The other reviews describe this property very well. It's old, majestic, impressive, beautiful, charming, very centrally located with some issues that one would expect of such an old property. Plumbing was slow and you are encouraged to toss your TP rather than flush it and the shower didn't drain as quickly as one would like. Out of our group of 5, 2 of us had plumbing challenges.
Since it was just our group of 5 staying at the time, the property was quiet. That's fortunate as I had the room located on the ground floor RIGHT outside the pool and a small sitting area. Had the hotel been busy, I'm sure that the noise would have affected my sleep as you can pretty much hear everything from this ground floor room. The doors to the rooms are all authentic wood and old so not insulated. Mine had no door knobs so had to be closed by pulling on the big brass key and my windows were covered by old, authentic wooden shutters that sometimes didn't open or close all that well. Besides, if I had opened them to let natural light in, everyone who passed by could have looked inside. So, I kept them closed which meant that I had no natural light inside my room.
So, if you opt to splurge and stay in this lovely property, just keep in mind that you'll enjoy a VERY authentic stay but not one that should be compared to a modern 5-star luxury hotel. I'm glad we stayed here as it truly gave a very authentic feel to our visit to Cartagena. I would not recommend this property if you are traveling with kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the three best hotels of charm in the world (Magazine HOTEL & LODGE. Paris, January 2011). One of the 110 most beautiful hotels in the world (L'OFFICIEL VOYAGE, Paris, August 2008), FIABCI award for best architecture restoration. (November 2010) and Certified by Condé Nast Johansens.Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa, known as “the most beautiful house in Cartagena”, belonged to the 18th Century Count of Pestagua, a rich and powerful aristocrat who gave his name to this mansion with its impressive colonial architecture.Distinguished by its exquisite architectural and artistic harmony, today the Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa offers luxury hotel services, with the comfort and technology expected by the most demanding hotel standards.Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa is a boutique hotel with its exclusive offer of 11 rooms housed in spacious grounds, worthy of a first rate luxury hotel.Enjoy the privilege of being attended to in the Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa and receiving a totally personalized service in an oasis of peace and tranquility, sheltered by its surrounding walls where you will feel like a lord in the Count’s mansion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Cartagena
- Casa Pestagua Cartagena