Radisson Cartagena: Perfectly Pleasant

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The Radisson Cartagena Hotel Review is part of the Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places:

Here is the Picture Preview, the Excel Spreadsheet of all the points redemptions, and my CNN International Business Traveller segment which was filmed in Vegas.


Getting There: Uber picked me up at and took me to the hotel for a nominal fee.


This was my second time going to Cartagena and like the first time, I found myself asking why I did not stay longer. Two nights are not enough to experience all that the city and its surroundings has to offer. Before I get to the Cartagena Travel Guide, here’s a review of a great points options for those traveling to this splendid city.

Radisson Cartagena
Radisson Cartagena

The Location 

I stayed two nights at the Radisson Cartagena which is conveniently located minutes from the airport, directly on the ocean, and twenty minutes from Cartagena’s best attraction, the old town.

The Hotel 

The hotel lobby is beautiful. It is clean and fresh.

The front desk
The front desk
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
The lobby
Lobby bar area
Lobby bar area
Lobby bar area
Lobby bar area
Lobby bar area
Lobby bar area

The Upgrade 

The staff was very pleasant. They acknowledged my Club Carlson status and upgraded me to a one bedroom suite overlooking the pool and beach. It’s these upgrades that make it hard for me to cancel my US Bank Club Carlson cards.

Suite upgrade
Suite upgrade

The Living Room 

The colors were a bit different but I thought it was cool that this was not the prototypical hotel room. I especially liked the stools.

To the elevators
To the elevators
The atrium
The atrium
The living room
The living room
The living room
The living room
The best coffee
The best coffee
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Complimentary water
I love Juan Valdez
I love Juan Valdez
The art
The art
Living room
Living room
The stools
The stools

The View 

The pool view
The pool view
The pool view
The pool view
The ocean view
The ocean view
The ocean view
The ocean view

The Bedroom 

The bedroom
The bedroom
Tony Montana ocean
Tony Montana ocean
The bedroom
The bedroom
The bedroom
The bedroom
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The bedroom
Bedroom chair
Bedroom chair
View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom

The Bathrooms

Why have one bathroom when you can have two? I appreciate hotels that offer a toothbrush and real sized toothpaste as part of the amenities. When I jump from one location to the next, stuff gets disorganized and I find myself rummaging through my bag for toothpaste.

Bathroom #1
Bathroom #1
Bathroom #1
Bathroom #1
Bathroom #1
Bathroom #1
Entrance hallway
Entrance hallway
Bathroom #2
Bathroom #2
Bathroom #2
Bathroom #2
Toothpaste!
Toothpaste!

The Pool 

I love looking at the ocean more than I like being on the beach. As such, I spent my time at the pool drinking piña coladas. Drinks were around $4, much better than the gazillion dollars they cost at the Marriott Grand Cayman.

Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Tradition
Tradition
Pool area
Pool area

Overall 

As nice as this hotel is, the next time I go to Cartagena, I am going to stay within the walls of the old town. It’s convenient to stay at a hotel directly on the beach but there’s much more to Cartagena than just the ocean.

5 COMMENTS

  1. hot dang, brah! i wish i could even imagine what it’s like to stay in such nice digs. i got some stuff figured out, but not the hotel gigs…

    during my rtw bike ride, while in colombia, a family flagged me down and invited me into their house for coffee. so cool. i was stoked. colombian coffee! money!

    we all sat down around a table. a thermos of hot water was ceremoniously placed in the middle. and then a canister of folgers instant coffee was placed next to it.

    fyi, toothpaste is largely unnecessary. it’s all about friction. and that’s not fiction.

    lastly :

    “Before ~~~I~~~ getting to the Cartagena Travel Guide, here’s a review of a great points options for those traveling to this splendid city.”

    • I like the grammar corrections at the end. It makes opening your comments less intimidating.

      Your stories are nuts. Write that book!

    • At least say, ‘your stories’. No one else is reading your comments. And the theme is living doesnt have to suck so what are you expecting, a postcard?

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