Cartagena, Colombia

Hotel Casa San Agustin

Rates from (inc tax)$400.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD464.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Gilt-edged Caribbean


Colonial Centro

A standing testament to Colombia’s colourful history, Hotel Casa San Agustin’s three colonial-era buildings have been re-imagined as an urban boutique retreat. Look for clues to its rich Caribbean past in the timber beams and artfully preserved architectural details that liven up the impeccable contemporary decor. Every corner here, from the leafy patios to the centrepiece pool, is designed to entice South America’s most discerning guests.

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Need to know


30, including 10 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $400.00, excluding tax at 16 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.50 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD464.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a buffet breakfast with cooked-to-order eggs and a mimosa; guests are also treated to a welcome mocktail, an in-room platter of fruit or cold cuts and a free minibar stocked with soft drinks and local beer each day.


Interior designer Kelley McRorie also worked on Smith favourite Castello di Casole in Tuscany; her relaxed, breezy take on elegant living spaces has injected new life in Casa San Agustin’s restored 17th-century buildings.

At the hotel

Rooftop solarium, lounge, library, treatment rooms, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, Ortigia toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Decorated in soothing whites and dashes of aquamarine, rooms put a contemporary spin on earthy Colombian style. The striking bathrooms are dressed with marble and Moorish tiles. With tactile furnishings, shuttered windows and exposed timber beams, Deluxe Rooms have the feel of a private residence; some have elegant four-poster beds. Hideaway romantics will love the Premium Rooms’ private patio and mosaic-tiled plunge pools. Book the Suite Del Virrey for unbeatable city views from its two rooftop terraces and outdoor Jacuzzi.


Framed by towering tropical plants, the heated freshwater pool slinks around the courtyard, passing beneath a striking antique wall that once separated two properties. It can be lively in the evenings: guests can bask in the refreshing waters until 10pm.


There’s no spa as such, but the two treatment rooms offer aromatherapy massages using locally sourced exotic fruit oils.

Packing tips

Leave the vitamins at home – stop by one of the city’s many juice stalls to get your fill from Colombia’s otherworldly tropical fruit.


Claim one of the stylish rattan sunloungers on the rooftop solarium for postcard-worthy views of Cartagena. An additional tax charge of 16 per cent applies for Colombian nationals.


Under-11s stay free; cots are available on request. Junior Suites have a sofa bed for two children. The restaurant has high chairs and tot-pleasing options. Babysitting can be arranged with 12 hours’ notice for US$25 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If you can tear your eyes away from the original Colombian art in the candlelit dining room, pick a table in the courtyard for an enchanting alfresco dinner.

Dress Code

Stick to loose cuts and breathable fabrics in the hot and humid clime, but bring designer accessories to feel at home in the hotel’s sophisticated atmosphere.

Hotel restaurant

Oversized lanterns, comfy leather banquettes and luxuriant foliage decorate Alma’s refined dining room, which stretches out to the poolside courtyard. Chef Eljach’s contemporary Colombian cuisine makes the most of the area’s freshly caught seafood and exotic produce: expect zesty ceviche, sesame-crusted tuna and dry-aged churrasco.

Hotel bar

Commandeer one of the sofas in the courtyard for an evening in. The resident mixologists whip up inventive twists on south-American classics: don’t miss the Humo Dulce, a concoction of tequila, mango and sriracha – a fiery accompaniment to conch croquettes and octopus carpaccio.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–11am, lunch 12.30pm–3.30pm and dinner 7.30pm–11pm.

Room service

In-room feasts such as lobster empanadas, Angus beef burgers and grilled sea bass can be ordered round the clock.


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Hotel Casa San Agustin
Centro, Calle de la Universidad No. 36-34
Cartagena de Indias


A 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel, Cartagena’s Rafael Nuñez International Airport has direct flights from New York and Miami, and seasonal flights from Canada. Connecting flights through Bogota are available to most major international cities.


The beaches are easily accessible by taxi and you won’t need a car to explore the walled city, but if you do bring your own wheels, the nearby Salomon Ganem building has indoor parking for around US$8 an hour.

