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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
Bedroom Modern property Suite cottage bed sheet

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 210 Reviews
Beautiful boutique booking
Reviewed 3 days ago

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.

A great boutique hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel is felt exclusive and was gorgeous. Service is superb - great staff in every aspect. Breakfast was decent. I recommend room 7 as you have a view of the small pool in the morning. Yes, there was HBO and we watched GoT finale while we were there! I wish there's a way to seal off the bathroom window though - there's complete privacy but mosquitoes could get in unfortunately. Otherwise a really great stay!

Great Charm, Excellent Staff, Wonderful Stay
Reviewed 3 months ago

Excellent service, great staff, charming and large comfortable rooms in this elegantly re-purposed historic mansion, making our family of 6 adults feel completely at home and graciously treated. Favorite memories include the complete serenity and peace of "bottomless" morning cups of coffee con leche outside the open kitchen with staff quietly at hand, followed by a delicious breakfast included in our room rate, in the hotel's dining room. A glass of wine and a dip in the refreshing spa at the end of the day on the serene rooftop terrace. Turn down service of the cool and pressed bedding with nightly chocolates on the nightstand. An intimate and delicious dinner for our party of 6 (offered, accepted, and thoroughly enjoyed) in the hotel's lovely and private dining room. AND, finally, seeing Tiger Woods win his 5th Master's live in the hotel's comfortable sitting room on Sunday! After all, here there are only 7 guest rooms, peace and quiet is ensured, attention to personal needs or planning is nearly immediate......and though we truly LOVE tiny children (and have had quite a few in our family in the past), we didn't see (or hear) even one little person during our 7 night stay. (This being in contrast to a day visit to check out the Sofitel......very busy with sweet but noisy little visitors, and some adults talking oh-so-loudly on their ever-ringing cell-phones....mainly at the pool). A few considerations as you plan your stay: An issue with the AC in one of our rooms was handled the same day as we reported with efficiency (thank you so much!). To our knowledge, there is no elevator in the hotel, so those having difficulty with stairs or walking might find the climb to the 2nd level suites or roof-top terraces almost impossible, but there was a beautiful first floor suite. And finally, this hotel is in one of the busiest sections of the historic center, meaning we were steps away from "The Wall", each and every restaurant we had wanted to visit, and many interesting shops. The hotel was blissfully quiet, in what is a very busy part of the city directly outside the front door, with rushing cabs, horse-drawn carriages, pedestrian traffic, and persistent walking vendors...all characteristics of the city itself. Sincere thank you to all the fine staff at Hotel LM for making our stay so enjoyable and memorable.

The best customer service at Hotel LM
Reviewed 3 months ago

My cousin and I stayed at Hotel LM and the customer service from check-in to even after check-out was outstanding! We felt safe and at home here. We had to leave our larger luggage here while venturing out to the islands for 2 nights, and the staff allowed us to without any problem saying, "Of course, this is your home!"

The room we had was very spacious. We could peak outside our beautiful balcony and see all the action of the street while admiring the other beautiful buildings in our view. Despite the street being right below our balcony, we were able to get a quiet night's rest each night.

The rooftop has beautiful views of the city, with a small heated pool that is perfect to end your activity filled day in. The complimentary breakfast with fruits, breads, and spreads was perfect to start our day with.

This hotel is within the prime area of the Old City of Cartagena. My cousin and I loved that all the wonderful restaurants, bars, and sights that were within walking distance of the hotel. It really is the perfect location. We never needed a taxi, except to go to the airport. Even the port for the boats to get to most of the island getaways was a 5-10 minute walk.

I would happily stay here again and highly recommend staying here if you're coming to Cartagena.

Beautiful boutique hotel in Cartagena
Reviewed 3 months ago

Nice boutique hotel with a great location in Cartagena's historical center. Seven beautifully decorated rooms. Rooftop with jacuzzi & view of the city. The variety of the breakfast buffet and the efficiency of the service could be a bit better for a hotel of this luxury/price category.