10 Best Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels: Why I Love Them

My detailed review of the best luxury hotels in Cartagena de Indias so you can compare and choose the one that’s ideal for you.

🛑 There are many bad luxury hotels in Cartagena. I am sure you will find the perfect hotel within my guide of the best Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels.

Finding the hotel of your dreams among the wide range of luxury hotels in Colombia’s most beautiful colonial city is a headache for you?
I spent several months in the walled city, so I can help you choose!
Here’s my selection of the best Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels.

You’ll get :

  1. Your ideal match: The luxury hotel that meets your needs and your budget. Plus, I’ll tell you my favorites.
  2. The best time to come to Cartagena de Indias: to suit your interests and schedule.
  3. A stress-free experience: I’ll give you some tips and tricks to make your stay in Cartagena de Indias unforgettable.

Can’t miss: This article is part of our series “Where to stay in Cartagena


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My favorite hotels

Architecture
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 697$
  • 4.7
  • Description:

    Casa San Agustin is a gem! You'll love the VIP service, hot tub suites, and tasty meals at Alma. Plus, their private beach is perfect for peaceful relaxation.

Chic bungalows
  • Where:
    South of Isla Barú
  • From 485$
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

Boutique hotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 349$
  • 4.7
  • Description:

    I adore Amarla Boutique Hotel for its unique mix of luxury and history in Cartagena's Walled City. Its intimate setting ensures personalized service, and the vintage charm is simply enchanting. Plus, the location is perfect for exploring the city's iconic sites!

Architecture
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 389$
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    I'm a big fan of Casa Del Arzobispado for its blend of historical charm and modern comfort in Cartagena. Its colonial architecture is breathtaking, rooms are cozy with great air conditioning, and the quaint pool area is perfect for unwinding. Plus, the food and spa are top-notch!

Architecture
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 337$
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    I highly recommend Sofitel Legend Santa Clara for its stunning mix of history and luxury in Cartagena. The pool is a tropical paradise, and the dining options are fantastic. Plus, the wellness center and butler service add a touch of indulgence to your stay!

Boutique hotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 337$
  • 4.9
  • Description:

    Quadrifolio is a charming choice in Cartagena, blending colonial elegance with boutique intimacy. With just eight rooms, it offers a personal touch and excellent service, perfect for business stays. The homely decor and rooftop Jacuzzi are just icing on the cake!

Boutique hotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 780$
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Casa Pestagua is a delightful escape in Cartagena, offering a unique blend of Colonial, Republic, and Art Deco styles in each room. Its intimate setting, two beautiful pools, and a fantastic spa make it a perfect choice for a luxurious stay.

Modern design
  • Where:
    Getsemani
  • From 277$
  • 4.4
  • Description:

    Hotel Capellan in Getsemaní is a top pick for luxury seekers. Its vibrant design, thoughtful amenities, and relaxing pool and jacuzzi offer a perfect taste of Cartagena charm and indulgence. Plus, their attentive staff and complimentary activities like yoga add to the experience!

Modern design
  • Where:
    Bocagrande
  • From 275$
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    The Hyatt Regency in Bocagrande is a fantastic choice for its modern charm and stunning Caribbean views. Its infinity pools are a highlight, and the location is perfect for exploring nearby restaurants and the old city. A great pick for a mix of luxury and convenience!

Beach resort
  • Where:
    North Isla Barú
  • From 446$
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Sofitel Barú Calablanca is a serene paradise for those seeking luxury and tranquility. Its top-notch amenities, exceptional staff service, and balance of relaxation and activities make it an ideal getaway. Perfect for unwinding in a secluded, beautiful setting!

Architecture
Where:
Historic center
From 697$
4.7
Description:

Casa San Agustin is a gem! You'll love the VIP service, hot tub suites, and tasty meals at Alma. Plus, their private beach is perfect for peaceful relaxation.

