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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 184 Reviews
A very nice week long stay in Cartagena
Reviewed 1 month ago

My partner and I enjoyed our stay at the Hotel LM very much. It is a beautiful 7 room hotel that is charming and well maintained. The location was perfect- we were within easy walking distance of all the great restaurants, cafés, stores, and sights. The staff was friendly and very helpful; we relied on them for recommendations and they were on the mark. The breakfast, every morning, was a joy. The coffee was superb, and the fruit was splendid. What a nice way to start the day. The waiter even gave us free Spanish lessons. The kitchen staff was so friendly and talented. We will definitely be going back to Cartagena and Hotel LM. Thanks for the great memories. In particular, we want to thank Karin and Javier.

Love, love, love Hotel LM
Reviewed 2 months ago

My young adult daughter and I could not possibly have had a better stay at the LM. The boutique hotel staff is wonderful (Javier and Karin were especially helpful), the location is great (near Santo Domingo and Cafe Del Mar), and the rooftop spa (small pool) setting is very nice.

Long weekend in Cartagena
Reviewed 2 months ago

Wonderful stay at Hotel LM. Really beautiful, stylish and clean. Great location, fantastic room and brilliant rooftop pool. Fantastic location but the room was quiet even though our room was overlooking the street. Staff was very courteous and helpful. When we first arrived we asked to change rooms and they did so immediately with no issue. They also went above and beyond, noticing it was my boyfriend's birthday that day (in his passport) and had a cake delivered to our room! Would definitely stay again and would recommend to friends.

lovely hotel in the heart of Cartagena
Reviewed 2 months ago

Had a great time here. Perfect central (but still quiet) location in the walled city/old town of beautiful Cartagena, with many of the most interesting parts of the city accessible by a short walk. Old style colonial house architecture. Lovely rooftop terrace with a small outdoor pool and some nice views of the taller buildings of the city. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the ground floor suite away from the street which was really quiet at night, had a fantastic design and really interesting bathroom with its own secluded uncovered outdoor section open to the sky. Great value for the price. I would definitely stay here again.

Romantic, trendy boutique hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

My husband and I stayed two nights at Hotel LM. We enjoyed excellent concierge service, delicious poolside breakfast, and a lovely secluded rooftop pool. Our room (#1) had the most beautiful bathroom I have ever seen- two storey room, massive bathtub with running water decor. It was stunning. Excellent central location. We will be back!