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
I loved this place. I had some work to do the afternoon I arrived and sat with my computer at the bar on the terrace, looking out over the pool and across to other buildings in the old city. It was a tremendously pleasant way to do some work! The hotel has very high standards. I loved the beauty and sense of design of every detail in the hotel. The food was really excellent. The service of the staff was friendly and highly professional.
The location is very good and it is like a privat house with staff. I was only missing more chairs and a tabel inside the room for inroom dining. All our request were done very fast. We can recommend this hotel.
Everything about this hotel is 5 star and first class. The rooms are excellent, the staff goes above and beyond to help you, and the rooftop pool and restaurant are incredible. When we return to Cartagena, this will be our go-to hotel. 100%.
The hotel is beautiful, a perfect blend of old and modern. The room was very spacious and comfy. The amenities are very nice, the terrace with the swimming pool and restaurant is good for resting in a hot day after walking around.
What a gorgeous hotel! Very nice accommodations, good breakfast, and great rooftop pool. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the city. Rooms thankfully have strong air conditioning because you need it in Cartagena!