Chic bungalows
Where:
South of Isla Barú
From 485$
4.6
Description:

Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

Boutique hotel
Where:
Historic center
From 349$
4.7
Description:

I adore Amarla Boutique Hotel for its unique mix of luxury and history in Cartagena's Walled City. Its intimate setting ensures personalized service, and the vintage charm is simply enchanting. Plus, the location is perfect for exploring the city's iconic sites!

Architecture
Where:
Historic center
From 389$
4.6
Description:

I'm a big fan of Casa Del Arzobispado for its blend of historical charm and modern comfort in Cartagena. Its colonial architecture is breathtaking, rooms are cozy with great air conditioning, and the quaint pool area is perfect for unwinding. Plus, the food and spa are top-notch!

Architecture
Where:
Historic center
From 337$
4.5
Description:

I highly recommend Sofitel Legend Santa Clara for its stunning mix of history and luxury in Cartagena. The pool is a tropical paradise, and the dining options are fantastic. Plus, the wellness center and butler service add a touch of indulgence to your stay!

Boutique hotel
Where:
Historic center
From 337$
4.9
Description:

Quadrifolio is a charming choice in Cartagena, blending colonial elegance with boutique intimacy. With just eight rooms, it offers a personal touch and excellent service, perfect for business stays. The homely decor and rooftop Jacuzzi are just icing on the cake!

Boutique hotel
Where:
Historic center
From 780$
4.6
Description:

Casa Pestagua is a delightful escape in Cartagena, offering a unique blend of Colonial, Republic, and Art Deco styles in each room. Its intimate setting, two beautiful pools, and a fantastic spa make it a perfect choice for a luxurious stay.

Modern design
Where:
Getsemani
From 277$
4.4
Description:

Hotel Capellan in Getsemaní is a top pick for luxury seekers. Its vibrant design, thoughtful amenities, and relaxing pool and jacuzzi offer a perfect taste of Cartagena charm and indulgence. Plus, their attentive staff and complimentary activities like yoga add to the experience!

Modern design
Where:
Bocagrande
From 275$
4.6
Description:

The Hyatt Regency in Bocagrande is a fantastic choice for its modern charm and stunning Caribbean views. Its infinity pools are a highlight, and the location is perfect for exploring nearby restaurants and the old city. A great pick for a mix of luxury and convenience!

Beach resort
Where:
North Isla Barú
From 446$
4.6
Description:

Sofitel Barú Calablanca is a serene paradise for those seeking luxury and tranquility. Its top-notch amenities, exceptional staff service, and balance of relaxation and activities make it an ideal getaway. Perfect for unwinding in a secluded, beautiful setting!

Best Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels: Map

How To Pick your 5 star hotel in Cartagena

Keep these tips in mind when booking your holiday in Cartagena de Indias.

Where to stay in Cartagena de Indias

Walled City: This is the historic center of Cartagena de Indias, known for its colonial architecture and vibrant atmosphere. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with colorful houses, churches, plazas, and museums. It’s a great place to stay if you enjoy history, culture, and nightlife. However, it can be quite busy and noisy, especially during the high season. The accommodations here range from budget hostels to luxury hotels.

My favorite hotels in this area are: Casa San Agustin, Amarla Boutique, Casa del Arzobispado, Sofitel Santa Clara, Hotel Quadrifolio and Casa Pestagua.

Getsemani: This is a trendy neighborhood located just outside the Walled City. It’s known for its street art, local vibe, and nightlife. It’s less touristy than the Walled City, offering a more authentic experience. The accommodations here are generally cheaper than in the Walled City, with a mix of budget hostels and mid-range hotels.

My favorite hotel in this area is: Hotel Capellan.

Bocagrande & Laguito: These are modern neighborhoods located along the beach. They’re known for their high-rise buildings, shopping malls, and restaurants. They offer a contrast to the historic Walled City, with a more Miami-like vibe. The beaches here are not the best in Cartagena de Indias, but they’re still popular for sunbathing and water sports. The accommodations here are mostly mid-range hotels and 5 star hotels.

