitality awaits you.
- The hotel’s team will ensure your visit to Cartagena feels seamless, whether you’re mastering Spanish with the cordial staff or savoring the best coffee of your life during an unforgettable breakfast.
- The spacious, well-appointed rooms offer a peaceful retreat, with a state-of-the-art soundproofing system that cocoons you from the vibrancy of the street.
- Dive into the rooftop plunge pool after a day of exploration – it’s an oasis that refreshes the soul and awakens the senses.
- It’s an excellent fit for those who appreciate the delicate balance of local hustle, bustle, and a snug hideaway.
Why you might not like this Getsemaní hotel
Let’s address the elephant in the room: noise.
- It’s true that Getsemani, with its lively streets, can be noisy at night. And this hotel is located on the noisiest street in the area. As I said, the soundproofing is great, but you must pick a room away from the street, towards the back of the hotel.
- Another point of note, the rooms overlook a common patio which becomes bustling in the early morning. If you’re not an early riser, this could wake you.
Hostal Casa de Las Americas: Home-feeling
Hostal Casa de las Americas is a budget-friendly, well-situated home away from home, where warm hospitality shines brighter than minor inconveniences.
Why do I like Casa de las Americas
Hostal Casa de las Americas offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic Colombian family-style experience.
- The owners, David and his wife, extend exceptional hospitality to their guests, enhancing your stay with their friendly chats and helpful advice about local attractions.
- Situated in a prime location, the hostel is within walking distance of local dining areas, shopping malls, the old town, and Castillo. This makes it a fantastic base for those eager to explore the city.
- A stay here is certainly budget-friendly, yet offers clean rooms, reliable WiFi, and the occasional surprise of breakfast treats.
What you might not like about this Getsemaní hotel
- You don’t receive a personal key, which could feel inconvenient for late-night returns.
- The rooms can be a bit small and tend to get hot, although air conditioning is provided.
- There’s no hot water, which may be off-putting to some but is quite common in the region.
Hotel Capellan: The only luxurious hotel in Getsemaní
Hotel Capellan is the most luxurious hotel in Getsemaní, with a caring staff and superior amenities, but with a few drawbacks. You might like it or hate it.
Why do I like Hotel Capellan
This luxury boutique hotel, mere minutes from Old City, is designed with impeccable detail in the heart of vibrant Cartagena.
- The thoughtful amenities– from a fully-stocked minibar to the high-quality toiletries– show the care taken in crafting a superior guest experience.
- If relaxation is your goal, there’s a tranquil pool, jacuzzi, and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking city views.
- You’re in for a gastronomic treat with simple yet satisfying breakfasts featuring fresh fruits, eggs, and delightful local coffee.
- And those of you looking for some extra pampering, make sure to try out the complimentary activities like yoga classes and reflexology sessions.
- What seals the deal is the professional and attentive staff. Whether you’re seeking recommendations or requiring assistance, you’ll find the personnel, especially those at the reception, incredibly helpful and courteous.
What you might not like about this hotel in Getsemani
- The primary issue seems to be noise disruption – both from the street and the adjacent club. Light sleepers, make sure you pack earplugs.
- Also, you might find issues with room maintenance, such as faulty doors and less-than-ideal water pressure in the showers.
- Skip the rooms on the ground floor if you like natural light.
- While the pool and jacuzzi are lovely additions, their size might disappoint you.
GHL Arsenal Hotel: The best rooftop pool in Getsemani
GHL Arsenal Hotel: A vibrant and modern base for Cartagena explorers, with the best rooftop in Getsemani.
Why do I like GHL Arsenal Hotel
Smack in the heart of the city; you’ll be within a mere 7-minute walk to Old Cartagena.
- Accessibility is king here. Tucked in the charming Getsemani neighborhood, it’s perfectly suited for explorers who love to travel on foot.
- Think clean, modern rooms with great furniture. Whether it’s a sky-view room on the 4th floor or an intimate space just right by the pool, there’s something for every preference.
- The crowning glory is the rooftop pool, promising grand views of Bocagrande.
- You can enjoy a minimalist gym.
Why you might not like this hotel in Getsemani
- Like any vibrant neighborhood, there’s a lively soundtrack to match. Expect music from neighborhood bars that might reach your room, especially if you’re located close to the pool or breakfast area (4th floor).
- A couple of niggles to look out for: Check the functionality of your air conditioner and bathroom facilities. Make sure your balcony door locks properly.
