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Cartagena’s top hotels all cluster in and around the walls of the old city. Boasting the most foot traffic and a weaving labyrinth of streets connecting restaurants, bars, gelato shops and boutiques, these hotels are the most centrally located.
One great pick in the center of the old city is Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, which touts the largest pool in the city, four bars (some with incredible views of the bustling streets and the ocean) and a breathtaking courtyard flanked by palm trees.
For a stay in a former private home, book the Casa India Catalina, which is right in the center of the old town. Remodeled and decorated by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero (the one behind the plump depictions of women and animals), it features a quirky but intimate ambiance.
Home to large spacious rooms, a floral-packed courtyard, a solarium, hot tub and authentica Colombian restaurant, the intimate 18th-century Bantu is another pick. Set in a restored colonial inside the old town, its unassuming façade gives it even more of an element of private and secluded luxury.