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This palatial house was built in the 17th century and belonged to the Count of Pestagua / Photo Carlos Sueskún.
Hotel Boutique Casa Pestagua is in the center of the walled city, a few yards from Plaza Santo Domingo.
The palatial building is from the 17th century and it belonged to the Count of Pestagua, one of the richest men in the city at the time: and the house is a demonstration of high birth, of great wealth and power. Many would say that it is the finest house in town.
Casa Pestagua is also considered to be a classic example of the architecture of its day, and has been the home of princes of the Church and leading politicians over the years.
The house today retains much of colonial atmosphere and projects the splendor of the lifestyles of the aristocracy of that era.
This house preserves the characteristic elements of the Spanish colonial era. l / Photo Carlos Sueskún.
In 1994 Casa Pestagua was restored by construction magnate Pedro Gómez, who later adapted it to be a luxury hotel, with a sophistication and ambiance unique in this country. It earned wide recognition from international hotel associations.
Some years later Pedro Gómez closed the hotel but continued to own the building until 2006 when a group of foreign investors decided to buy it and make it a hotel again.
“This was a special form of recognition, because its architectural importance goes hand in hand with great warmth and am exquisite ambiance in the heart of old Cartagena. It is an absolutely magic place”, says Claude Pimont, Manager of Casa Pestagua.
There are 11 large rooms, all furnished with antique pieces which make the visitor take a trip backwards through time, while are the facilities are the comforts of today.
The corridors are a testimony to the past splendors of Casa Pestagua in the 17th and 18th centuries, with some fine frescoes which have been restored. The visitor will be able to experience the culture of the past that permeates every corner of this palatial home.
“This is what makes us different. We give our guests the feeling that they are living the life of an 17th century Count, surrounded by all the services and privileges that the aristocrats of those days enjoyed”, adds Claude Pimont.
Enjoy a trip back through time in Casa Pestagua!