- Breakfast? There’s been a mix of responses.
Casa Cielo: My favorite budget hotel in Getsemaní
Hotel Casa Cielo will be your best bet if you’re looking for a nice and affordable place in Getsemaní.
Why do I like Casa Cielo
If you’re hunting for cozy, cheap lodging at the edge of Getsemani, Hotel Casa Cielo will suit you.
- Your room, while on the smaller side, comes meticulously clean with comfortable beds and strong air conditioning, providing a serene haven after a day’s adventure.
- There’s a water refill machine, and they serve up complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day.
- A bonus is the hotel’s rooftop terrace, a spot to unwind with some fresh air. But what sets Casa Cielo apart is the staff.
- You’ll find them super friendly, helpful, and with a knack for resolving unusual tourist issues.
Why you might not like this Hotel in Getsemani
- Rooms lack windows, which can make them feel somewhat confined.
- Similarly, the compact size of the rooms, coupled with the absence of coat hangers and storage furniture, might make the space feel a tad limited.
How to choose your hotel in Getsemani, Cartagena
Only in Booking, there are more than 550 hotels in Cartagena. Your stay will be totally different depending on your selection (for better or for worse).
Let’s see what you should think about before making your decision.
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Why are you coming to Cartagena?
Some travelers consider Cartagena a must-do for lovers. Others are curious, having seen thousands of photos on the Internet.
→ I advise you to spend the night in a colonial house for a romantic stay. The architecture, the services offered, and the quality of the staff will make this trip unforgettable. Hotel Capellan or Casa Jaguar will be perfect.
→ Hotels in Cartagena have many stairs and few elevators. If you have mobility problems, be sure to check before you book.
→ The beaches bordering Cartagena are not attractive. If you want to wake up in a beautiful setting next to crystal clear waters, consider booking your hotel in the Rosario Islands.
→ Many hotels in Cartagena are former colonial buildings, and their restorations are expensive. This means there is little hot water, soundproofing is sometimes non-existent, and some finishing touches are missing.
→ Cartagena is an expensive city. The hotels in Cartagena with the best quality/price ratio are located in Getsemaní. Casa Isabel offers an excellent price/quality ratio.
Where to stay in Getsemani
Depending on which street your hotel is on, you’ll have more or less noise at night.
- The hotels in front of the Centro de Convenciones (GHL), the ones around Trinidad Square (Posada La Fe), and on the street Calle 30 (Capellan), will be near clubs and bars.
- The streets near Carrera 11 (in the direction of the Castillo San Felipe) are quieter but also a bit scarier at night (darker alleys)— Casa Isabel, Casa Cielo & Casa de las Americas.
- I like the area around Casa Jaguar and Casa Relax.
How to get to Cartagena
Many buses and planes are arriving every day in Cartagena. If you come by car, some hotels have small parking lots.
Note: It is never easy to park.
→ The airport is close to Getsemaní and the walled city (15 – 20 minutes by cab). Many hotels organize transfers, but it will be cheaper if you take an official cab from the airport.
→ The bus terminal is on the outskirts of Cartagena. You will need 45 to 60 minutes to get to your hotel in Getsemaní or the Historic Center.
If you are already on the Caribbean coast, the most comfortable solution is to take a door-to-door transportation service or private transportation. You can arrive from: Minca, Tayrona, Santa Marta, Rincon del Mar, Palomino.
How long to stay in Cartagena
2-3 nights are enough to get to know Cartagena. Take an early morning stroll through the colorful streets of Getsemaní and the historic center. Then, plan cool cultural activities in the afternoon.
Here I help you plan your Cartagena itinerary.
Weather and tourist season
In Cartagena, it is hot and humid. You feel it more from April to November because it is the rainy season. July and August are still very sunny months.
Don’t worry. Even during the rainy season, it’s sunny.
Note: Prices double or triple during high season. Learn about the best time to visit Cartagena.
The bottom line: Hotels in Getsemaní
Getsemani, the lively and enchanting neighborhood of Cartagena, beckons with its vibrant streets and rich cultural tapestry.
Whether you seek a charming oasis like Casa Isabel, a tranquil retreat like Casa Jaguar, or a family stay at Casa de las Americas, there is a hotel to suit every traveler’s taste. From luxury boutiques to budget-friendly hostels, each accommodation offers unique benefits, ensuring a memorable stay.
Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of Getsemani; book your hotel now and embark on an unforgettable journey in this captivating destination.