Fantastic Apartment and Responsive owner
Ever since our first contact with the home owner Clayton all the way through our final day was fantastic. Clayton was very responsive and answered all our questions quickly and continued to provide suggestions on places we could visit and explore. The maid cooked a delicious breakfast every morning, cleaned up and made sure we were very comfortable with our stay. The apartment was as described and the pictures were very good at showing the layout. We would absolutely come back... Recommendations: Do go to the islands of Rosario, old town, the resort rooftop pool, spa, steam room, suggest you request the maid make patacones or other traditional dish. Do not recommend: Beach vendors or massage on the beach Read below for more details; not attributable to the apartment but to Cartagena itself. Off site: Taxi or Uber? We used Uber almost everyday to multiple locations, which was affordable and safe. If you’re going to be a first time traveler or a repeat visitor, Cartagena is a city easy enough to rent a car and travel on your own. As we were first time visitors we were unsure. Next time we’ll be ready to rent a car. Beach: The beach was beautiful; knowing that the dark sand was from volcanic ash helps understand the color of the water. The negatives are to watch for the beach vendors. I’ve been to enough locations to know to watch out for them, but one scenario we were unprepared for. The beach tents rental guy came up to us and mentioned that we must be staying at Claytons place. We replied yes and he did do a good job taking care of us. Which built in some small trust, while another vendors came up and attempted to cut some deals. As I’m completely opposed to any beach deal the vendor covered any cost upfront and indicated he would provide a receipt which we could pay with a credit card. The beach tent vendor said we could trust him. The event the next day went off without a hitch and we paid with a credit card… until we returned home and the vendor indicated he required more money in cash for things that weren’t paid for. He could not provide a receipt and charged up to 3x what it would normally cost. After negotiating a final cost, we were still disappointed that it had to come to arguing at the end of the day. Thus, again - the point of the story is don’t trust beach vendors. Otherwise, everything else was awesome and we will be coming back to Cartagena for the years to come!Bill G.
Visited on "August - 2017
The best holidays in family
The apartment is located overlooking the beach. It has a balcony with a couple of very nice hammocks. Each room with its bathroom and direct ventilation in each. The cleaning of the apartment, and building in general is excellent. The woman who does the toilet and kitchen is very friendly, clean and helpful. I would definitely rent the apartment againLuisa V.
Visited on "April - 2017
Amazing place to stay
We came for a family reunion at Mar Abierto. The appartment is large and very confortable and clean. The beach front is just amazing. We enjoy the infinity pool on the terrasse and the great cooking of Leydis. The owner of the condo was very helpful in planing our trip. The location is calm and perfect for families. We highly recommend this location and will come back. The pictures on the website represent well the beauty of the condo.Virginia M.
Visited on "June - 2017
I am from Colombia and we always book hotels in Cartagena, but this time my in laws were coming with us from Canada, so we decided to rent a condo to make their stay more pleasant. We decide to rent in the other end of the busy Cartagena area, because we want to enjoy the beaches and full relaxation and if we wanted party scene or more touristic time will just take a taxe, so we decided this area. We found Clayton's amazing condo. The premises were so beautiful, very clean, the apartament was amazing, very big and very confortable, we were 6 people, 4 adults 2 kids, and we had lots of space, the beds were amazing and the rooms very cozy, specially when was super hot out, my in laws had the most amazing time in Colombia, specially in Cartagena because the arrangements of the condo. Clayton had a maid and she was a great person,she was kind and very accommodating, she cooked breakfast for us and she made this amazing juices that I love every time that I come back to Colombia. My boys loved the fresh fruit and the arepas made with Queso Costeño, ummmm love them, my in laws could not believe how amazing our Colombian food was. Also she made this stew chicken with green beans and rice, my inlaws and boys were licking their fingers, then she made the most amazing coconut rice I have ever aten. My youngest boy keept talking about it and it will be his fist choice when come back to Cartagena Colombia.my in laws could not believe how amazing our Colombian food was. Also she made this stew chicken with green beans and rice, my inlaws and boys were licking their fingers, then she made the most amazing coconut rice I have ever aten. My youngest boy keept talking about it and it will be his fist choice when come back to Cartagena Colombia.my in laws could not believe how amazing our Colombian food was. Also she made this stew chicken with green beans and rice, my inlaws and boys were licking their fingers, then she made the most amazing coconut rice I have ever aten. My youngest boy keept talking about it and it will be his fist choice when come back to Cartagena Colombia. Well I can keep going all day but in summary, everything was amazing, the best, people was lovely all over and that's why we Colombians are tag as the most welcoming people in latin America. My in laws are planning to come back to Cartagena and for sure will be renting the same apartment, the same with us, next spring will be booking the same beautiful condo. And something very important was that the owner (Clayton was very helpful with tips and advices for getting around in Cartagena) Thanks for making this vacation a real relaxing one.John P.
Visited on "March - 2017