Casa Zapote

Casa Zapote is a Heritage Winner

Cool, calm and collected. Casa Zapote doesn’t try too hard to impress, and nor does she have to, when she has all this savvy design to do all the talking.

  • This is What We Love

    • The timeless decor that very much deserves a mention in Wallpaper* magazine
    • A swimming pool taken out of a fairy tail
    • A perfect location a block from the city's best restaurants
  • What You Need to Know

    • This is a 5 bedroom villa that sleeps up to 10 people
    • There are family rooms and extra beds can be added to accommodate larger groups
  • 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: 5 Bedrooms

    Optimum Occupancy: 10

    Beds: 7

    Price: $1,275.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $2,500.00/ 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: Centro, Calle Campo Santo, 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
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Airport Transfer
    • Concierge Service
    • Non-smoking
    • 24-Hour
  • FULL LISTING

    Scrubbed walls, tasteful period furnishing and a majestic dining room attached to the poolside patio that just screams out FEAST. Trust us, this is the social space you've been dreaming about whilst being cramped up in your city apartment back at home.

    As you might expect, the swimming pool is the climax of any Caribbean villa, and Casa Zapote's offering most certainly doesn't disappoint.

    The bedrooms are equally as awe-inspiring. Up to 10 people can conk out in one of 5 uniquely decorated rooms equipped with soft beds, crisp sheets and distressed furnishings that are on the right side of the 'charming antique category.'

    With 3 floors and more window shutters than a French chateau you can get access-all-areas Caribbean sun and picture perfect vistas from pretty much anywhere in the house.

    It's bold without being boastful, subtle without being boring (the handmade hammock and shots of blue details see to that) and posh without being stuck up.

    Casa Zapote's soft extravagance never feels garish or tasteless, rather like that Hamptons house you wish you could 'summer' in. Only it's the Caribbean so its way better!

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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