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
Hotel Agustin ranks at the top of my list of hotels anywhere! Every single detail was impeccable. The experience was first class without an ounce of snobbiness. The ceviche is the best I’ve ever had. The fresh mango tequila cocktail made by Andres was perfection! The room was absolutely beautiful with no detail missed. This is a very special hotel! I will miss the graciousness and smiles of Yesid, Gladys, Ferny, Paola, Andres and everyone else who made this weekend trip so memorable. I can’t wait to return!
I booked “The Time is Gold” experience which was incredible. Ligia welcomed me to the spa and really took the time to get to know me so that she could help me pick the perfect treatment and customise it. Arelis was my therapist and she was brilliant! Very intuitive and I left feeling amazing! The spa is just beautiful and the ladies that work there are great. I highly recommend this spa, and especially the hammam. Great time!
We started off our trip in Colombia here! What a beautiful hotel. We really loved the breakfast and the rooms especially.
The hotel-owned private beach (Acasí) is well worth the roughly 2.5M COP if you have a day to spare. Do make sure you are the only ones on the tour that day. We were (by chance) and it made it so much more memorable!
We’d like to give our greatest compliments to Raimon and Sebastian from the Concierge desk who helped us out with tips for what to do in town.