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
we had the most beautiful stay at casa san agustin. the space is perfectly intimate and nicely done. the rooms are stunning: tall and spacious and romantic (we highly recommend springing for a private pool.. so fun to have). the staff and service is pure luxury, helping with everything. the scene, the food & drink, the location ... all impeccable.
super helpful staff, Katharina is a delight! Nothing is too much, one feels totally taken care of. The restaurant is also one of the best and at the bar the cocktails rock! A haven of peace in the middlle of a wonderful city. It was my second time at Casa San Augustin, it won’t be the last...
The hotel is in the historic Old Town and is ideally located for shopping,restaurants and site seeing ,being in walking distance of all of these.
The warmth of the greeting and kindness of all the staff from top to bottom was ajoy and enhanced our stay immeasurably.
We did change rooms as the first was dark with limited natural light but was very large and comfortable remember these are historic old buildings. The room we moved to was beautiful and really a delight overlooking the pool.
The pool is nice and has limited seating but there is a second sun terrace and bar but it never seemed to be crowded at either area.
Breakfast was a mixture of buffet and al'acart and was delicious with a plentiful selection and attentive staff.
The Spa was most pleasant and the treatment was first rate
I would return at a drop of a hat!!!
I checked in yesterday but couldn't wait to write. This is my dream hotel. It is high end sophisticated but authentic and welcoming. The decor is amazing. All wide, would, and green. Natural archways and an old historical home vibe. The service is amazing and so friendly.
Roberto helped me surprise my father (he was on a work trip and thought just my mother was coming to meet up). He walked with me and knocked on the door for room service and had me pop out and surprise him!
Gladyss and Katherine at the front desk are adorable and so helpful and nice. Again- i just got here yesterday and couldn't wait to brag about it. I've traveled to over 40 countries and i have to say, if i made my dream hotel- this would be the closest to it i have ever experienced!!!
We had a wonderful stay in Casa San Agustin. We had a small problem with the air conditioning in the room and the staff bent over backwards to make us feel comfortable. Everyone made sure we were not inconvenienced in any way and went overboard in pampering us! Will definitely return and reccommend!