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Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara

Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara, Cartagena

At a Glance

    Pros

  • lovely and unique historic setting
  • central location
  • resort feel in the Old Town
  • biggest swimming pool in Old Town
  • one of the city's top gourmet restaurants

    Cons

  • more of a traditional hotel experience than the small boutique inns of Old Town—so you may come across the odd conference or large group

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Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara Review

Following three years of restoration, the upgraded Santa Clara—a 17th-century monastery that was transformed into a hotel in the 1990s—reemerged as the fourth member of Sofitel's Legends category, a label reserved for properties with historic-icon status. Beautiful arched walkways, flower-filled courtyards, flickering candles, and original details from confessionals to water wells abound, making the place way more romantic than its Clarist nun founders could ever have intended. The refreshed guests rooms are spread out over an original Colonial wing and a more modern Republican one; all have Caribbean Sea views, wood ceilings and floors, and an elegant, muted decor, plus all the expected upscale technology and amenities, and often balconies or terraces. Of the 17 butler-serviced suites, the over-the-top Fernando Botero Suite take the cake, thanks to a wine cellar, extra-large bathtub, Bose Home Theater System, and decor inspired by the noted Colombian artist. The nuns' former dining room is now the 1621 fine-dining restaurant, featuring French fare and a memorable wine list. Other dining options include the casual El Claustro brasserie (set in the former monastery kitchen) and El Coro Lounge Bar; the latter serves potent cocktails, cigars, and live music to a crowd of both guests and locals. A pool and vast terrace help the place feel like a resort in spite of its central Old Town location, while the spacious So Spa has a hammam, locally-influenced treatments, and a giant jar of Colombia chocolate greeting you at reception.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Plaza San Diego, Calle del Torno 39-29, Cartagena, 130001 | Map It
  • Phone: 5/650–4700; 800/221–4542 in U.S.
  • Website:
  • Location: Cartagena

    Hotel Details

  • 106 rooms, 17 suites.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-22-2013

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    Santa Clara Review

    Absolutely amazing hotel in a beautiful location within the spectacular old city of Cartagena. The inner courtyard in the original building (the monastery) is fantastically beautiful and the "pet" toucans (Clara, Sofia, and Augusto Javier) who live in the coutyard are wonderful.

    by pecavo, 12/31/10

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