Casa del Arzobispado Hotel
What We Love
- Daily American breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- A private outdoor pool secluded from the city’s hustle and bustle
- You can take one of the loaner bikes for a spin around Cartagena
- High-ceilinged rooms filled with antiques, but with all the modern comforts
What To Know
- Children 17 and under are not permitted
- Some rooms are on the first floor looking onto the pool
- Pets are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built in the 17th century and later the home of Antonio José de Ayos, a hero of Colombia’s war of independence, the 10-room boutique Casa del Arzobispado takes inspiration from the colonial era, filling its many nooks and crannies with religious art. The same Spanish Colonial style extends to the rooms and suites, which are well furnished with antique pieces as well as modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers and L’Occitane bath products. Spa services are available upon request, and daily breakfast is included. Go for a dip in the courtyard pool or catch a glimpse of the historic Cartagena de Indias (the Walled City) from second floor rooms or the rooftop terrace.
In the Area
While Cartagena’s historic vibe is certainly a big part of its charm, the city’s restaurants and shopping are decidedly 21st century. Prep for a night on the town with some local threads; hit Ketty Tinoco for whimsical pieces accented with feminine lace, or go for an edgier look (as well as bold printed purses) at Gabi Arenas. Then treat your taste buds to fruit-based cocktails and spot-on ceviche at La Perla, try Caribbean-influenced bites made with fresh-caught seafood at Donjuán, and indulge in a Mediterranean feast with a side of local artwork at FM Restaurante.
How to Get There
The hotel is beautiful. They did an amazing job restorimg this colonail era building. The pool area is beautiful! My sons enjoyed the hammock area on the 2nd floor. The breakfasts were so good, lots of fruit! We visited the cafe in front also several times- delicious! Hotel is close to clock tower amd in a very convenient location. Our room was beautiful! We highly recommend this hotel!
This hotel is located in the old city section with easy access to shopping; great food; cultural events and the ocean. Hotel has wonderful, large rooms with nice baths. Staff is extremely helpful. It’s a quiet, restful place that provides a respite from the activity.
During a recent visit to Cartagena, we had to decide whether to stay in the historical district of the Walled City or go for the modern tall high rise hotels of the Boca Grande which looked like Miami Beach. We made the right choice to stay in the Walled City which is where all the action is. An even better choice was the Hotel Casa del Arzobispado, a very small but upscale, pretty and peaceful hotel right in the middle of hustle and bustle of the area.
This is a boutique hotel in a fairly old building but obviously refurbished in a high end style. Only 10 rooms – 4 on the first floor, 6 on the second - and they don’t allow young children. It was always nice after walking the busy streets outside to return to the tranquil respite of the hotel courtyard behind the iron gate entrance. The reception area and the courtyard has a small pool for wading with some loungers. While the courtyard is shaded from the hot sun, it is still open air so you won’t escape the heat and humidity- (and you WILL want to escape it) until you enter the strong A/C of your room. It looked to me like most of the hotels in the Walled City were like this. Hardly any enclosed lobbies that I could see.
Our room was very nicely appointed with a very firm King bed which I liked a lot. I normally don’t sleep well in hotel rooms but I slept great in this place. The bathroom was fairly large with higher end stone counters, typical amenities, robes, slippers. The shower was a rain-shower style where the large head is placed directly overhead. They only work well if there is adequate water pressure and there was. It’s considered a little more luxurious but not as practical. So I rather liked it but my wife was less enthusiastic.
They have a dining room on the second floor where they serve the very good included breakfast every morning from a small ordering menu. It is not extensive of course but you can order some hot items like eggs, pancakes, bacon etc. The kitchen is on the first floor and also services the unique coffee bar attached to the hotel. So keep this in mind as your breakfast will be served at a more leisurely pace. Example: Not a good idea to go for breakfast 15 mins before you have to leave for an excursion. They serve breakfast between 7 and 11 and with only 10 rooms, sometimes we were the only ones in there. One morning there was no staff there so we just had to go downstairs to tell them we were ready for breakfast and they sent somebody up.
Speaking of the staff, there were about 2-3 on duty during the day for the guests. They check you in, help with your luggage and serve the breakfast. Then there were 2 ladies doing the housekeeping. All of them were very attentive and willing to help with any request. English spoken. On the day we were to visit the Rosario Islands, the forecast was for rain. So we spoke to Jaime at the front desk and he instead arranged a terrific English speaking driver to spend 5 hrs taking us out to the National Aviary on Baru Island, waiting for us and then bringing us back. That’s just an example of how willing they are to fulfill any reasonable request.
There are certainly less expensive places to stay in the Walled City and I’m sure many of them are also good. But we were very happy with every aspect of the Hotel Casa del Arzobispado. A little more expensive but it was well worth it to us. We would definitely return to this wonderful hotel should we visit Cartagena again. For its superior service, accommodations and intimacy, we would highly recommend it.
I went to a wedding at Cartagena and stayed at the hotel for few days. Nice rooms. Maybe a little dark but that is the architecture of the house - keeps the rooms cool even though it has A/C. The staff is veri friendly - well located and walking distance to many sights and restaurants within the old city. We stayed one day inside the hotel - after a night out- and relaxed in the pool - very nice and comfortable - not crowded - the breakfasts are very good and was included. The only suggestion though for the breakfast service is that it was very slow. If it was faster I would give them 5 stars bot four. I would definitely go back
We stayed (4) nights here in early June 2018.
From the moment we walked through that heavy metal gate and stepped into the sanctuary of this charming place, we knew it would be a memorable experience.
Our room was tastefully decorated in what we would consider, old/modern. The wifi worked, the signal was strong and the connectivity excellent. The shower- HUGE and really have to say the best rainhead shower I've experienced traveling the world. The only tricky part of the shower were the controls. They were on far side and one would have to reach turn on and pull back super fast. If not, the cold water in the pipes that needed flushing out before the tonnes of hot water arrived, well, let's just say it woke you up fast.
Most evenings we used the pool and pool spa. It was almost like having our own private pool.
Breakfast- Coffee was 10 out of 10 delicious, the menu was outstanding and the overall service was impeccable.
Room Safe- large enough to fit ipad pro plus two DSLR plus a whole tonne of other travel hard drives and other items.
Location- inside the walled sections of Cartagena one does not need a bike. We walked everywhere, except for going to see Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, we asked the front desk to secure us a taxi to take us there. Once done with touring the Castle/fort we walked all the way back. It was not far and it was very safe.
YES, would recommend this hotel to others.
YES, I would stay here again.
The Epoca Espresso Bar Arzobispado was a 100% enjoyment.
Bought two large bags of coffee bean to take back home. Wish we had actually bought at least 5 bags! Why mention it here? When we checked in the front desk mentioned that we could partake of the cafe's delights and also make charges to the room. Although it might appear to be two separate businesses, both the hotel and cafe are intertwined and offer the traveller a seamless amenity when it comes to coffee and snacks indulgence.
We started making short travel videos for our entire Peru/Ecuador/Colombia trip for the friends and family. Posting them on YouTube. Many of the family members will never travel down to South American, let alone Colombia. So they enjoy being able to experience the sights without leaving the security of their living room easy chairs.
If you are heading down to Cartagena and would like to check out what the hotel looks like as well as other sights within Cartagena to plan your personal adventure, search YouTube TSSLKJK. Hopefully you'll get a few pointers to make you trip just as enjoyable.