Decameron Cartagena

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Located in the modern sector of the city and only 15 minutes from Rafael Nunez International Airport, the Decameron Cartagena is a 23-story resort near the popular beaches of Bocagrande. With a magnificent view of the sea and the old walled city of Cartagena, guests are truly in for a treat.

The impressive tower of the Decameron Cartagena stands halfway between the modern metropolis and old walled city. In addition to the beautiful beaches, the resort offers adult and children's swimming pools. There are three bars and five restaurants within the complex. Diners have the option of international and regional cuisines.

Additionally, you can enjoy an unforgettable meal at the San Pedro Restaurant, which is located on the exclusive San Pedro Claver Plaza in the old walled city.

Dance classes and aerobics are two options for daytime entertainment. At night, guests can head to a show and relax at one of the bars. Experience the beauty and rich history of Cartagena from the modern comfort of the Decameron Cartagena.

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Local Phone: 011-575-665-4400
Business Services
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 2

Adults' and children's pools.
Health Club / Spa
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
The hotel sits between the modern urban sector and the Old Walled City, facing the Bocagrande beach. Enjoy 5 restaurants, a swimming pool, 3 bars, disco, nightly entertainment, and a Convention Center.
Total Rooms: 280
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards:
Standard guestroom includes two double beds or one king bed, and views of the Caribbean Sea or the city of Cartagena.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Junior suite includes one king bed or two double beds, and views of the Caribbean Sea or the city of Cartagena.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Decameron Cartagena features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 6 Restaurants at Decameron Cartagena:
Bocaccio - This theme restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required.
Alibech's - Overlooking the ocean, this steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Ciacco's - Buffet restaurant
Rimini Terrace - Snack bar
Cafe San Pedro - This theme restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required.
Galeotto - Overlooking the city, this restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily organized activities, day tour to the Royal Decameron Baru Hotel, scuba diving lessons in the pool, kids' activities.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly entertainment
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Never ever stay in this hotel
Monica L,
Wed Jul 04 17:41:54 EDT 2018
This hotel is the worst hotel in Cartagena. Stay away. The rooms are moldy and the beds are super uncomfortable. I don’t know how other reviewers can qualify this place with so many stars. Do not count with the old city restaurant because is impossible to get a reservation. And they will “mix” the restaurant reservation to their convenience. I won’t give a star.

Really Amazing Value for Money
lamandel, Toronto
Fri Mar 23 15:42:02 EDT 2018
Friendly helpful staff. Real value for money! Amazing. Beautiful views. Loved three of the restaurants but not crazy about the seafood one. Hugo is the most amazing waiter and rotates among restaurants but really everyone is good and very ok helpful. The reservation system works fine. It starts at 11am and goes all day. Because you can make 2-3 day ahead just wait until there is no line up unless you are there on the weekend then get there at 10:30....The ladies are helpful and friendly. Be nice and they treat you like gold! Entertainment staff is great. If they do that thing where they turn up the base so it sounds like the speaker is broken just complain. They know they aren’t supposed to do it and it causes hearing loss. You will see they turn the bass down! Other staff hates it and are glad when you do that! On the music front - be aware it is noisy in the rooms unless you are high up. Entertainment staff blasts the music roughly 1-5 and 6-11 even when the hotel is empty but you came here to party..... Drinks - they are amazing! The mojitos are better than Cuba. The bartenders really work hard.

