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Casa Pestagua, Cartagena

Winning awards for beauty, style and architectural restoration - from the FIABCI - is important, but actually it is the approval of the guests that are a hotel’s true accolades. Strolling around the former home of the Count of Pestagua, you can easily imagine why it was called ‘the most beautiful house in Cartagena’. Ochre walls, white balconies, rustling palms and twinkling water features line its picturesque patio. The 18th century architecture has a timeless appeal. Climbing plants entwining the overhanging balconies that surround the swimming pool.

But beauty isn’t just in the eye of the beholder. The restaurant – and the food served – is reminiscent of great castles and colonial palaces. The rooms have a Moorish air. And the hotel’s setting makes it a perfect destination on your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Colombia.

Casa Pestagua, at a glance

  • Supremely luxurious hotel in an original 18th century mansion
  • Choice of spacious rooms and suites
  • Rooms typically have classical furnishings and French doors opening onto private balconies
  • Suites feature high, colonial-style raftered ceilings, classic décor and wooden floors covered with rich rugs
  • Marbled en suite bathrooms, some with sunken baths
  • Gorgeous views over the patio
  • Fine restaurant serving a classic combination of aristocratic colonial dishes and the exotic flavours of the new cuisine

For leisure and pleasure

  • Outdoor swimming pool with sun decks and a solarium
  • Elegant spa with massage and an irresistible range of rituals
  • Great base for exploring the walled city
  • A few steps from Santo Domingo Square’s imposing church and terraces
  • Close to the city’s finest restaurants and bars
  • Near to the Plaza de la Proclamacion and within easy reach of the Avenida Santander
  • Catedral Santa Catarina and the bastions of Plaza Santa Teresa and Calle San Juan de Dios are also easily accessible

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  • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

    TS, August 2020