With rich culture, beautiful architecture, and delicious food, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Cartagena, and Casa Pestagua is the perfect city-centric stay in the walled city. Located in a restored colonial mansion turned luxury boutique hotel, the property reopened this year after a $15 million dollar renovation.
Originally built in the 18th century, Casa Pestagua was carefully restored using a variety of techniques to preserve its original Spanish architecture while incorporating modern amenities. Details that play an ode to the hotel’s past, such as a Moorish fountain and grand arches, are located throughout the property. As the only Relais & Châteaus hotel in the country, it’s a special stay with 16 rooms and suites.
The recent renovation brought updates like a refurbished lobby, a fully equipped gym, and the addition of five new suites to the beloved hotel. All the rooms are decorated with traditional furnishings, and Colombian art, and strive to highlight the hotel’s historic architecture. Its preferable location is just a short distance from most of the major city sites, which only adds to its appeal.
Onsite, the hotel has a courtyard with a swimming pool in the center, along with access to the Aurum Spa at Casa San Agustin. There is also a gourmet restaurant, dubbed Ánima, which is helmed by Colombian chef Herberto Eljach. It’s set within a Morrocan-style interior courtyard and has a menu that fixes Colombian and Caribbean flavors within every dish. After a delicious dinner, head into the Ánima Bar to get a nightcap with one of the hotel’s signature cocktails.
Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in some of Colombia’s historic sites or experience all the new property has to offer, Casa Pestagua offers visitors the best stay in Cartagena.
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
The vibe: A historic colonial mansion turned luxury boutique hotel in the center of Cartagena.
Food + Drink: With a menu filled with Colombian and Caribbean flavors, the onsite restaurant Ánima is a fan favorite. Next door, Bar Ánima serves up a whole slew of signature cocktails in a super chic space.
Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: The center courtyard transports you to another world with lush greenery and an outdoor swimming pool.
Amenities: Outdoor swimming pool; full-service gym and spa.
What’s nearby? Since the hotel is within the walled city, all of Cartagena’s most popular spots are within walking distance.
Any personal neighborhood recs? For a fun nearby drink spot, Pink Dolphin Gastrobar is a great choice.
Rooms: The hotel offers 16 uniquely designed rooms and suites.
Pricing: Rates begin at $350/night.
Closest Airport: Cartagena de Indias Airport
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