Where to Stay in Cartagena? 7 TOP Areas for 2024 (w/Map)

Colorful street view in a vibrant neighborhood in Cartagena with colonial buildings, overhead bougainvillea, and Colombian flags, capturing the essence of a lively Latin American city.

Visiting Cartagena, Colombia? I’m so happy for you – I love the city’s charm and would come back here in a heartbeat! I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Cartagena so you can have a trip of a lifetime!

The City Center is where to stay in Cartagena for the first time. Here, you can find everything from upscale hotels to cheap apartments for a tight budget. Of course, all the main attractions are here, too! 

Read this post because you will learn about the best tourist-friendly areas in the city along with hotels and apartments (which I manually hand-picked out of hundreds to make sure they all have top-rated reviews and are in all price ranges from budget to luxury). 

Please book your spot in advance, this is SO important to secure a good (and safe) place in Cartagena!

NOTE: Cartagena is a popular name for cities throughout the Spanish-speaking countries, so make sure you are looking at the right one when booking.

If you are in a hurry:

Book the best hotels in Cartagena’s Old Town and get the adventure started:

luxury hotel
Modern hotel bedroom with minimalistic white bed, abstract art on walls, and ambient lighting

Casona del Colegio

Best luxury boutique hotel

mid-range hotel
Spacious lounge area with a blend of modern and mid-century furniture, patterned rug, and subtle lighting
budget hotel
Rooftop terrace with a view of historic city architecture, featuring a pool, sun loungers, and shaded seating areas

El Barrio Hostal

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:

Here is a map of all the areas that I will be talking about in this post so you can easily visualize them:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Cartagena, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. El Centro (The Old Town): for first timers
  2. SAN DIEGO: for families
  3. GETSEMANI: for nightlife
  4. BOCAGRANDE & LAQUITO: for luxury
  5. MARBELLA: for budget travelers
  6. La Boquilla (Zona Norte) : for seclusion
  7. Manga : for a local feel

1. El Centro (The Old Town) – for first-time visitors

Vivid street scene in Cartagena with colorful murals, local businesses, and residents engaging in daily life under the bright facade of Latin American culture

The historic Walled City consists of two neighborhoods, El Centro and San Diego, and both are very popular and have tons of accommodation options. Some sites merge them together since this is all an Old Town but I decided to separate it to give you more options to choose from. 

The Historic Center (El Centro), is where to stay in Cartagena for first-timers! It’s your best option since all the attractions are located here. It’s also a very safe neighborhood. 

Enjoy the charming narrow streets and street vendors selling tropical fruits, well-preserved colonial architecture, and a lively atmosphere day and night.

The Old City (Walled City) is a relic of Colombia’s colonial past, with its preserved walls dating from the 16th century. 

Scholars believe that the city is called Cartagena de Indias as a reference to the Spanish city of Cartagena, from which the original settlers were from! Others believe that its coastline resembles that of Spain’s Cartagena. Anyways, a strong connection remains between the two cities.

Stroll past the bohemian Plaza de Santo Domingo (beautiful public square) or the Muelle de la Bodeguita Cartagena pier, take a picture in front of the iconic Torre del Reloj monument from the 1800s, or learn more about the history of the city in the Museum of Cartagena de Indias.

The most popular church in town, Santuario de San Pedro Claver, is also located here.

MY EXPERIENCE: I recommend booking your stay here in advance, as the best places tend to sell fast! Otherwise, you risk staying in a murky place like I did. As everything nice was already booked for our dates, we decided to book something outside of the city walls, and it was a disaster! We got the smallest, most horrible room, and there were girls downstairs who looked like ladies of the night. We had to find something overpriced in an area we felt safe in FAST.

Do note that the accommodation in the Centro is a bit more expensive, but it’ll be worth it because everything will be within easy walking distance, so you’ll spend less time and money commuting! 

NOTE: El Centro can get loud at night, so beware if you’re a sensitive sleeper.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: an elegant bedroom with a tufted headboard and a cozy sitting area, a serene poolside view under clear blue skies, and a quaint dining space with a window view

One of the top stays in Cartagena’s historic Walled City, The Charleston Hotel oozes luxury and style. The decor is opulent and matches the colonial architecture of the surroundings. Guests can indulge in facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, romantic hot tub, on-site restaurant, and incredible views across Cartagena.

