Thecoastal town of Cartagena in Northern Colombia is a laid back colonial village which thrives on tourism. It has an authentic feel, with narrow roads and old buildings, street sellers and an average all year round temperature of 30 degrees. There’s an old saying that the beggars here don’t ask for money they ask for ice-cold lemonade…
The old town is fun and friendly, the most difficult aspect is simply navigating around its streets and turning down the offers of Charlie which come once the street sellers hear your British accent. Food can be found at amazingly cheap prices if eating where the locals eat or you can simply be blindsided into the tourist traps and eat disappointing food at four times the price. There are some quirky perks too, a bookshop come coffee shop, a 50`s style ice cream parlor and a German ran restaurant with decent grub.
The boutique Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is located right in the heart of the old town, owned by Colombian-born fashion designer, Silvia Tcherassi. It’s housed in an 18th-century mansion with just seven individually designed rooms and suites, one even has a private pool and decking area – perfect for some romancing. The giant front door leads you into a world of white, from the table cloths, walls, floors and staff uniforms broken up only by the cascading glass waterfall and living wall which features no less than 3,000 plants.
Upon arrival guests are treated to an ice-cold flannel alongside a kiwi and mint frozen cocktail, and in the heat that frequents this place, it’s a pretty welcome touch. Each room has a name, our suite for the stay was the Peau de Soie on the first floor with two small balconies overlooking the two pools below, the water fall and living wall. The room benefits from a king-sized bed, walk-in rain shower, double basin, widescreen TV, iPod deck and products from the in-house spa. The room air con and fan can blast the room into sub zero temperatures in minutes too. Awesome!
One of our favourite things about this hotel is the rooftop deck with small but adequate pool. Perfect for soaking up the rays, relaxing in the coolness of the pool and looking out over the views of the town and ocean. We visited just before peak season so had the luxury of having this space to ourselves throughout the whole stay, what’s more the team of 30 strong staff are more than on top of their game when it comes to service, even when we used the rooftop intercom system to refresh the drinks by the pool #showingoff.
Breakfast options were top notch and included a full basket of freshly baked breads and pastries, along with scrambled eggs or huevos revueltos to those speaking the lingo. With complementary Wi-Fi throughout, a destination restaurant and bar, library and Spa the hotel is equipped to deal with your every need. Visiting Cartagena and want somewhere cool to retreat to? Then this is your place.
Room start from $300 (approx £190) per night and does include breakfast.
Calle Del Sargento Mayor N 6-21,Cartagena de Indias, Colombia