Photo courtesy of Hotel Casa San Agustin
Casa San Agustín
Casa San Agustín occupies three whitewashed colonial buildings sheltered from the bustling streets of Old Town Cartagena. A former aqueduct, the structure includes a swimming pool tunneling through its stately remnants. Inside, common spaces feature a mix of art and artifacts with contemporary wicker furnishings and marble floors. The small boutique property has 20 rooms and 10 suites that are bright, cozy, and a bit more polished and modern than some of the other historic properties nearby. Units all have ceilings of thick wood beams that are hundreds of years old, and some feature patios with hot tubs, or brick terraces with views of surrounding buildings. Minibars are refilled daily, and luxury Italian bath products are provided. There’s also plenty of space to unwind, namely a library with original frescoes, and a long wooden bar sitting beside a ceiling-high wine cabinet. It’s a good idea to make reservations in advance for dinner at Alma, considered among the city's best restaurants, where the upscale international cuisine includes fresh ceviche and dry-aged beef cured on-site.
Stay in Cartagena like royalty
Staying at the Casa San Agustin was a dream. This small luxurious hotel is tucked away from the bustling street activity, and has amenities that could quite possibly keep you from leaving the place. Begin your day with a complimentary breakfast, take a few laps in the pool, followed by a mojito (or 3 mojitos), lunch, and if your body allows, take a few steps outside the gate and you'll be quickly immersed in Cartagena culture.
By Jason Seldon, AFAR Staff
la No. 36 44, Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
+57 5 6810000