More accommodation options in the Old Town

Well-appointed hotel lobby with plush seating, elegant decor, and a patterned floor

Modern hotel in a great location with a rooftop bar and an outdoor swimming pool

Cozy hotel room with a comfortable queen-sized bed, tiled floor, and wooden furniture

One of the best hostels with a garden and a restaurant, perfect for backpackers; they even provide salsa classes

Rooftop jacuzzi with a stunning view of a historic church dome

A comfy studio with a rooftop pool and jacuzzi terrace

Things to do in the Old Town

  • Stroll in the Plaza de Santo Domingo
  • Visit the Museum of Cartagena de Indias or Palace of the Inquisition Museum
  • Discover Colombian cuisine with this delicious food tour
  • Enjoy the best city views from Café del Mar Ltda (in Baluarte de Santo Domingo)
  • Learn about Colombian culture at the Naval Del Caribe Museum

2. San Diego – where to stay in Cartagena for families

Street vendor pushing a cart laden with fresh carrots, onions, and other produce, a snapshot of local entrepreneurship and daily commerce in action

San Diego is a bohemian neighborhood located inside the Walled City, and it is just a stone’s throw away from the El Centro area (like a 5-10 min walk depending on where you are). You will love this district because it offers as much history (with its old churches and buildings) and a vibrant atmosphere as any other popular tourist destination but at a quieter pace!

And if you’re looking forward to trying the local food, here you can try the best street food in Cartagena (around the famous San Diego Square).

You MUST check out Las Bovedas, a former dungeon that now hosts quirky shops and bars for the ultimate tourist experience!

Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it comprises one of the world’s most extensive military fortification systems in South America! 

Another must-see here is the house of the legendary author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (map)! They currently don’t offer tours, so it’s impossible to get inside, but it’s worth the trip if you are an admirer of Marques’s work like me!

You will be pleasantly surprised to see some of the city’s best restaurants and the number of great hotels in the area! And feel free to walk around the tiny district of La Matuna, best known for its Muelle de los Pegasos waterfront pier with authentic statues!

If you’re planning to continue your trip around Columbia, I have this awesome article on 10 places you can’t miss!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a luxurious open-air hot tub with ocean views, a spacious room with classic decor and balcony access, and a grand living space with a combination of modern and rustic elements

This hotel in Cartagena is called Legend for a reason – it is an old monastery renovated into a stylish hotel. It is a safe place for travelers with kids and those who value high-standard service. The rooftop pool is fantastic, too!

Other accommodation options in San Diego

Vibrant rooftop jacuzzi area with a mosaic-tiled hot tub and city views

Great boutique hotel with a rooftop jacuzzi at a reasonable price

Luxurious bedroom with a large black headboard, crisp white bedding, and wooden ceiling beams

Private rooms with character and comfort, huge ceilings, walking location to the wall

Eclectic living space with bohemian decor, featuring a hammock, bookshelves, and a casual seating area

A stylish house with a small rooftop terrace that can host up to 5 people

Things to do in San Diego

  • Buy souvenirs from the street artists in Las Bovedas
  • Explore the street food stalls of Parque Fernández Madrid
  • Gaze at the architecture of Iglesia de Santo Toribio
  • Explore Plaza San Diego
  • Admire the statues along Sibarita del Mar
  • Wonder around the colorful Calle de Los Siete Infantes

3. Getsemani – where to stay in Cartagena for nightlife

Historic Cartagena street lined with colorful buildings, featuring traditional balconies and vivid facades, showcasing the charm of Colombian architecture

Getsemani is located South of the Old Town and is considered the best area for backpackers and party people (especially singles!). It used to be an unsafe area, but it is changing fast now, with many hipster cafes and alternative bars popping up here and there.

This is also one of the coolest and most bustling Cartagena neighborhoods, where you will find vibrant street art and graffiti on every corner. It’s called “Brooklyn of Cartagena” for a good reason!

If you are from the younger crowd, I recommend staying somewhere around Plaza de la Trinidad (majestic street performers can be seen here!), as this is a popular hang-out place where you can meet fellow travelers.

