Thinking of visiting Cartagena, Colombia? It’s easy to see why. Known for it’s colorful streets, vibrant nightlife, delicious food, and cultural history Cartagena’s lure has helped grow the country’s tourism by nearly 28% from the past year. Cartagena de Indias, also known as the “Old City”, is protected by 13km of stone wall and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. When thinking of where to stay there are many considerations to make. Are you looking for a modern and minimal experience? Or do you want to immerse yourself in the deep romance and history this city has to offer? I’ve put together my guide on where to stay in Cartagena for you today.
Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa
Thanks to Kiwi Collection, the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels, I was able to experience two different properties during my stay. Both were beautiful and conveniently situated in the city, but also entirely different. My first stop upon arrival in Cartagena was Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa.
I immediately fell in love with the hotel’s old-world charm and romance . The main foyer, and home to Harry’s Bar, is draped in ivy and the focal point of the hotel. The spiral staircase at the far end caught my eye instantly and I knew that the Santa Teresa was a very special place. Once we were taken up to our room we were greeted with delicious fruit and a signature coconut lemonade that made the humidity outside bearable.
Our room was a soothing blue and had a balcony that over-looked the main lobby and you could see out into the city. It was the most wonderful sight to wake up to. Our bed was fluffy, comfortable, and was the perfect spot to rest your feet at the end of a long day of exploring. The marble bathroom had a large vanity, whirlpool tub, and rain shower that added to the luxury.
Another highlight that cannot be missed is the rooftop pool. Around 2pm each day, when the heat became unbearable, the pool was the only place I wanted to be. You can also enjoy breakfast poolside at Terrace, which we enjoyed each morning. They offer a wide spread of fresh fruit, arepas, eggs, baked goods, and more.
My takeaway: I would 100% recommend the Hotel Santa Teresa to anyone coming to Cartagena.The location is perfectly situated near lots of shopping, the historic Teatro Adolfo Mejia, and a scenic walk along the historic wall.
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa
The Tcherassi name is synonymous with Cartagena. Silvia Tcherassi, a famed local designer from Baranquilla, opened the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in a restored historical colonial building that now houses 42 rooms, 2 restaurants, a café, and a Tcherassi boutique. Upon arrival you’ll feel as though you’re entering someone’s home. The intimate lobby is beautifully decorated and has given me so much design inspiration.
We enjoyed breakfast each morning at the restaurant downstairs, Café Tcherassi. They had some of the most delicious chocolate croissants I have ever had (apparently Colombia is known for having delicious bread) and the freshest fruit. You can order a la carte or enjoy the fruit and bread buffets they put out each morning depending on your mood. But, you can also save your appetite because once you leave the hotel you are steps away from some of the best dining in the city. Be sure to check out La Cevicheria and Juan Del Mar – only a block or two away from the hotel.
As with most hotels in Cartagena, I’m finding the pool to be a lovely respite from the heat of the city. Tcherassi Hotel + Spa had a lovely rooftop pool complete with cabanas and Terraza Tcherassi, a rooftop restaurant to satisfy your hunger cravings.
I hope this guide was helpful! If you have any more questions about where to stay in Cartagena, or what the properties were like, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP. And be sure to look out for the full Cartagena travel guide, coming soon!
My stay was made possible by Kiwi Collection. All opinions and words are 100% my own.