Colombia’s most famous coastal city attracts visitors from all over the world with its walkable fortress walls, charming cobblestone streets and unspoiled colonial architecture. While it may look stately and unchanging on the outside, conservative and avant-garde meet inside of many of Cartagena’s luxury and boutique hotels. We selected the best hotels based on aesthetics, design, price and location. Here are our favorites.
BASTIóN LUXURY HOTEL
From $270 per night
Located in the heart of the historic Old Walled City of Cartagena, Hotel Bastión is housed in a 16th century colonial mansion that has been extensively renovated and transformed into one of the city’s finest luxury hotels. The hotel is designed in an English colonial style, but with all the amenities of a modern hotel. The hotel’s rooftop pool offers enviable views of the city and the onsite spa offers a full range of relaxing treatments.
MOVICH CARTAGENA DE INDIAS
From $299 per night
As part of the Movich Collection, Movich Cartagena exceeds the high standards of other hotels in Latin America. Its spacious suites are decorated in marble and natural stone, helping to keep you cool in the midday heat. The rooftop pool and bar area offers excellent sunrise and sunset views and is a great place to relax after a day of exploring Cartagena’s historic streets. The hotel’s on-site restaurant Oceanika serves Colombian fusion cuisine accompanied by fine wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
TCHERASSI Hotel + Spa
From $209 /night
This ultra-modern boutique hotel is located in the heart of historic Cartagena. Inspired by fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, this unique hotel features a modern design that still manages to feel natural and welcoming. Housed in a 250-year-old mansion, the hotel also boasts high ceilings, wooden floors, private balconies, a full-service spa and an excellent Italian restaurant.
CASA DE ARZOBISPADO
From $227 /night
Literally meaning “Archbishop’s House”, this boutique hotel features a charming colonial style decor using carved wood and cast iron fixtures. The suites are connected by a mezzanine level guarded by a vine-covered railing overlooking the interior courtyard and pool area. The suites feature colonial design elements, including brick arches, stone floors, stucco walls and high wood-beam ceilings. If you want to stay in one of Cartagena’s authentic historical treasures, head to Casa de Arzobispado.
Set in a former colonial mansion, Hotel Quadrifolio offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. High-ceilinged suites with Venetian shutters, antique wood furniture and clay tile floors overlook an interior courtyard covered in vines and dwarf palms.With just eight rooms, each with a unique look and feel, Hotel Quadrifolio is the ideal place to explore the historic streets of Cartagena, or if you want to go further afield, the hotel’s Staff can arrange day trips to Isla Grande on the coast.
Hotel BOUTIQUE SANTO TORIBIO, San Toribio
From $122 /night
This boutique hotel features contemporary classic architecture in historic Cartagena. The rooftop pool and bar offer great views, and the hotel offers massages in the rooftop wellness centre shaded by wooden trellises. Suites feature balconies, comfortable beds and stone floors to keep you cool during the hot days. Guests staying in the Santo Toribio Hotel’s “Magical Room” can enjoy a complimentary dinner for two at Agave, the hotel’s on-site restaurant.
HOTEL SUMMER FRENTE AL MAR
While Cartagena is famous for its towering Spanish-era colonial walls and charming narrow cobblestone streets, travelers looking for a place to stay outside the walls and close to the beach should head to the summertime freedom of Alma. The rooftop pool, restaurant and bar are great places to relax and soak up the ocean breeze and summer sunshine. The suites are decorated in a modern style and some have sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows.Frente Al Mar is just across the street from La Boquilla beach and a short drive from the airport, making it a great location at an affordable price.