Worth getting out of bed for

Much of Cartagena’s charm lies in its atmospheric walled city: set out on foot for a glimpse of the colourful history that played out among the picturesque churches and sorbet-hued colonial buildings. Framed by Baroque mansions and stately architecture, leafy Plaza de Bolivar is a good place to start. Gawp at bone-crushing devices in the Palacio de la Inquisición; nearby, the Zenú Gold Museum houses a rather more palatable collection of pre-Colombian artefacts and delicate indigenous filigree work. For a more up-to-date look at the nation’s cultural landscape, browse the stylish boutiques or head to the Museo de Arte Moderno to admire works by Alejandro Obrego, Fernando Botero, and Enrique Grau – Colombia’s native talent. The sea may sparkle enticingly beyond the city walls, but, bustling with touts and party-goers, Cartagena’s urban beaches are no Caribbean idyll. For clear waters and protected coral reefs, head to the Islas del Rosario; the hotel can arrange a trip on a private yacht and a chef to whip up an on-board feast.


Local restaurants

You’d be remiss for leaving port without a taste of Cartagena’s fabulous seafood. Old-town address Don Juan (+57 (5) 664 3678) has earned plaudits for its langoustine-laden menu of pan-Pacific delights. Head to nearby Vera (+57 (5) 664 4445) for poolside linen-dressed tables and refined coastal Italian cuisine. Dress up and book ahead for dinner at Restaurante 1621 (+57 (5) 650 4741), an upscale French restaurant with spectacular chandeliers, an enchanting palm-shaded courtyard and the best wine list in town. Hole-in-the-wall Andante Allegro Vivace (+57 (5) 664 0156) dishes up nonna-worthy Puglian comfort food – expat owner Elena even makes her own pasta.

Local cafés

Try the fried fish at La Casa de Socorro, a casual spot for a taste of Colombia’s coastal cuisine. There are several branches in town, but the one on Calle Larga is a local favourite. Cuzco (+57 (5) 660 6125) serves hearty Peruvian fare in an atmospheric courtyard. Tabetai (+57 (5) 664 4789) only has a few tables, but this beloved sushi bar is worth the wait. In Bocagrande, Kiosko El Bony is a low-key beach shack dishing up delicious fried and grilled fish. Di Silvio’s Trattoria’s pizzas are thin and crispy; take a seat on the street to soak up the up-and-coming Getsemani neighbourhood (+57 (5) 660 2205).

Local bars

If you’re in the mood for a sundowner, Café del Mar (+57 (5) 664 29 45) is blessed with Caribbean views from its perch atop the 400-year-old city wall. Nab a table at Café Havana (+57 (314) 556 3905) – it’s best to get there before 10pm – to watch Cartagena’s hottest salsa dancers shaking their thing. Two left feet? We dare you to resist the infectious rhythms of La Vitrola’s Cuban band – especially after a mojito or two (+57 (5) 660 0711) .


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Cartagena and unpacked their gold bangles and coffee beans, a full account of their luxury coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Casa San Agustin in Colombia…

Finding a boutique hotel in Cartagena can be a bit of a mystery hunt: many are hidden behind closed doors, waiting for guests to knock and announce themselves. Hotel Casa San Agustin, by contrast, stands proud in the heart of the walled city, its heavy wooden doors flung wide to greet visitors off the scorching cobbled streets. Circling a calm central courtyard, the three restored colonial homes that make up this urban bolthole are a reminder of the port city’s colourful and wealthy past. Architectural features have been carefully preserved: the pool flows through a striking antique wall; four-poster beds nestle below ancient timber beams. That’s not to say contemporary creature comforts aren’t catered for: designer Kelley McRorie has injected a heady dose of Colombian cool in the hotel’s airy rooms, marble-clad bathrooms and leafy private patios. After a day of treasure-hunting in the coastal city, Hotel Casa San Agustin welcomes the weary explorer home: take a seat in Alma’s elegant dining room for a taste of Colombia’s freshest seafood and most daring cocktails.

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