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Visiting Cartagena is an incredible experience. With a rich and colorful past, this city is centuries old and retains much of its original colonial-era charm. Visitors flock here from all over the world to enjoy this beautiful seaside port. When you are staying in Cartagena you have many options, but none as luxurious as the Casa San Agustin.

Cartagena is a bustling modern city, the fifth largest in Colombia and is filled with arts, culture, shops and many things to do and see.

Hotel Entrance

Casa San Agustin in the Cartagena central is the perfect place to be close to it all while getting a restful stay. Even though there are only 30 rooms (20 guestrooms and 10 suites), you will get all of the amenities of a larger resort.

Three white-washed houses make up the hotel reflecting its colonial history. The location is prime – in the walled part of the city and across from the University of Cartagena. In front of the hotel is a small square where you will find street vendors and you can partake in people watching. Getting anywhere in Cartagena is easy, you can walk to many restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions.

Hotel Decor

Casa San Agustin oozes charm and unique 17th-century architecture. From the welcoming lobby to the communal spaces like the library and rooftop solarium, not one detail is overlooked.

Spend some time walking around to truly appreciate this space and be sure to visit the unique interior courtyard where you can pull up a lounge chair and sit by the pristine mosaic tile pool or take a walk through the hotel and enjoy one of the many frescoes.

Pool Area of Casa San Augustin
Second Floor Lounge and Afternoon Tea Room
Lobby Reception Area
Casa San Agustin Rooftop views


I stayed in a spacious one bedroom suite that was filled with traditional wooden decor, modern furnishings, and luxury linens and world-class amenities were apparent upon unlocking my door. I was in awe of how beautiful, yet simple this relaxing space was from its king-sized bed with Frette luxury linens, Ortigia Italian amenities in the bathroom.

Suite Living Room

From the large windows letting in tons of natural light to the exposed beam ceilings, this room was filled with character and charm. A and lent itself to the perfect setting to rest and relax before exploring this vibrant city.

Suite Bedroom
Suite Bathroom

Casa San Agustin Amenities

The amenities abound at the Casa San Agustin. With twice daily housekeeping, 24-hour room service and a world-class concierge desk service, you will be in good hands as the staff at this hotel has the reputation of being the best in Cartagena.

There are plenty of things to do at the hotel. Borrow one of the free bikes to use to get around the city or opt for an in-room massage. You can visit the Aurum Spa and get a relaxing treatment or visit Acasi, the private rustic beach owned by the hotel.

If you want to escape the bustle of the city, opt for a day by the picturesque L-shaped pool where you can enjoy cocktails at the pool bar. Or chill in the solarium on the rooftop.


You don’t even need to leave the hotel to enjoy a traditional Colombian dining experience. The hotel’s restaurant, Alma, is one of Cartagena’s best. The coastal Colombian cuisine coupled with the vibrant atmosphere makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

Alma Restaurant
Bar Alma

There are three rooms to dine in – the courtyard, the main room and the private room where Chef Heberto Eljach serves dishes like ceviches, seafood casserole, and other delectable seafood dishes. Lunch, breakfast, and dinner are served daily in Alma.

If you want to get the feel of what it was like to live in the colonial era with the modern amenities and luxury accessories that a modern traveler would crave, be sure to book a stay at the Casa San Agustin on your next trip to Cartagena.

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If you visit: C

Casa San Agustín
Centro, Calle de la Universidad No. 36-44
Cartagena, Colombia
Telephone: +575 681 0000

24-hour Room Service  
Daily breakfast for two in ALMA    
Afternoon tea served daily at the Library    
Two daily housekeeping services   
Medical assistance     
Specialized Staff for social events, banquets, and weddings at the hotel

Rates: check your local booking site for availability and deals.

Getting there:
Copa Airlines offers daily flights to Cartagena through Panama City (airline hub).  Flying with Copa Airlines allows you a  ‘24-hour layover in Panama’ at no extra cost.  It’s a great opportunity to visit Casa Viejo and the Panama Canal.

Note: I was a guest of Copa Airlines and ProColombia for this stay but all opinions expressed on this post are mine.