Casa Sandia

A Family Palace in Cartagena's Historic Center

A studiously designed Cartagena mansion that's built for sharing with friends and family, Casa Sandia is affordable and luxurious at the same time. 

  • This Is What We Love

    • Breakfast in the inside-outside kitchen. You'll want to dive into the pool as soon as you've finished
    • With lots of single beds, the property is very flexible for groups of friends and families
    • Stunning architecture and interiors
    • Perfectly located in San Diego
    • One block from the fine-dining including: Carmen, El Boliche and Juan del Mar
  • What You Need To Know

    • Services are limited. You might want to upgrade your stay with our concierge services
    • There's a supermarket pretty much on your doorstep
    • Some of the rooms are underground
  • 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: 10

    Price: $1,350.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $2,190.00/ night (rates) ?

    High season 

    Dec 15- Jan 15

     

    Address: Centro, Calle Portobello, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: San Diego

    Rating: This is Cartagena

WHY THIS IS CARTAGENA

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    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

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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
    • Restaurant
    • Family rooms
    • Swimming Pool
    • Breakfast Included
    • Wi-Fi
    • Coffee Machine
    • Airport Transfer
    • 24-HourMini-bar
    • Safe Deposit Box
  • FULL LISTING

    Slip behind the house's inconspicuous front door and you'll discover an inviting open-plan kitchen / dining area at ground level that links cleverly with the pool area to create an exceptional ambiance for mingling with friends and family. 

    With a special mix of antique and contemporary furnishings, the house is a gem for lovers of smart architecture and clever design. 

    There are day beds by the pool perfect for passing the day reading or catching up on some much needed Zzzzzs.

    To the back of the house, Casa Sandia's Italian owner has managed to make the most of the layout with comfortable rooms lining up on top of each other from the basement to the second floor. Each room has its own bathroom, allowing for full privacy when you make a break for the bedroom.

    Four of the rooms have two single beds that offer maximum flexibility for couples, families or groups of friends.

    It's close proximity to one of the local supermarkets, Exito, make it easy to stock up on supplies for a lazy BBQ one afternoon. The house is attended by a maid and a live-in butler who are on hand to prepare traditional local delicacies and keep an eye on the house during your stay.

    Also a short walk to the city's best eating joints and nightlife, this charming property places you in a top spot to enjoy the best Cartagena has to offer.

    A studiously designed mansion that's built for sharing with friends and family, Casa Sandia is affordable and luxurious at the same time. 

    A magical mix in the heart of San Diego.

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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