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In Cartagena, a wonderful boutique hotel

"In Cartagena, Colombia, I found one of the most genuine boutique hotels I have seen. Casa el Carretero has all the amenities one would love — personalized service, 24-hour pool service, Bose stereo systems, laptops, iPod stations and flat-screen TVs. They have a beautiful decoration, that is a mix of Indonesian and Spanish colonial style. Cartagena is very beautiful and definitely worth the visit. I think it is a diamond in the rough."

Casa el Carretero , 10B-18 El Carretero St., Cartagena; (415) 508-3927, Doubles from $150, including airport pickup.

--Camilo Sarmiento, Thousand Oaks

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