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
Due to circumstances I had to stay in Cartagena for 12 days. Just coincidentally I choose Charleston waiting for my car arriving from Costa Rica. What a choice! From the first moment of my arrival I was welcomed and treated as a genuine guest. The facilities are great, food and drinks fine but most of all I have to congratulate the management for choosin0g such a friendly and hospitable staff. Without any exception litterally everbody was on their toes to make me feel welcome. This was a treat for which I would return to Cartagena/Colombia. A special thanks to the ladies at the service desk who assisted me while retrieving my vehicle from the duty free zone at the harbor. Especially Luisa Menendez did a great job assisting me through this burocratic procedure. Even after duty she assisted me at this in a way any guest would feel obliged to return to this special place! I hope management recognizes your extraordinary qualities and honours them Luisa!
Places are not special by the luxury only but are made special by the memories given. These are based upon experiences who were created by people, my sincere gratitude to all at Charleston St Teresa! Hope to return soon, kind regards, Ronald Hof
While in Cartagena for my girlfriend's birthday, The hotel concierge team of Luisa and Korha were both exceptional in the service, guidance and follow up they provided. They shared insights and opinions to make the stay even more enjoyable. Thank you for the hospitality!
The hotel needs to decide if it is a place for events or for guests to do basic things like sleep, for example.
The huge inner patio gets crowded with very noise people that laugh and shout until very late at night.
The hotel does not seem to mind since they rent rooms that face directly to this patio, making their guests sleepless.
Outrageously Gorgeous! Looking for high standards??? Go there!! Amazing location in the heart of the old city, superb in every aspect, top notch service, accommodations, food and entertainment! Best vibes whether you are inside or out in the courtyard!!
Beautiful hotel with great location. Sit outside to listen to live music while people watch.
Don’t miss the “Croquetas de Cangrejos” (grab croquettes) they are just delicious! we then ordered the filet with fresh mashed potatoes. It was a bit over cooked although we asked for medium rare but the meat was nice and tender. Service was good.