Cartagena, with its sun-drenched days, Caribbean Sea, and boundless colonial charm, is a honeymooner’s dream. Choosing where to spend your romantic getaway, however, can prove to be a surprisingly difficult decision. Here’s a list of our picks for honeymoon-worthy Cartagena hotels to help you narrow down the options.
1. Casa Pombo
Casa Pombo is a quaint five-suite hotel in one of Cartagena’s most prestigious and privileged locations. With the Cathedral to its right and the Governor’s Palace to its left, a stay at this 16th century restored colonial mansion guarantees not only luxury, but proximity on your honeymoon. Most of the apartment-style rooms include a private balcony, terrace and rooftop viewpoint while the rest of the hotel’s amenities include a patio pool, rooftop pool, and access to the nearby Casa Pestagua’s spa facilities.
2. Bastión Luxury Hotel
Also located in a former 16th century colonial mansion, the historic Bastión Luxury Hotel is as charming as it is full of character. With just 51 rooms, it’s an inherently tranquil refuge from the heat and hustle of Cartagena’s historic center, and never moreso than on a lounger at the hotel’s rooftop pool. For a romantic meal without ever having to leave the property, the hotel’s high-end restaurant, El Gobernador by Rausch Restaurant, is a worthy dinner option, renowned for its upscale local cuisine served with a European flair.
3. Allure Chocolat
Every honeymoon should include a rooftop infinity pool and at the Allure Chocolat, that’s exactly what you’ll find. This 72-room hotel in Cartagena’s Getsemaní neighborhood is well-situated for silhouetted sunset views of Cartagena’s historic and modern skylines, while its services include luxuries like an open-air relaxation terrace where you and your love can settle in for an invigorating couple’s massage. The hotel is also home to The Red Knife, a gastronomical gem famous for its grilled meat selection and romantic low-lit ambiance.
4. Alfiz Hotel Boutique
Combining the comfort and elegance of a 17th century colonial mansion with the service and modern amenities of a luxury boutique hotel, the Alfiz Hotel is an excellent option for honeymooners. Each of its 8 rooms is designed to pay homage to a piece of Cartagena’s history, from the La Conquista room that is decorated in honor on Cartagena’s founder Pedro de Heredia to the Indígena room that’s styled in the fashion of Cartagena’s original indigenous tribes. What makes this Cartagena hotel so unique is its ability to bring the riveting history of Cartagena into its every thoughtful detail.
5. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
For the ultimate in luxury on your honeymoon, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is the clear best choice. It blends the city’s bygone republican era with modern comforts. Its dramatic interiors, antique furnishings, and impressive art collection certainly have impact, but it’s the building itself that truly bears the hotel’s magical essence. As a revived 17th century convent, the Santa Clara Hotel is brimming with colonial history. Wandering the property, you’ll still find many of its historical elements intact from hidden windows to wells and confessionals where the Sisters of the Convent once washed away their sins.
EXTRA TIP: CASA SAN AGUSTÍN:
Luxurious chic and relaxed atmosphere at this authentic boutique hotel, which was reimagined to maintain a colonial heritage intact within three beautiful white-washing houses that compose it. It’s 20 guestrooms and 11 suites beautifully decorated preserves the authentic Colombian style, while seamlessly incorporates the modern services and amenities for travelers of today.
From original frescoes at its Library to centuries-old wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín’s architecture evoke the city’s rich history of the 17th century.
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