My favorite hotel in this area is: Hyatt regency.

Rosario Islands: These are a group of islands located about an hour away from Cartagena by boat. They’re known for their beautiful beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs. They’re a great place to stay if you enjoy nature and water activities, such as snorkeling and diving. The accommodations here range from budget eco-lodges to luxury resorts. However, remember that the islands can be quite isolated, with limited services and amenities.

My favorite hotels in this area are Las Islas and Sofitel Baru Calablanca.

Service & Accommodations in Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
Credit: Sofitel Santa Clara

→ Many hotels in Cartagena de Indias are former colonial buildings, and their restorations are expensive. This means there is little hot water, soundproofing is sometimes non-existent, and some finishing touches are missing. Las Islas is a quiet option.

→ Consider the hotel Casa San AgustinSofitel Santa Clara, or the Hyatt Regency if you require an elevator.

→ If you come to Cartagena de Indias to expect a European standard of service, you may be disappointed. Caribbean coastal culture is more relaxed when it comes to organization. Try to roll with it and choose Casa San Agustin and Sofitel Santa Clara for superior service.

→ Avoid choosing the least expensive rooms. These rates are to attract visitors to the booking sites. Be aware that cheaper ground floor rooms often get little natural light or are located near noisy areas, such as the kitchen or the reception. 

Attractions & surrounding areas

Getsemani nightlife - Cartagena

→ If you’re looking to party, Centro, and Getsemaní, offer a variety of nightclubs. 

→ Bocagrande is a good option for those who want to enjoy more economical and modern beachfront hotels in Cartagena with access to restaurants and entertainment. The historic center is only minutes away by taxi, so it’s easy to get in a day to explore the old colonial city. 

→ Staying in Old Town is a safe alternative to experiencing the area’s heritage. In this area, hotels in Cartagena de Indias are typically renovated romantic colonial houses. offering a level of luxury not found in other parts of the city. 

→ Rafael Núñez International Airport is the closest option to Old Town. Most of the suggested Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels in the area are only about 3.5 miles by taxi from the airport. 

The beaches bordering Cartagena are not attractive. If you want to wake up in a beautiful setting next to crystal clear waters, consider booking your hotel in the Rosario Islands. Check out Las Islas or Sofitel Calablanca.

Weather and tourist season in Cartagena de Indias

Getsemani Street Art Cartagena

Cartagena stays in the 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit range year-round. December through February is the sunniest and most crowded season. June and July are also popular. September-November is your best bet to avoid crowds if you don’t mind the rain.

Three days is long enough to see the main attractions and enjoy a day at the beach. You’ll have to stay longer if you want to appreciate the Rosario Islands.

Extra tips when picking your Cartagena hotel

→ At nightfall, the walled city is safer than Getsemaní. In general, one should always be careful in large Colombian cities.

How to get to Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena

Many buses and planes are arriving every day in Cartagena. If you come by car, some hotels have small parking lots. 

Note: It is never easy to park.

The airport is close to Getsemaní and the walled city (15 – 20 minutes by cab). Many hotels organize transfers, but it will be cheaper if you take an official cab from the airport.

The bus terminal is on the outskirts of Cartagena. You will need 45 to 60 minutes to get to your hotel in Getsemaní or the Historic Center. 

If you are already on the Caribbean coast, the most comfortable solution is to take a door-to-door transportation service or private transportation. You can arrive from: Minca, Tayrona, Santa Marta, Rincon del Mar, Palomino.

How long to stay in Cartagena

It depends.

2 nights are enough to get to know Cartagena de Indias. Take an early morning stroll through the colorful streets of Getsemaní and the historic center. Then, look for a cultural activity such as the Bazurto market or the fishermen of La Boquilla. At the end of the day, don’t miss the sunset from the city walls.

