Was really torn about staying in the old town center or outside where this flat was, but so happy we stayed here. The old town because it's in the wall gets no circulation and is extremely hot, where this apartment's best asset is being across from the ocean and getting that amazing breeze. It is very hot and humid in Cartagena, so breeze is a priority and the view is outstanding. While the area it's located isn't exactly scenic, we actually had the best food under the apartment at a local restaurant for $6 a meal, get the pescado and then went into town ($3 cab) and spent lots of money on the fancier restaurants it's the perfect mix of high and low, which made our vacation affordable and really amazing :)
Al's place in the Walled City is pretty unbelievable. We were mesmerized by the apartment from the second we walked in. The courtyard is stunning, and everything is incredibly modern and well-kept. The space is large and comfortable, with a large bed in the private bedroom, and a fold out sofa in the living room (there is a mattress topper, so it is pretty comfy). Both spaces have AC and it works amazingly. Wifi connected perfectly and was incredibly fast. The hot water in the showers was also great. A lot of Airbnb hosts say that hot water isn't common or necessary in Cartagena due to the heat. However, we had overcast weather, and we were thrilled to come home to hot showers. The apartment was super well-stocked with dishes, silverware, cookware, beach towels, etc. I was impressed that there was even a Bluetooth speaker available to use. Communication with Al was always easy, and he was incredibly flexible with our arrival and departure. With no one checking in on the same day, he was kind enough to allow us to stay late until our flight. The men who take care of the building, Gustavo and Reinaldo were also wonderful. They have lots of recommendations, helped us get a taxi on our way to the airport, and gave us a sense of security. For the price, I doubt you will find an apartment as large and beautiful and modern as this one in the walled city. You can walk everywhere! Stay here if you have the chance.