Casa Botero

A Luxury Cartagena Villa with an Artistic Pedigree

Gloria de Zea, the director of Bogota’s Museum of Modern Art and the first wife of Fernando Botero gave this luxury Cartagena rental an artistic pedigree that’s hard to ignore.

  • This Is What We Love

    •  The immaculate taste running through the contemporary décor
    •  Being so close to great restaurants like La Perla and Don Juan
    •  Sipping cocktails in a rooftop jacuzzi with 360 views of the city
    •  Perfectly located for the festival circuit – close to Plaza Santo Domingo and the Teatro  Adolfo Mejia.
  • What you Need to Know

    • Waking up to the day with a book and a coffee at Abaco in the morning
    • Throwing a special dinner party one evening to impress the locals
    • Knowing that your staying in a landmark property that changed the face of the old town
  • 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: 11 Bedrooms

    Optimum Occupancy: 32

    Beds: x

    Price: $3,938.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $3,938.00/ 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: Centre, 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

    • Air Conditioning
    • Dry cleaning
    • Restaurant
    • Family rooms
    • Rooftop Terrace
  • FULL LISTING

    One of the first major Cartagena houses to be restored in the 1980s, the house was given an interior flourish by Lina Botero, the couple’s daughter, in 2013.

    Lina's stylish re-fit brought the house bang up-to-date placing it at the top of the tree when it comes to remarkable Cartagena holiday homes.

    The 10-bedroom property is one of the most spectacular colonial villas in Colombia and few places can match the luscious mix of contemporary luxury fixtures and fittings and colonial pomp.

    Saudi princes and heavy-hitting international art collectors have all been wowed by Lina's immaculate taste, the special details sprinkled liberally through the property and the house's place in the resurgence of Cartagena as a glittering destination for a celebrity set that just love visiting or staying in this expansive house when invited.

    Spread over four floors, the secluded feel of each of the 10 bedrooms with a total of 17 beds makes the house a remarkable place for large groups and families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city during high season.

    Neighbourhood

    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.

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

    Cartagena's finest 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 and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

    Many of the prized mansions - with as many as 14 bedrooms close to the pivotal Plaza Santo Domingo have been converted into luxury hotels by enterprising international and local investors or sliced up into luxury apartments.

    While the traditional elites have no interest in renting out their pride and joy, some of the second homes of the nouveau rich and famous can be hired out to a new breed of overseas visitors arriving from Europe, Brazil and the US.

    As the administrative centre, Centro still sucks in as many as 350.000 people a day while at night the city's liveliest bars and restaurants keep high-end visitors and Colombian expense accounts entertained.

    Tourist highlights include the Palace of the Inquisition, a magnificent colonial property with a dark and disturbing history and the Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española on Plaza Santo Domingo which has an itinerant gallery and arguably the best patio in Latin America, a wonderful spot to finish your Gabriel García Marquez paperback.

    Perched on the city walls, the Café del Mar lounge bar offers an all-year round breeze and an unparalleled locale to watch the sun fall into the Caribbean with a bottle of rum.

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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