How to get there
From the airport or the bus terminal, take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to the old town (centro historico), University road (calle de la Universidad), Ganem building (edificio Ganem). The building is well known in Cartagena and all taxi drivers know how to get there.
If you arrive by car, you will need to park somewhere. This is pretty difficult in the old town. Check different possibilities by various means before you drive to Cartagena.
Get the keys
My assistant in Cartagena is called Nilsa Negrete. Her mobile number is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), and she prefers to communicate via (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). Set with Nilsa the time of arrival and meet her in the hall of the Ganem building and get the keys of the flat, after identification. The flat is number 803, eighth floor; there are two lifts. I recommend that you get in the first time with Nilsa, to learn how to use the keys of the two locks from outside and inside; the locks are unusual.
Nilsa will clean the flat before your arrival and after your departure; this is included in the rate that you will pay, if you stay less than a week. She will also prepare beds with linen and towels (please do not take the towels to the beach), based on the number of guests, and will ensure that the flat will have all the you need for your stay. If you stay more than a week, please discuss with Nilsa when to change linen and towels and, if you wish so, when to clean the flat. This is not included in the price; please pay Nilsa directly the amount of money that you will agree with her. Nilsa can also cook typical dishes, if you so wish; once again, this is an extra that you will need to pay. Nilsa will also provide any other explanation or clarification regarding the flat (see below).
Lights, fans and windows
Nilsa will explain how to turn lights and fans on and off. Most important, she will tell you how to open and close the windows. I recommend to close all windows when you get out because winds can blow very sudden and strong from the sea side at the altitude of the eighth floor. Strong winds can damage the interior of the flat and even break the windows, if left open. When you get out, please turn all lights and fans off.
All windows have light wooden vertical curtains. Nilsa will demonstrate how to use them to protect the flat from excess sunlight and heat during the hottest hour.
Bathrooms and showers
You will find soap and toilet paper in the bathrooms. Like everywhere else in Colombia, it is forbidden to throw toilet paper and anything else in the toilet. Beside each toilet there is a small container with a plastic bag; use it to dispose of toilet paper and any other piece of rubbish. I recommend that you change the plastic bag every day, throwing the used one in the rubbish bin that is available in every floor (Nilsa will indicate where to find it). Please do the same with the kitchen rubbish. There is no hot water in bathroom, showers and kitchen (considered useless in Cartagena).
In the kitchen there is all you need to be totally independent. Nilsa has an inventory of all kitchen ware: pans, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery etc). If any of these tools gets lost or broken, please inform Nilsa for replacement.
The washing machine is beside the kitchen, close to the fridge. Nilsa will tell you how to operate it, if you need to. Please clean the filter after each use because it gets easily blocked.
The flat has wi-fi. The modem is located by the telephone, with instructions on how to turn it on and connect. If you don’t need wi-fi, and when you leave the flat, please turn the modem off.
Please inform Nilsa about date and time of departure, so that she can come and get the keys, as well as check that everything in the flat is in order.
Important! Cartagena has a humid and warm tropical climate for most of the year. This climate favors insects, and in fact some guests have complained about the occasional appearance of a cockroach or small ants. To prevent such episodes, it is important to:
1. Avoid leaving food (leftovers, crumbs, sweets, sugar, etc.) in the kitchen and in any other room in the apartment.
2. Do cleaning. Me and my husband sweep the apartment daily when we are there. It is important to do this at least every other day. If the guests can not or do not want to do it, Nilsa (the lady who welcomes the guests) can do it if asked and clearly paid the hours.
I hope that the application of these simple and ordinary measures will prevent the arrival of these insects.
Soy medica, vivo en Italia, quiero compartir mi apartamento en el centro historico de Cartagena, Colombia. Me gusta leer y oir musica. No veo television ni uso aire acondicionado, ya que el apartamento es bien aireado. Respeto el ambiente y soy pacifista.