4 stars

Casa Lola

     

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    Of all the new hotels opening in Jet-Set-Mani, Casa Lola has done most to change outdated perceptions of Cartagena's thriving cultural quarter.

    The creation of celebrated Madrid-based architect, Ignacio 'Nacho' Garcia de Vinuesa and his partner Rafael Rios Reguera, this modern 10-room property has been shaped intelligently from two crumbling Republican mansions.

    Drawing on a career designing high-end clubs, bars and restaurants in the Spain, Panama and the US, 'Nacho' has created an eclectic multi-cultural interiors palette for discerning, design-conscious travelers looking to kick back by day and trip the light fantastic in Getsemani's happening clubs and bars at night.

    Also responsible for fitting out one of Cartagena's most luxurious restaurant experiences, Erre by Ramon Freixa, 'Nacho' has been creating some of Cartagena's most sophisticated spaces with his rough-cut, well-traveled style.

    Nacho's eclectic interiors combine a soft spot for the Spanish pop art duo, Manolo Caceres and Jose Miranda with Feng Shui, exposed walls, up-cycled relics rescued from the renovation and bespoke rough-cut wooden furniture shipped in from Spain.

    From the rooftop pool with a view of the castle to the plunge pool and fountains at ground level, water runs through the three-storey property to freshen up the shared outside spaces.

    Walls of industrial-powered fans, Bali-style daybeds and the free-flowing water features help create a stylish, shady snug perfect to escape the crowds and get away from the searing Caribbean sun during the day. Sun-worshipers have the option of roasting themselves by the hotel's rooftop pool and Jacuzzi to the backdrop of San Felipe Castle.

    Each of the comfortably fitted bedrooms and suites are equally well decked out and come with their own particular style. Even standard bedrooms are spacious but if you are looking for a little added legroom we suggest you opt for number 10 of the Casa Lola top 10. The master suite looking down onto the towering Nispero tree in the interior patio has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer extra light and an entertaining, inside-outside bathroom.

    The adjacent property is home to Casa Lola Apartments, which can be rented individually or together for groups of up to 12 people.

    THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
    * Intimate chill-out space perfect for relaxing or getting the party started
    * Being in the thick of the hippest, most happening barrio in Cartagena and being able to get away from it all when you need some peace and quiet
    * Sophisticated interiors by one of the most accomplished architects working in Cartagena
    * You get more bang for you buck from hotels in Getsemani. Casa Lola's rates are very competitive compared to hotels in the Historic Centre
    * Close proximity to some of the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena, including great coffee and juice at Ceiba Juice Bar and fantastic cocktails at Malagana Café & Bar
    * The hotel is small enough to rent out the entire place between friends and turn it into your own luxurious holiday home-from-home
    * Open-minded and accommodating staff that take their lead from the cultured Spanish owners.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    * Nacho's interiors are not designed for paranoid parents. There are more child-friendly hotels in Cartagena than Casa Lola
    * Getsemani is not Bocagrande or Centro. There are real people living there. Some of them look a little moody but they're not! Use common sense and it is as safe (or safer) as anywhere in the world
    * If you want to book the entire place during high season you need to get your skates on and book well in advance
    * Rooms at the front of the house are blessed with street views. The view comes with traffic 

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    FACILITIES:

    • Air Conditioning
    • Dry cleaning
    • Swimming Pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • TV
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Safe Deposit Box

    Address and contact

    ADDRESS: Getsemaní, Calle del Guerrero No 29-108, Cartagena, Colombia
    TEL: +57 (5) 660 9128
    OPENING HOURS: 06:00
    CHECK-IN: 15:00
    CHECK-OUT: 12:00
    ROOMS: 10
    FOOD: Breakfast Included
    From $ 157/night
    2 nights

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    • Standard Double (Low Season)
      $ 157/night
      Hotel Casa Lola is decorated with a fine mixture of antiques, artisan and modern elements, reflected in every guest room. They are equipped with LCD cable TV and a minibar. THIS RATE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN HIGH SEASON (Dec 15-Jan15)
    • Standard Twin (Low Season)
      $ 157/night
      Hotel Casa Lola is decorated with a fine mixture of antiques, artisan and modern elements, reflected in every guest room. They are equipped with LCD cable TV and a minibar. THIS RATE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN HIGH SEASON (Dec 15-Jan15)

     

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    Casa Lola Getsemaní, Calle del Guerrero No 29-108, Cartagena, Colombia
    From USD$ 157
    per night
    4 stars