The Bantu Hotel is a lovely restoration of 2 colonial mansions, incorporated into one hotel and creating a beautiful lobby and living area, enclosed by thick (and cooling) heavy stone walls. The location could not be better, as it is inside the walled portion of old-town, and an easy walk to all kinds of shops and restaurants, tourist sites and even grocery stores - for our ever necessary cheap bottle of wine we always drink at night on our balcony. Granted, our balcony was tiny and overlooked a busy "local" street, but we enjoyed the ambience of the craziness below us and the street noise quickly died down around 8 - 9:00 pm. Our room however, was quite large, and. Even had a loft-like area where 2 more people could have slept, so it would have been perfect for a family of 3 or 4. Bathroom was small but efficient, and although there was a short delay for hot water in the shower, once it kicked in, it was fine. Breakfast was fine, although it was somewhat crowded due to a small tour group all eating and leaving at the same time.
Most charming assets of all were two-fold: the staff, and the toucans. The staff were great, some with multi-language skills, some not. But all went out of their way to assist in whatever way they could. All the 2 toucan pets - or ambassadors. One needed to stay in her very large birdcage, but Ta-to, the male, had a mischievous personality and free range of the entire hotel. One day, he was on my husband's arm at breakfast, another day, he was hiding in the breakfast room buffet cabinet. The funniest escapade we caught him at was on the roof-side pool and lounge area, where they also offer private massages in curtained areas. We walked by and heard someone say "get out, you pervert! This is a private space!" Apparently Ta-to, when he is bored, will hop or fly up to the roof area, and stick his geek under the curtains of the massage rooms and sneak in! Too funny. Who knew birds could have such personality?!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bantu invites you to discover a charming boutique hotel in the historic center of Cartagena de Indias, colonial city of Colombia, and one of the most amazing places in the Caribbean, full of warmth and authenticity. Distinguished with the category of 5 stars, Bantu Hotel offers an inside-edge design, colonial architecture and unique services: XVIII colonial infrastructure, chill out terrace, solarium, pool area, spa, bar, restaurant ... a bespoke luxury. Meet one of the most charming hotels in Colombia for couple getaways and business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bantu Hotel And Lifestyle
- Bantu Hotel Cartagena
- Bantu Hotel Lifestyle