Popular nearby parks like Centenario Park and Espíritu Del Manglar Park are perfect places to relax after a fun night out!

Staying in Getsemani also means you’ll be close to the San Felipe de Barajas Fort (map), a captivating hilltop from the 1600s with crazy tunnel networks that just wait to be explored!

Safety advice: Just stick to well-lit and busy areas in Getsemani if you walk around at night, and you’ll be good to go!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a chic lounge with a brick feature wall, a bright bedroom with a mirror reflecting the room's warmth, and a pool area surrounded by lush greenery and lounge chairs

Beautifully designed, comfortable, and functional hotel with an outdoor rooftop pool and amazing complimentary breakfast. The rooms are clean and spacious and are only a 10-minute walk from the Old Town!

Other accommodation options in Getsemani

Private outdoor hot tub on a balcony with romantic lighting and city views

One of the best-rated boutique hotels with sparkling spacious rooms and a fantastic rooftop breakfast

Spacious hotel room with two single beds, contemporary decor, and a neutral color palette

A nice hotel located between Getsemani and the Old Center

Modern living room with vibrant art, contemporary furniture, and indoor plants

Stylish, bright Airbnb with 3 bedrooms, but make sure to book well in advance

Things to do in the Getsemani

  • Roam around Plaza Trinidad
  • Explore local street art
  • Visit the beautiful church Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad
  • Party and dance at the historic Cafe Havana
  • Have the best tapas and cocktails at Demente Tapas Bar
  • Go bar crawling along Calle San Andres
  • Wander around the charming streets of Calle Del Espiritu Santo

4. Bocagrande & Laquito – best area for luxury

Modern waterfront skyline in Cartagena with a variety of architectural styles, representing the urban growth and development along the coastal cityscape

Bocagrande is a peninsula located just outside of the Walled City. This would be a great choice if you are looking for beachfront hotels not far from the Center. 

Also, this area is much quieter at night than the Center, so if you appreciate peace at night but want to be active during the day, Bocagrande is a great choice.

Bocagrande is also known as “The Miami Beach of Cartagena”! There are lots of skyscrapers and international big-chain high-rise hotels like Hilton and Hyatt if you are looking for well-known names.

You’ll be a short walk from the Playa de Bocagrande, so catching a tan will be easy! You also won’t have to worry about grocery shopping, as tons of stores are available closer to the water!

Bocagrande is one of the most expensive areas not only in Cartagena but in the entire of Colombia, hosting gated communities and wealthy families. Don’t be surprised if prices here are higher and if you’ll mostly find luxurious and modern accommodations.

El Laquito area is located to the West of the peninsula, and it is called this because it has a big lake. It’s a super nice area to be in, that is where you will find most of the big international chain hotels. It’s also safe, so if you’re traveling with family or just looking for a nice relaxing vacation in the city, I recommend staying here!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a room with a plush bed and a stunning sea view, a stylish living area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the coast, and an infinity pool blending into the ocean horizon.

Hyatt is an absolutely beautiful hotel in Cartagena with a breathtaking sea view that you can marvel at while sipping your cocktail in an infinity pool. The rooms are equipped with all the needed amenities, including the AC and free Wi-Fi. You will feel like you’re staying in a beach resort!

Oz Hotel Luxury is another recommendation for an upscale hotel in the area! It’s close to the beach, has a delicious buffet breakfast, and elegant rooms with a great view!

Other options in Bocagrande & Laquito

Indoor hotel pool with a cascading water feature, surrounded by lounge chairs

A great hotel 2 blocks from the beach in Bocagrande, with super clean rooms and friendly staff

Bright and airy living room with a mint green sofa, floral centerpieces, and wall art featuring pineapples and bicycles

Your home away from home with a cozy room setup just a short walk from the beach

Minimalist bedroom with crisp white bedding, teal accent pillows, and a serene landscape painting

A luxurious Airbnb for your stay in Cartegena has a private balcony with unobstructed sea views

Things to do in Bocagrande

  • Catch a tan at the Bocagrande Beach
  • Have a walk around the lovely lake El Laguito
  • Do some crazy shopping or have lunch at the Plaza Bocagrande Mall
  • Have the best Latin dishes with a view at Kiosko El Bonny

5. Marbella – where to stay in Cartagena on a budget

Sandy beach in Marbella, Cartagena with rows of straw umbrellas and sun loungers facing the blue waters, under a clear sky

Much like the nearby El Cabrero and Crespo districts, Marbella is a residential area stretching along the Caribbean Sea coast close to the airport. It’s mostly known for affordable accommodation and vicinity to the beach. 

