Sofitel Santa Clara
At a Glance
A landmark building in the heart of Cartagena that’s now home to a magnificent luxury hotel
Retains much of its colonial charm but with all the modern conveniences of a 5* hotel
Views over the Caribbean, the ancient city of Cartagena or the peaceful internal courtyard and lush gardens
Huge outdoor pool and excellent Spa offering a range of pampering treatments
Impeccable Sofitel service and attention to detail
Best time to Visit
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A year-round destination however as Cartagena has a hot and humid tropical climate, it can rain at any time of the year. Typically ‘drier’ season is from December to March, while the most rainfall comes in October and November. The best time to visit Cartagena is the dry season.
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The Sofitel Santa Clara is an exquisite 17th century converted convent and grand luxury hotel with excellent facilities in Cartagena in Colombia, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America, set against the blue waters of the Caribbean.
The Sofitel Santa Clara is located in the historic heart of Cartagena, a city declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Located on the Caribbean Sea, its colonial balconies and walled city hark back to the era of pirates, corsairs and Spanish traditions. This beautifully converted hotel has significant architectural value and has been divided into Colonial and Republican styles. During the restoration process many valuable artefacts were recovered and have now been used in the interior decoration. Each corner of the hotel has an important story to tell.
All the guest rooms have a view over the cobbled old city, the Caribbean Sea or the beautiful interior tropical courtyards, and are excellently equipped to satisfy the most exquisite of tastes. Cooling sea breezes flow through the hotels graceful arches and provide a respite from the Caribbean’s warm tropical climate.
The Sofitel Santa Clara also boasts two restaurants, the Refectorio that serves delicious French cuisine and El Claustro with a more international menu. Why not relax and unwind in the El Coro bar over a Caribbean cocktail or indulge in a one of the many treatments offered in the hotel's spa.
The Sofitel Santa Clara features 103 guest rooms and 20 suites, with stunning views over the ancient city, the Caribbean Sea or the hotel's fabulous internal gardens.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Sofitel Santa Clara, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or guaranteed interconnecting rooms available.
The hotel has a swimming pool, two restaurants, lounge bar, Hammam, spa and a fitness centre.
The Sofitel Santa Clara offers boat excursions to the nearby island of Rosario, sailing facilities, and a snorkeling and diving centre.
Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)
A great option for families, with its huge outdoor pool, airconditioning and connecting room options. The rooms with ocean views offer a beautiful and unique experience in the city, especially the suites with extensive balconies complete with dining facilities and a hot tub overlooking the Caribbean sea. The hotel is located within walking distance of some of the best attractions in Cartagena, and right in the heart of the picturesque old town - perfect for those who want to explore the gorgeous cobbled streets of the city by foot. The restaurant is a real delight - make sure to sample their fantastic fresh fish options.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
I couldn't believe it when we pulled up at the beautiful historic building in the centre of Cartagena's fortified town... this lovingly renovated convent dating from the 1600s was our hotel and has got it just right... keeping the traditional touches whilst offering every luxury and comfort you might want from a hotel.. fantastic service, wonderful bedrooms (the beds were so comfortable!) nearly all with balconies to enjoy the balmy temperature. Located right in the middle of the narrow streets full of colourful buildings, it was really easy to walk out to restaurants and bars as well as explore the history of this amazing place - I want to go back and stay longer next time!
Stepping into this converted convent is a bit like taking yourself back a hundred years, and like much of the city the building is full of colonial charm. The overgrown courtyard, surrounded by archways, stone floors and interior balconies is a lovely place to while away a few hours. The 119 rooms are divided between two parts; the 17th-century convent, and the newer “Republic” wing. Antiques fill the rooms of the older building, while the newer additions give guests a flavor of Republican Colombia with white walls and pale woods.
All rooms come with WiFi, and if you're feeling so inclined, you can catch a glimpse of Cartagena's most famous export—neighbor Gabriel Garcia Marquez's garden is visible from the top floors. Cartegena might be on the Caribbean coast, but this hotel feels much less ostentatious than some of its island counterparts. The large pool is relaxing rather than glitzy, and the old-world streets are a joy to wander—plus, where else would you find a resident toucan? A spa was added in 2006, so before dinner, head down for a work-out, Hammam, Jacuzzi or massage. Dinner is distinctly European, with French cuisine at El Refectorio, or more international offerings from El Claustro. Finish up with a cocktail and cigar in El Caro, or indulge all the gothic fantasies that staying in a convent evokes, and take a tour of the ancient crypt…spooky…
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.
Location & directions
The Sofitel Santa Clara is located on Calle Del Torno in the historic heart of Cartagena, on the Caribbean Sea.
How to get there
14-hour international flight to Bogota El Dorado International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 20-minute domestic flight to Rafael Núñez International Airport. Sofitel Santa Clara is 20-minute from the airport.
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