Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
What We Love
- Fernando Botero’s giant bronze nude nestled in the lush vegetation of the colonial patio
- An expansive swimming pool that makes it difficult to leave the hotel
- Strawberries and champagne in the hot tub, with a view of the sun sinking into the Caribbean
What To Know
- Classic rooms are not very big, but connecting rooms can be arranged for families
- Cartagena’s beaches are disappointing. For the idyllic Caribbean beach experience you will need to rent a yacht and head to the Rosario Islands
- Bathrooms in the classic rooms are for pint-size guests; for a good soak you will need a suite
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Contemporary colonial chic. Saintly Spanish 17th-century architecture has been given a stylish refit, modern designer touches and a gilded flourish from Colombia’s greatest artists. From Olga de Amaral’s shimmering tapestry painted in gold leaf at the entrance, Fernando Botero’s flirtatious, chubby bronze on the patio, and elegant designer linen threads by Lina Cantillo for the attentive staff, this is a hotel that prides itself on attention to detail from top to toe.
Bed and Bath
Most of the hotel’s 139 guestrooms and suites flank the swimming pool, which dominates the 20th-century Republican wing of the property. Superior rooms on upper levels, nestled under the whitewashed eaves, offer extra headroom and views of the Caribbean. Suites embellished with art by Colombian artists Ana Mercedes Hoyos and Fernando Botero have helped this colonial gem become Sofitel’s fourth Legend property.
The modern-day call to prayer in this former convent means sundowners and Cuban Son in El Coro Lounge Bar, a faux library big on local art exhibitions and killer cocktails. The “librarians” shake a mean mojito into the mix before guests move on to the hotel’s maximalist fine dining restaurant, 1621, which borrows the nocturnal charm of the hotel’s spectacular colonial courtyard for romantic trysts. Reward yourself after a day exploring the city’s architectural charms, and evenings soaking up the nightlife, with a couple of hours of detox at the hotel’s Turkish hammam.
In the Area
To get the lowdown on Cartagena’s nocturnal attractions, there’s Kendrick’s Gin sundowners at the ultra-friendly upstairs bar, El Balcon. Eat sushi at Tabetai and the crayfish and king prawn risotto at Don Juan. If you’re looking to party with a beautiful crowd, the hip hangout La Movida works wonders on weekends. Loved ones left at home will love you even more if you bring home some green fire — Colombian emeralds — from Lucy Jewelry or the plundered treasure on display at Casa Chiqui. Pamper your cultural whims with a visit to NH Galeria.
How to Get There
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My husband and I recently spent of a week at Santa Clara in Cartagena, and it was absolutely heavenly. The public areas of the hotel are breathtaking and our room was great. The staff is so friendly and helpful--actually all the Columbian people we encountered were delightful. The pool and its environs cannot be beat in the walled city and we spent a lot of time there during the afternoon heat. All the restaurants are excellent and we ate many breakfasts and lunches there, as well as a wonderful dinner at the very elegant 1621 restaurant. Literally, the only complaint I had was that the hair dryers in the room were so weak that I could not dry my hair. I switched them out 3 times, but it was no use. Not a problem, though, next time I'll just bring my own!
We had a brief but memorable stay here. After spending a few days in Bogotá for my husband's business, we arrived in Cartagena ready to relax. We were fortunate to stay in a lovely suite that included butler service, and from the moment we arrived at the airport we were treated to gracious, personal attention from Luis, who continued to check in with us throughout our stay to ensure we were enjoying ourselves. The butler team proved extremely helpful with dining recommendations and reservations, as well as other arrangements. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. The grounds are lovely, filled with greenery and flowers, and the pool is stunning. The buffet breakfast offered a variety of fresh, local foods. As soon as we left the hotel we were ready to go back!
This hotel is clearly my favorite in the city. I have been to Cartagena before many times and no hotel compares to this one. Everything about is great. The rooms are very nice the staff is always polite and attentive to any requests.
Stayed here for the best part of a week on a work trip.
Location wise, it's great for being able to walk straight out into the old town, you're right into the action.
The building has an interesting history of its own, having been used in various guises over the years, from hospital to prison, religious centre etc. (at least if I understood it correctly!). Views are great from the terrace.
Facilities generally good, gym is a bit of an oddity and could do with being bigger and better equipped, it was also pretty hot too!
Food is not bad, staff were very helpful and friendly.
Rooms are a decent size, clean, no complaints.
Overall, a good experience and would stay again.