You’ll be 25 minutes away on foot/7 min by car from San Diego, so you can even walk there if you stay on the area’s Western end! You will need a cab if you’re based further East, though.

You won’t find notable attractions here (besides the beach and the colorful Letras de Cartagena monument, of course!), but you will find super cheap apartments if you want to save money! 

Marbella is a great place to stay for the Independence Festivities in November! You can even watch the parades from your hotel balcony!

Cartagena Independence Festivities celebrate Colombia’s independence around November 11th every year, with beautiful parades in multiple cities!

Given the residential nature of this district, you will find a few late-night dining places. Also, the locals recommend avoiding major roads nearby at night. It’s best to get around by car at this time to avoid any unpleasant situations!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a bedroom with stylish art and a full-length mirror, a pool deck with umbrellas and loungers under the sun, and an inviting lounge area with comfortable seating and vibrant artwork.

A popular, stylish hotel near Marbella beach with an outdoor sun terrace and a swimming pool. They serve a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning. Plus, the rooms have everything you might need for a pleasant stay!

Other accommodation options in Marbella

Secluded outdoor pool with wooden decking and a green patio umbrella, nestled within a private garden

The host of this small hotel goes above and beyond for its guests, and the stay is right next to the beach

Charming hotel room with an eclectic mix of textures, archway details, and a unique guitar wall art

Old historical building renovated into one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Cartagena at the most affordable prices

Modern living space with sleek furniture, expansive ocean view through large windows, and a calming blue and grey color scheme

You’ll LOVE the view off of the balcony of this super stylish condo overlooking the Caribbean Sea located right in front of the beach

Things to do in Marbella

  • Relax and take some sun in the beautiful Playa Marbella
  • Take a photo in front of the famous Cartagena sign (map)
  • Skate, cycle, walk, or watch the sunset at the nearby Parque Lineal de Crespo
  • Walk by the sea to El Centro

6. La Boquilla (Zona Norte) – where to stay for seclusion

Deserted tropical beach in La Boquilla, Cartagena with thatched umbrellas and white sunbeds overlooking a serene ocean

The Zona Norte is the Northernmost part of Cartagena, better known as La Boquilla. Technically, the district Morros is also part of Zona Norte, but it’s a small condo block that is not popular among tourists. 

If you stay in Zona Norte, make La Boquilla your base. A BIG plus of staying here is that the beaches are far less crowded than other areas! It’s just a perfect spot for seclusion and beach vacation!

Of course, this also means you’ll be some 15 minutes by car away from the Historic Center and the attractions. 

In this area, you’ll find plenty of small, local restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood without breaking the bank! You can also take classes in a kitesurfing school to get some adrenaline pumping! 

Most of the accommodation here is in the form of apartments, but you can also find a few 5-star hotels.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a serene pool lined with sun loungers and tropical plants, a bright room with a minimalist aesthetic, and the curved architecture of a modern hotel facade.

Your 5-star retreat in Cartagena awaits in this luxurious hotel just 10 minutes from the airport and just by the beach! You can also enjoy their spectacular breakfast, fitness center, outdoor pool, and modern rooms with ocean views!

Other accommodation options in Zona Norte

Vibrant outdoor lounge with circular seating and ambient lighting, adjacent to a colorful bar

This beach hotel and club has everything you need if you’re coming for a bachelor party! It’s very affordable too

Luxurious resort-style pool with palm trees and ocean backdrop

Enjoy a deluxe apartment with air-conditioned rooms and a balcony, and swim in the year-round outdoor pool

Contemporary bedroom with a large window, simple furnishings, and a monochromatic color palette

Fabulous views from the rooftop terrace with a pool, a fancy gym, and modern rooms; what more could you need?

