Need to know
30, including 10 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $413.60, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.50 per room per night on check-out.
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 with a number of free drinks, 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.
Golden-hued Aurum Spa offers massages, scrubs, aromatherapy treatments and am assortment of personalised pampering sessions in its two treatment rooms; treatments incorporate local ingredients, including Colombian coffee, pure tobacco, volcanic mud, horse chestnut and sea salt, and botanical Naturopathica oils, lotions and aromatherapy products are used too. Options include lemongrass and mimosa body scrubs and pure gold massages.
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, or pedal around on one of the hotel's bikes. 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.