Hotel Casa San Agustin
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The pristine colonial architecture, with 300 years of history and all modern comforts
- Smiling staff that wants to show off the hotel and the city
- Lounging by the pool early in the evening with one of mixologist John Lermeyer’s grape caipiroskas
What To Know
- Ground-floor pool is a bit of a scene and gets noisy at night
- Premium Rooms with private plunge pools or Jacuzzis are best for seclusion seekers
- Getting to Cartagena’s best Caribbean beaches involves a yacht-bound mission that’s best for adventurous spirits
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
At the heart of the building, an up-lit dogleg swimming pool breaks through a towering 300-year-old aqueduct to unite three elegant mansions. The bright inside-outside public spaces mix Cartagena’s traditional lime-washed stucco with terra-cotta tiles, bougainvillea, swinging daybeds and hardwood Balinese carvings. Beautifully preserved details such as stone gargoyles, 17th-century frescoes and Renaissance and contemporary artworks add a divine counterpoint to the hotel’s colonial, residential-style poise.
Bed & Bath
Designer Kelley McRorie styled all 24 rooms and suites to feel like private residences, with an earthy mix of leather, wool and soft cotton furnishings, polished stone floors and a muted palette of sea-greens and creams. King beds have four-poster ironwork frames and soft Frette linens, and there are contemporary comforts, too, including HDTVs, DVD players, iPod docks and free WiFi. Bathrooms are luxe spaces to freshen up after a city excursion, with walk-in closets, Moorish tiles and Ortigia bath products shipped in from southern Italy.
At the helm of Alma, Casa San Agustin’s upmarket restaurant and bar, are two transplanted Miami tastemakers: Sean Brasel, of Meat Market Miami fame, and mixologist John Lermeyer, from the Delano Hotel. Happily, local flavors make it onto the menu, with spicy Caribbean ceviches, Peruvian tiraditos and an octopus carpaccio lightening the meat-heavy lunch and dinner offerings. Fresh fruit and croissants also do battle with Colombian fried treats for breakfast supremacy. There’s no spa yet, but massages in the rooms can be arranged.
In the Area
The walled city’s growing pack of chefs trained in the Michelin-starred restaurants of San Sebastian will delight visiting gourmets. For a ceviche hit, make for Carlos Accinelli’s La Perla, or check out FM Restaurante and Marea by Rausch for cultured Mediterranean fare in superior surroundings. Salsa lovers can cut a rug at Cachao or Café Havana, while culture buffs should visit the source of Casa San Agustin’s contemporary art collection, NH Galeria, for seminal works by Olga de Amaral and Alejandro Obregon. For gifts, pick up a keepsake at Casa Chiqui, the unique store that added the flourish to the hotel’s interiors.
How to Get There
The hotel is beautiful and well managed! They welcome you with a special tasty, healthy drink. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The Staff is amazing and will assist with anything you need. Very charming!
I truly loved this hotel. The staff was extremely helpful and nice, bending over backwards at times to make our stay great. Yesio was in particular very helpful. Our room was really spectacular with a nice balcony, nespresso machine, spacious bathroom, and an amazing shower.
The restaurant is truly fantastic. We had a top quality breakfast everyday with delicious fruits and pastries at the buffet and egg dishes ala carte. and dinner on our last night was brilliant with a great live musical performance.
The pool is actually cool and refreshing which is needed with the heat in Cartagena. it was like a little oasis, you'd have no idea of all the chaos going outside the doors.
The location is great, right by all the best restaurants in the old city. We loved Cartagena, but the people in the street constantly trying to sell you stuff can grow a bit old, so this lovely hotel is the perfect refuge.
The Spa is absolutely amazing. We had amazing turkish bath, a first for both my fiancé and myself. Very top class.
Also definitely recommend the Acasi private beach experience. It is worth every penny with a great boat ride out to the beach, a snorkeling session, and a delicious lunch in a truly ideal setting.
Can't recommend this place enough if you're in Cartagena!
We had a lovely and relaxing experience. Love the spa! The welcome drink - delicious! The room with terrace gorgeous! The service impeccable. The highlight was our fabulous Conciege and front desk team. Thank you Katherine for being so resourceful and accommodating!
Oh - I didn’t think we would use the pool but ended up spending the day - it’s essential in this heat to cool off in the afternoon. The water was refreshing.
The architecture and interior is authentic and well done. It’s like staying at someone’s home. Thanks everyone!