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6–21 Calle Del Sargento Mayor
Cartagena de Indias
Tel: 888 575 2799 (toll-free)
Tel: 57 5 664 4445
Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, whose vibrant and sensual garments are staples for well-heeled Latin American women, has extended her sophisticated aesthetic to this 250-year-old mansion that's now easily the most exclusive hotel in Colombia. Each of the seven oversized rooms has an open tropical feel and come with 14-foot wood-beamed ceilings, artful touches such as bedspreads designed from dress labels, and walk-out balconies that look at the inner courtyards of the tiled roofs and flowering terraces of the Centro Historico. Against the hotel's mostly white scheme are splashes of color like a strategically placed red rose, four sparkling pools, and a dramatic vertical garden with more than 3,000 native plants that covers a wall on an entire side of the property. Staff welcome you with lemonade infused with yerba buena. Chef Daniel Castaño, a Mario Batali disciple, helms the 40-seat coastal Italian restaurant Vera, while the holistic spa offers treatments utilizing Colombian coffee, chocolate, gems, and bamboo.
Which room to book: Gazar, the tri-level, 1,200-square-foot penthouse suite with a private rooftop pool, a 250-square-foot bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower, and one-of-a-kind furniture designed by Silvia Tcherassi herself.
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