Airbnb Reviews South America

Penthouse Living in Cartagena, Colombia

Looking for a great place to stay can be a challenge at times. Sometimes there aren’t enough options and other times too many. Cartagena has plenty of great options, but for the money it seemed much better to go with an Airbnb and immerse myself into the culture a bit. I really enjoyed this particular Airbnb a great deal!

Penthouse Living in Cartagena, Colombia www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

Location

The beautiful penthouse is located on the 24th floor in Bocagrande. The beach is a couple short blocks away, which becomes very evident from the gorgeous views the penthouse boasts. There are several stores and supermarkets a block away. Up and down the street are several restaurants to choose from.

Tour agencies are right outside the building and can help you set up tours. We used one to set up a couple of tours. There is also a store in the lobby of the building. Taxis stop right outside the building and buses go by if that is something you are interested in. The Walled City is about 5 minutes away. Everything is easy to get to as this place is in a great location.

Penthouse Living

Living room/Dining Room area leading out to the balcony ©2016 HollyDayz
Living room/Dining Room area leading out to the balcony ©2016 HollyDayz

Walking into the apartment it was so bright and airy. The sun was shining and the balcony doors were wide open facing out onto the bay. The decor was modern and really nice. The living room and dining room had great views that showed city scape and the ocean.

Part of the kitchen area ©2016 HollyDayz
Part of the kitchen area ©2016 HollyDayz
The Kitchen ©2016 HollyDayz
The Kitchen ©2016 HollyDayz

The kitchen was a great size with ample storage and a washer/dryer. The windows also had ocean views. They kitchen was well equipped with everything you may need. Even a cooler to take to the beach. Walking down the hall there was a full bathroom with a rain shower. The bathroom also connected to a bedroom. The first bedroom was a great size with 2 beds and of course more ocean views!

1st bathroom ©2016 HollyDayz
1st bathroom ©2016 HollyDayz
Bedroom with views ©2016 HollyDayz
Bedroom with views ©2016 HollyDayz
2nd bed in room ©2016 HollyDayz
2nd bedroom ©2016 HollyDayz

Walking further down the hall is another bedroom with an en suite that also had a rain shower. There was another balcony with seating that over looked the ocean. This bedroom also had great ocean views. A safe was located in the closest. The bed was comfortable.

Master bedroom ©2016 HollyDayz
Master bedroom ©2016 HollyDayz
En Suite Rain Shower ©2016 HollyDayz
En Suite Rain Shower ©2016 HollyDayz

The air conditioners worked very well in the room. There is no air conditioner in the living room area. There are moments where it gets pretty warm in there, especially in the early morning hours. The wind will pick up through the kitchen window, but not enough to cool it down. There is a ceiling fan, but it is still warm.

The Extras

WiFi was available, but it wasn’t the best. I couldn’t go too far past the kitchen area before it would cut off. The wi-fi booster wasn’t working well to the rest of the apartment. As long as I stayed in the living room I had no issues. There is a huge television in the living room and you can access Netflix and YouTube from it if you are relaxing and don’t want to listen to television in Spanish all day. I couldn’t find an English-speaking channel.

Enjoying the Views ©2016 HollyDayz
Enjoying the Views ©2016 HollyDayz

The balconies were beautiful and provided amazing views. I made sure to close the balcony doors at night as the wind picked up that high up. It was pretty loud with the doors closed. The building also has a pool. It was nice and sitting by it was relaxing. I didn’t make any time to actually get in.

An Overview

I enjoyed my time in this beautiful penthouse apartment in Cartagena. I felt like I had a real vacation. It was such a great place to relax, eat my delicious left overs and other things I bought from the nearby stores, and really breathe. It was so nice to have a beautiful place to fully enjoy rather than running in and out. The host was attentive via email and the building manager was really nice even though he spoke no English. I would certainly stay again!

If you are ever in Cartagena here is the link to this beautiful penthouse apartment. You can use this link to get $20 off your first Airbnb stay!

54 Comments

  • Joanna

    Looks like such a relaxing place and gorgeous too. Great pics!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was so relaxing. I got to really enjoy it.

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  • Rachel Gault

    What a nice space! I wouldn’t mind a stay here!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was beautiful I loved it.

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  • Leah

    Wow! Looks amazing, and what a wonderful view of the ocean!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was! The views were awesome.

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  • livebysurprise

    What an amazing way to spend a vacation. It would be great to have a location like that if you were going with children – save on restaurants and such. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was. I felt relaxed in between exploring. Yes, it is a great way because you can cook.

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  • Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    Such an awesome airbnb. I love how you were able to get more of the feel of the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing! I stayed in an airbnb when I went to Panama.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was. I loved it. It was cool exploring the neighborhood a bit. I love staying at Airbnbs.

