Hotel Boutique Casa del Coliseo
What We Love
- The chic-with-a-twist decor, overseen by Colombian interior designer Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque
- The discreet rooftop pool, lit by night
- The property's intimate size, with just 12 guestrooms
- Balconies in some rooms overlook the city's lively streets, great for people watching
What To Know
- There's no restaurant on-site, though the hotel serves breakfast and can recommend nearby eateries; a local chef can also prepare a rooftop BBQ on request
- The hotel is housed in a historic former mansion; take note if stairs are a concern
- Windows are soundproofed, a plus for those who find the sound of the old town's horse-drawn carriages less than charming
- Members will be charged a 16 percent VAT tax by the property (exempt to foreigners of Colombia). To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at check-in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Sophisticated urban adventurers will relish a stay at the Casa del Coliseo, a tricked-out boutique hotel in Cartagena’s old town. Its apartments and guestrooms feature pale linens and plush beds, and some have dramatic beam ceilings. There’s WiFi and cable TV, naturally, but nothing beats whiling away an hour on a flower-adorned balcony, taking in the sights and sounds of the colorful historic city. Guests can begin their day with breakfast just off the lobby followed by some laps in the rooftop pool before heading out to explore the edible and visual pleasures that abound just steps from the hotel.
In the Area
Cartagena is awash in stylish restaurants that draw a dressed-up, worldly crowd. The hotel recommends such foodie favorites as Andante Allegro Vivace and Club de Pesca, or cocktail dens like Frank & Frank. The walled old town, where the hotel is situated, is noted for its colonial sights, from the Palace of the Inquisition to the clock tower and cathedral. Spend a day taking in the colorful architecture or following in the footsteps of late literary legend Gabriel García Márquez, who set many of his novels in the city. Then get some sand between your toes and explore the lovely beaches on Isla Baru, an hour from the nearby port by boat.
How to Get There
As soon as my husband and I entered this charming hotel we were smitten. The lovely and accommodating staff, greeted us with a treat of refreshing fresh fruit juice, and got us settled in right away. On the way to our room we were pleased with the classic, rustic decor. It was tranquil and serene, though right outside the doors the streets of Cartagena bustled. If we hadn’t planned to do so much on our quick stay, we would have easily lounged the days away after breakfast (which was included and wonderful!) by the poolside or in our very comfortable bedroom. We walked just about everywhere. Restaurants, shops, bars all were very close. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
If I may double back... I want to emphasize just how amazing the staff was, once more. Thanks to you all for making our stay so enjoyable!
Beautiful place in the heart of the casco viejo. Awesome staff and great food for breakfast.
You can’t ask for a better location.
I would definitely recommend el Coliseo and my wife and I will be back soon!
OH this place! i have no words! It is beautiful, the rooms are amazing and super comfortable beds. The bathroom amenities are luxurious! The service is immaculate from checking in, to breakfast service! everything!
Breakfast was so good and so fresh and tasty!
The pool is great too and was really nice on a hot day!
the decor is stunning and you feel so at home! i would stay in a boutique hotel like this over any 5 star big hotel!
The location of this place is perfect! in the middle of the walled city with walking distance to everything.
I can not fault this place i would stay here again in a heartbeat !!
We stayed here for three nights on a weekend escape. I’ve been to Cartagena many times but this was our first stay here. We stayed in their nicest suite. Hotel has a restoration hardware decor aesthetic- a lovely open air 2nd floor common lounge with a breeze and comfortable seating - nice to grab a gelato at Tramonti and sit there to enjoy it. Wish the wifi were better.
There is also a small rooftop plunge pool which can’t compare to the pools of some of the other bigger old town hotels, but it’s something at least (quite hot and sunny up there, so not very refreshing). The old town is not really about swimming anyway.
Our room was very nice, however, I didn’t like the housekeeping: my feet got dirty from the floors, the maid moved our stuff constantly (unplugging charging cables and putting things we left on nightstands in drawers, moving my shoes across the room into my husbands’ closet, putting my makeup bag under the sink- I honestly felt she was hoping we would not realize some of this stuff and leave things behind). Also they would congregate at the service closet right outside our room and talk - once waking us from an afternoon nap and definitely leaving us feeling we had no privacy. There was a pretty balcony but KFC and a nightclub across from it so we preferred the common lounge. I have a lot of minor complaints but really the room was lovely in every other way. Nice design, nice decor, functional, comfortable.
We had breakfast the first day at the hotel but the coffee was awful and it was slow/awkward service so the next two days we went out to a great coffee bar with excellent food called Epoca a two second walk away. Honestly if they just had a nespresso machine at the hotel they could solve that problem. Café colado is unacceptable.
Overall a good experience and I would consider going back but it would not be my first choice in the old town as there were many quirks.
Unbeatable location, impeccable service, care in all details of architecture and decoration, although it is a small hotel, nothing is missing, the room is spacious and all its facilities cozy, breakfast very complete and a la carte, the pool area very good too , just missing a jacuzzi. We take this opportunity to thank the attention of Ali and Adrian. Without a doubt, we will be back!