Casa San Agustin
Cartagena Historic City, Cartagena, Colombia
At a Glance
A real haven of tranquility in lively Cartagena
Stunning boutique hotel oozing history, romance and charm
Beautifully crafted guest rooms
Authentic Colombian style; while seamlessly incorporating contemporary details and luxurious amenities
Large pictured windows and breezy balconies allow natural light to brighten each space
Best time to Visit
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Cartagena is a year round destination with a hot and humid tropical climate. Being tropical it can rain at any time of the year however typically the ‘drier’ season is from December to March and considered the best time to visit. Most rainfall comes in October and November.
To start planning your holiday to Casa San Agustin
Casa San Agustin is a lovingly restored, luxurious boutique hotel in Colombia’s wonderful coastal city of Cartagena. Refined yet relaxed, its trio of colonial era white-washed buildings exudes the warmth of a magnificently appointed private residence.
Set by the azure waters of the Caribbean, walled Cartagena de Indias is steeped in centuries of history and surely one of Latin America’s most beautiful, vibrant, and romantic cities. Now there is a gem of a small hotel to use as a base for discovering its charms! Casa San Agustin is located within walking distance of Barrio San Diego, renowned for its restaurants, bars and chic boutiques.
From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín’s art and architecture evoke the city’s rich history as 17th century Spanish stronghold. Located within Cartagena’s walled Old Town, the hotel features 24 guest rooms and 6 suites, each taking its colour cue from the nearby Caribbean Sea. Shades of soft blue mix with specially commissioned furnishings and fixtures to create spaces of singular beauty and originality. Many of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites can be configured into two- or three-bedroom suites, making them ideal for friends and family travelling together.
The country’s abundance of seafood and exotic ingredients inspires the contemporary coastal Colombian cuisine of Alma, the hotel’s signature restaurant, and its charming bar and nearby alfresco courtyard – two picturesque settings for conch, ceviche and custom-crafted cocktails.
Influenced by the subtle shades of the nearby Caribbean Sea, the 30 guest rooms and six spacious suites feature a blue-hued palette accented by natural fabrics and rich dark woods. Ironwork beds, chandeliers and sconces specially commissioned by local artists share space with vintage pieces, art and artefacts. Some guest rooms have private plunge pools or Jacuzzis and all feature luxurious Frette linens and citrus-scented Ortigia bath amenities.
The Classic (12), Deluxe (9) and Junior Suites (3) features a beautiful view of either the gardens or the streets of the Old Town. Amenities include sumptuous Frette linens, robes and slippers, as well as exclusive Ortigia bath amenities. Each room has a flat screen HDTV with Surround Sound, DVD player, Bose CD player, and an iPod dock with alarm clock. WIFI is complimentary and iPads are available upon request. Every guest room has a personal safe. Classic Rooms range from 409 sq. ft. - 645 sq. ft, Deluxe Rooms range from 409 sq. ft. - 840 sq. ft and Junior Suites range 850 sq. ft. - 1000 sq. ft.
The Premium Rooms (3) feature a private terrace with a plunge pool or Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens and range from 462 sq. ft. - 645 sq. ft.
The Prestige Suites (2) and the Suite del Virrey (1) feature two guest rooms with large balconies flooded with natural light overlooking streets of the Old Town. The Prestige Suite ranges from 1600 sq. ft. - 1730 sq. ft and the Suite del Virrey is 1830 sq. ft and has a private Jacuzzi.
Many of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites can be configured into two- or three-bedroom suites, making them ideal for friends and family travelling together.
Casa San Agustin has a pool and pool bar service, courtyard lounge, restaurant specialising in coastal Colombian cuisine, a library, 24 hour room service and reception, concierge service, housekeeping service twice a day, butler service, a spa, solarium and private Jacuzzi service in some rooms.
Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)
Casa San Agustin oozes luxury and style, in their stunningly styled converted monastery, where they have perfected the balance between maintaining the 17th century features and the residence's colonial past, and ensuring guests receive the very highest comfort in their rooms, with spacious, airy and fresh accommodations. The service is consistently delightful, with a warm and friendly team who's attention to detail is unmissable throughout your stay, but you never feel to aggressively looked after - it's the perfect balance of reserved attentiveness. The courtyard pool offers not only a perfect place to cool down in the Caribbean coast, but also has a fantastic atmosphere in the evenings to enjoy a sun-downer and make the most of the all day heat. The newly opened spa is the perfect fit for a hotel that champions sophisticated luxury, with this gold theme, and state of the art treatment rooms - it is definitely one of the best in the cities.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
Tucked away within the old city walls, this boutique hotel was developed from a collection of original colonial houses. Some of the original ancient walls remain making the property a real mix of old and new... the rooms were beautifully designed with an eclectic mix of artefacts and art alongside luxury amenities and the whole place had a really welcoming atmosphere. Ideal for a relaxing base whilst exploring this fascinating city.
Passion by name, passion by nature—this hotel is the result of a painstaking two-year renovation by French owner Thierry Forte and his Colombian wife. The building started life as a 19th-century Colonial mansion, but Forte has transformed it into a Republican style boutique hotel with just 8 rooms. You can immediately tell that so much care has gone into this restoration, the original features are stunning—plastered walls have been uncovered, murals repaired by local artisans and traditional rugs are dotted around the tiled floors. The bedrooms are sparsely decorated, with antiques and balconies letting you soak up old Cartagena, but there's Wi-Fi if you want to stay in touch with modern life. You can get to know the city on the ground level by wandering the historic center around the hotel. Alternatively, take a bird's eye view from the rooftop pool. As it's such a small hotel, there's not really a buzzing scene, but it's a nice place for a cocktail, a sit-down and a dip. There's no restaurant or spa, but you're in the prettiest part of the city, so get lost down a winding alleyway and feast with the locals.
Half day private guided tour of Cartagena
Explore colonial Cartagena, taking in the city's key sights as you learn about the history of this old walled city. Visit the main museums, the iconic Santo Domingo church and the Inquisition Palace, accompanied by a private guide.
Literary Tour of Cartagena
Enjoy a tour of the colourful city of old town Cartagena, through the eyes and palate of one of its greatest artists, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Best known for his book 100 years of solitude, Gabriel was a winner of the Nobel prize for literature.
Private Helicopter Tour of the Lost City
Departing from Cartagena, enjoy a private helicopter experience, soaring over remote corners of Colombia and the beautiful ruins of 'The Lost City', or 'Ciudad Perdida', one of the most important urban centres of the ancient Tayrona culture.
Rosario Islands by Private Yacht
Island hop on a private yacht around the beautiful Rosario Islands located one hour from Cartagena. The natural landscapes, crystal clear water and coral reefs, home to diverse flora and fauna, are the main attraction, plus great snorkelling & kayaking.
Rum & Cacao Tasting
Spend a couple of hours learning about and sampling two of Colombia's finest exports: rum and cacao. This tasting experience is not only a delight for the senses but also offers an interesting insight into their history and production.
Bogota, Cartagena, Sierra Nevada & Tayrona
from £12500 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Amazing accommodation, featuring epic views, total luxury, exclusive homes and a private villa
- Soar above the Sierra Nevada mountains by helicopter, landing at Casa Galavanta which boasts a breathtaking location
- Experience the diversity of Colombia as you cross from city, to cloudforest, to the Caribbean
Highlights of Colombia
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- Explore the laid back charms of Villa de Leyva
- Visit the famous salt cathedral Zipaquira around an hour from Bogota
- Retrace the footsteps of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in tropical Cartagena
Location & directions
Cartagena Historic City, Cartagena, Colombia
Casa San Agustin is located on Calle de la Universidad in the heart of the historical centre of Cartagena, Colombia's north coast. Within easy walking distance of many of the city's historic sites, such as the Monastery of La Popa and the Plaza Bolivar, formerly the Palacio de la Inquiscion.
How to get there
14-hour international flight to Bogota El Dorado International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 20-minute domestic flight to Cartagena. Casa San Agustin is 30 minutes from the airport. Cartagena can also be reached by a 2 hour 50 minute flight from Miami.
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