I had been lucky enough to become a speaker in the Love Colombia summit in Cartagena, Colombia. I hadn’t ever made it although this Central American town had long been high on my must-visit list. After spending five days researching the romantic hotels of Cartagena and assembly with the town’s top tourism and event pros, I know firsthand what I have been missing, and I’m certain I’ll be back again!
Situated on the southern border of the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena was founded in the 16th century, and now the historic Old City is a designated UNESCO Heritage Site. The historic stone walls (originally constructed to repel invaders) enclose a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorfully painted row homes and stately stone mansions, today home hip restaurants, shops and pubs. It reminded me at times of Old San Juan, New Orleans and Panama City, Panama — not surprising once you consider that these port towns were all founded during precisely the identical Age of Exploration, and came old blending Spanish, French, English and Creole cultures.
From accommodation to dining table Cartagena is affordable, but it also offers unique style and architecture . Our advice: choose a romantic hotel, and instead Jump the beach resorts located outside the walls. There are tons of options many to mention in one area — but here are just three I loved.
Luxe: EL MARQUES HOTEL BOUTIQUE
Set at a mansion has a storied history it had been owned by a NYC art collector who threw parties for the likes of Robert De Niro John Lennon and others. It still feels much more house than resort, with just eight guestrooms. Public areas are atmospheric, together with mod-cons like wifi and a courtyard swimming pool, with wooden doors, beamed ceilings and original rock archways and walls.
The eight bedrooms have been pared down, with details that were minimal and neutral tones. The perception showcases background and sense of place a vital differentiation of Cartagena style.
The sub-level Cava Bar offers a selection and a fantastic wine list of cigars. For a private dinner, it offers setting with pirate murals and crystal chandeliers.
For events such as weddings, the open-air courtyard is quite natural.
Luxer: BASTION LUXURY HOTEL
Bastion won us over with their rooftop pool deck, the very best in town. By day, it is a wonderful place to escape from the city’s day heat (and be warned — it’s hot here, pretty much all year round!!) . At sunset the vibe transforms, before you venture out to explore the town’s dining and nightlife scene offering a spot.
Nevertheless, it isn’t simply the pool. El Gorbernador by Raucsh is one of the top restaurants in the city, offering introduced cuisine heavy. The menu was adored by us, however note: This is not the sort of meal you enjoy in a relaxed rate and rush through, but instead slow down. Remember, you’re about Cartagena time.
The 51 rooms are all distinctively appointed, with amenities like flat-screen TVs, California king beds and jetted soaking baths. As with many hotels that are historic, the rooms could be small; our guidance with double the room together with French doors open to a private terrace.
Luxest: SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA
Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena’s preeminent luxury resort has 122 rooms and suites placed inside a convent only a block. Interiors are a riot of color and detail, with ceilings, antique furnishings and art by some of the leading artists of Colombia, including paintings by Fernando Botero and gold-leaf tapestry by Olga de Ameral.
The hotel is centered around a cloister lined with galleries. Copious seating makes it a great spot to sip a drink. Or change into your lawsuit and catch a pair of chaise loungers.
Guest rooms are pretty and understated, by deciding on a suite instead though you can amp up the play and distance.
We adore the El Coro pub, which includes live music and yummy craft cocktails (and a dress code — no flip-flops, please!) . As occasions, the sky’s the limit for. The resort is a venue for the top vendors of the city in addition to international events planners attracted by the unique beauty of the property.