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Casa Pestagua

Carrera 3 #33-63, El Centro
+57 315 889 2698

An oasis of remarkable peace and calm near Santo Domingo Square and the buzzing heart of the city of Cartagena, it is said that Casa Pestagua is the most beautiful residence in all of Cartagena.

This multi-award-winning charming boutique hotel within a colonial mansion, Casa Pestagua is an upscale option within the walled city, which was built for the Count of Pestagua in the 18th Century.

Painted ceilings, carved stone windows, and courtyards with royal palms swaying in the welcome breeze await you. The centrepiece pool in the charming lush exotic garden invites you to refresh yourself.

This Moorish-inspired colonial palace was constructed in the eighteenth century, during a time of great splendor for the city, with Spanish galleons laden with gold and precious stones anchored in the bay.

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Under their beautiful ceilings, the eleven spacious rooms are unmistakably romantic. They are individually decorated with antique furnishings. 

Some have frescoed ceilings with original tapestries, while others have balconies overlooking the bustling city streets.
With fantastic views over the walled city and a lovely relaxing atmosphere, a stay here is always going to be memorable.

The large, open-air restaurant under the portico inspires aristocratic meals, while Claude Pimont, the charismatic Maître de Maison, welcomes you with such energetic warmth you will feel as though you were the actual Count of Pestagua.

Cuisine in the pretty indoor and outdoor dining areas is a combination of international and Colombian dishes. Not surprisingly this romantic hotel is popular for weddings.

With an attached wine cellar, the restaurant serves a spectacular dinner, while the breakfast is renowned throughout the city.

Attention to detail is superb and very personal, with specially selected music playing in your room upon arrival. Even those who usually would shun the hot tub may be tempted to take to the bubbly water for the amazing view across the city from the rooftop tub.

Hotel Quadrifolio

Calle del Cuartel, Carrera 5 #36-118, El Centro
+57 605 664 6053

Staying here at the stunning, upscale Hotel Quadrifolio, a marvelously restored 17th. century Colombian mansion has the feeling of a private home. Children are welcome, unlike many other similar properties in Cartagena.

Eight individually decorated rooms in Caribbean-inspired décor are scattered over three floors, overlooking the amazing inner courtyard or across the bustling city of Cartagena.

17th. century origins are visible through vaulted ceilings, carved wood furniture and windows with ancient shutters.

Some rooms even have four poster beds to add to the ambiance, while the bathrooms are sumptuous. Rooms are all fully equipped with high-tech extras to accommodate the modern age.

A rooftop whirlpool with a sundeck provides a place to relax and soak up the rays. This is a very popular area in the evenings, where the cool breeze compensates for the heat of the day.

The hotel has its own private 38-foot speed boat which can accommodate up to eighteen people. Excursions to the islands are possible or just a cruise around the bay. Hotel Quadrifolio has a prime location within the historic walled city of Cartagena. It is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, bars and many tourist attractions. 

Cathedral de Santa Catalina and Plaza de la Aduana are minutes away.

Bastión Luxury Hotel

Calle del Sargento Mayor No. 6 – 87
+57 605 642 4100

This hotel is situated on one of those brightly colored bougainvillea-lined streets that conjure up the very essence of the historic walled city of Cartagena. There is something magical about the imposing entry to the Bastión. As you pass through from the busy street, a narrow passageway leads across wrought iron gates to a stunning courtyard.

The lobby area has the air of an elegant living room, rather than that of a hotel reception.

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The hotel is found on a quiet street adjacent to any amount of shops, restaurants and bars. Tourist attractions are also close to hand. Bocagrande with all its nightlife and the airport are only fifteen minutes away.

Rooms at the Bastión are classically elegant, with a thoughtfully designed colonial décor that is fresh and modern. White fluffy bedding contrasts well with the brown and tan tones of the room and furniture, which seems as though the pieces have been acquired over time rather than all in one from a commercial warehouse. Very classy.