Fantastic Staff & Location
Cubansalsalover, Barrie
Mon Mar 19 12:58:00 EDT 2018
This was our first time in Colombia, and had wanted to visit Cartagena, Colombia for the last five years but always ended up going to Cuba. After 34 visits to Cuba we finally decided at the last minute to go away March break instead of Easter to Colombia. I decided to pick a hotel that was an All Inclusive, as did not know what to expect in Colombia. After much research I picked this hotel for the location and amenities. We were given a junior suite high up, with a breath taking view of the Bocagrande and the Old City. There was plenty of room for myself, husband and the other room for our 17 year old son. The beds were firm but very comfortable including a selection of pillows. The hotel is only a 20 minute bus/taxi drive from Cartagena airport and 1km walk to the old walled city from the hotel. We arrived at the airport before our scheduled arrival time of 7.45pm from Toronto, Canada. After a quick check in, we were told that they had reserved all the Air Transat clients at the Italian restaurant for dinner. After a quick unpack and freshen up, we headed down to the restaurant. The food and service was excellent, so much we booked to go three times. We also booked to dine at the Seafood restaurant on the top 23rd floor our last night with great views, of Bocagrande and the old city. We also booked the steakhouse which is located on the lower floor and included in our hotel was dinner at their restaurant “San Pedro” in the old walled city of Cartagena two times during our visit. We booked one night Japanese Teppanyaki, which was fun and the other night we booked was an Asian inspired menu that night and the food, service and atmosphere was excellent. You are picked up at the hotel in a bus with other guests from the hotel for your dinner reservation and dropped off near the restaurant, as you cannot drive a bus down the small streets. Then after you finish eating you have some free time to walk around the old city, which I will add is very safe. You can enjoy looking at the street entertainers, take a horse drawn carriage ride around or just go into one of the many beautiful restaurants or bars for a drink. It has so much charm and very different at night. There are so many interesting places to eat and some have Flamenco dancing and live music. We were told it is very safe to walk around the Bocagrande area and walled old city at night. The bus picks you up at the same place you were dropped off at around 10.30/11.00. A taxi ride home should you choose to stay later, is around $15,000 Colombian pesos ($7 CDN) or you can walk. We could not believe how Bocagrande reminded us of Miami city scape, and the old city had the character of Barcelona, Spain. From the moment we entered the hotel, the staff were so friendly and always smiling and willing to help. It does help to know some Spanish but if not there is usually someone around that can speak English and help. The shows were very good and the stage is by the pool. The house band that played as a preshow some nights and afternoons were really good and played all our favorite Latin music we love. It is such a great atmosphere to hear live music and guests dancing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cumbia. Perfect for us as we love to dance to Latin music. Every night of the week there is a special drink like Mojito night or Sangria night. We did not go on the public beach opposite the hotel but instead booked to visit their other hotel located in Barú for the day. Included in the cost is transport to their all-inclusive resort and a day pass. I highly recommend this and we would have gone two times but had other excursions planned. The bus ride is approximately an hour and the lunch buffet has a great buffet selection. The resort has 3 big pools, and non-motorized watersports included. A short walk from the beach through a board walk and the mangroves and that is where you can take a kayak or windsurfing included or book snorkeling, pontoon boat trip, banana boat or jet skiing at an extra cost. We especially enjoyed kayaking through the mangroves. They pick you up around 3.30pm to take you back to the Decameron Cartagena. We met a Canadian couple at the Decameron Cartagena in there 70’s who have been coming to the Decameron Cartagena for 25 years for the month of March and absolutely won’t go anywhere else! We will definitely be back to visit as soon as Air Transat start their season again.

Our Two Week Stay at the Decameron Cartegena
Wendy M, Brampton, Canada
Sun Mar 18 17:04:15 EDT 2018
We didn't know what to expect on this visit, but chose the Decameron Cartegena as it was a mid-range cost and within walking distance of the Old City. Though there is not a lot of English spoken and most guests are from Colombia, the staff was very friendly and tried their best to accommodate any request. Jaime Martinez Barrios, the head of Hospitality at the hotel was amazing. So friendly, so helpful and so nice. The hotel is 23 stories high right on the Caribbean coast. Go for a junior suite to get a fridge. We were in the end suite on the west wing on the 15th floor and had an amazing view up towards the Old City and down the coast. The west wing is away from the pool where the nightly entertainment takes place. There's loud music and lots of lights. The rooms are clean though a lock for the safe costs a nominal fee. Both breakfast and lunch are buffets with an extensive selection and good quality. There was never any bacon though. Dinner is a selection of one of four a la carte restaurants. Steak House on the main level (go for the loin steak), Italian on the third floor and the Seafood on the top floor where after dinner you can go out on the balcony and see incredible views of the city at night. The final is San Pedro in the Old City. A shuttle is provided and the food is either Japanese Teppenyaki or Thai. All four restaurants provide great food and huge portions. The alcohol is plentiful and they can make a large assortment of cocktails. The wine is Chilean. The red is Cabernet Sauvignon and the white is a Sauvignon Blanc Beer and wine are served in little, flimsy plastic cups. We brought our "Bubbas" with us which were a great asset and greeted with appreciative laughter and photos from the serving staff and other visators. The pool is nice and well maintained. Not huge but not small. They have fun later afternoon entertainment and evening shows there. The entertainment crew are friendly and enthusiastic. The beach is across a busy two-lane road but they have a guard to stop traffic for you. The beach is darker sand but very smooth with very few rocks. There are breakwaters to control the big waves coming in and life guards. Lots of vendors on the beach who always approach you but are friendly and won't harass too much. It's a 15-20 minute walk to the old town. There are also lots of shops close to the hotel, a nice walk along the harbour side and lots of banks for money. Colombian pesos are preferred currency, The Decameron offers a great number of tours to take. We highly recommend the City Tour when you first get there. It gives you a great overview of the area, takes you to the 16th century fortress and then into the walled city. You get an amazing history lesson and get your bearings. The one-day trip to the Decameron Baru, the sister hotel, is about an hour's drive and interesting but bring water shoes as the beach is stoney. It's a more typical resort - low level, sprawling and in the middle of nowhere. The Colombians are trying hard to get into recycling but they are having problems. The recycling bins in the hotel are filled with all the same garbage, no separating, and outside the tourist areas there is a lot of litter. Don't let that stop you from vacationing here. We never felt unsafe, there's lots to see and do and the Colombians are very friendly and trying their best. The sun is hot as it's just over 10 degrees north of the equator and we never saw a drop of rain. There is a nice breeze most of the time to cool things down a bit. Bring your SPF 60 to start with and don't forget to check out the emeralds!

Great location
Tanis B, Brandon, Canada
Wed Mar 07 15:10:26 EST 2018
Amazing location right across the street from the beach and walking distance from the fort. The rooms are basic but clean. Hotel is a little old but they are renovating. The restaurants are good. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay again

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