Casa San Agustin

Location: Cartagena, Caribbean Coast & Islands | Colombia

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

The gorgeous Casa San Agustin, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, is one of our top picks in Cartagena. This luxury boutique hotel is a perfect mix of historic character and contemporary style. Housed in three 18th-century mansions, it sits right in the heart of the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. Dating back 300 years, the hotel fits right in with its surroundings, and is ideal for exploring the historic and cultural attractions of this beautiful city.
Perfect forExploring Cartagena’s Old Town in style.
In the knowThis historic boutique hotel housed in buildings dating back hundreds of years. It has a perfect central location, its restaurant is one of the finest in the city and its beautiful pool, with its striking historic wall feature, is an irresistible spot to cool off from the sultry heat of Cartagena.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Honeymoon
  • History & Heritage
  • Cultural Immersion

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Casa San Agustin reflects the historic and beautiful nature of its surroundings in Cartagena’s Old Town. It was built around a 300-year-old aqueduct, vines creep along the stonework, and charming alleyways wind among the old buildings, one of which is a former nunnery - while the interiors are a haven of luxury, with plush beds, bespoke furnishings and original features such as frescoes.  

Rooms at Casa San Agustin

Casa San Agustin’s 30 beautiful rooms and suites are decorated in a traditional Colombian style, with whitewashed walls, beautiful high wooden-beamed ceilings and ornate, hand-carved doors and antique furnishings, as well as original frescoes. The décor comes courtesy of local artisans, specifically commissioned to create exquisite one-off iron four-poster beds and chandeliers.

Cartagena’s Caribbean backdrop is reflected in the marine colour scheme of whites, blues and greens. Many rooms feature balconies from which you can take in the colourful views of Cartagena and the ocean beyond, and the Premium Suites feature private patios with Jacuzzis. Some are split level, creating a deluxe home from home.

Food & Drink

The hotel’s restaurant, Alma, is a beautiful space and is acclaimed in its own right as one of Cartagena’s best restaurants, drawing visitors from far beyond the hotel itself. The speciality, as with many places in the city, is fresh seafood; the ceviche, which you can personalise with your choice of a huge range of ingredients, is a must-try. The restaurant is open all day, and is a great place to start off the day with a hearty full English breakfast or selection of baked goods, washed down with Colombian coffee. In the evening, head to the elegant mirrored bar for drinks.

Facilities

The hotel has a lovely outdoor pool, set in a quiet courtyard shaded from the hot afternoon sun, with a historic stone wall (part of the aqueduct) a stunning feature which divides it into partitions, which you can swim through beneath an arch. Towering palm trees and inviting sun loungers line the pool, and there’s a candlelit bar alongside that’s an idyllic and romantic spot for a refreshing tropical fruit cocktail.

If you’re a fan of the sun, there’s also a solarium on the pretty roof terrace, but if the heat gets a bit much, head inside to the cool and peaceful library, where you can enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and relax with a good book.

Activities at Casa San Agustin

Cartagena is renowned for the colonial beauty of its Old Town, and Casa San Agustin’s prime location is perfect for exploring it. Start off at the Palacio de la Inquisicion, where exhibits document the grisly lengths the colonial Inquisition went to in order to retain control. Then, have a wander round the Old Town before heading to the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a mighty Spanish fortress which was built in 1657.

The Convento de la Popa, perched on a hill high above the city, is well worth a visit for its beautiful chapel and the sweeping views over Cartagena and the coast.

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Hotel location

Casa San Agustin is easily reachable, with a private road transfer from Cartagena’s Rafael Nunez International Airport taking around 15 minutes.

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