Casa Amarla

Live a Surreal Caribbean Stay at Casa Amarla

You are going to just love this magnificent colonial villa in the heart of Cartagena's old town. Casa Amarla (to love her in Spanish) is a magical mansion steeped in history that's ideal for a romantic tryst in Colombia's Caribbean paradise.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Classic decor that transports you back in time

    • This colonial villa couldn't be better located. A stay here puts you within five minutes of the best bars, restaurants and sightseeing in Cartagena
    • It's impossible to get tired of what is arguably the best rooftop view of the Cathedral in Cartagena. Make sure you have breakfast here

    • For a group of 10-12 people this is possibly pound for pound the best place to stay in Cartagena
  • What You Need To Know

    • The house operates as a hotel so you need to book well in advance if you want to rent the entire place

    • There's always someone on the property to provide room service

    • All of our vacation rentals come with breakfast and airport transfers included. If you need extra services please reach out to our team
  • Written By

    Logo aulatrés Rainbow Nelson
    Founder of This Is Cartagena. I've been writing about travel in South America for Wallpaper*, VICE, WSJ Magazine, Jetsetter and the Robb Report for 20 years
  • The Details

    Number Of Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms

    Optimum Occupancy: 12

    Beds: 6

    Price: $2,950.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $4,425.00/ night (rates) ?

    Rates for colonial and luxury houses during Cartagena’s high season can vary considerably. The high season rate for this property applies for bookings between Dec 15 - Jan 15

    High season 

    Dec 15- jan 15

    Address: Calle Ayos 4-29, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: El Centro

    Rating: This is Cartagena

WHY THIS IS CARTAGENA

  • With Us, The City's Yours

    We've got more than just the keys to your unbeatable Caribbean villa in Cartagen…

    Concierge Services

    While Colombia's reputation has been transformed in recent years, some visitors …

    Quality Assurance

    We’ve slept in every bed in town and have hand-picked a blissful collection of l…

    Insider Intel

    We really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else. Our talented t…

  • Concierge Services

    While Colombia's reputation has been transformed in recent years, some visitors can still be daunted by the prospect of arriving in Colombia on vacation for the first time. To ensure you and your family or loved ones, feel right at home we’ll send a member of our Cartagena travel team to help you check you in and get you plugged into Cartagena's laid-back Caribbean groove. Your bilingual concierge will be on hand to join up the dots throughout your dream Colombian holiday. If there's anything you need, from table reservations to coordinating the most authentic tours and experiences in Cartagena, you can call on them day or night

  • Quality Assurance

    We’ve slept in every bed in town and have hand-picked a blissful collection of luxury vacation rentals in Cartagena that will make you yawn with yearning. Even some of the most impressive houses to rent in Cartagena require a little intervention to make sure they live up to our lofty standards so we offer complimentary airport transfers and a great breakfast served fresh every day to ensure that all our exclusive colonial mansions, beach villas and private islands are a cut above your average stay in Cartagena.  

  • Insider Intel

    We really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else. Our talented team of travel advisors has cherry-picked the very best Cartagena has to offer so you can experience this marvelous Caribbean city like a local. We’re on-the-ground, all-year-round so we can share with you all of our favourite Cartagena things to do, places to eat, drink and relax. Don't take our word for it, check out some of our testimonials and customer reviews here


  • THE LOWDOWN

     

    Amenities

    • In-House Cook
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Breakfast Included
    • TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee Machine
    • Concierge Service
    • Room service
    • 24-HourMini-bar
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • 24-Hour
  • FULL LISTING

    This delightful 6-bedroom house was where the Cartagena boutique hotel scene first started. Celebrated Cartagena architect, Gustavo Pinto converted this beautiful colonial house into the very first bolthole more than a decade ago.

    It’s recently gone through a loving refurb with new US-owners adding some inspirational art to the hotel’s historic colonial charms.

    The rooftop pool is the place to hang during the searing Cartagena afternoons and there's no better spot to start the day with your complimentary breakfast and a cup of the world's best coffee.

    The owners searched for hotels in Cartagena walled city with an enchanting mix of historic Spanish architecture and old colonial houses found within the barrio.

    The Caribbean flavor and color captivated in the city’s quaint streets and bustling neighborhoods is what was first seduced them into making Cartagena their new home and they've tried to maintain the house's links to the city's vibrant inhabitants.

    Steeped in colonial grandeur and old-world charm, you'll be mesmerized by the magic of flickering candles, palm trees nestled in the courtyard, and canopies rustling in the breeze above.

    Walk into a bygone era, a time of adventure and discovery when merchants of the Spanish empire built palatial properties in faraway lands on the back of slave labor.

    The property tells its own story of centuries of change, turmoil and triumph, and the craftsmanship that went into building the most beautiful city in Colombia.

    Named ‘Amarla’, Spanish for ‘to love’, this home from home for travelers from around the world is blessed with many beautifully handcrafted items picked up by the owners on their own travels. Each of this property's seven magical suites are named after natives birds from Colombia.

    With a subtle color palette that combines the essence of Cartagena, white-washed walls and the colors of the Caribbean, this beautiful colonial bolthole is an oasis in the heart of Cartagena's bustling historic center.

    Two fantastic restaurants are on your doorstep, Agua de Leon and La Perla and a couple of killer ice cream spots to choose from, it's conveniently located for lazy days hanging at the hotel.

LOCATION

  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.

    Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

    Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.

    Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.

    While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

    As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.

    Standout foodie destinations include restaurants Don Juan, La Vitrola and Maria and bars and nightclubs like Alquimico, Cafe del MarLa Movida and La Jugada.



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