Charleston Santa Teresa Cartagena
What We Love
- Within Cartagena's Old City, steps from both the colonial-era downtown and trendy Getsemaní district
- Soaring open-air lobby that plays host to toucans and lush tropical plants
- Sipping a chilled limonada de coco by the rooftop pool, which offers 360-degree views of the Caribbean and picturesque Old City
What To Know
- A $15 service charge per room and a $5 insurance charge per person, per night, will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Not all the staff speaks fluent English, and service can be slow
- Popular venue for weddings, parties and conferences
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Surrounded by original mud brick and limestone fortress walls, Cartagena’s Old City is a 17th-century quarter of cobblestone lanes, Spanish-colonial homes painted in tropical tones and verandas with wrought iron balustrades. In the center of it all is the Charleston Santa Teresa, a former convent turned boutique property on an expansive plaza near San Francisco Javier bulwark. With its sunny colonial-era façade, palm-dotted courtyard and balconies overlooking the red tile roofs of the Old City, the 89-guestroom hotel embodies the charm of Cartagena’s Republican-era architecture and the comfort of modern interiors.
Bed and Bath
Inside, the 89 unique guestrooms, painted in soft blue or orange, stylishly mix past and present. In the historic Santa Teresa Convent wing, rooms are equipped with period bureaus, upholstered armchairs and long, flowing drapes. Rooms in the 20th-century addition have a more modern aesthetic, with Midcentury Modern lamps, wicker loveseats with crisp white cushions, and platform beds. All mattresses are dressed with plush 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, while the equally lavish marble bathrooms have rain showers and tubs.
Start your day with a traditional Colombian breakfast of arepas and eggs and, after exploring the Old City sights on foot, return for tasty pizza and fine wines on the patio of Pizzeria Santa Lucia. Cartagena’s steamy climate makes the rooftop pool a particular highlight — head here for siestas in the shade of the white pergolas, a refreshing chilled limonada de coco and 360-degree views across the city. Afterward, take a dip in the hydrotherapy massage pool, unwind in the Turkish bath or experience the therapeutic remedy of a thousand-year-old Eastern body treatment at the lavish spa.
How to Get There
When you describe a nice trip, or ride or hotel stay, there is always a “but”...
Here, no “buts” to complain about!
Starting from the reception desk, they promptly removed us from our room to a more adequate one to my expectations, even with full occupancy (a meeting was going on).
The room is spacious, clean, very well refrigerated and decorated (in a local, colombian atmosphere). Spectacular bathroom with the best shower ever taken.
The localization is perfect, inside the old walled city, in a privileged position.
At the terrace floor a charming swimming pool and a bar-restaurant, where you get a special sun set view from the Caribbean Sea!
The last, but not the least, the graceful and adorable Luisa, at the concierge, who much helped us, even with a boat rent of a ride till the Rosario islands. My special thanks to you dear!
We attended a reunion at the Santa Teresa in March 2019. The staff was universally helpful and provided excellent service. The location in old town is a big plus. Many excellent restaurants and shops are in easy walking distance,
From the moment we we arrived for the IMCAS medical conference, we were cheerfully greeted by hotel security and the front desk attendants. The staff are incredibly trained sharing that anything we needed was “their pleasure” Every time we went to the concierge, both Kohra and Luisa went out of their way to ensure that our requests were not only met, but they exceeded our expectations.
We have eaten at Harry’s restaurant on the premises several times, and the assortment of entrees and appetizers are amazingly fresh. Our server(s) ensured that we were completely satisfied at all times.
What an amazing experience coming from the United States.