There are many reasons to visit Cartagena, Colombia’s Caribbean gem, from its stunning old town, to its proximity to tropical islands and white-sand beaches, to its incredible Creole cuisine. For lovers of stylish boutique hotels, this fairy-tale city impresses with a wealth of affordable options, all of which offer great style (from traditional to quirky), impeccable service, and great rates.
Here are our three favorite Cartagena boutique hotels that won’t break the bank:
Conveniently located in the heart of the historic center, this 8-room boutique hotel combines old world charm with modern amenities, including air conditioned guest rooms, a small pool, a sundeck with Jacuzzi, free WiFi, and impeccable service.
Re-opened in 2008 following two years of renovations, the Alfiz Hotel Boutique tells the city’s story with its themed rooms (Colony, Pirates, Independence, Republic). The colonial-era property also includes a 2-bedroom duplex apartment that's great for families. Rooms are available starting at $145 per night, a great rate, especially considering that it includes breakfast.
Quirky Casa Lola is the perfect fit for travelers looking to get away from the old town’s crowds. Located in hip Getsemaní (part of the outer walled city but just a 5-minute walk to the inner walled city), this 10-room property enchants guests with its signature pools that wind their way through the hotel and its shady, tropical garden.
A traditional colonial building from the outside, on the inside artwork and furniture assembled from around the globe create the hotel’s unique, eclectic look and feel. Rates start at $180 per night, including WiFi, breakfast, and a welcome cocktail.
Casa La Fe
A top-ranked hotel on TripAdvisor, Casa La Fe’s defining feature is its shady courtyard and garden, where guests can enjoy breakfast, unlimited coffee, and a nightly happy hour. Most of the boutique hotel’s rooms are centered around it, while a few feature private balconies looking out over one of the city’s parks.
With a prime location in the heart of the old town, the classic property’s nightly rates, from $138, are a great deal and include free airport transfers with a 2-night stay or more.