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Private Holiday Accommodation

Private holiday accommodation is the preferred choice for many visitors to Cartagena. Being an historical city with many important buildings, monuments, landmarks and archaeological sites, it seems like Cartagena doesn't have much room left for hotels. This is especially the case if you prefer accommodation with a swimming pool. For this you will need to head to the surrounding resort areas. When choosing private holiday accommodation you will find apartments that often have a communal swimming pool. There are also villas, bungalows and townhouses that have either a private or communal pool, some featuring other leisure facilities such as tennis courts.

Private Holiday Accommodation

Visitors wanting to be in or close to the city centre will need to make do with an apartment. These range in size from small studios to large penthouses with several bedrooms and bathrooms. They should come fully furnished and equipped for self catering. This should include furnishings, all kitchen appliances, cutlery and crockery, TV/HiFi/WiFi, bed linen and towels. Some apartments and ‘aparthotels' feature gardens and swimming pools, and on occasion an on-site restaurant.

Private holiday accommodation in Cartagena's surrounding residential areas offer a wider choice. As well as apartments you will find townhouses, bungalows and villas. Ones that have private gardens, pools or even tennis courts can work out rather costly. This is especially the case if you are not using the property's full capacity and the rent is split between fewer people. A less expensive choice is houses in a gated community. These usually have shared leisure facilities such as gardens, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools. tennis courts and even restaurants.

Choosing Private Holiday Accommodation

The quickest and safest way to find private holiday accommodation is through an estate or letting agent. You or the owner will be charged with the agent's commission. If the owner fronts the cost you can be sure they will get it back on their rental price. However, by going this route you can have peace of mind you've got the agent's backup should any problems arise. Agents will usually also be responsible for cleaning the property between lets and handing over the keys.

Should you wish to save yourself the agent's commission, you can source holiday lets yourself. Social media such as Facebook buy & sell groups are a good means of finding holiday lets. When renting directly from a property owner, keep a few things in mind. Be sure they, or a neighbour or friend know your time of arrival and can meet you with the keys. Make sure they have left contact numbers for any emergency services or tradesmen that may be needed if a problem should arise. Finally, if the property is in a gated community that has an annual communal fee, make sure this has been paid or you might find yourself refused use of any leisure facilities.

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