La Passion Hotel Boutique
35-81 Carrera 5
Photo courtesy of La Passion Hotel
La Passion HotelThis small boutique property in Cartagena's walled historic zone is accessed through a discreet blue door, setting the tone for a low-key experience. With just eight rooms and a maximum of 16 guests, the hotel maintains a quiet atmosphere amid a distinctively decorated 19th-century building. Designed by French film producer and theater designer Thierry Forte, who owns the property with his Colombian wife, La Passion balances original elements like black-and-white-tile flooring with unusual antiques, such as brass gramophones and heavy wooden chests throughout the common areas and guest rooms. Brightly painted accent walls, abstract art, and colorful decorative objects keep things from feeling too fusty, as does an indoor garden of tropical flowers, vines, and trees soaring through an interior courtyard. Best of all, the standout rooftop pool and restaurant are typically uncrowded, making the surrounding panoramic city views all the more stunning.