Read our Cartagena itinerary guide to decide how long you want to stay.

Best Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels | Walled city

Below is a description of each hotel and why I’ve selected them.

1# Best 5-star hotel in Cartagena de Indias: Hotel Casa San Agustin

My pick
Casa San Agustin
3.5
Pros:
  • Beautiful colonial building with top-notch facilities: Pool, Spa, Restaurant.
Cons:
  • Expensive
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My Opinion: I love Hotel Casa San Agustin for the quality of its amenities and its charming colonial decor. If you wish to be pampered, this luxury hotel is for you.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or traveling with a larger group, Hotel Casa San Agustin offers elegant suites in colonial-style buildings to fit your party. The central courtyard features a tranquil pool with outdoor seating to enjoy sightseeing, fine dining, and a spa and wellness centre.

✔️ Why I like this 5-star hotel in Cartagena

  • With Junior, prestige, and del Virrey options, you can choose the suite that best fits your travel desires with private outdoor hot tub options. 
  • Service is priority one with the Casa San Agustin staff. They’ll make you feel like a VIP.
  • The Alma restaurant is so delicious you may choose to dine exclusively on-site.
  • Visit the Aurum spa to indulge in deep tissue massage, hammam, facials, and more. 
  • Take advantage of the hotel’s private beach to avoid the crowd (additional cost).

❌ Why you might not like this luxury Cartagena hotel

  • A few rooms are too dark
  • If your room is too close to the Alma restaurant, you’ll hear the live music from your bed every night.
Casa San Agustin Cartagena
Credit: Casa San Agustin

Price: from 695 USD /2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 7 days | Location: Old city | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes | Room service: 24/24

2# Best luxury hotel in Cartagena for a business trip: Hotel Quadrifolio

Luxurious Boutique Hotel
Hotel Quadrifolio
Pros:
  • Beautiful building and common areas
  • Few rooms and quiet street
Cons:
  • Don't pick the room 1 near the pool
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My opinion: I like the intimate feel of this Spanish colonial-style boutique hotel. It combines comfort with modern workspaces, making it a must if you’re coming to Cartagena de Indias on business.

Step into Quadrifolio, a resplendent retreat where XVII century Spanish Colonial charm meets boutique intimacy, nestled deep in Cartagena’s historic heart.

✔️ Why I like this 5-star Cartagena hotel

  • Quadrifolio caters to your love of personal touch and distinct character. It’s the exclusivity of just eight rooms, where unparalleled service starts with a welcome drink and fruit basket, that makes it perfect for your business stay
  • Spaces are decked out in inviting, homely decor, with spacious Junior Suites offering ample room for post-meeting relaxation.
  • You’ll appreciate the communal breakfasts featuring local Colombian dishes.
  • The modern comfort of state-of-the-art conference rooms might make you forget you’re working in a centuries-old residence.
  • The cherry on top? The chance to soak in the rooftop Jacuzzi or heated pool after a long day of wheeling and dealing.

❌ Why you might not like this luxury Cartagena hotel

  • The pool, while inviting, is a touch smaller than you’d imagine and not always perfectly heated or crystal clear.
  • When booking, consider requesting a room away from the pool and kitchen courtyard—it’s the noisiest and darkest one.
Hotel Quadrifolio
Credit: Hotel Quadrifolio

Price: from 330 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days| Location: Old Walled City | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes, on the rooftop | Room service: yes

3# Best boutique hotel in Cartagena de Indias: Casa Pestagua

Boutique hotel
Casa Pestagua
Pros:
  • Perfect for a romantic getaway
  • Beautiful renovated rooms
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My opinion: I love the quiet, romantic atmosphere of Casa Pestagua, whose architecture and design exude refinement and coziness. Ideal for a couple’s escape.

Each of the 16 luxury rooms in this Moorish palace-inspired mansion features unique Colonial, Republic, and Art Deco styles. The central courtyard of Casa Pestagua is the perfect place to admire the fully restored architectural details while relaxing by the fountain. 