Things to do in La Boquilla

7. Manga – where to stay in Cartagena for a local feel

Aerial view of a narrow strip of land in Manga, Cartagena with beachfront homes and buildings on either side, bordered by the sea and a calm lagoon

Manga is a nice neighborhood to stay in to experience the truly local life in Cartagena. The area is 12 minutes away by car from Cartagena’s historic City Center, but you can also walk there in less than 30 minutes.

You won’t find many spots for tourists here, but an important one is the Fuerte de San Sebastian del Pastelillo, a colonial-era fort with beautiful views.

Overall, this district has refreshing views of the bay and some cool eateries (check out Restaurante D’Res for amazing steaks!), so you’ll surely find fun things to do here. I also noticed that accommodation here is cheaper, so you can save a few bucks by staying in Manga.

Since Manga is a residential neighborhood, it doesn’t feature luxury hotels. If you want to splurge on your stay, check out the offers in the nearby Getsemani or Bocagrande! All I found in Manga was this luxury apartment on Airbnb:

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: a bedroom with balcony access and chic furnishings, a sleek kitchen with bar seating, and a relaxing outdoor seating area with a spiral staircase

Your luxurious home away from home in Cartagena is less than 10 minutes away from the Historical Center by car. It features top appliances and is situated inside a Republican Style villa.

Other accommodation options in Manga

Rooftop infinity pool at sunset with panoramic city views surrounded by lounge chairs

This 4-star hotel has spotless rooms, an outdoor pool, and a gym; it also offers complimentary breakfast

Cozy patio with wicker furniture against a colorful mural of a woman and birds

Excellent value for money in this apartment featuring 2 pools on-site, family rooms, and free Wi-Fi

Simple yet elegant bedroom with a textured white comforter and matching pillows, accented by a green headboard

A perfect place for couples or families looking for an extended stay, suitable for remote work

Things to do in Manga

👑 Luxury price:$200
💵 Mid-range:$100
🛏️ Budget:$40
📍 Best neighborhood:El Centro
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Bastión
🧳 Mid-range hotel:Hotel Santa Catalina
👛 Best budget hotel:El Viajero Hostel

BONUS 1: Where to stay in Rosario Islands

Idyllic Rosario Islands with lush greenery and clear turquoise waters, highlighting the natural beauty and tranquility of this Caribbean paradise

Rosario Islands is an archipelago in Colombia located approximately 100 km (~62 miles) from Cartagena. If you have some extra time, I BEG you to visit it! You can do it on a day trip, but spending a couple of nights there to get away from the city and enjoy those pristine beaches is preferred.

NOTE: Most hotels offer an all-inclusive option, which I highly recommend unless you are staying in a big hotel with a couple of nearby restaurants. 

The archipelago has many islands, with Baru, Grande, and Marina being the most popular. I have selected some cool options for you on those 3.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: two hammocks strung between trees on a secluded beach, an airy beachfront room with a mosquito net and lounge sofa, and a bright room with a cozy couch and natural light filtering through thatched window coverings.

This hotel is located on Islas del Rosario in a natural park and is so beautiful that it can easily be a highlight of your Colombia trip! The rooms are comfy and have an ocean view (of course!). 3 meals per day are included in your stay, and you can arrange some activities around the island, too, such as boat tours or scuba diving.

Other accommodation options in Rosario Islands

Charming wooden cabin surrounded by lush greenery, featuring a raised porch and rustic steps

This Isla De Barú hotel is a nice quiet retreat perfect for couples and families

Inviting massage table with red towel swans and a welcoming note, set in a room with warm wood tones and soft lighting

If you want to stay right on the beach in the famous Playa Blanca area, look no further

Couple enjoying a sunny waterfront toast on a wooden dock with comfortable lounge seating

Enjoy the turquoise waters and sizzling Caribbean sun from this lovely Airbnb

BONUS 2: Best hotels near Cartagena Airport

Busy airport interior in Cartagena with travelers at cafes and seating areas, under a modern wooden ceiling

Have an early/late flight, or just want to stay near the airport for convenience? The Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG) is located only 3 km away from the Old Town, so you’ll be close to it anyways. 

But if you want to stay super close, I’ve handpicked 4 amazing options for all budgets within walking distance!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cartagena: an aerial view of a uniquely shaped pool with a water playground, a simple yet inviting bedroom with balcony views, and a spacious lounge with wicker furniture and warm lighting

Enjoy the big family rooms of this beautiful, luxurious hotel, featuring air conditioning and amazing ocean views. Immerse yourself in full relaxation on the sun terrace or in the spectacular rooftop pool. They offer paid airport shuttle services, too.

