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Where to Stay in Cartagena

Cartagena has a population of just over 200,000, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. The old town and port area, which is where most visitors will spend their time, is quite small. Walking from one end to the other should take about 15 minutes.

For this reason, we recommend to stay anywhere south of Paseo de Alfonso XIII. The NH Cartagena Hotel has the best overall location, followed by the B&B Hotel. Several touristic apartments also have great locations such as the Apartamentos turísticos Puerta Real and the San Sebastián Suites.

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Our Favorite Hotels in Cartagena, Spain



The 4-star NH hotel is, without a doubt, one of the best hotels in Cartagena and our personal favorite. It features a superb location in a quiet pedestrian street in the very heart of Cartagena. It’s situated right across from the Palacio Consistorial, next to the port and is also very close to the Naval Museum and the Roman Theater.

The décor is elegant but simple. The rooms’ wooden floors contrast with the dark furniture and the white beds. Most rooms feature stunning views of the bay and/or the adjacent Consistorial Palace. Superior rooms also have a balcony and a Nespresso machine.

Guests can enjoy a meal or drink at the Cibus gastrobar, which offers seasonal cuisine.

Private parking is available on site. Note that it is accessed via a vehicle elevator that some guests consider uncomfortably tight. In any case, if you plan to park at the hotel, we recommend you to book a room that includes free parking. Otherwise, it costs 19€/day.

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The B&B Hotel Cartagena Cartagonova is a recently renovated 4-star accommodation located 10 min walk away from the Roman Theater and 15 min from the port.

The décor at the B&B Cartagonova is modern and minimal. Deluxe and superior rooms have a minibar and coffee/tea making facilities. However, there is also free coffee and tea for all guests at the reception area 24h/day.

At this property, they take sustainability seriously. They have proudly gone plastic free and they also offer free breakfast to the guests that opt out of the room cleaning service.

Note that this hotel doesn’t have a restaurant or room service. However, there is a variety of bars and restaurants in the surroundings.

Private parking is available on site and costs 15€/day.

The B&B Hotel Cartagonova offers great value for the money and is one of the best hotels in Cartagena.

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