Originally when I was trying to figure out where to stay in Cartagena it was between the Walled City and Bocagrande…but then I started reading about an up and coming area called Getsemani. A cool and upcoming neighborhood right outside the walled city. While somewhat gritty, it has a lot of personality because it’s where the locals still live and oh do they like their food, music, and their Street Art. I found it safe walking around at night, it’s well lit. Quite simply like anywhere else, keep your eyes open and be aware of what’s going on. There are plenty of Police around to maintain order…of course I did get to experience their version of Stop, Frisk, Question…but that’s a story for another time:)
I stayed at the Allure Chocolat which is an awesome boutique hotel located in Getsemani right outside the wall and across from the convention center. The Allure Chocolat is I believe only a year old and under new management(formerly it was the Arsenal Boutique Hotel). The rooms are minimalist and modern, I had a great king bed, a pretty big bathroom with an amazing rain shower head, A/C in the rooms work great and the Flat Screen TV has some channels in English. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the hotel. The rooftop pool is awesome and there are 3 additional sections to the roof with great views. My room came with breakfast that started with Coffee, fresh juice, a bread basket, and fresh fruit…then you choose from a selection of eggs, cereals, etc. What really made the hotel was the amazing staff. Cristina especially was amazing, her knowledge of where to go, what to do, and just overall professionalism is second to none. Below are pictures of Getsemani and of the Allure Chocolat and in my next post the restaurants I went to.