Casa Pitaya

A Princely Palace Fit for Family or Friends

This beautifully restored 7 bedroom palace puts you in the heart of Cartagena's historic center a short walk from the city's finest restaurants

  • This Is What We Love

    • A group banquet in the sumptuous inside outside living room
    • A rooftop jacuzzi for 14 that's one the finest places to while away an evening in Cartagena
    • Tasteful architecture and interiors by the same people that brought you Casa Pombo 
    • Perfectly located in the heart of the historic centre of Cartagena
    • Being one block from Cartagena's best restaurants: El Boliche, Carmen, Moshi and 1621
  • What You Need To Know

    • The house comes with breakfast and daily maid service
    • The house is owned by the same people that manage Casa Pombo. If your group is bigger than 14 you can also get good deals there too
    • This Is Cartagena's office is one block away so we're on hand to help with anything you might need
  • 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: 7 Bedrooms

    Optimum Occupancy: 14

    Beds: 9

    Price: $2,300.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $3,000.00/ night (rates) ?

    High season 

    Dec 15 - Jan 15

     

    Address: Centro, Calle del Curato, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: San Diego

    Rating: This is Cartagena

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  • 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
    • Family rooms
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Jacuzzi
    • Breakfast Included
    • TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee Machine
    • Concierge Service
    • 24-HourMini-bar
    • Safe Deposit Box
  • FULL LISTING

    Just 2 doors from Cartagena's luxurious Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, this magnificent seven bedroom house is an idyllic escape from even the most luxurious of daily routines.

    A picture perfect oasis in the heart of Cartagena's historic center, this lovely Cartagena villa comes with presidential neighbours and a ultra-convenient location 5-minutes walk of the city's finest restaurants. 

    With Cartagena's finest restaurants on the doorstep, the walls a short hop from the house and great shopping within a block, there's very little exertion required when staying in this superb Cartagena vacation rental.

    Brought to you by the French family that manages Casa Pombo and Casa Pestagua, this impressive mansion sits easily in the lofty company of the most luxurious of Cartagena vacation home-from-homes.

    Perfect for big families and groups of friends looking for a beautiful base camp, Casa Pitaya scores highly on all the important details that will make for a perfect stay in Cartagena.

    The house's clever design maintains much of the charm of Cartagena's colonial period while placing your comfort to the fore. There's a wonderful pool area with plenty of room for everyone and a rooftop jacuzzi that fits 14 without needing to breathe in. 

    It's difficult to resist the lure of Casa Pitaya's rooftop opulence and even harder not to be filled with a smug sense of superiority when semi-submerged in what is surely one of Cartagena's hottest spots for staying cool.

    This remarkable Cartagena villa is built with serious relaxation in mind and you'll be attended to by the casa's fantastic housekeeping staff.

    They'll serve you a typical Colombia breakfast in the pool-side dining area and be sure that you can get everything you need during your Cartagena holiday.

    If you're looking to make the most of your stay, we suggest organising a family-style meal in the picturesque poolside banquet area.

    Our offices and expert guides and concierges can be found, just a block from the house to ensure a seamless stay in Cartagena.

LOCATION

  • San Diego

    A healthy mix of sub-cultures makes San Diego one of the most interesting and varied districts in Cartagena and Colombia, something reflected in its diverse gastronomic offering and the rich cultural output coming out of one of the city's most cultured barrios.

    The University of Bellas Artes, the most creative educational institution in Cartagena, sits in the heart of the barrio, backing onto the women's prison. 

    San Diego is formed by 16 blocks north of Calle de la Universidad de Cartagena and west of Calle San Agustin and Calle de la Moneda and stretches to the Baluarte de Santa Catalina and the walls that once protected Cartagena from raids from pirates. 

    Architecturally the houses are smaller and were built principally for the military, artisans and clergy. There are fewer of the two-or three-storey holiday homes for the ultra-rich that characterize the centre and you will still find traditional families living in some of the more modest houses in this part of town. 

    After Cartagena's moneyed classes swapped the claustrophobic centre for expansive mansions in Manga and later Bocagrande and Castillogrande in the mid-19th century it took the renovation of the former Santa Clara Monastery, converted for the hotel chain Sofitel into the city's pre-eminent hotel in 1995, to put this barrio back on the map. 

    Colombia's farandula, or celebrity set, has since colonized San Diego including John Leguizamo who bought a place here after filming Mike Nichols' Love in the Time of Cholera.

    In recent years landmarks like La Serrezuela, a former bull ring have been converted into luxury shopping mall, which points to the way this typical Cartagena neighborhood is going. 

    There are some great restaurants, including Carmen Cartagena, Moshi and El Boliche clustered around the Parque de Fernandez de Madrid as well as Juan del Mar, Malanga and 1621 close to Plaza San Diego.



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