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Where to beautifully sleep in Cartagena, Colombia’s vibrant caribbean city

If you are going to Colombia, you will definitely be visiting Cartagena. This vibrant, colorful and sunny colonial city pairs with exotic caribbean, boho vibes and latino chicness. So, where will you sleep in Cartagena? In the walled city of course !

For my last visit to Cartagena with a large group of friends  (think 50-friends-large) I made an extensive accomodation research to find the perfect place to spend our week in Cartagena. Here are the lovely places that made it to my notebook and that I would absolutely recommend if you are planning a trip to the Colombian love capital on the Caribbean.

1. Sofitel Santa Clara 

No Cartagena hotel-ranking would be complete without this beautiful hotel.

Located a the very heart of the old city, it’s one of the go-to addresses in town. If you can’t or won’t stay at the Santa Clara, at least stop by the bar to try their signature Caribbean cocktails (those whiskey sours are good, yes oh yes). Hot tip : try a romantic dinner at the garden restaurant. It’s so peaceful and tropical and chic, you won’t be disappointed!

More info : Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena 

2. Hotel Casa India Catalina 

Since we were a very large group, some of our guests stayed at this hotel and I can assure you everyone was thrilled.

The hotel is also located inside the Old City and as many other hotels in Cartagena, Casa India Catalina is an ancient colonial house turned into a lovely hotel boutique. The staff is SO VERY friendly, rooms are cosy and the patio and swimming pool will certainly make you a happy person.

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3. Casa Estrella : Renting a Colonial house, just for yourself 

Sleeping in a colonial mansion in Cartagena, why not?

When I first thought about staying for a week in a 300-yeard-old palace with 12 friends I was kind of skeptical about our (financial) capacities in doing so. Well, Casa Estrella was the answer to everything we asked for: a 7-bedroom, 9 bathrooms, 4-floors colonial house with delightful antique furniture, ball-room with typical Cartagena balconies overlooking old city streets, a bar, 16 seats dining room… and a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the city. Every single day of my vacation I felt like a rich Countess enjoying my tropical palace. So… why not? Oh : staff AND breakfast is included in the booking and there’s always a maid ready to cook for you… Really : what else ?

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4. Casa Roman : Your colonial home away from home


Same owners of Casa Estrella bought another colonial house and turned it into a 3-apartment beautiful furnished hotel. You can rent the whole house (as we did) or just the apartments separately. They can arrange extra beds if needed and will serve you breakfast in your apartment living room or by the rooftop pool. Oh, and there is a supermarket right downstairs for self-caterers and you are 2 minutes away from the main Plaza de la Aduana. Really, book it now.

More info : Casa Roman

5. Casa Maria : Tropical Luxury just for you 

I really wanted to rent this one for my husband and our friends but couldn’t arrange dates. So I am keeping this little jewel for my next vacation in town. Why was I so obsessed with this house ? Well …. Think about a colonial house turned into a high-end modern tropical paradise. Yes. Admit you also want a piece of this!

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Other great sleeping options :

And here are other hotels and houses that made it to my Cartagena address book : 

– Hotel Alfiz :
– Casa La Fe :
– Casa Veranera :
– Casa El Carretero :
– Casa Lola :

Have you been to Cartagena and have a great place to share? Please comment below. I’d love to hear !

This piece was originally posted in my travel and adventrues blog: Try The Sky

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