There is a wonderful rooftop pool and bar, with a small spa and fitness center. This is an aquatic oasis that serves guests well especially during the soaring daytime temperatures.

Views from this vantage point are sensational, all the way across the city to the Caribbean and Bocagrande, whose towering skyscrapers are dominant in the distance.

The juxtaposition of old and new creates a fascinating view unlike any other in Cartagena.

El Gobernador, the Bastión restaurant, is open all day. It features a menu of modern Colombian cuisine sourced with fresh local ingredients. Directed by the Rausch brothers, highly regarded Colombian restauranteurs, El Gobernador is one of the city’s most sought-after dinner spots. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Bastión is an excellent option for those seeking Old World charm with modern comfort. It is one of the larger upscale hotels within the Walled City,  with an acclaimed restaurant, rooftop bar and pool and sumptuous rooms with deluxe amenities.

Hotel Casa del Coliseo

Calle del Coliseo #35 – 23, El Centro
+57 605 660 0566

A magnificent 17th. century mansion fully restored with modern luxuries, the entire property has been styled by prestigious Colombian designer Juan Carlos Arcila. Casa del Coliseo has a prime location in the historic walled center of Cartagena, within walking distance of restaurants, bars and tourist attractions including Plaza de Bolívar and the famous Clock Tower.

The airport and Bocagrande with its hopping nightlife are just fifteen minutes away.

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The hotel entrance leads into a tastefully decorated entrance hall, which in turn leads to the stairs where the rooms are located. Each of the twelve rooms are personally decorated, with none the same. All exude casual elegance and feel like home rather than a hotel.

A neutral color palette of grey, white and cream prevails, with high wood-beamed ceilings creating an airy atmosphere. The bathrooms are spectacularly modern while amenities abound including flat-screen TVs, i-pod docks and minibars.

Casa del Coliseo does not have its own restaurant as such, although it does serve a hearty breakfast. There are several excellent restaurants nearby. There is a rooftop pool that is surrounded by towering palm trees and colorful plants. The late afternoon is an excellent time to enjoy this tranquil oasis.

Casa del Coliseo is a luxurious, small establishment that is a wonderful space to return to after a day exploring Cartagena.

La Passion by Masaya

Carrera 5 #35-81, El Centro
+57 310 594 1837

French owner Thierry Forte and his Colombian wife Lilliana have restored a beautiful old colonial building and created a stylish boutique hotel, La Passion.

Located in the historic center of Cartagena, La Passion by Masaya amazes with its charm; from its colonial architecture, refined decoration, and spacious rooms to its terrace with pool and incredible views of the city. The facilities of La Passion will transport guests back to the 16th century, in one of the most romantic and magical cities in Colombia.

A small boutique hotel in a Spanish Colonial manor house, it is quiet, intimate and about as elegant as it gets. Its size would hardly qualify it as a hotel at all were it not for several remarkable big-hotel luxuries, most notably the rooftop swimming pool and the terrace cocktail bar. Evenings on the balcony are amazing as the rooftop pool is exquisite. Service is top-notch as well.

There are eleven spacious rooms so there is a limited amount of people able to stay on the property, mercifully keeping the hotel uncrowded and relaxed. Given the inherently romantic nature of the place, guests tend to spend more time than usual in the enormous and stunning guest rooms. Interiors are simple, but far from minimal with the original 17th. century marble flooring, some classic antique furnishings contrasting with the occasional modern element, like printed wallpaper with bright, contemporary colors.

With sound-proofed windows and modern facilities such as excellent internet and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, there is everything one could possibly need. 

Balconies provide a perfect setting for private al fresco lounging and the ambiance of the historic city centre of Cartagena makes for an inspiring backdrop. This hotel has an á la carte restaurant serving local cuisine, with an excellent breakfast served every morning.

La Passion is within hailing distance of many attractions including Cartagena’s Gold Museum and the  Palace of the Inquisition. It is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Passion does not have to declare itself loudly.

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