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The former residence of the Count of Pestagua in 18th century Cartagena, Casa Pestagua has been lovingly restored by Colombian architect Alvaro Barrera to create the boutique hotel it is today.
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As well as being designed by a famous Colombian architect, Casa Pestaugua is owned by French actor Claude Pimont, whose attention to detail is evident in the interiors of the 11 rooms, and the communal areas throughout the hotel. The rooms are all spacious and retain their original colonial features with high ceilings, marble bathrooms and 19th Century antiquities, all complimented by modern amenities.
Within the terracotta façade of the hotel are courtyards, Moorish water features and palm trees, amongst which can be found a swimming pool, bar and spa. There is also another small pool on the roof, with spectacular views over Cartagena.
The dining room is under the alcoves in the courtyard, and next door to the hotel is Vinlico, a restaurant specialising in huge portions of delicious seafood, which often arrive with fresh squid and giant king prawns on the side. We also recommend requesting private breakfast on the roof, with panoramic views of the city and Caribbean coast.
Just steps away from Santo Domingo square and within the walled city of Cartagena, this luxury boutique hotel is right at the heart of the action, and is perfectly placed for exploring this bougainvillea draped and cobbled street city.
Why we love it
On arrival, every guest is treated to a foot massage.
Will, Original Traveller