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Cartagena’s must-visit boutique hotels offer history and modernity

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maytourism0314Framed by a beautiful bay, Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved ancient cities in the Americas. The walled city opens its gates to reveal hidden secrets of an age surrounded by magic and enchantment. Tourists looking to visit this hot-spot destination will encounter a unique experience as the old meets the new in the city’s most exclusive boutique hotels.

The city’s history of traditional architecture begins in the 17th century with imposing colonial buildings that have been restored and adapted as superb boutique hotels, offering the visitor an exclusive and wonderful experience of history and modernism. Some of the old mansions with beautiful facades are turned into chic hotels with modern furniture and vibrant colors and decorations; some others are restored but keep the traditional look and feel of an ancient era, offering tourists an array of options for lodging during their stay.

Cartagena has been gaining international interest from travelers as well as tourism and hospitality industry experts that have recently given the boutique hotels important recognition.

The luxurious boutique hotel Casa San Agustín, was chosen by TripAdvisor users, the biggest Travel site in the world, as the best “new hot hotel” in the world among the ones opened in 2013. With 24 available rooms, the hotel is located in the walled city and maintains its colonial style but counts with the most modern amenities: private pools and Jacuzzi, balconies with spectacular views and high-end items for personal hygiene in each room.

The World Luxury Hotels Awards, created in 2006, which recognize the best luxurious hotels in the world, as well as the best quality service, named the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara as the best hotel for weddings in Latin America. Housed in a former convent of the 17th century in the historic center of Cartagena, this unique place combines the best of international hospitality with modernity and innovation of French style. It is a synonym for elegance in decor, good taste in food, and respect for tradition, offering the best quality care for guests and visitors.

According to the New York Times, the Hotel Santo Toribio, another boutique hotel, offers many of the same niceties as the higher-end options of the city, but at a more affordable price. This hotel offers a central location within the old city and is close to the city gates, restaurants, juice bars and shops.

These are some of the boutique hot-spots within the walled city; not far from the more modern tourist sector, Bocagrande, with wide beaches, more hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Cartagena offers national and international visitors an array of alternatives when it comes to accommodations as well as diverse tourism attractions that showcase why Colombia is Magical Realism.

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