Cartagena, Colombia

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Rates per night from$211.42

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 (COP716,680.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Catwalk cool

Setting

Walled wonder

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is in the heritage-packed heart of Cartagena’s colonial core, but don’t expect a history lesson inside. Iron girders support a vertical garden in the courtyard, and the sleek white rooms feature contemporary furniture, recessed lighting, and luxurious fabrics by acclaimed fashion designer (and hotel owner) Silvia Tcherassi. Exposed stone and concrete textures line the local-favourite bistro, and there’s an infinity pool and cocktail bar on the rooftop, with 360-degree views of the city. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

42, including 15 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $211.42 (COP716,680).

More details

Rates include breakfast; order eggs à la carte, or load up on cereal, fruit and homemade yoghurt.

Also

Owner Silvia Tcherassi was honored as an Officier de L'Ordre Arts et Lettres – the French equivalent of a knighthood – for her services to fashion.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea and coffee, Silvia Tcherassi bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All the rooms have soul-soothing white-washed interiors, but go for a Premium Room or Junior Suite for extra living space.

Poolside

It’s everything you want in a pool: on the rooftop, infinity-edged, and right next to the cocktail bar. There’s a shallow end for children, and a lifeguard on duty from 8am to 8pm.

Spa

East meets West at the WakanSpa, where the treatments are inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.

Packing tips

Bring your finest threads – Cartagena’s fashion set flock to the Tcherassi hotels.

Also

The hotel isn’t set up for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome. Babysitting is available for $30 an hour (minimum two hours); book at least a week in advance.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Overlooking the Walled City from Terraza Tcherassi.

Dress Code

Bring boldly patterned ponchos and mochila bags to match the locals, or some stylish Silvia Tcherassi threads.

Hotel restaurant

The street-level Úrsula Café Bistró is light and bright, with exposed stone and concrete walls contrasting with technicolour woven-reed chairs. The menu is inspired by Colombia’s two coasts – Caribbean and Pacific – so expect boatloads of seafood and a spicy kick. Up on the rooftop you’ll find the poolside Terraza Tcherassi, serving Mediterranean tapas, pizzas and ceviche created by head chef, Edgar Miranda.

Hotel bar

Move over sangría, it’s time for South America’s white wine and brandy-based equivalent, clerico. It goes down very easily, especially when you’re sitting by the pool at the rooftop bar, Terraza Tcherassi. You can always have a sangría too, of course, or one of the house cocktails.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 6am until 10.30am in Úrsula Café Bistró; it’s also open for dinner, from 7pm until 11pm. Tcherassi Terrace is open from 8am until 11pm.

Room service

There’s a room service menu, including meat-stuffed empanadas, burgers and salads.

Location

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Address
Tcherassi Hotel & Spa
Calle del Curato nº38-99
Cartagena
11001
Colombia

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is in the historic heart of Cartagena, next to the leafy Plaza Fernandez de Madrid and a couple of blocks from the sea.

Planes

Fly into Rafael Nuñez International, 6km from the hotel (around 20 minutes in a taxi; transfers cost roughly $7 each way). JetBlue has a flight from New York, while American Airlines and United Airlines fly in from Miami; if you’re coming from Europe, you’ll need to connect in the US or Bogotá.

Automobiles

You can hire a car from the airport, but there’s no real reason to – Cartagena’s historic core is very walkable and, in any case, taxis are cheap.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with a dip in the pool, or indulge yourself at the spa, if you prefer. Then set out to explore Cartagena – get your bearings with a stroll along the city wall, and delve into the web of colourful cobbled streets and sleepy, palm-lined squares.   

Start with souvenirs: for handwoven hammocks, mochila bags and embroidered blouses, put on your haggling-hat and introduce yourself to the independent traders under the arches at Las Bovedas, formerly the city dungeon. Try St. Dom (3370, Carrera 3) for concept fashion, Casa Chiqui ( 36-127, Carrera 6) for head-turning homeware, and Lucy Jewelry (3-19, Calle Santo Domingo) for exquisite emeralds. Check out some pre-Colonial bling at the Museo del Oro Zenú (Plaza Bolivar), which showcases over 500 gold artifacts and pottery crafted by the indigenous Zenú people. For a night at the opera, you’ll want Teatro Heredia (De La Merced 3638), now restored in all its pastel-pink glory.

Visit the imperious 16th-century San Felipe de Barajas castle for an insight into Cartagena’s colonial history – and try not to get lost in the maze of underground tunnels.

 

 

Local restaurants

Any visit to Candé (35-30, Carrera 5) should start with a creamy coco limonada – after that it’s up to you whether to go for heaving platters of fresh seafood, or tender medallion steak. Psychedelic murals are plastered on the walls at María (34-60, Calle del Colegio), and the food is dreamy too – go for the squid ink risotto, the grilled octopus, or the sure-fire-hit ceviche. Old-school La Vitrola (33-66, Carrera 2) has found a winning formula – steaks, seafood and live music, all served with no-frills familial affection.

 

Local bars

Sunset drinks at Café del Mar (on the city wall by Calle 36) is a Cartagena rite of passage; get there early for the best sea-facing seats. The blistered paintwork and time-worn tiles only add to the atmosphere at townhouse bar Alquimico (34-24, Calle del Colegio), where Cartagena’s coolest come for rooftop cocktails. For a big night out, join the locals at Bazurto Social Club (3042, Carrera 9, Getsemaní), or salsa till sunrise at Cuban-styled Café Havana (on the corner of Calle 10 and Calle 30 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 boutique hotel in Colombia and unpacked their ruana ponchos and roasted coffee beans, a full account of their Latin American break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tcherassi Hotel & Spa in Cartagena…

One way or another, you’ll get lost in Cartagena. You won’t set out to, oh no – you’ll step out onto the crooked, weather-beaten pavement with a tourist map in hand and a bottle of water in your day-bag, eagerly plotting the most efficient path between all the major heritage sites. But that’s not how things work here. Before long, you’ll find yourself coaxed off-route, wandering aimlessly along the tangled cobble streets and gazing in awe at the crumbling, colonial-era townhouses, with their thick, brass-knockered doors and tropical plants tumbling from the windows. So it’s a good kind of getting lost. All the same, after a day of urban exploration, Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is exactly the kind of place you’ll want to come back to – for its calming modern design, indulgent spa, and poolside cocktail bar on the rooftop. In fact, come morning, you’ll be ready to get lost all over again.

 

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