Romantic guesthouse in the center 1/African Room
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
3 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Romantic guesthouse in the center/ the Souvenir d'Afrique room.

A beautiful and romantic colonial guesthouse in Cartagena de Indias, in the vibrant and traditional Getsemani area, one of the last truly exotic places in the Caribbean, the most dynamic downtown location where new luxury boutique hotels, bars and restaurants sprawl. Positioned in a quiet street, away from traffic and commercial activities, and just a few feet from the Arsenal and the booming Calle del Guerrero night spots and at walking distance from all the best restaurants.

The house is a mix of colonial and mediterranean style designed by award winning architect and decorated with african elements and maps brought back by the owner in his African journeys. All rooms are customed designed and fully equipped. The cotto floors with spanish ceramic accents help you cool down and unwind surrounded by an abundant tropical vegetation with adult mango and palm trees.

Guests can relax in the patios and enjoy an open air tile jacuzzi on the terrace and a mirador/solarium with view on the Cathedral, the churches of San Pedro and La Trinidad and the Castillo San Felipe. The house is on a north-south axis and enjoys plenty of natural ventilation.

Souvenir d'Afrique.
This is the main bedroom with 1 king bed, a library filled with an interesting collection of books from all over the world and a tv area with sofa or twin bed. Private bathroom with sea souvenirs from Massawa. Minibar, wifi, a small flat screen tv. Africa inspired decoration. 400 count sheets, hard and soft pillows. The atmosphere, cozy and exotic, the tones from whites to khakis and the cotton mosquito net around the bed will take you to the shores of the Red (URL HIDDEN) part of a broader Colombian reawakening, the city is resurfacing with boutique hotels, fusion-seeking restaurants and new fashion labels that turn sleepy towns into global destinations. Tourists are descending on its galleries, strolling idly down its byways, reveling with locals at New Year’s Eve parties in public plazas. Travelers now call it Latin America’s hippest secret." The New York Times May 2, 2010

"Take a dash of faded colonial grandeur, then add a dose of sultry nightlife and an influx of cosmopolitan travelers seeking the next great Caribbean hot spot. Oliver Schwaner-Albright sets his sights on an emerging Colombian getaway that delivers all this and more." Travel + Leisure April 2008

"...recently, the Colombian port town of Cartagena has become an unlikely food destination, attracting the kind of culinary travelers who spend their vacations in Rome and Paris. And what they find is a city far more exotic, but no less adroit at catering to sophisticated palates...200-year-old Spanish colonial mansions refurbished with crisp interiors, trendy bistros that elevate plantains to haute fare, and theatrical rooms buzzing with dignitaries in starched collars and Windsor knots sipping minty rum drinks..." The New York Times Octob(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

"David Ebershoff visits this dreamy city by the sea, a place that wears its rich history as lightly as it does its languorous charm." Conde Nast Traveller March 2007

Wireless Internet

House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 11AM

Rates include breakfast, wifi, daily cleaning, daily linen and towels, use of all common areas of the house, terraces, mirador and jacuzzi and we´ll pick you up at the airport.

Discounts are available for children, groups of more than 2 adults and extended and repeated stays. Additional charge for complete house rental.

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Cat(s) live in the house


206 Reviews

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Tucked away in Getsemani Les Lizards is a gorgeous house full of character, especially the Africa room. Host communication was great and there was always a helpful host around to provide advice and arrange transport etc. The neighbourhood is brilliantly lively with lots of Colombian families socialising in the streets most evenings in Place de Pozo and Place de Trinidad. Can't wait to return to Cartagena and Les Lizards! Loved it!

Tara User Profile
December 2015
Absolutely beautiful accommodation. Marcus and all his staff are very helpful. There was an issue with our room for part of our stay, but Marcus dealt with it well and refunded our entire stay really quickly when we had to stay elsewhere.

Oliver User Profile
June 2015
An absolutely fantastic AirBnB. Marcus and Luis are wonderful, friendly and helpful - they had loads of great suggestions about what to do and where to go. The B&B itself is lovely - well located in Getsemani (where all the good bars are), a really pretty building, very clean, and well-airconditioned (very important in the Colombian heat!) I honestly can't think of anything that could have been better.

Julia User Profile
January 2015
A great night in Cartagena! We were met at the airport and had a comfortable ride to the beautiful neighborhood of Getsemani. Like a Disney World Spanish Colonial town ... but the real thing! At Les Lezards, we were shown to our room, given a tour of the house, and offered drinks by Manuela. Then Markus sat down with us and a map and gave many good suggestions for places to walk and eat (Gaucha mixed grill for two, mmm). He also arranged a booking for us on Marsol (bus) to Santa Marta! The room was cool and comfortable; I think we got the best one as we had an amazing, huge shower in a little tower surrounded by mango trees. Plus a comfy bed in a nook (with tv an dvd collection) and private terrace. Had a dip in the not-too-hot tub after dinner and even managed to pet the lovely cat Anaïs (who was not *quite* as friendly as Markus!) and say hi to a large tortoise. Then ate a nice cooked breakfast, served on our little terrace, listening to the parakeets chatter. All in all a perfect getaway.

Karl User Profile
April 2014
We had a great stay here! Marcos' advise about things to do around Cartagena made our vacation a breeze. Highly recommended.

Ana User Profile
November 2013
I can't imagine my extended stay in Cartagena anywhere else than in this beautiful welcoming house! Great location, homely feeling, rich breakfast and all the required modern facilities. The team and Marcus are perfect hosts. Is like home away from home. I hope I will be able to return one day... thank you

Ruth User Profile
August 2013
This was a charming little guest house. Really nicely done up and with lovely courtyard areas and roof terrace. The breakfast was nice and served informally.

Miami, Florida, United StatesJoined in May 2011
Marcus User ProfileMarcus is a superhost.
Photographer, deeply in love with Cartagena. Have been living here for quiet a while and have a wealth of information and hints on the city to share.
Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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