✔️ Why I like this 5-star Cartagena hotel

  • Avoid the crowds at this boutique hotel. 
  • The on-site spa is just off the courtyard and offers body treatments, rituals, and facials. 
  • Many people pick this hotel for their wedding.
  • Colonial charm is maintained but updated with modern luxuries.
  • 1 pool in a romantic courtyard and 1 rooftop pool with lovely views.

❌ Why you might not like this luxury Cartagena hotel

  • The restaurant is a hit or miss.
Casa pestagua Cartagena
Credit: Casa Pestagua

Price: from 760 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days| Location: Old Walled City | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes | Room service: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

4# Best Luxury hotel in Cartagena with pool: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Pool area
Sofitel Santa Clara
Pros:
  • You'll sleep like a baby.
  • Pool and spa are fantastic.
Cons:
  • a bit overpriced.
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My opinion: I like the Sofitel Santa Clara for its beautiful tropical vegetation surrounding the huge outdoor pool. With its excellent wellness facilities, it’s an ideal choice for a relaxing stay in gorgeous colonial decor.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is built in a 17th-century convent with beautiful colonial architecture. A luxurious array of amenities await you. The magnificent courtyard centers around an impressive swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical greenery. 

✔️ Why I like this 5-star Cartagena hotel

  • The magnificent 260 square meters outdoor pool is the largest in the Cartagena de Indias city center. 
  • Two restaurants serve a range of cuisines from Mediterranean and French to local favorites.
  • The fitness center offers a range of state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers.
  • There is a complete wellness center and a hot tub to relax after a fitness session.
  • Two additional bars offer live music, rooftop views, and hookah.
  • Try a room that includes butler service for an extra special touch.

❌ Why you might not like this 5-star Cartagena hotel

  • The rooms aren’t enough top-end for the price you pay.
  • The pool bar closes at 8:00 pm.
Sofitel Santa Clara
Credit: Sofitel Santa Clara

Price: from 400 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: Old Walled City | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes, huge | Room service: 24/24

5# Hotel in Cartagena with the best stylish rooms: Amarla Boutique

High-end
Amarla Boutique Hotel
Pros:
  • Only 7 rooms, perfectly decorated
  • The rooftop/pool view is spectacular
Cons:
  • Don't pick the classic room
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My opinion: I love the intimacy and the refined colonial atmosphere of the Amarla Boutique Hotel. Moreover, it is beautifully located in the historic heart of the city.

Amarla Boutique Hotel is a lavish, hidden gem tucked in Cartagena’s bustling Walled City. With its colonial allure, intimate setting, and personalized service, this boutique hotel offers a unique blend of luxury and history, punctuated by a made-to-order breakfast and charming vintage decor. It’s one my favorite boutique hotels in Cartagena de Indias.

✔️ Why I like this luxury Cartagena hotel

  • Boutique intimacy: With a limited number of rooms, this hotel ensures personalized and attentive service.
  • Vintage charm: The hotel’s unique vintage furnishings and decor transport guests to a bygone era, creating a memorable ambiance.
  • Fantastic amenities: An inclusive made-to-order breakfast and a rooftop pool with spectacular views add value and enjoyment to your stay.
  • Prime location: Its heart-of-the-city location puts you within walking distance of Cartagena’s iconic sites.
  • Excellent experiences available in the hotel

❌ Why you might not like this Luxury Cartagena hotel

  • Rooms can feel cramped for longer stays and antique showers may exhibit hot water inconsistencies. Consider a deluxe room for added space and comfort.
  • While vintage furniture adds aesthetic appeal, it may lack practicality. Also, due to the historical nature of the building, noise might be an issue.
Credit: Amarla Boutique Hotel

Price: from 370 USD | Cancellation Policy: 2-day | District: Old city (Centro) | Swimming pool: yes

6# Most beautiful hotel in Cartagena De Indias: Casa Del Arzobispado

Enchanting architecture
Hotel Boutique Casa Del Arzobispado
Pros:
  • Excellent service & cozy rooms
  • Beautiful architecture and decor
Cons:
  • The rooms on the 1rst floor
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My opinion: I love the comfort of the Boutique Hotel Casa del Arzobispado and its stunning colonial architecture. In the evening, I enjoy a relaxing break at the spa before having a tasty meal at the restaurant.

