where to stay:
Casa la Fe: Set in a charming republican house decorated with flowering plants, Casa La Fe is in Cartagena's historic centre. Its rooftop pool and sun terrace overlooks the scenic city skyline.Guests at Casa La Fe can enjoy its central location or make a trip to Bocagrande Beach, only a 5-minute drive away. They can also enjoy the hotel´s free bike use and tour the town, or visit the renowned San Felipe Castle, a 20-minute walk from the hotel. An a la carte breakfast is served daily, and may be enjoyed in the pretty central courtyard featuring a vertical garden and ornamental furniture. Coffee is available 24-hours a day. Casa La Fe is a 10-minute drive from Cartagena Airport. Room pricing begins at $103 USD/night. http://kalihotels.com/en/hotel-casa-la-fe/
Casa Santa Ana: A romantic oasis, located in the quieter area of Getsemani in Cartagena, this boutique hotel offers guests the chance to truly relax while visiting Colombia. Take advantage of the dreamy day spa on the premise with a massage next to the pool. Guests speak very highly of the staff at Casa Santa Ana, noting their ability to go above and beyond. Ideal location in the middle of Old Town. Special room prices being at $91 USD/night (opposed to $500) when you book through http://www.booking.com
where to eat:
La Mulata: A cafe that represents the city of Cartagena well with its lively staff and colorful, flavorful dishes. Trendy, hip, AND pretty darn cheap. We recommend ordering the camarones con ajillo, as well as the coconut lemonade (which will quench your thirst after a day in the sweltering heat. Get a taste of typical Cartagena when you dine at this colorful spot.
Ely Gourmet: A classy cake shop molded to satisfy the sticky desires of Cartagena’s sweet-toothed populous. Ely is a prized, air-conditioned hideout for lovers of healthy salads and sandwiches. Try the three-layered coconut , vanilla, and walnut cake drizzled with Colombia’s version of dulce de leche, which pairs perfectly with a macchiato.