No. 1 | CASA POMBO
The cream of the crop, Casa Pombo has it all; exquisite colonial architecture in a deliciously elegant mansion.
As one of the oldest properties in Cartagena's historic centre, this palatial casa is one of the most exciting renovation projects the city has seen.
Its foundations dating back to 1533, the 16th century Casa Pombo is awash with history - believed to be the residence of Cartagena's Archbishop and 19th century war hero Don Manuel de Anguiano among others.
Behind its reassuringly heavy hardwood door is a world of luxury and opulence, where five private restored suites (each sporting their own private balcony) serve up unique characteristics to ensure your stay is nothing less than enchanting.
Its most striking features include a three-storey slate courtyard waterfall and luscious dining room. The rooftop overlooking the old city for sunset cocktails underlines its seven-star feel. For un uber-luxury experience book yourself into one of the suites with a rooftop pool or the 200 sq m dining room if you're looking to entertain.
No. 2 | CASA PESTAGUA
Nestled in the heart of the old city, you’ll be smitten with the baroque charm of Casa Pestagua.
Owned by the 18th Century Count of Pestagua, this Moorish palace-style hotel features apricot pastel arches surrounding a beautiful indoor patio.
Soak up the decor-to-die-for over dinner, or unwind at the boutique spa, spending the night in one of the mansion's deliciously decadent suites.
The Casa Pestagua Hotel & Spa was formerly home to the Count of Pestagua, a rich 18th Century slave trader. Rooms are decorated with antique Republican period furniture complete with marble en suite bathrooms and ornamental beds.
Casa Pestagua Hotel & Spa hosts some of Cartagena's most star-studded soirees, so don't be surprised if you bump into the likes of Julio Iglesias, Isabella Rossellini or Javier Bardem by the pool, all have appeared on the hotel's glittering guest list.
No. 3 | CASABLANCA B&B
Slip into the contemporary coolness weaved carefully into the colonial charms of this privileged luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Cartagena's historic centre.
As you walk through Asian-inspired garden pools and look up at sunlight glinting through lush tropical vegetation, you could be in paradise.
When you discover Casablanca B&B's opulent suites, you will realise that you are.
The ample rooms come blessed with a masterful contemporary style complete with gorgeous coral stone marble floors and 800-thread Egyptian cotton bed linens. We like junior suit No. 4 for its glorious open-air bathroom.
There was no scrimping by hotel owner Roberto Lopez in the hotel's loving renovation, placing comfort and quality in every corner.
Hotel Casablanca B&B's expansive 300 sq m roof terrace offers sun-lovers the perfect place to top up the tan or enjoy one of the hotel's spa treatments. Grab a gin and tonic in the best gin joint in town - Casablanca B&B's rooftop Jacuzzi - and drop a few Bogart-inspired lines as you watch the sun go down over the bronzed old town.
No. 4 | HOTEL QUADRIFOLIO
Tranquil and beautiful, Hotel Quadrifolio is the place for Cartagena’s most relaxing stay.
Upon arrival at this boutique gem, guests are treated to a cool mint lemonade, to be sipped whilst perusing the tasteful 2006 refit by the King of Colombian interiors, Miguel Soto.
Taking its name from the lucky four-leaf clovers used by the Spanish to ventilate Cartagena's most precious colonial architecture, this low-key boutique hotel has built a reputation for elegance, privacy, comfort and service.
Quadrifolio's eight luxury suites preserve the essence of the 17th century property while adding the contemporary touches expected by today's savvy travellers. Put your feet up and drink in the atmosphere in one of the chic cane chairs overlooking the courtyard pool.
If you're looking for lady luck to bless a romantic trip to Colombia's most passionate city or to shine down on a strictly business visit to the jewel in the Caribbean crown, this intimate and stylish location is perfect for every occasion.
No. 5 | CASA SAN AGUSTIN
Casa San Agustin draws in the crowds with its elegant décor fusing Spanish and Caribbean influences, together with top-notch service and authentic Caribbean food.
Perfectly placed in the heart of Cartagena's old town, tucked next to Plaza del Estudiante, Hotel Casa San Agustin is full of antique character.
A fusion of three elegant mansions, the hotel has preserved much of its original architecture including frescos in the library and centuries-old wood paneled ceilings.
Its main feature, a large L-shaped swimming pool wraps around a courtyard garden and underneath a 300-year-old aqueduct conjoining the hotel's inner walls.
Casa San Agustin boasts 24 standards rooms and six spacious suites, beautifully decorated in various hues of blue. You can spoil yourself in the Premium Room, which offers a private terrace with a plunge pool or Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens.
Delight in tasty Caribbean fare at the hotel's lovely alfresco courtyard restaurant Alma, its specialties including conch, ceviche and made-to-order cocktails.