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I write this article moving to and fro in a relaxing manner from a hammock on the rooftop of La Calzada del Santo. This hotel is perfection in sunny Santa Marta.
La Calzada del Santo – Boutique, Chic
Hammocks with views of the mountains and sea are not all that the rooftop has to offer, there is also a swimming pool. Our hotel room door opens on to the roof top. It feels like we are living the life of a celebrity!
The room itself is stylish with a feature of exposed brick framing the wall above the bed. The decor is modern with a mix of native roots coming from the cushion prints. The bathroom is clean and spacious. WiFi is strong which means I can blog into the wee hours of the night (as Craig is zonked out) from the comfort of the bed.
Breakfast is a feast for the eyes and the belly. Fruit platter to start, eggs the way you like it to finish, jam and toast.
And the staff are very helpful. We’ve had issues with our bank and “el jefe” Rita, let them call us. She’s also allowing us to leave our rucksacks for three days whilst we saunter off to Tayrona National Park!
Santa Marta is another place where travellers told us to skip (same as Bogota). Like Bogota, I’m glad we didn’t. It’s a cute little town where hundreds of locals flock to for their holidays. We enjoyed watching them in their best summer night gear dining on Carrera 3. This street has lots of restaurants and bars with table spilling out on the street. There are cute lights illuminating it, reminds me of Ashton Lane in Glasgow (but warm!)
Most travellers use Santa Marta as a base to travel to Tayrona National Park, Tagana (beach town, less tourists, lots of drunk travellers), Palomino (The BBC referred to this area as a ‘vacant paradise’) and Minca (waterfalls and coffee). You can catch buses from Calle 11 / Carrera 11, you can’t miss them. If you are near the market then you are close to the buses.
- How to get to Santa Marta, Colombia
Fly from Bogota £35-£75 with LAN. We’ve fallen out with Viva Colombia for making us miss our flight. Airlines also fly from Medellin
- By Bus
Approx. 17 hours from Bogota (110.000 COP) hours from Cartagena is 4 hours (28.000 COP)
- Where we stayed
La Calzada del Santo
Address: Calle 16 # 2 – 43, centro historico, 470001 Santa Marta, Colombia
Contact: + 57 5 4204538
Price: £38 (standard double) to £68 (family room)
Advice: Request the ‘Domingo’ room for rooftop celeb life!
Thank you to Rita and La Calzada del Santo for their generosity, an honest review as always