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  • MariaAbroad

    I love AirBnB and that this seems like it was a real gem. I love the views from the balconies. Would love to sit there, have a cup of coffee or refreshing iced tea and relax!

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    • Holly Dayz

      So do I. There are so many amazing places to stay. The views from the balcony are great.

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  • Fiona Maclean

    What a great AirBnB recommendation. I do think it’s useful to know which ones are top class (like this one obviously is!)

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, this one was amazing. I loved it. It was so relaxing.

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  • mimicutelips

    This penthouse is gorgeous, oh my gosh. I love the modern furniture in bold colors. I’ve not tried the AirBnB thing yet but it sounds all the rage.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The colors and modern look really gave a pop to the place. I really liked it. I hope you try one soon.

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  • Bijee

    I m gonna have to research this whole airBNB thing. I keep hearing about it but I have not a clue as to what it is. However these photos look wonderful and if i had to chance to go somewhere at this moment i would love to land a spot view the ocean right there!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is an alternative to hotels, hostels, and the other accommodations out there. You stay in a house or an apartment. It really allows you to immerse yourself as a local in the area while still enjoying any tourist activities. Healthy balance.

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  • Dana

    WOW! The penthouse looks amazing! Having 2 bedrooms would be perfect for my family and we would all love to have a balcony with a view.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was beautiful and very spacious for a family or group of friends.

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  • LeAnna

    I have really really enjoyed the switch from hotels and hostels to actual homes for traveling stays. It makes traveling feel so much more “homey” and when you find places like this, it is so easy to kick back and relax and truly enjoy your stay

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea I like airbnb. It is fun and I always find some nice places.

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  • dotraveler

    I’d love to visit Cartagena simply because I love to say Cartagena! I love all the unique finds you can discover through Airbnb too.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a very cool city, you should visit.

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  • erikastravels

    What a modern and clean accommodation! The view is wonderful and I’m sure the option to watch Netflix shows on TV was a nice way to relax after a long day of sightseeing. I haven’t yet made it to Cartagena, but hopefully it won’t be long before I make it there!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really nice. Yea it was great to be able to watch Netflix and relax after a long day.

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  • Laura

    The penthouse looks really nice. I think that would be a fantastic place to stay there. It would definitely feel more like you’re living there than staying in a hotel. I think that always enhances the experience.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really nice. It felt like I had my own place in Cartagena.

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  • arzotravels

    This view is to die for. I would spend most of the time just watching out of the window and enjoying it…Need to check out more Airbnb-appartments 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      I loved the views. I kept staring out of every window. So I understand! Yea there are some great ones.

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  • Tia

    This place looks perfect. Cartegena is on my short list for travel destinations. I hope to find accommodations this awesome when I visit.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was great. It is a fun place. I think you will.

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  • Lynn

    This accommodation beats any 5-star hotel. It’s a modern space with a great view. What more can you ask for, right?

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    • Holly Dayz

      I agree with you. It was awesome, I would stay again.

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  • adonisabril

    I regret not having visited Cartagena when I was in South America. Those penthouses look very cozy and modern. And those views, spectacular!

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    • Holly Dayz

      More reasons for you to go back. The penthouse was awesome.

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  • Nikka Shae

    What a great place! I would love to stay here. I’m sure you didn’t want to leave!!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really nice. I enjoyed my time there and would stay again.

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  • Ashlee Adams

    Now I am officially sold on Airbnb. This looks amazing! I hope you enjoyed your trip!!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh that is awesome. You can find some great places to stay on there. I did enjoy it!

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  • heyitskaysways

    I’m a sucker for a gorgeous kitchen and bathroom! Airbnb is something I need to consider it’ll definitely save our traveling as a family of 5.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It would save and you get a lot of space. There are so many great options on their site.

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  • Evelyn

    I visited here when I was 9 years old. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh nice. I am sure things have changed since then.

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  • thestyleperk

    This looks really nice! I love the decor, and it looks new and clean.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was clean. The cleaning lady was there when we arrived. Spotless place.

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  • Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    This reminds me of the travel commercial that says don’t just visit, live there. When you travel that far you may as well do it in luxury.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes! I saw that commercial recently and I like it. Lux and comfy.

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  • Vanessa

    This is such a chic, stylish space. It would be great to return here after a long day of travel and make some dinner with local ingredients.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was great. Kick back relax and enjoy.

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  • LaShawn

    Oh wow! this penthouse looks gorgeous! And the views you can see from the windows look amazing! I really need to try Airbnb on our next vacation!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was. I really enjoyed my stay there. You should try it, you may enjoy it!

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  • Jonna

    Definitely a gorgeous penthouse. This is how you vacation!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was so beautiful I loved it!

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