Bovedas de Santa Clara
Bovedas de Santa Clara is a smaller, more boutique-styled sister to the Sofitel Santa Clara, with which it shares stunning facitlities.
You get the best of both worlds at this agreeable hotel in the old walled city of Cartagena: good-value accommodation, comfortable and stylish if not overly luxurious, and access to the facilities and social areas of the top-of-the-range sister hotel Sofitel Santa Clara close by, including its exquisite pool, spa and restaurant.
The hotel shows off a pleasing fusion of republican and contemporary design, with scrupulous attention to detail including Egyptian cotton sheets and fresh fruit in the 18 individually conceived guest rooms and suites – most of which have carved balconies with lovely sea- or garden views. The rooms are flooded with light – white is the predominant colour throughout.
There is a Jacuzzi and solarium on the top floor - To enhance your stay, you'll find the friendly and helpful service usually associated with smaller, upmarket boutique hotels.
What our clients say
Enjoyed every aspect of our trip to Colombia. Fourteen years ago when we first visited the country we felt slightly on edge due to security situation. This time we experienced a very different feeling as we travelled around. Everyone we met seemed eager to show their country in a positive light and we sensed a population very proud of what their nation has to offer.JE, Sunbury On Thames
Barichara and the walk to Guane. Also the village of Raquira.RH, London
In terms of places, we liked Villa de Lleyva, Medellin and Cartagena and very much enjoyed Punta Faro but what struck us was the friendliness of the Colombian people that we met, their courtesy, good driving habits, lack of hassle etcAR, London
The whole trip was really enjoyable, the amount of wildlife (turtles, crocodiles, armadillo, anteater, monkeys etc etc!) and scenery we saw met all expectations. All well organised and minor problems were resolved quickly.HT, Cardiff
Highlight: Cartagena: as romantic a destination as I had hoped.DG, Sheffield
Highlights?: Coffee region and Tayrona, lovely people everywhereJM, St Albans
Our expert's view
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
The beauty of staying at this hotel was that you benefited from the boutique, modern style as well as being within the walled city of Cartagena but you could also take advantage of the facilities of the sister hotel - Sofitel Santa Clara - which was one of the best pools in Cartagena. I recommend requesting a room with a sea view.
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