Casa Etnia Hotel Boutique
An indulgent lodging experience with lots of local flavor is what the Casa Etnia Hotel Boutique in Santa Marta offers its guests. The décor blends modern white and cream interior with indigenous artwork and intricately carved local wood furnishings. The air-conditioned rooms are light and airy, perfect for a relaxing getaway-type vacation to the Colombian Caribbean. Bright hand-embroidered textiles adorn the large colonial-style windows and thick-mattressed beds.
All feature televisions with cable, minibars, and modern en-suite bathrooms. Some also have sitting areas and work desks, and all boast views from windows or balconies onto the patio area of the hotel, where guests can enjoy an inviting swimming pool nestled between the tropical plants, or can lie back and soak in some sun on the chaise longues.
The rooftop terrace has a hot tub and provides ample space for visitors to enjoy the outdoors and relax while the breeze rustles the leaves of the palm trees. An lounge area gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a homey indoor space and take advantage of the Wi-Fi, which reaches all parts of the property. Staff are happy to assist in booking tours of the city and the surrounding area, and sharing the culture and traditions of Santa Marta with guests.
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Set just outside the historic center of Santa Marta, the property has a great location for those who want to explore the city and retreat to a more tranquil location in the evenings.
The Casa de la Aduana and other governmental and colonial buildings are a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel, and the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino where Simon Bolivar spent the last days of his life is a 5-minute drive away.
The Parque Natural Tayrona with its exquisite beaches and rainforest hikes is a 20-minute taxi or bus journey from the property, and is well worth a visit for insight into the place that local indigenous groups have called home for centuries. The airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Food & Beverage
A traditional Colombian breakfast of coffee, fruits, and arepas is served every morning on the patio, roof terrace, or lounge depending on guests' preferences. The many dining options of Santa Marta are a 5-minute drive from the hotel and include the Argentinian steak house El Bistro and upscale seafood at Donde Chucho. In the El Rodadero neighborhood, another restaurant of note is Burukuka, perched on a hill looking over the city.
How To Get There
Take the Rodadero-Cruce Alcatraces road from the airport and when it forks, go right on 18th Street-Ferrocaril Avenue. This curves left into the center of Santa Marta, after which you turn left on 29th Street, and the hotel is two blocks down on the left.
Amenities & Services
General:Patio, On-Site Parking (free), Daily Newspapers, Lounge Area, Ground-Floor Terrace, Cable/Satellite TV, Breakfast, Bar, Express Check-In/Check-Out, Coffee Shop, Poolside Bar, Garden, Air Conditioning, Snack Bar, Family Friendly, 24-Hour Front Desk, Roof-Top Terrace.
Services:Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN (free), Interpreting Service, Wake-Up Service, Tours and Excursions, Airport Transfer, In-Room Safety Deposit Boxes, Concierge Service, Luggage Storage.
On-Site Activities:Sun Deck, Massage Service, Hot Tub, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Sun Loungers, Hammocks.
Nearby Attractions:Port, Beach, Shopping Area, Swimming, Botanical Garden, Scuba Diving, Wildlife Observation, Scuba Diving Courses, Historic District, Snorkeling, Sightseeing Tours, Art Galeries, Golf Course, Sailing, Surfing, Nightlife, Tropical Forest, Canoeing/Kayaking, Waterfalls, Cathedral, Gastronomy, Nature Reserve, National Park, Colonial Architecture.
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