The walled city of Cartagena is home to an overwhelming number of hotels. If you wish to avoid hotel chains, travel on a budget or simply want to experience the genuine Cartagena lifestyle, here are our six favorite boutique hotels for your consideration.
Tcherassi Hotel and Spa
Tcherassi Hotel and Spa is a perfect blend of fashion, architecture and nature. The beautiful colonial architecture accents a perfect stay for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel features vertical gardens, water mirrors and a rooftop pool. Located at the heart of the city, Tcherassi Hotel+Spa is only a 5-minute walk from Santo Domingo and San Diego squares. You will also find many attractions and restaurants in this area.
Book your stay at Alfiz and enjoy an immersive experience into Cartagena's rich history! This 300-year-old house has been restored into a charming boutique hotel. Beyond its significant historic credentials, Alfiz also takes pride in its superb location. It is perfectly situated between the two oldest squares of the city: Plaza de Bolivar and Plaza de la Aduana. Take a short walk along the historic streets of the walled city and you will find the Palace of Inquisition and the Cathedral of Cartagena just a few minutes away from the hotel. The hotel also has a library room that is a beauty, full of books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in several languages. A small pool and a small terrace with Jacuzzi make this hotel an unforgettable place.
Bovedas de Santa Clara
The hotel is housed in a beautiful 19th-century Republican building featuring balconies and wonderful views of the Caribbean Sea, the emblematic city walls of Cartagena de Indias and breathtaking colonial houses. The hotel bar provides a quiet and relaxing environment with a modern and innovative design where you can enjoy some creative cocktails. Enjoy yourself on the rooftop terrace: relax, sunbathe and take in the beautiful view of the ancient city of Cartagena de Indias. You can clearly observe the most visited monuments of the city of Cartagena de Indias such as the San Felipe Castle and the Cerro de la Popa whose night view welcomes the magic of the ancient city.
Located in the heart of the Old Town, Anandá Boutique Hotel by Cosmos will take you on a elegant trip in the 16th-century Caribbean. With a perfect combination of modern style and colonial design, this 23-room boutique guarantees you a comfortable and relaxing stay. The accommodations are spacious, well-lit and boast singularity. The service is impeccable and carefully designed so that guests can fully enjoy their escape to the city of Cartagena. With a glass of wine on the terrace you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. The restaurant is amazing and affordable at the same time. It offers a wide range of delicacies from a traditional linguini with seafood to a grilled steak. This hotel also takes pride in its perfect location: most of the tourist destinations and dining areas are within walking distance.
Hotel Quadrifolio is a small, luxury hotel with historical legacy. The hotel is a work of art. Ruins from the 1700's were restored under strict conservation standards to revive the architectural charm of the colonial era. It retained the essence and perfected the rest. Located at the heart of the walled city of Cartagena, you are within walking distances to restaurants and attractions. The hotel also owns a private 38-foot speedboat available for guests to enjoy around Cartagena's bay or for a day trip to Islas del Rosario.
Casa San Agustin
Casa San Agustin is a luxurious small hotel lovingly restored and re-imagined for a new generation of travelers. It echoes Cartagena’s fresh contemporary style and colorful Caribbean sensibility. Refined yet relaxed, its trio of colonial era white-washed buildings exudes the warmth of a magnificently appointed private residence. From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín’s art and architecture evoke the city’s rich history as a 17th-century Spanish stronghold. This hotel consists of a series of open spaces, a romantic terrace leading to the swimming pool, restaurant, bar and lounge, outdoor terraces, a library, solarium, pool bar. The staff assure you a comfortable stay. Everyone, from the manager to the restaurant and bar staff is hospitable and attentive.