Cartagena, Colombia

Hotel Quadrifolio

Rates per night from$257.09

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD257.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Colonial casa

Setting

Within the walls

Hotel Quadrifolio is an enchanting 17th-century residence in Cartagena’s culture-crammed Walled City, with a dreamy pool in the eucalyptus-scented courtyard and a bubbling hot tub on the sun-soaked rooftop. The cool, spacious interiors feature high ceilings and original exposed beams, along with original artwork handpicked on the owner’s intrepid travels. Fill up on Afro-Caribbean cuisine in the arepa-sized restaurant, then set out to explore the pastel-painted streets and enthralling history on your doorstep – or take the private speedboat to a pristine white-sand beach.

Smith Extra

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A non-alcoholic welcome drink, $15 massage credit and a cocktail or glass of wine each; late check-out or early check-in (subject to availability)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee (50 per cent of the next night). Check-in from 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $257.09, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

More details

Rates include an American breakfast of bread, fruit, cheese, ham, eggs, pancakes… and some of the best arepas in town.

Also

Spa treatments are available on request, so if you’re after a massage in your room, just shout.

At the hotel

Private speedboat, free WiFi. In rooms: TV with Apple TV, iPod dock, minibar, Antica and Ferragamo bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Worldly artworks give every room a unique character – Room 2 is our favourite, for the hand-painted folksy statuettes.

Poolside

The courtyard pool is sheltered by palms and bordered by a terracotta brick terrace – just the spot to cool off after a day of city sightseeing. Oh, and there’s a hot tub on the rooftop.

Packing tips

Bring one of Gabriel García Márquez’s greatest hits – we suggest Love in the Time of Cholera, set in Cartagena.

Also

All the common areas are wheelchair accessible, and there’s a Deluxe Junior Suite with a bathroom adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome. Cots can be added to all rooms.

Best for

Over fives.

Recommended rooms

The Junior Suite has the most space and plenty of sleeping capacity, with two double beds and a long sofa (or two single beds). If you need a cot, just ask.

Activities

Take a tour to Colombia’s National Aviary, and combine it with beach time on Isla Barú. Get your culture kicks at imperious San Felipe de Barajas castle, ChocoMuseo (where you can make and taste artisanal chocolates), or the frightful-yet-fascinating Palace of the Inquisition.

Swimming pool

The pool isn’t huge, but it’s fit for a dip.

Meals

Lots of kid-kit can be supplied, including beakers, cutlery and highchairs.

Babysitting

Book at least two days in advance; it costs $20 an hour, with a minimum of two hours.

No need to pack

Art materials – you can borrow it if your kids want to get crafty.

Eco‐friendly

The chef sources ingredients from local producers, and the hotel uses environmentally friendly products backstage, too – light bulbs, cleaning kit and the like.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take a seat at the time-worn communal table, flanked by plants and pottery.

Dress Code

Casual loose linens, unless you’re attending a gourmet dinner, which calls for something smarter.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Claudia Tejada cooks upscale Caribbean cuisine in the courtyard restaurant. The menu changes with the seasons, but expect creamy shrimp soups, crispy fried plantain and fine fillets of fish.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 11am, lunch is from noon until 5pm, and dinner is from 6pm until 9.30pm.

Location

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Address
Hotel Quadrifolio
Calle del Cuartel (Cra. 5) No. 36-118
Cartagena
130001
Colombia

The hotel is within the Walled City, a short walk from all the major sights, markets and restaurants.

Planes

Fly into Rafael Nuñez International Airport, 4km from the hotel (20 minutes in a taxi; transfers cost $20). There are direct flights from New York (with JetBlue) and Miami (with United and American); from Europe, you’ll need to make a stop in Bogotá or a US hub on the way.

Automobiles

There’s no need to hire a car here – the Walled City is best explored by foot, and in any case it’s easy and affordable to take taxis.

Worth getting out of bed for

Fill up on fresh fruit and fried arepas for breakfast, then head out to explore the historic city. Get the inside scoop on Cartagena by asking hotel staff to set you up with a private walking tour, art tour, and a García Márquez–focused literary tour, or a historical tour by car. Foodies can enjoy tastings in ceviche or rum without leaving the hotel, or ask the hotel concierge to sign you up for a Colombian cooking class. Or if that all sounds like too much exploring, just curl up with a book in one of the lounges, request a spa treatment for two in your very own suite, or take a dip in the courtyard pool.

And when it's time to venture out alone, souvenir hunters should head to Las Bovedas, a string of independent shops under the arches of the old city dungeon. For boutique fashion try St Dom (3370 Carrera 3), for high-brow homeware pop into Casa Chiqui (36–127 Carrera 6), and for exquisite emeralds go to Lucy Jewelry (3–19 Calle Santo Domingo). Teatro Heredia (de la Merced 3638) has been restored to all its gold-dusted, hand-painted glory – check the schedule and pick up tickets to an opera. For day trips out of the city, try San Basilio de Palenque (a traditional Afro-Colombian village) and the idyllic Isla Coralina, accessible by sea on the hotel’s private speedboat.

Cartagena has a special kind of sunset, and the best place to see it is Café del Mar (Calle 36). Arrive early, order in the mojitos and pick a perch on the city wall. 

 

 

Local restaurants

La Vitrola (33–66 Carrera 2) is a time-honoured classic serving slabs of steak and just-caught seafood, with a side of live Colombian folk music. Go for a lazy lunch in the plant-filled courtyard at Candé (35–30, Carrera 5), and wash down your fresh-fried arepas with tall glasses of creamy coco limón. Psychedelic murals will catch your eye at María (34-60, Calle del Colegio), but the real stars are the silky ceviche, chunky chicharrones and prawn-loaded risotto. 

 

Local bars

Join the mixology maestros making cocktails on the rooftop at Alquimico (34-24, Calle del Colegio), or hang out in the triple-height townhouse interior. For dancing till dawn, you’ll want Bazurto Social Club (3042, Carrera 9), or ask the hotel concierge to sign you up to Latin dancing classes at Café Havana (on the corner of Calle 10 and Calle 30).

 

Reviews

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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 Colombia and unpacked their coffee grounds and cocoa beans, a full account of their Latin American city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Quadrifolio in Cartagena…

Hotel Quadrifolio feels like a fairytale. At the entrance, an imposing, centuries-old door stands in your way (large enough for a giant, perhaps…). How to get inside, you wonder – is there a cryptic clue, a rhyming riddle, or maybe a secret password? Thankfully not – just lift the iron knocker and let it thud onto the wood (or, less dramatically, just ring the doorbell). A door opens – not the giant-sized one (that would be too predictable) but a cut-out frame within it. In the courtyard beyond, tiers of balconies rise above you, lined with palm trees and tropical flora. The sound of trickling water meets the scent of eucalyptus in the air, and the sun beats down on terracotta tiles. How lucky you are to have found such a place, you think to yourself… And then you see the hotel’s signature window, which inspired its name and emblem – the ‘quadrifolio’, or four-leafed clover.

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