Casa Pombo | USD$3,300
Behind its reassuringly heavy oak door is a world of luxury and opulence, where five private restored suites serve up unique characteristics to ensure your stay is nothing less than enchanting.
In one of the house's five suites, an old cell makes for a quirky toilette, whilst a different suite sports the famous regal bed where Javier Bardem writhed with Italian actress Giovanna Mezogiorno in Mike Newell's 2007 adaptation of Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera.
Owned by European stars of the silver screen, Pombo retains a magic all of its own and is frequently booked out by film stars and celebrities who rejoice in its discretion and serenity.
You can rent the place in its entirety or simply select one of the five palatial apartments.
A rooftop pool with views of the city's cathedral, a personal chef, private masseuse, full staff and on-hand guide who customizes a private walking tour of the Cartagena landmarks that inspired so many of Marquez finest works are all available.
Casa del Arzobispado | USD$2,474
Ideal for those that want to be in the heart of Cartagena's historic centre, this delightful colonial villa sits on one of the city's most important streets, a short hop from the former governor’s house and Cartagena's imperious cathedral.
It's been called home by some historic figures over the years, not least, Antonio Joséde Ayos, one of the martyrs that fought to liberate Cartagena from Spanish rule in 1811.
A delicious re-fit in 2002, preserved much of the historical houses' character with a rich, colonial style and some great original time pieces dotted throughout but there's more than enough contemporary flourish to meet the exacting standards of a modern brand of visiting VIP.
Casa Restrepo | USD$3,095
Scandinavian in design and colonial by nature, this boutique hotel's stripped back look is fed into each of the seven double suites named after a Grecian goddess.
Sublime beds, modern art and just enough exotic patterns to stay true to the Restrepo's Colombian ancestry are a dream team.
The ideal romantic haunt for those that don't like over-fussed pomp, and favor the practical Bauhaus design concept that's hard to find in many of Cartagena's loud-and-proud luxury abodes.
The rooftop lounge, complete with a Jacuzzi, and second floor chill-out space are sure to lull you into dreamy daze after a hectic day navigating Cartagena's beautifully chaotic streets.
Every luxury box is ticked. From the in-house chefs that can whip up anything you fancy, to the delicious L'Occitane toiletries and the Nordic fresh scent that cuts right through the Caribbean humidity, Casa Restrepo has taken cue from international hotels and redefined Cartagena's luxury vacation rental landscape as a result.
Casa Moderna | USD$2,195
Fluent in the language of cool, this contemporary pad gets some serious kudos for its manicured elegance that still allows some leeway for your #Colonialrelics snaps on Instagram.
Three spacious rooms fit up to ten people that will wake up to Cartagena's fierce sun tucked up in a frothy bed and a Cappuccino-tinged room.
The bedroom's burnt orangey-brown textiles and wooden artefacts are bosom buddies with the large screen TV's and contemporary squishy, leather headboards, and the symmetrical marble and glass dining area aren't offended by the wicker chairs in the grand entrance hall.
Sun worshippers seeking Jacuzzi action can crawl upstairs and fling themselves on the voluptuous sun beds and sunny yellow couches.
Casa Botero | USD$3,000
This 10-bedroom property is one of the most spectacular short-stay options in Cartagena and Colombia. Few luxury vacation rentals in Cartagena can match the luscious mix of contemporary luxury fixtures and fittings and colonial pomp.
One of the first Cartagena mansions to be restored in the 1980s by Gloria de Zea, the first wife of Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, this glorious holiday home was given an interior flourish by their daughter, Lina Botero in 2013.
Lina's stylish re-fit brought the house right up-to-date placing it at the top of the tree when it comes to remarkable Cartagena holiday homes.
Saudi princes and heavy-hitting international art collectors have all been wowed by Lina's immaculate interior design.
There are special details sprinkled liberally through the property, like the rooftop Jacuzzi, Ralph Lauren bedding and designer furniture throughout.
This is a truly glittering destination for a celebrity set that just love visiting or staying in this expansive house when invited.
Casa de los Sueños | USD$5,000
Few of Cartagena's holiday home for the rich and famous have weaved contemporary interior chic into Cartagena's colonial fabric with such stunning effect as this stunning five bedroom mansion.
Owned by one of the Colombia's most successful clothing brands, this crisp mansion can sleep 10 design connoisseurs comfortably.
Fashionable throughout, Phillipe Starck furniture, luxurious loungers and modern four-poster beds as well as glamorous dining and lounge areas are all made to measure for groups that want to take their contemporary home comforts with them when they go away.
There's no escaping Cartagena's colonial heritage, however, with Cartagena's history writ large on the exposed 17th century colonial walls.
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