From luxury hotels on the beach to small hotels swimming with history, the coastal city of Cartagena offers travellers a variety of accommodation to suit their needs and budget. Check out where to stay in Cartagena with Viva Air.
There are two main areas to stay in Cartagena; the old city and the new city, located along the Miami-beach-like Bocagrande.
While you can step right out onto the beach at a hotel or Airbnb on Bocagrande, the city beaches do not compare to the many island beaches nearby. The nearest, Punta Arena, is less than a 10-minute boat ride away! Bocagrande has a large beach, and most of hotels have pools that are great for keeping the children occupied, while adults relax poolside. Bocagrande beach is fine for a morning swim however, the water is not as crystal clear as some of the island beaches and the street vendors can become a little irritating. Depending on the time of year it can also be very busy and difficult to get a good spot at the beach.
The gorgeous stone-walled Old City is Cartagena’s principal attraction and part of UNESCO world heritage site. This area is the heart of the city and will probably be where you will be spending most of your time. From the best restaurants and cafes, to the nightlife, and museums, the old city may suit your travel need better. Old town is packed with colonial architecture, beautiful churches and plazas, and Cartagena’s famous colourful mansions with their overhanging balconies decorated with dangling vines.
From a security point of view, both areas are very safe. Bocagrande is a very clean, modern and safe. There are parts of the old city that can get lively at night and as with any city in the world, crime can occur, however violent crime is rare. Cartagena is considered to be one of the safest places to visit in Colombia.
Casa San Augustin
From five-star hotels to Airbnb, there are many types of accommodation to satisfy your individual needs and budget. Casa San Augustin is a newer hotel, opened in 2012, and was made by combining three 18th-century houses to form one glorious space that spares no expensive as you would expect for a 5-star price hotel. Located in the heart of the old town, this hotel preserves history with its design and décor, and the large bedrooms have modern technological amenities such as iPad’s, and a large pool. Many visitors also comment that the staff are incredible.
Google Rating: 4.7
TripAdvisor Rating: 5.0
Tres Pasos de la Havana (Villa)
Tres Pasos de la Havana mixes the modern and historic in its décor and design and its convenient location makes it a great place to stay. Large families and groups of friends can book the entire 200-year-old villa, which has six ensuite bedrooms and a long lap pool. It’s three steps from Cartagena’s salsa club, the Café de Havana, a hotspot for both tourists and locals alike.
Google Rating: 4.9