Other accommodation options near the airport

Private outdoor jacuzzi with a protective umbrella and surrounded by greenery

On-site restaurant and rooftop bar, a daily meal, and even a hot tub await just outside of the airport

Quaint waiting area with wall clocks showing different time zones, a blue bench, and vintage-style chairs

A lovely décorated hotel with the most comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep before or after your flight

Modern bedroom featuring a luxurious black velvet bedspread, a tufted headboard, and an organized closet space

Spacious rooms with air-conditioning, just a short walk from the airport

FAQs about where to stay in Cartagena

Panoramic view of Cartagena's skyline at sunset, with historic domed buildings in the foreground and modern skyscrapers in the distance, reflecting a city where old meets new

🏨 Which is the best area to stay in Cartagena, Colombia?

The best place to stay in Cartagena is El Centro, the historic center, especially if it’s your first time in the city. 

🕵️‍♀️ Is it safe to stay in Cartagena?

Cartagena is relatively safe, although the risk of theft remains higher than in other places. Police officers guard the touristy areas (which are the only ones I recommend you to visit!). Use common sense and stick to busy streets, and you should be fine.

🍸 Where to stay in Cartagena for nightlife?

The best place to enjoy a night out in Cartagena is Getsemaní, which offers many places to stay, most located in historic buildings. The Centro is also popular for nightlife, as you’ll see crowds mingling until the early morning hours!

💰 Where to stay in Cartagena on a budget?

The best place to stay in Cartagena on a budget is Marbella, a neighborhood right on the beach. Feel at home at its budget-friendly hotels like Casa Bustamante Boutique Hotel, or opt for the stylish Castillo Ines Maria.

🚗 Are there any Cartagena hotels with parking?

Yes! The best modern hotels in Cartagena with parking are the Hyatt Regency and the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara.

🏖️ What are the best all-inclusive hotels in Cartagena?

There aren’t a lot of all-inclusive hotels in Cartagena. However, the best two are Estelar Playa Manzanillo and La Gran Via Hotel (which is a bit more affordable).

🚶 Is Cartagena a walkable city?

Cartagena is a walkable city, notably around the main attractions. In fact, I recommend you do most of the sightseeing on foot!

⛱️ Are there nice beaches in Cartagena, Colombia?

Yes, Bocagrande and Playa de Castillogrande are both excellent! An even better option is the beaches of the Rosario Islands if you have the time for a trip there!

🏰 Should I stay in the Walled City, Cartagena?

Definitely stay in the historic Walled City of Cartagena to be close to the attractions, vibrant nightlife, eclectic shops and restaurants, and all other touristy things! On the other hand, consider other areas if you value peace and quiet at night.

✅ Is it safe to stay in Getsemani, Cartagena?

Yes, it’s safe to stay in Getsemani. Just make sure to pick accommodation in busy areas that are well-lit at night.

✖️ What are the areas to avoid in Cartagena?

La Maria, La Magdalena, El Paraiso, Olaya Harrera, and Pasacaballos are the areas you should avoid in Cartagena. Robberies can also occur at India Catalina, Zapatos Viejos, and Castillo de San Felipe, so be careful when you visit these attractions.


Bustling city square in Cartagena with pedestrians, street vendors, and colonial buildings, illustrating the vibrant public life and cultural richness of the area

I hope you find this blog post useful and that I have helped solve your doubts regarding where to stay in Cartagena!

Due to the compact size of the Walled Old Town, accommodation tends to book out rather quickly, so try to book your hotel as soon as possible. If you’re still not sure about where to stay, let me give you my absolute top choices:

  • Bastión Luxury Hotel – one of the top luxury hotels in Cartagena, with great central location and set in a beautiful colonial building
  • Hotel Santa Catalina – find everything you need in this fabulous hotel in the heart of the old city

Make sure to check out my article about what to do in Cartagena for more ideas on how to organize your trip!

As always, enjoy your vacation, and please leave a comment below with any questions!

Enjoy South America,


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