Cartagena is one of Colombia’s most visited cities, and for good reason! This vibrant, tropical city lies on the country’s Caribbean Coast. Within Cartagena lies the famous walled Old City – the historic district of Cartagena, which is quite literally surrounded by an exterior wall. Founded in the 1600s, Cartagena’s Old City is full of beautiful squares, cobblestone streets, and colorful colonial buildings. It’s super important to stay within the Old City of Cartagena to get the full experience, and Casa San Agustin is the perfect place to stay. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about a stay at Casa San Agustin.
How to Get to Casa San Agustin
Casa San Agustin is located in Cartagena, Colombia. Cartagena is on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, not too far from Panama and Caribbean Islands like Aruba and Curacao. The city isn’t too far from some other big cities in Colombia, like Barranquilla, but more likely than not, you’ll arrive to Cartagena by air.
When searching for flights, you’ll want to book your flight into Cartagena’s Rafael Nunez International Airport (airport code: CTG). The airport is only about a 15- or 20-minute drive away from the historic center of Cartagena. You can opt to pre-arrange a transfer with the hotel, but taxis are super cheap and easy to come by as well.
Rooms and Suites at Casa San Agustin
Casa San Agustin is a super intimate, boutique hotel within the Old City of Cartagena. This hotel is also part of the Leading Hotels of the World program, so you know the hotel is going to be extra special before you even get there. There are only 31 rooms and suites at this hotel, making it feel a lot like home. Out of the 31, 20 are rooms and only 11 are suites. Because of the boutique nature of the hotel, you’ll always receive personalized attention and recognition at the hotel that’ll make you feel like part of the family.
Each of the rooms and suites at the hotel are beautiful and perfectly spacious. Even the smallest rooms at the hotel really aren’t that small. Casa San Agustin makes it pretty easy to choose the room type because there’s only a few options. All the room and suite types available are listed below.
- Deluxe Room
- Junior Suite
- Premium Suite
- Suite Prestige
- Suite Del Virrey
Rooms at Casa San Agustin
There’s only one standard room type available at Casa San Agustin – the Deluxe Room. That being said, because of the unique nature of the hotel, not all Deluxe Rooms are made equal. The Deluxe Room at Casa San Agustin can range anywhere from 409-839 square feet (38-78 sqm) and have a view of the garden, hall, or street.
Regardless of which Deluxe Room you end up with, you’ll have a King bed with incredibly comfortable bedding, exclusive Ortigia italian amenities, TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and shower. These rooms will be located somewhere on floors 1, 2, or 3. I would recommend requesting to at least be on floors 2 or 3 to be a bit away from the courtyard are of the hotel.
Suites at Casa San Agustin
Despite there only being 11 suites through the entire hotel, there are 4 suite types to choose from: Junior Suite, Premium Suite, Suite Prestige, and the stunning Suite Del Virrey. The Junior Suite is pretty straight forward – it’s like the Deluxe Room’s older sister. It has all the comforts and amenities you’d expect out of the Deluxe Room, but with the added bonus of space. The sofa in this room also turns into a bed, which is an added bonus. You can expect the Junior Suites somewhere between 850-1001 square feet (79-93 sqm), which is a very generous amount of space for a boutique hotel.
The next suite types are the Premium Suite and Suite Prestige. The Premium Suite is unique in the fact that the room area itself is smaller than the Junior Suite at 645 square feet (60 sqm), but you have your own private patio area with a Jacuzzi. This room is the perfect spot for couples or honeymooners. The Suite Prestige is quite the opposite – it’s incredibly spacious at 1539-1732 square feet (143-161 sqm) and is a lofted duplex. It’s perfect for a group of friends traveling together or a family, due to the fact that it has two bedrooms (both with King beds), a living-dining area, and a balcony with a street view.
The last suite type at Casa San Agustin is the most unique one – the Suite Del Virrey. This suite is unlike anything I’ve ever seen at a boutique hotel. Not only does it have two bedrooms to spread out in, but it has two outdoor terraces with a Jacuzzi and outstanding views.
Staying in a Deluxe Room at Casa San Agustin
During my time at Casa San Agustin, I had the pleasure of staying in one of the hotel’s Deluxe Rooms. Traveling with only one other person, it was the perfect size and more than enough space. Even though the Deluxe Rooms are the smallest rooms here, they can go up to 839 square feet (78 sqm), so it’s still very spacious. Plus, the set up of the hotel really makes the whole place feel like your home, so it’s easy to find other areas to sit and relax in to enjoy your time at the hotel.
As with all Deluxe Rooms, the room I stayed in was appointed with a super comfortable King bed. It had a huge TV, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a sizable desk, and a really spacious bathroom. The bathroom had double sinks, which is always a huge plus at hotels. While the toilet and shower weren’t behind separate doors, which is common for hotels, they were sectioned off in a really nice way to give those areas extra privacy.
Restaurants at Casa San Agustin
The main restaurant at Casa San Agustin is an authentic Colombian restaurant called Alma Restaurant. While the entire hotel is super special, the restaurant is really something incredible. Not only is the food absolutely delicious, but the entire vibe of the restaurant is unparalleled.
As a guest of the hotel, you’ll have the opportunity to dine with only those staying at the hotel for breakfast. It’s hard to believe the breakfast they serve here is part of the included breakfast – that’s how good it is. There are a ton of really great options on the menu for all different tastes, as well.
Between the hours of 12:00 pm and 11:00 pm, the hotel opens up to the public for both lunch and dinner. You’ll want to make a reservation for the restaurant if you’re planning on dining at a peak time because it’s very popular. Try to request one of the outdoor tables to get the best atmosphere. Click here to see the menu.
Activities at Casa San Agustin
Since Casa San Agustin is a hotel and not a resort, it’s expected that you’re staying here to visit the city, not just the hotel. That being said, the hotel gives you a great number of options of things to do during your stay. The hotel features an insanely beautiful hotel that serves as a centerpiece to the entire hotel and takes up a good portion of the courtyard area. There are some chairs and umbrellas here where you can sit and enjoy a quiet afternoon by the pool away from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena.
If you’re more interested in getting off property, Casa San Agustin has a private beach called ACASI, located on the island of Baru. This beach is exclusively for the use of hotel guests and is a great way to break up a city trip with a day at the beach. This experience is includes a roundtrip boat charter that takes 45 minutes through the beautiful waters surrounding Cartagena. Make sure to book this ahead of time with the hotel’s concierge at least one day prior to your visit.
If tranquility and relaxation are what you’re looking for, look no further than Casa San Agustin’s very own spa, the Aurum Spa. This is the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the streets of Cartagena. You can either reach out to the hotel prior to your arrival or once you arrive to arrange any spa packages you please. Lastly, if you’re looking to go out and explore the streets of Cartagena, you can borrow a bike from the hotel to get around easier.
Book Your Stay at Casa San Agustin
Hopefully you’ve learned everything you need to know about this incredible gem of a hotel within Cartagena’s Old City. This hotel is really something special, and you won’t fully understand until you’re able to experience it for yourself. If you have any questions about the hotel that haven’t been answered here, feel free to leave a comment down below or send me a message on Instagram.
Make sure to book your stay as far in advance as you possibly can. This hotel is a hot commodity and it does sell out very frequently, especially during high season. Plus, the hotel only has 31 rooms, so they fill up super fast. Happy traveling!