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
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
Hotel has probably the best location in the "walled city". Very good service; front desk personnel could be better.
Pool service folks are great. Food all around is very good.
Best non-boutique hotel when it's not overpriced.
I booked this hotel from the US for a corporate guest. The staff at the hotel were very easy to work with and went above and beyond to ensure that she was comfortable. Check in was very easy and they assisted us with arranging airport transportation.
Our guest only wished she had more time to try out the cooking classes, salsa lessons, and city tours offered!
Thank you so much for a wonderful trip. We hope to send more guests to your hotel in the future!
This hotel used to be a convent and well situated in the centre of the historic walled city. Upon arrival rooftop pool with panoramic views of Cartagena’s skyline. Stay for old-school colonial glamour and a slice of history (it used to be a convent).
It’s difficult to compare but I would not hesitate to stay at the Charleston again.
Tired a bit and intermittent hot water are the main complaints. The staff is excellent and the dinner is ok. Breakfast is plastic sort of like a Hilton garden inn. For some reason the hotel is not interested in good coffee. Cappuccino offered for no charge at the bar was made long style , so a shot of espresso was used to fill a cup of coffee. Results not drinkable. Coffee at breakfast must be the cheapest product possible, it was also not drinkable. A bit of training and the bar cappuccino would be a money maker. Location is easy and the city is a great place to visit.
Great location in the middle of the old city, close to everything. The restaurant and the pool in the rooftop are amazing...what a view of the bay and Bocagrande.
The staff is kind and friendly, and the rooms are clean and modern.