Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia, is among the most beautiful colonial cities in America. Its paved streets, its colourful houses and its Caribbean atmosphere are just some of its attractions.
This Colombian city is recognised as World Heritage Site. It was founded by Pedro de Heredia in 1533 and it maintains its colonial style in many buildings. Moreover, its group of fortifications is one of the most complete ones in South America.
No traveller in Colombia can walk past this city. There are many services for the tourist on its streets: souvenirs shops, restaurants and a good number of hotels. Among all of them, we have selected the ones that give you the option of spending the night inside a colonial building or very close to one. They are small and cosy boutique hotels that will surely delight you.
Boutique hotels in Cartagena de Indias
Casa Claver Loft Boutique Hotel
10 minutes away from the beach, this beautiful hotel is inside a building dating back to the 17 century that was remodelled with great care. Casa Claver is located in the historical centre of Cartagena de Indias and it offers the latest services to its clients. It has four standard rooms and four spacious lofts. Each one of them is individually decorated and they have WiFi, fridge, air conditioning or iPad dock available. Moreover, the lofts include a living room and a kitchen.
The heated swimming pool in the rooftop is a must-see, and the solarium beside it offers wonderful views over the old city.
Casa Mila Hotel Boutique By HMC
Choosing Casa Mila as your place to stay in Cartagena de Indias only has good sides: from its wonderful breakfast to its location, just 400 meters away from Bolívar park. A short walk will take you from this hotel to the Gold Museum or to the Palace of Inquisition. The city walls are just 10 minutes away on foot from the building’s entrance.
Its rooms are elegantly and simply furnished, with ceiling fans, typical Caribbean. In addition, nothing better for hot days than a nice dive in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool.
Casa Pizarro Hotel Boutique
Exposed beans, ceiling fans, white sheets and lots of sunlight. Those are common on all five rooms that Casa Pizarro Hotel offers to its guests. With a reception desk open 24 hours a day, this beautiful building is just meters away from the Gold Museum.
The common areas are furnished with lots of plants and even with a fountain that gives the building that characteristic colonial style. On of the best places of the hotel is its rooftop terrace. There you can get 360º views over the city. Moreover, the restaurant and the lounge area are up there, so you can enjoy some relax time with a view.
Movich Hotel Cartagena de Indias
From its swimming pool or from the bar, both located on the rooftop terrace, you can watch a beautiful sunset over the sea, because this hotel is just 10 minutes away from the beach on foot. Moreover, you can enjoy a wonderful cocktail after a day of sightseeing on the hotel’s bar.
Movich Hotel Cartagena is located in a beautiful cobbled street in the city centre. Moreover, it is very close to lots of touristic places, shops and restaurants. Its rooms are elegantly furnished, and they have big beds, a selection of pillows and ceiling fans. Also, its bathrooms have double showers.
Have you decided your favourite hotel yet? Or do you know another one that should be on this list?
Where to change money in Colombia
When visiting this city, you will need Colombian pesos for your expenses, so do not forget to exchange your money with Global Exchange, either before the trip or once you are in Colombia. Global Exchange is in Colombia, under the name Globo Cambio, since January 2015 and you can find its branches in Bogotá, Medellín or Cartagena, both in airports and in the streets. Ckeck out this map to know where they are located:
And if you are already there and you plan on changing money upon your arrival (or your coming back home), we will make it easier with a 15% on the margin applied to your change at any of the Colombian branches. To benefit from the discount, show this coupon at the branch and start your trip off on the right foot.