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
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
Casa del Coliseo is a great choice when looking for a small boutique hotel in the old walled city of Cartagena. It was designed by a Columbia interior designer who lived for many years in New York and Miami and has a chic, comfortable, airy vibe. The common spaces and guest rooms are beautifully designed with neutral colors and linen fabrics.
The breakfast room is especially nice, a double height room with large windows and ceiling fans, so there is always a nice breeze. The breakfast is terrific: a lovely fresh fruit salad, made to order omelettes and egg dishes, fresh fruit juices, and a nice selection of Colombian specialities, including empanadas and arepa con juevo. The service is excellent.
The staff is wonderful: warm, friendly, and very helpful arranging taxis, outings, etc... After a week, I felt like family.
I highly recommend a stay at this chic, family run hotel.
WOW. There is only one word to describe this hidden jewel, elegant. I was there with my father for a Colombian wedding. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left I felt at home. The staff is amazing and are always around to see that you have what you need. Martin and Randy are so hospitable and knowledgeable of their city and will arrange for anything you want to do. Also they can recommend some amazing restaurants and or bars to quench your palate. The breakfast is by far the best I have ever had, a selection of fresh local fruit, homemade breads and a large menu to include empanadas, arepas(Colombian breakfast), as well as bacon, sausage and eggs. The hotel is breezy and open, so you feel like you are always outdoors.. Hopefully I can return to this precious hideaway one day, until then I will have my memories of a glorious vacation and the warmth I felt while there. Oh, and the Mohitos and Pina Colada's are homemade and awesome!!!
I traveled with 12 friends for a 30th birthday and hosted and black tie dinner in there private dining room! The service from the hotel staff, the events coordinator and concierge are beyond any service and even quite comparable to that of the Four Seasons and St. Regis. Martin, Randy, Luz Helen were outstanding! They made us feel exactly like we were at home. "NO", was never part of their vocabulary making sure that all our request were met. I absolutely loved everything about this hotel. This is a TRUE gem!
Our days here were incredible, excellent service, prices are great, the people are super professional and friendly, I would definitely come back, They will arrange any kind of activity or requests you may have really fast , no need to say that the amenities are neat top notch , we are super satisfied , we loved this !
This hotel is a little hidden gem in the bustling city of Cartagena. The staff couldn't do enough for us and were super friendly and helpful. They recommended some great restaurants as well. Breakfast was superb with home made breads, croissants and empanadas. You felt like you were in a beautiful, aristocratic house which was very peaceful and beautifully designed. Small rooftop pool which was big enough. It's in a great central location as well. My only criticism would be that the room was quite small but all in all a great stay.