I spent an entire week at Casa Carolina in October 2017, and I will definitely stay there again when in Santa Marta. It is truly a marvelous gem of a hotel in the midst of the historic center of town. Located in a somewhat gritty street, one is surprised to enter this heavenly oasis of beauty and tranquility. This historic building with an awesome courtyard was completely renovated and transformed ingeniously into a modern boutique hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms including all amenities, a nice restaurant, and a variety of outdoor areas for lounging. The rooms were very clean, and all open into the inner courtyard where there are two pools. There is a small pool on the roof, and a hot tub. The staff was wonderful and strove to make sure that we were happy. ANY issue that the four of us had, although almost non-existent, was handled immediately, professionally, and happily. Some say that the surrounding neighborhood isn't safe, but we walked to Parque de Novios in the night without ever feeling the slightest danger. If you decide not to leave the hotel, their restaurant was spectacular. The food was wonderful and again, the service impeccable. If you don't need a beach view, I highly recommend Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina. We had a wonderful experience.