What We Love
- The vertical garden made out of more than 3,000 local plants
- The bejeweled chef’s jacket — Tcherassi’s take on chef’s whites — hanging in the open-air Gran Salon like a work of art
What To Know
- Rooms facing the street can get noisy
- The rooftop pool is small; stake out a spot in the water before the crowds hit
- The on-site Vera restaurant is excellent, but it’s Italian. If you’re craving local flavors, ask staff for nearby suggestions
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Colonial mansion–turned–boutique hotel, fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi’s eponymous hotel is a showcase of her signature colorful and feminine style. Thumping music and a giant portrait of the designer in the lobby make a dramatic first impression, but like so many of the city’s colonial homes, the central courtyard is the heart of the action. Here, Tcherassi’s introduced her own spin: a giant, living wall of more than 3,000 plants above the pool.
Bed & Bath
Off the light-flooded hallways, each of the seven guestrooms is individually decorated and named after a fabric used in Tcherassi’s fashion collections. Considered design touches range from whimsical “torn” fabric bedspreads to feathery pendant lamps, and most have balconies and soaring ceilings. Bathrooms, like bedrooms, favor an open-plan layout and all are individually designed — expect an immense rain shower set against an original 250-year-old stone wall in one room, and a deep soaking tub beside a picture window in another.
Aquabar is a seductive spot to grab an evening cocktail before heading down to the hotel’s phenomenal restaurant, Vera. Overseen by chef Andrés Hoyos, the restaurant occupies much of the open-air Gran Salon and serves a menu of fresh, coastal Italian dishes. Sybarites can lounge out in the hotel’s sweet, two-room spa, or find a different sort of relaxation on the hotel’s roof deck, with daybeds and panoramic views of the city and Caribbean Sea.
How to Get There
A beautiful hotel with a relaxing rooftop pool. Great junior sweet. Clean and well maintained.
Excellent service by very friendly and professional staff.
The only negative point I have is the loss (theft?) of my iPhone from one of my bags stored with the hotel on the last day. A silly mistake on my part as I should have taken my (work) phone with me while we went out (but who wants to carry two phones with them... ;-) ).
We arrived at night and did not care for the first room so were given another room on the second floor. Bed was comfortable, room was quiet and AC was great. Rainfall shower was terrific. Enjoyed the pool except for the music playing all the time (not unusual in Colombia.) Generally friendly and helpful staff. We were very happy that we chose this hotel for our stay in Cartagena.
We stayed at the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa for 3 nights, and really enjoyed the stay. I would give 5 stars for the hotel itself. We had a very nice room, which was spacious and had two very comfortable double beds. It was spotlessly clean, strong A/C, and all bathroom products provided (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion). The staff is very friendly and ready to help with anything you may need, and we received a little welcome treat and note upon arrival. The location is also perfect, walkable to all the sights, shopping, and best restaurants. Breakfast was good and plentiful, we could order a la carte + some buffet options one day and the other two days were just buffet. If you are traveling with someone you don't intimately know, the bathroom may be an issue as it is not very private - no door or walls to the shower area, and the toilet has a frosted glass door with a gap. My suggestions to the hotel would be to add some more towel hooks, and provide robes.
For the spa I would give only 3 stars - since the hotel is called "hotel & spa" I was expecting a better/bigger spa area. The spa rooms are right next to the pool/rooftop area, and there is no reception area or relaxation room for when you first arrive, and noise from the people at the pool/bar carried into my therapy room as well. The service I chose (chocolate exfoliation) was also just ok. The room was a bit cold, and the water used to exfoliate was also cold, so it wasn't as relaxing of an experience as I would have liked. Also of note is that privacy standards are not the same as in the US/Europe regarding the therapists covering private areas.
The Tcherassi is a delight. Staff is warm and friendly. We had a junior suite which was a large and comfortable space. Breakfast has a nice range of choices including a range of hot dishes made to order. After a day or two, the waitstaff knew our usual orders. There is a small extra charge for Colombian specialties. The rooftop, with pool, restaurant and deck was a perfect place to spend the afternoon after walking in the city in the morning. Lunch was excellent and there were comfortable lounge chairs and daybeds. We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel and would definitely return.
Modern and quiet rooms in the walled ciry just a block away from the tourist hustle. Relaxing roof top pool with great food like ceviche and salads at very reasonable prices. Helpful englishspeaking staff at the reception. The only minus is for the overpriced buffet breakfast, with no choicr for a small morning appetite.