Meet Hotel Boutique Casa Del Arzobispado, an intimate sanctuary renowned for unparalleled service and historical charm situated in the vibrant heart of Cartagena.

✔️ Why I like this 5-star Cartagena hotel

  • Casa Del Arzobispado exudes an old-world aesthetic that will sweep colonial architecture aficionados right off their feet.
  • Its spacious, clean, and comfy rooms, complemented by a top-notch air conditioning system, make it an enticing abode.
  • Spend your day exploring the city, then unwind in the peaceful haven of the quaint pool and courtyard.
  • Gourmands will relish in Epoca’s delightful menu, while coffee connoisseurs will rave about the brews.
  • Don’t forget to sample the highly recommended spa services and immerse yourself in the lush, enchanting garden.

❌ Why you might not like this luxury Cartagena hotel

  • The charm of the ground-floor rooms may be slightly dimmed by less natural light and a hint of mustiness.
  • Lack of proper soundproofing might occasionally expose you to street noise.
  • Here’s a tip: request an upper-floor room for better light, ask for a courtyard-facing room if noise-sensitive, and a touch of patience will serve you well with the shower’s hot water.
Hotel Boutique Casa Del Arzobispado
Credit: Hotel Boutique Casa Del Arzobispado

Price: from 450 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 14-day | Location: Old city (Centro) | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes, in the courtyard + SPA

Best Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels | Getsemaní

Here is the best hotel you’ll find in Getsemani.

7# Best Luxury Cartagena hotel In Getsemaní: Hotel Capellan

Luxurious
Hotel Capellan
Pros:
  • Impressive rooms and top amenities
  • Pleasant courtyard and rooftop
Cons:
  • Noise from the streets and dark rooms
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My opinion: I like the Hotel Capellan for its modern comfort in the heart of the lively Getsemani district, its quality amenities, and its attentive staff.

Hotel Capellan is a luxury hotel nestled in the pulsating heart of Getsemaní, renowned for its superior amenities and thoughtful service.

✔️ Why I Like This Luxury Cartagena Hotel

For those with a penchant for the high life, Hotel Capellan checks the right boxes with:

  • The Impeccable detail and design reflect the vibrancy of Cartagena de Indias.
  • Thoughtful amenities, from a fully-stocked minibar to high-quality toiletries.
  • A tranquil pool, jacuzzi, and rooftop terrace for some well-deserved downtime.
  • Complimentary activities like yoga classes and reflexology sessions are just what the doctor ordered for extra pampering.
  • A professional and attentive staff, particularly at reception, that goes above and beyond in providing guidance and assistance.

❌ Why you might not like this Luxury Cartagena hotel

Hotel Capellan isn’t without its quirks, and you might find:

  • Noise disruptions from the street and adjacent club. Packing earplugs might save the day (or night) for light sleepers.
  • Occasional room maintenance issues such as faulty doors and suboptimal shower water pressure.
  • Rooms on the ground floor might lack the natural light you prefer. Consider requesting upper-floor rooms
  • The pool and jacuzzi, while lovely, might not meet your size expectations.
Hotel Capellán de Getsemaní
Credit: Hotel Capellan

Price: from 250 USD | Cancellation Policy: 14 days | District: Getsemaní | Swimming pool: small, on the rooftop | Room service: Yes

Best Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels in the “Modern” Cartagena city

The narrow Bocagrande and Laguito area has a Miami look, with large buildings facing the sea. Here are the best Cartagena de Indias hotels in this area.

