Cartagena Is Having a Moment—These Hotels Make It Even More Enticing

Updated 11/29/17

If you've felt the gravitational pull of Colombia calling your name lately, you're not alone. The historically rich city of Cartagena has been making waves on the travel scene, and winter is the perfect time to visit. As most people will tell you, the only place to stay in Cartagena is the historical Old Town, where most hotels are set in centuries-old Spanish colonial mansions updated with convenience and flair.

Sample true Colombian coffee, nosh on endless supplies of fresh ceviche, and walk the colorful streets of the ancient walled city. Sit poolside in your hotel's luxurious courtyard for utmost relaxation, or take a boat to Playa Blanca's white sandy beaches. At night, dance to the beat of local live music at Café Havana. Whatever you end up doing, coming home to a lush and luxe haven is always a bonus.

Look no further: These chic Cartagena, Colombia, hotels will exceed all your expectations.

For Ultimate Luxury: Casa San Agustín

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Casa San Augustin
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If you've ever researched Cartagena hotels, chances are that you have come across this design darling. Featured in many travel and interior magazines, Casa San Agustín is a favorite among industry insiders for its old-meets-new flair and its luxurious setting. Set in a trio of historic colonial buildings centered around a beautiful courtyard, it features an original aqueduct from Cartagena's walled city days.

For the Rooftop Pool: Bastión Luxury Hotel

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Bastión Luxury Hotel
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For a vibrant setting and unabashed luxury, try Cartagena's Bastión Hotel in the city's old town. Featuring a scenic rooftop pool and a restaurant that serves an authentic Cartagena de India gastronomic experience, this hotel will delight the most discerning travelers.

For an Intimate Setting: Hotel Casa Don Sancho by Mustique

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Casa Don Sancho by Mustique Hotels
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For those who loathe large-scale hotels, Casa Don Sancho by Mustique might be the perfect solution. Set in the historical center of Cartagena, this six-room hotel feels more like staying in the home of someone with immaculate taste. Despite its small scale, the property features a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace, and a breakfast spread served each morning in the dining room.

For Resort-Style Convenience: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
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For utmost convenience, travelers will love the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, which features a restaurant and bar, a luxurious spa and hammam, a fitness center, a large outdoor pool, and a dedicated concierge service. The 123-room hotel is large enough to accommodate weddings while maintaining the character and flair of Cartagena.

For a Home Away From Home: Casa Pombo

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Casa Pombo
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Not quite an Airbnb, but not quite a hotel either, the historical Casa Pombo features five luxury apartments with a contemporary twist. The large loft spaces look out on a communal patio pool set in a lush courtyard, with many of them also featuring private courtyards or balconies. The meticulously restored century-old property is a masterpiece of rich history and contemporary design.

For an Authentic Flair: Casa Pestagua

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Casa Pestagua is as close to authentic Cartagena as it gets. Set in a beautiful historical house, the 11-room property is colorful and vibrant with luxe marble floors and fountains gracing the colonial mansion grounds. The hotel also features a bar, a spa, and a deep blue pool to delight all senses.

For Your Squad: Ocean View Mansion

Cartagena Colombia Hotels — Ocean View Mansion
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Traveling with a large group and want to avoid a hotel altogether? The Ocean View, a seven-bedroom mansion in Cartagena's Old Town is ideal. Sleeping up to 14 people, the wide, open spaces of this home combine history and modern style with indoor-outdoor pools surrounded by original stone, brick walls, and cascading plants.

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