Friends, romantic and sexy Cartagena has everything! And it’s hot. So if you’re planning a trip to the city, you’ll want to make sure there’s a pool on hand to cool off in after a long day of sightseeing in the sun. Here, five hotels that are worth a stay just to take a dip with just a day pass.
CARIBE HOTEL (Bocagrande)
The Caribe Hotel has a beautiful tropical feel in a sea of extremes. This lush, colonial hotel offers an olympic size pool and sexy lounge area for adults. It’s a grown up vibe and is our #1 choice for the BEST pool in Cartagena. The sunbeds are heavenly and you’ll feel like you’re on the cover of this month’s Condé Nast Traveler. If you’re not staying in the hotel, arrange a day trip to escape the heat of Cartagena. A day pass includes lunch and use of the pool area for around $35 USD.
Hilton Hotel (Laguito)
Traveling with your family or with a group? This is by far the best pool in town for kids (and kids at heart) with a choice of 4 different pools (plus a super fun slide). Hint: Lay your towel down early before you head upstairs to the best breakfast buffet in town. It fills up early and you’ll want to grab your chair before the crowds descend en masse. As the day progresses, you may find live poolside entertainment and serenades of sweet Colombian music. Don’t forget to order a luscious Mojito or a muy picante Bloody Mary! The cost averages $20 and includes a 10% discount on food, drinks & 15% off spa services! A great deal!
Hotel Santa Clara Sofitel
This former monastery and absolutely luxurious Cartagena classic hotel is a perfect blend of colonial architecture and french luxury. It boasts the most beautiful pool in the walled city to boot and can’t be beat for luxury and sexy latin appeal. Not to miss -- the absolutely best Coco Limonade to be found anywhere! This is luxury!
Everything about this colorful colonial hotel screams Caribbean! Local character fills every corner of the hotel. It has a classy, airy, breezy decor and the infinity pool on the rooftop offers the most spectacular views of old Cartagena. It’s pure magic. A day pass that includes use of the pool and food will run about $55. The best part is that about half of that goes to your food & beverage tab.
This place is all about the pools and pool activities. Take a splash and feel like a fairy tale mermaid (or merman). With breathtaking views of the Caribbean on both sides and impeccable 5 star service and sunny Caribbean smiles from the staff, it makes for a fantastic playground for singles, families, and business travelers alike. The poolside cuisine is some of the best in the area and provides everything from ceviche to lobster! A day pass is only $33 USD.
The Beach Hostel in Punta Arena
To escape the hustle and bustle of Cartagena for a day, venture out 15 minutes by boat to the other side of Tierra Bomba Island to Punta Arena, an idyllic island retreat. This is where you’ll find white sand, blue waters and a plethora of hammocks that are actually of available to lounge in on a lazy afternoon. The bar/restaurant offers an appetizing array of island cocktails, seafood, and mouth-watering typical Colombian dishes in a laid-back vibe.
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