8# Luxury hotel in Cartagena de Indias with the best view: Hyatt Regency

Upscale & modern
Hyatt Regency
Pros:
  • 3 pools & a fitness center
  • Views are fantastic
Cons:
  • Service is a bit slow
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My opinion: I love the extraordinary view from the modern facilities of the Hyatt Regency surrounded by water and its proximity to all sorts of amenities as well as the historic heart of Cartagena.

Take in the spectacular views of the Caribbean and Cartagena de Indias’s old city from a well-appointed room in this high-end hotel in Bocagrande. Enjoy three pools and beautiful patio dining. Hyatt Regency is a perfect hotel for travelers who like modern décor.

✔️ Why I Like This Luxury Cartagena Hotel

  • The waters surrounding this property ensure a wide selection of rooms with stunning views.
  • The gorgeous infinity pools are a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean without leaving the hotel.
  • Take advantage of the proximity to restaurants, a grocery store, and the old city walls. All are within walking distance

❌ Why you might not like this Luxury Cartagena hotel

  • Be aware that all rooms have motion-activated lights. This convenience can become a nighttime challenge for some.
  • The beach is 6 blocks away, and you won’t like it anyway.
Hyatt Regency Cartagena
Credit: Hyatt Regency

Price: from 230 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 2 days | Location: Bocagrande | Outdoor swimming pool: Yes | Room service: 6h30 am – midnight

Best luxury hotels in Cartagena: Rosario islands

The Rosario Islands are heavenly retreats just 1 hour from Cartagena. Here are the best Cartagena hotels in the nearby islands.

9# Best Luxury Cartagena de Indias hotel on Isla Barú: Las Islas

High-end
Las Islas Hotel
Pros:
  • Secluded
  • Luxurious experiences
Cons:
  • Value
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My opinion: I love Las Islas Hotel because it offers a haven of peace far from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. It’s great for playing Robinson in a bungalow surrounded by lush vegetation by the sea while enjoying top-quality facilities.

Get away from Cartagena’s walled city and enjoy the Caribbean views in a treetop or sea-level bungalow nestled on the edge of Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo. The eco-conscious accommodations of Las Islas feel like a secluded island with the amenities found in the heart of the city. 

✔️ Why I Like This Luxury Cartagena Hotel

  • Reserve a room on the private Isleta, where you can enjoy the white sand beaches as you kayak, snorkel, and relax in a hammock on your private deck.
  • Choose from sea-level or treetop bungalows with private pool options, or go for an adventure on the hotel’s catamaran, the Casa Navegante, with its 2 amazing bedrooms.
  • The hotel includes a bioluminescent night tour and an Astro-tour as part of your stay, as well as booking assistance for additional excursions and activities.
  • Relax with traditional spa treatments or rejuvenate in the tranquil meditation room and yoga classes surrounded by nature.
  • There’s only one main road in the area, and you can get stranded if inaccessible. Opt for a boat ride from Cartegena de Indias for a shorter, more reliable trip. 

❌ Why you might not like this Luxury Cartagena hotel

  • Small beach area (you must go to Isleta to get to the best beach).
  • Service is quite slow (and the resort is huge).
Las Islas Hotel
Credit: Las Islas Hotel

Price: from 460 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: no | Location: South of Isla Barú | Outdoor pool: Yes | Room service: 24/24

10# Best Modern Cartagena hotel on the islands: Sofitel Baru Calablanca

Luxurious (Playa Blanca)
Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Pros:
  • Many pools and beautiful property
  • Amazing private beach
Cons:
  • Expensive food
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My opinion: I like the Sofitel Baru Casablanca for the comfort and quality of its services in a secluded setting, ideal for enjoying a gorgeous private beach and many wellness activities.

