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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 213 Reviews
Enchantig Cartagena
vallitobi

The hotel has a very nice position in the old city, it is really nice, it has not so many rooms but this is the good point of staying here. The staff is really friendly and can help you with reservations, advices.

staff made me a birthday cake
neilmkogut

Lovely, small boutique hotel; well situated; large, well appointed room; extraordinarily friendly staff; Javier assistant manager and the other receptionists extremely helpful and solicitous; excellent buffet breakfast with wonderful service

The staff made us feel at home.

Beautiful boutique booking
NatalieUK1

A hotel which ticks all of the boxes. intimate (with just 7 rooms or so), high quality and relaxing! The staff are so friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you are having the best possible experience. The rooftop pool and spa area felt like our own private paradise above the hot and busy streets in the daytime. My husband and I booked massages which were wonderful and such good value for money. The food is fresh, delicious and well presented and the rooms are very comfortable. My favourite aspect was the bathroom though, with its glass wall looking onto beautifully restored brickwork. I can not recommend hotel LM more and highly recommend you go.