Getsemaní is probably the most popular neighborhood in Cartagena among tourists. However, ten years ago that was not the case. The neighborhood was considered dangerous and not attractive for tourists at all. Locals regarded the neighborhood as a ghetto and business people would not want to invest in it.
Fortunately, thanks to the pioneering vision of a few folks from the city, the neighborhood started to turn around and today it is the jewel of Cartagena. There are luxury boutique hotels popping-up everywhere and there are also plans to open a Four Seasons and many other luxury brand properties. Visitors can also find great restaurants such as Di Silvio, and a very authentic Salsa dancing spot called Cafe Havana.
What makes Getsemaní unique is it still keeps its character. It is the only colonial neighborhood in the city that has full time residents. You see children playing soccer in the streets, grandmas talking to the neighbors, street vendors selling authentic Colombian street food and poets and painters gossiping about the latest local political events.
The perfect hotel option to experience this neighborhood is Casa El Carretero, the first luxury boutique hotel in the neighborhood. Located right in the middle of the action, in the Plaza de La Trinidad. Guests can walk to all the hot spots and then come back and relax in its rooftop pool.
If you truly want to experience the magical realism that Cartagena has to offer, come and explore the neighborhood of Getsemaní and all of its wonders.