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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 201 Reviews
A great place to go back to
Reviewed 2 months ago

This hotel in the old town has a great location but is still off the loud and noisy busy streets. The building is really nice and with only 7 rooms in total you can be assured to have a singular experience. Pool on the sunny deck, good breakfast with fresh fruits and dishes prepared on demand this Hotel had the fasted WiFi I experienced in Colombia. Only negative part is that the doors are not much noise resistant and thus you might hear the noise from the parlour or the water pump which is on day and night.

Incredible
Reviewed 2 months ago

My husband and I stayed at Hotel LM for 4 nights and it was incredible! We stayed in a suite with a massive bathroom with a water feature. The location is perfect within the walled city and the staff could not do more for you!

EXCELLENT IN EVERY REGARD!!!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Wonderful long weekend in Cartagena at the Hotel LM -- this hotel has a great location in the old town, but is quiet! We were in Room 4 (of 7 total rooms) and heard absolutely ZERO street noise. Great breakfast, very comfortable and spacious room, and a very attentive and pleasant staff -- I hope we get a chance to return here soon!

Lovely hotel in the heart of the Old Town
Reviewed 2 months ago

I had a lovely time here. The staff, food and service were all amazing. The property is in old town (great location) and the highlight is the restaurant on the first floor. Amazing food (try the ceviche!).

Tucked-Away Luxury in the Heart of It All!
Reviewed 2 months ago

A very special 7-room 'mansion' in the heart of Cartagena that is cozy, romantic, and extremely well located. The rooftop "pool" is a relaxing area with loungers and deep house music playing at the perfect volume. Inside, the trickle of the indoor 'pool' maintains the zen and promotes further relaxation. Our room boasted sky high ceilings, luxury linens, turn down service, personal touches, and a massive king size bed that felt like a cloud with just the right firmness. The staff, especially the 2 males (SO bummed I can't remember their names!!) were funny, kind, helpful, and willing to take picture after picture of us!!! Highly recommend this very special boutique hotel.