Originally built for the Count of Pestagua, this 18th century mansion has retained its handsome colonial architecture and original features. From whitewashed walls, to beamed ceilings, overhanging balconies, wrought iron fixtures and picturesque courtyard dotted with palms and lush greenery, this boutique hotel will impress. It’s romantic grandeur and timeless appeal, makes it easy to appreciate why it has been named, ‘the most beautiful house in Cartagena’. Located in the heart of the city, Casa Pestagua offers glorious views over Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed colonial walled city and fortress.
With just 16 rooms and suites the vibe is warm and personal, while the service is excellent. All the accommodation is generously sized, with a tasteful blend of modern minimalism and colonial heritage. The space, neutral palette, plush beds, comfortable living area and large ensuite bathrooms, make each room instantly relaxing. Amenities include premium linens, walk-in closet, Wi-Fi, Smart TV, Bose Bluetooth speaker, rainfall showers and Ortigia Sicilia bathing products.
Deluxe Rooms sleep up to two guests with ample space to relax, while Junior Suites have the option of a mezzanine level. For further space and more of a residential experience, Madariaga Suites and Grand Suites, sleep up to three guests. Or book into the prestigious Count of Pestagua Suite with exclusive elevator access, a private jacuzzi and terrace with wonderful views. This lavish suite is designed for two guests but a third can be accommodated for an extra charge.
The hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux?and the cuisine served amid the Moorish-inspired architecture of the Ánima Restaurant celebrates the authentic flavours of both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. For expertly crafted cocktails and pre- and post-dinner drinks, Ánima Bar is full of old-world charm and atmosphere.
The hotel’s gardens are delightful and there is a shady pool lined with comfortable loungers to escape the heat of the day. Guests also have access to the hotel’s fully equipped gym, as well as the Aurum Spa, for beauty treatments and massage, which is in sister property, Hotel Casa San Agustin.
Reached via a 45-minute boat ride from Cartagena, the hotel has a private beach club on tropical Barú Island and guests have exclusive access to its white sand beaches and warm Caribbean waters. For those looking to learn more about Colombia’s food and drink culture, rum and coffee tastings can be arranged, as well as cooking classes based on the local cuisine.