Just returned from the magical Santa Clara in the enchanting city of Cartagena. I agree with most reviewer's impressive comments regarding the architectural historic beauty of the building and the outstanding services of the staff. The rooms are all of a high standard (saw 4) and the pool is as good as any world-class 5 star hotel. The hotel has a small mini branch with lovely beach bungalows on the nearby island of Rosario (45 mins by high speed launch) and I strongly suggest a one night stay which can be billed back to the Santa Clara. It breaks the week (if you have time) and gives travellers the sense of their own Caribbean island retreat. The city is a wonderful oasis of small multi-coloured boutiques, cafe's and restaurants. This was our first trip to Colombia and after a stopover for three days in a plastic (but fab) Miami, it was refreshing to have all the warnings disproved regarding Colombia, crime and potential dangers. I have travelled extensively and found the people of Cartagena, delightful, helpful and very respectful to visitors.
My advise go and enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena's walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the Sofitel Santa Clara, unique in style, combines the allure of history with local hospitality and the art of French savoir-faire. Mixing Colonial and Republican-style architecture with modern comfort, the hotel features gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, a world-class spa, meeting facilities and state of the art technology for events, conventions and weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel Cartagena
- Sofitel Hotel Santa Clara
- Sofitel Cartagena
- Cartagena Sofitel