Cartagena, Colombia

Mansión Tcherassi

Rates per night from$298.24

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 (COP978,750.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Featherlight fashion

Setting

Colonial core

Mansión Tcherassi is a 400-year-old townhouse in historic Cartagena, recast with light-flooded contemporary interiors by award-winning fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi. The cloister-lined courtyard hosts a 3,000-plant vertical garden hanging above the pool, Italian-inspired restaurant and sleek cocktail bar. Upstairs there are a handful of high-ceilinged rooms named after Tcherassi’s favorite fabrics, some of which have been repurposed into delicate upholstery, lampshades and artwork. There’s a spa providing respite from the rhythm of the city, and another pool basking in the rooftop sun.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Seven, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, check-in from 3pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $298.24 (COP978,750).

More details

Rates include a breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, arepas (egg or meat-stuffed dumplings), caricarimañolas (cheesy yuca fritters), and Colombian sausage.

Also

Bow down: Silvia Tcherassi was once Queen of the Carnival in her hometown of Barranquilla.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: TV with DVD player, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, Silvia Tcherassi bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Go for an open-plan Suite, which features exposed brick wall, double-height vaulted ceiling, and a freestanding bathtub. The honeymoon-ready Grand Suite is spread over three floors, and has its own private terrace with city views.

Poolside

There are three pools. Two in the courtyard, bordered by stone cloisters and vertical gardens, and one on the rooftop, with views of the city and the sea.

Spa

The two-room Wakan spa takes cues from traditional Chinese medicine, offering therapeutic massages and facials – and you can even ask for a treatment in the pool.

Packing tips

A sketchbook, in case your inner fashion designer finds itself inspired.

Also

The hotel isn’t set up for wheelchair users.

Children

Children aged 12 and up are welcome.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a table on the water’s edge.

Dress Code

Bring your best boutique threads (ideally by Silvia Tcherassi, natch) for the ladies; gents will need trousers and closed-toe shoes.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Edgar Miranda brings the taste of Italy to Cartagena at the poolside restaurant, Vera. Expect zesty orange salad, antipasti par excellence, and prawn-loaded pastas. It’s tucked away under the ancient stone cloisters of the mansion, but furnished in contemporary fashion, with snow-white leather banquettes, recessed lighting and design flourishes by Silvia Tcherassi.

Hotel bar

Water cascades down the glass wall of Aquabar, next to the pool in the courtyard. Pick your poison from the premium liquors, and set yourself down on the cushioned, wire-frame chairs.

 

Last orders

Vera is open from 6.30am until 11pm; Aquabar is open from noon until 11pm.

Room service

Any time Vera is open, you can order dishes from the menu to your room.

Location

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Address
Mansión Tcherassi
Calle sargento Mayor No 6-21 - Centro Historico
Cartagena
11001
Colombia

Mansión Tcherassi is inside the Walled City of Cartagena, close to all its historic sights and cobbled streets.

Planes

Fly into Rafael Nuñez International, 6km from the hotel; transfers take 20 minutes and cost around $7 each way. From New York you can fly with JetBlue; from Miami use American or United. If you’re coming from Europe, you’ll need to make a stop in the US or Bogotá, and connect to a flight bound for Cartagena.

Automobiles

Avoid hiring a car unless it’s absolutely necessary – Cartagena’s Walled City is best explored on foot and taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stake out a spot at the rooftop pool, or pair your swim with cocktails by the vertical garden in the courtyard. Set out on foot to explore the historic city of Cartagena, get hopelessly lost (and enjoy it), then get back to base for a restorative massage at the Wakan spa
Go geeky with trips to the imperious San Felipe de Barajas castle and the glittering Museo del Oro Zenú on Plaza Bolivar. If you fancy yourself as a fashionista, join a boutique shopping trip (ask at reception for details), or go it alone – try St. Dom (3370, Carrera 3) for concept clothing, Casa Chiqui (36-127, Carrera 6) for interiors inspiration, and Lucy Jewelry (3-19, Calle Santo Domingo) for legit emerald jewelry; in the arches of the old dungeon Las Bovedas, you’ll find independent shops for mochila bags, hammocks and traditional embroidery. The restored Teatro Heredia (De La Merced 3638) features gold-infused plaster and hand-painted murals, but the real stars are on stage – catch an opera if you can.
A visit to the baroque Palace of Inquisition is anything but torturous – there’s no better way to get to grips this particularly grisly period in Cartagena’s history.

 

 

Local restaurants

Book ahead for steak and seafood at old-school La Vitrola (33-66, Carrera 2), and expect a side of live Colombian folk music. At María (34-60, Calle del Colegio) you’ll find crazy-colourful murals on the walls and good-looking (and tasting) plates of food too – start with the ceviche, and progress to the baked bass with creamy spinach and crispy local potatoes. Allow for a long lunch at Candé (35-30, Carrera 5), where seafood platters join fresh-fried arepas and local staple arroz con coco on the menu.

 

Local bars

Cocktail king Café del Mar (on the city wall by Calle 36) is the place to be at sunset; get there early for a sea-facing spot. Fix up and look sharp for rooftop cocktails at Alquimico (34-24, Calle del Colegio), or join the locals for dancing till dawn at Bazurto Social Club (3042, Carrera 9) and Café Havana (on the corner of Calle 10 and Calle 30) outside the city walls in Getsemaní.

 

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 townhouse hotel in Cartagena and unpacked their chocolate and chamba pottery, a full account of their Colombian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Mansión Tcherassi in Cartagena…

Fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi designs her hotels in the same mould as her own home, and her stylish stamp is evident all over Mansión Tcherassi. There are the obvious things – the supersized black-and-white photo of her at the entrance, for example – but plenty of subtlety, too. She’s a master of space, dividing rooms not with doors and walls but by seamlessly changing design – the guest rooms flow into open-plan bathrooms, and the bar opens onto the pool. The vertical garden is one of her signature features, as is the use of natural light to illuminate the limewashed vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork. She is, though, first and foremost a fashion designer, so it’s no surprise to find fine fabrics on show: wedding-dress offcuts are repurposed as lampshades and the bedspreads are made from hundreds of interwoven clothes labels, each spelling out their maker’s name: Silvia Tcherassi.

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