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What We Love

  • The central location in the historic walled center of Cartagena de Indias
  • The boutique feel (there are just seven rooms) and friendly staff
  • Island hopping on the hotel’s 65-foot yacht, Shally; ask at the concierge for details
  • Mojitos in the rooftop Jacuzzi with the 17th-century cathedral’s spire in the background
  • Testing the chef’s culinary skills with the “whatever, whenever you want” menu
  • Taking in the picturesque street scenes from the Junior Suite balconies

What To Know

  • Children under 18 are not permitted
  • Beaches in town are not the best; head to the Rosario Islands to dive in clear Caribbean waters
  • Rooms that look onto the lobby or pool area don’t feel very private
  • Cartagena’s raucous version of Carnival is in November and coincides with the Miss Colombia beauty pageant — still a big thing in these parts
  • The ground floor suite is next to the kitchen, which is convenient for midnight snacks but a little noisy in the morning
  • It’s a short, picturesque stroll to the best cafés, restaurants and boutiques
  • Pets are not permitted
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Overview

The Review

The colonial and Republican mansions within the 17th-century fortifications of Cartagena de Indias are steeped with the tales of pirates, gold-diggers and slave traders immortalized in the works of Colombia’s Nobel laureate, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. They might not have left much gold but Colombia’s Spanish conquerors certainly knew how to create photogenic cities.

Money has poured into this slow-paced tropical city over the last decade, with tumbledown mansions and monasteries transformed into luxury homes, and designer boutiques popping up on historic plazas. Hotel LM had a hand in this fashionable face-lift, setting a new standard in colonial comfort when it opened in December 2007.

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The LM’s seven rooms are uniformly spacious (the smallest is 301 square feet), and they reflect the colorful, textured look of the public spaces. All come fitted with 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs, surround sound hooked up to your iPad and toiletries by Pascal Morabito. The rooms open onto a traditional colonial-style patio, which is anchored by an emerald-green swimming pool and flanked by a vertical garden that clambers up toward the roof terrace.

This outdoor space has an alfresco spa, a Jacuzzi, a barbecue area and killer views of the city. The heart of Hotel LM’s intimate vibe, however, is the open-air kitchen of chef Javier Diaz and his sunny sous chef, Sandra. There’s no fixed menu, so test their culinary talents with your favorite foodie requests, or learn to fix a piquant ceviche from sea bass plucked straight from the ocean. Wash it down with a mojito made with Zacapa rum on the terrace overlooking the brilliantly lit domes and rooftops of this magical city.

How to Get There

Hotel LM
Centro, Calle de la Mantilla No 3-56
Cartagena, 00000 Colombia

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 194 Reviews
The heartland in downtown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of this hotel is great since it is right in downtown. The suites are of a great quality and the staff very kind and wonderful. If you ever come by Cartagena and you want you want to spend the night in the city, this is the right place.

Great hotel with amazing staff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many beautiful hotels in Cartagena. This hotel, however, is staffed with wonderful people. From the moment I checked in until I left, they were great. Responsive, courteous, and went out of the way to make sure the stay was wonderful. When I told the person at the front desk of an early morning flight, they packed breakfast in a to-go container for me to take. The place was clean, too, and in a wonderful location.

Hotel LM - An incredible boutique hotel that’s worth every penny.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely loved this spot. After traveling around various cities in Colombia, it was a welcome increase in quality and comfort to stay at Hotel LM, which boasts only 7 rooms, making it feel intimate and well staffed.

Fantastic location and service!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great location in the walled city. The staff is super attentive and happy to accommodate transportation, food recommendations, etc. The amenities and service are al you could ask for, and at such a reasonable rate! Highly recommend!

Nice boutique hotel in great location
Reviewed 1 month ago

I just spent a week at Hotel LM. It is in a great location in the walled city, close to loads of restaurants, shops, bars etc. The hotel fits the definition of boutique - only 7 rooms, nice decor, beautiful roof terrace with a jacuzzi which, while warm, was still nice to sit in on hot days. For much of my stay I had the roof terrace to myself in the day time. The staff were all lovely and attentive - Javier, Karen, Carlos, Juan, Miguel and Jesus. Breakfast in the morning was good with a wide range of options and great fresh juices. There were a few things that I think could be improved - the coffee could be better, particularly as Colombia is known for it’s coffee; service on the roof terrace was sporadic - it would be great if there was a way for guests to call down e.g. put a phone up there. My biggest gripe, which the hotel did address, was my room. While the room itself was fine, some rooms have no windows opening onto natural light. This may not bother some people but I was there for a week and traveling on my own so sometimes wanted to spend time in my room outside of sleeping hours and I did. It enjoy being in my room during the day time. I asked the hotel if they had any other rooms available and they were able to move me for my last four nights to a junior suite with a small balcony which was a lovely room. So thank you Hotel LM for making me a happy guest. I would say it is slightly on the expensive side, particularly for my original room but I would stay again and just be more specific about the room I asked for. I think the room descriptions for those rooms that look into the inner courtyard should be more transparent about the lack of direct light.
Overall though, a lovely stay. Thank you Hotel LM.