The rooftop pool, bar and restaurant have arguably the best views in the city
Great location, just steps from the city’s most historic buildings
Light-filled interiors defined by clean lines and design-forward touches
What To Know
Swimming pool is better for soaking up the city views than lap training
Located in the historic center, but that’s not reflected in either the building or the decor
All the high-tech necessities: iPod docks, LCD TVs and free WiFi
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Contemporary haven in the heart of Cartagena’s old city, with a rooftop pool and panoramic views
Within the ancient walls of Cartagena’s old town, the Movich is a haven of contemporary design. Its 32 rooms are spacious, open-plan and light-filled, with blond wood furniture, neutral tones, tactile furnishings and, in a nod to its locale, rough-hewn coral stone walls. Splashes of color come in the form of striped cushions and giant prints of Colombia’s natural landscapes. On higher levels, the floor-to-ceiling windows frame sweeping views over the city’s tiled rooftops and church steeples — although nothing can eclipse the view from the roof terrace, where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner under the stars. You can also opt for breakfast in your room or in the lobby restaurant, which in the evening serves local dishes with a modern fusion twist. After a hard day’s sightseeing, head to the rooftop pool to cool off, before watching the sun set, cocktail in hand, from a made-for-sharing daybed or the Jacuzzi.
In the Area
Wander the lovely cobbled streets of the old city, dropping in at ancient churches and brightly painted colonial houses turned chic boutiques, with balconies festooned in flowers. Head to the baluartes (city walls) or the hilltop fortress of Castillo San Felipe for spectacular sunset viewing, then sip rum at the historic El Coro, dine on sophisticated Italian fusion at Alma or creative tapas at Demente, and dance ’til dawn to sultry Latin rhythms at Cafe Havana. To escape the heat, set sail for the Rosario Islands, where you can snorkel the reefs and relax on a castaway’s spit of sand.