This elegant grande dame on Cartagena's picturesque Plaza San Diego is often the centrepiece of the city's many film festivals and art fairs; it is here that famed Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece Love and Other Demons was set. The converted 16th-century convent building is filled with historical relics; original beams, marble archways, hidden crypts and authentic confession pews, while rooms blend Colombian flair with French elegance.
Santa Clara offers distant views of the sparkling waters of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with its suites echoing this with their tropical inspired décor. Take the Amaral Suite which, boasts mesmerising views of the Caribbean Sea from its expansive terrace; the Enrique Grau Suite with its colourful palette and distinctive sculpture centrepiece; or the Suite Legend with its pristine white interiors and original artwork from Ana Mercedes Hoyos. In fact, very few rooms and suites within the hotel are the same due to the nature of the building, which features a more modern 'Republican Era' wing in addition to the original colonial wing and cloistered courtyard.
The hotel pool, ensconced inside a vast colonnaded courtyard filled with tropical greenery, is the largest in the city's historic centre, and locals flock to El Coro bar, with its live music and expertly mixed cocktails. Fine-dining restaurant 1621 is considered one of the best in the city, serving a fusion of French and New World cuisine, while the secluded Jardin Santa Clara offers irresistible organic dishes using sustainably sourced, local ingredients. For those looking to unwind after time exploring Cartagena's cobbled streets, the Sofitel Spa offers a selection of blissful treatments that blend ancient holistic remedies with the latest French cosmetology.
While in Colombia, it would be remiss not to take part in a distinctive coffee tasting session and sample the country's world-class blends.To add another dimension to your experience, the hotel’s rum and chocolate tasting sessions are always an enjoyable way to round off the day. The hotel also offers opportunities for you to hone your mixology craft with a cocktail masterclass, or learn the art of perfect pastry with fascinating insights from the hotel’s own pastry chef.
Couples and families
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
Lovers of history and culture
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool - the very best in Cartagena's historic centre
Learn more about the history of the convent on a tour with one of the hotel butlers, and visit the crypt that inspired the novelist Gabriel García Márquez
Sample one of the spa's locally inspired treatments, such as an emerald ritutal or coffee body wrap
Set up camp with the locals to watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea accompanied by cocktails from the Botika Bar
Treat your tastebuds with coffee, chocolate, rum and wine tastings
Immerse yourself in local culture with a Caribbean-inspired buffet followed by live music and salsa dancing
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Delve into the rich history of Cartagena's walled city with an expert private guide
Take in the colourful street art of the Getsemaní district
Absorb the sea air with a bicycle ride along Cartagena’s coastal promenade
Discover the fascinating history of mining and processing emeralds at the Caribe Jewellery Museum & Factory
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