In the heart of paradise, the Sofitel Barú Calablanca is the embodiment of seclusion, luxury, and immaculate service, providing an oasis of tranquility for discerning travelers.

✔️ Why I Like this Luxury Cartagena Hotel

This remote haven touts an array of impressive features:

  • Exquisite amenities such as spacious rooms, new and well-maintained facilities, and complimentary luxury toiletries keep you in utmost comfort.
  • The unparalleled service offered by the staff enhances your stay. Be it Jorge’s unforgettable cocktails, the dedicated spa staff, or the competent room cleaners, their top-tier professionalism is consistently noted.
  • Offering the perfect combination of relaxation and activity, you’ll appreciate the serene beach and numerous swimming pools alongside the well-equipped gym and free kayak use at specific times.

Why You Might Not Like This Luxury Cartagena Hotel

This slice of paradise isn’t without its minor quirks:

  • The hotel’s remote location might challenge some, leading to an isolated experience and a rather tricky journey on a not-so-great road.
  • The lack pricing guide can lead to confusion. A friendly heads-up – inquire directly about the costs to avoid any surprises.
  • For families, the limited kids’ amenities and the lack of a small shop for necessities might be inconvenient.
  • Finally, don’t expect a bustling nightlife or a multi-lingual staff; it’s more about unwinding in serenity here and perhaps brushing up on your Spanish.
Credit: Sofitel Barú Calablanca

Price: from 430 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: North Isla Baru | Outdoor pool: Many | Room service: 24/24

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Q&A: Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels

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If you’re still trying to decide between two or three options, these FAQs might help you make up your mind.

  1. Which Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels are close to the beach? 

    Las Islas and the Sofitel Baru Calablanca are close to the beach, and they’re great if you want something secluded.

  2. Which Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels have a nice pool?

    Casa San AgustinSofitel Santa Clara, and the Hyatt Regency have excellent pools for guests.

  3. Which are the best Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels for couples?

    Couples seeking a romantic getaway in Cartagena de Indias should head to Casa San Agustin or Casa Pestagua.

  4. Which are the best Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels for young people?

    Young people will appreciate the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara‘s huge outdoor swimming pool and bars with live music.

  5. Best luxury hotel in the old city of Cartagena de Indias

    If you want to stay in the walled city of Cartagena, choose Casa San Agustin.

  6. Small Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels 

    With only 7 rooms, Amarla Boutique Hotel offers great amenities in a charming vintage atmosphere.

  7. Which Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels have the best rooftop pool?

    Quadrifolio Hotel and Casa Pestegua have the best rooftop pool. Nothing better than sipping a cocktail by the pool while admiring the century-old roofs of the historic buildings.

  8. Which Cartagena Colombia 5 star hotels have the best Spa facilities?

    In its Aurum spa, Casa San Agustín has great facilities and background to take care of you during your stay in Cartagena de Indias.

  9. What is the best part of Cartagena de Indias to stay in?

    The best part of Cartagena (in my opinion) is San Diego (in the Walled City). It’s a quiet area in the romantic historic center, just a few minutes from bars and restaurants.

  10. What is the richest area in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia?

    The richest area in Cartagena is the Walled City. The area is full of luxury hotels, bars and restaurants. Very few locals now live here.

  11. Is Cartagena de Indias more expensive?

    Cartagena is the most expensive city of Colombia, especially if you stay in the old city.

  12. What is the safest area to stay in Cartagena?

    The old city is the safer area to stay in Cartagena de Indias.

  13. Why is Cartagena de Indias so famous?

    Cartagena is known for its superb historic center, its geographical location (on the Caribbean coast), its luxury hotels located in historical Spanish colonial residences, and the Rosarios islands.

Bottom line: Best Cartagena Colombia 5 Star Hotels

Cartagena is a beautiful and romantic Caribbean coastal city with a rich colonial history and vibrant local culture to sample and appreciate. A stay in Cartagena de Indias gives you access to all the best attractions and experiences in the area.

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