Stay on La Boquilla Beach near the Walled City
- Coachmen’s Plaza (Plaza de los Coches) (7.2 km)
Browse the marshmallows, meringues and other treats at the Sweets Gate, or “El Portal de los Dulces,” which is part of Coachmen’s Plaza. Despite its dark past as the center of Cartagena’s slave-trade industry, this plaza is often considered the most beautiful section of the old city.
- La Aduana Square (7.5 km)
Take a break at the largest and oldest plaza in the city, where you can see City Hall and a statue of Christopher Columbus. This plaza once served as the royal offices for the Kingdom of Spain.
- San Felipe de Barajas Castle (7.5 km)
Considered by some to be the strongest Spanish fortress of all time, this stronghold is located atop San Lázaro hill and provides the perfect spot for snapping a photo of the cityscape.
- The Gate and Clock Tower (8.5 km)
This iconic clock tower was built as a main entrance to the historic Walled City in the early 1500s, and it once housed a chapel and a weapons room.
Museums and theaters
- Palace of the Inquisition (7.7 km)
A former site of the Spanish Inquisition trials, this 18th-century building now serves as a museum of Inquisition artifacts, such as old church bells, pre-Columbian artwork, maps and torture devices.
Phone: +57 5 660 6025
- Zenú Gold Museum (7.8 km)
Visit this unassuming colonial building to find a vast collection of intricate gold artifacts from the second century B.C. Zenú culture.
Phone: +57 5 660 0778
- Adolfo Mejía Theatre (8.1 km)
Although the performing arts are the biggest draw at this attraction, the architecture is also worthy of admiration. Schedule a tour and be sure to bring a camera to capture the beautiful wooden balconies, Italian marble statues and fantastic fresco ceiling by painter Enrique Grau.
Phone: +57 5 664 6023
- San Pedro Claver Church and Monastery (8.1 km)
Named after a Spanish priest who dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena in the 1700s, this gorgeous church is home to a museum of Afro-Caribbean art.
Shopping and nightlife
- The Vaults (6.9 km)
Built for storage in the 1700s, repurposed as a prison during the civil war of the 1900s and now functioning as an art, retail and restaurant epicenter, this area attraction has a story you won’t want to miss. Visit The Vaults before you leave to buy souvenirs for family and friends.
- Calle del Arsenal (8 km)
Partake in some of the area’s best nightlife when you check out the clubs along Calle del Arsenal. Favorites include Dónde Fidel, La Habana and Bazurto Social Club.
- Cartagena International Music Festival (Jan)
- Hay Festival (Jan)
- Señora de la Candelaria (Feb)
- International Festival of Film and Television (Mar)
- Cartagena Boat Show (Apr)
- Festival of Performing Arts (Apr)
- Festival of Bands (Jul)
- Ixel Moda (Aug)
- Celebration of Independence and National Beauty Contest (Nov)
Transportation to the hotel
We offer private taxi service to and from Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) for both individuals and groups. Guests may arrange this service through the concierge.
Transportation in Cartagena
Taxis run from our hotel to downtown, and prices range from $5 to $15 USD. Fees are subject to change without notice. Main roads are well maintained and well posted, so driving (on the right-hand side) is a popular option.