Ernesto Roman

Amarla

  • Where:
  • Why:Visiting my hometown — in style
  • When:Summer 2021
  • Who:Just me
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Amarla Amarla's welcome cocktail? Something tropical of course

Amarla's welcome cocktail? Something tropical of course

Amarla Cartagena's colonial architecture is mostly untouched by time

Cartagena's colonial architecture is mostly untouched by time

Amarla The lobby, or is it your dream home? I could live here

The lobby, or is it your dream home? I could live here

Amarla The romanticism of the courtyard restaurant will delight you! It's a timeless experience

The romanticism of the courtyard restaurant will delight you! It's a timeless experience

Amarla Seafood casuela, one of Cartagena's traditional dishes that always hits the spot

Seafood casuela, one of Cartagena's traditional dishes that always hits the spot

Amarla

"Romancing the Stone"

Amarla The rooms include sexy silk robes ;)

The rooms include sexy silk robes ;)

Amarla Love the celebration of nature all over

Love the celebration of nature all over

Amarla You're not in Cartagena unless you have your own colonial balcony, so try to score the rooms with it!

You're not in Cartagena unless you have your own colonial balcony, so try to score the rooms with it!

Amarla Oh the rooftop pool, isn't it perfect? It's such a great place to relax away from the buzz of the streets

Oh the rooftop pool, isn't it perfect? It's such a great place to relax away from the buzz of the streets

Amarla The views of the Cathedral from the rooftop, here you can see wild parrots sing and fly by during sunrise and sunset, music to my ears!

The views of the Cathedral from the rooftop, here you can see wild parrots sing and fly by during sunrise and sunset, music to my ears!

Amarla Careful with this little corner oasis, you may just fall in love here...

Careful with this little corner oasis, you may just fall in love here...

Amarla The panoramic views of the old town

The panoramic views of the old town "Centro" and the Caribbean sea

Amarla A little hint of Bali

A little hint of Bali

Amarla Classic

Classic "Cartagenero" breakfast: scrambled eggs, empanadas, fruit salad, coffee, and fresh juice

Amarla How about hosting a dinner party here?

How about hosting a dinner party here?

Amarla There's lots of great art in unexpected places

There's lots of great art in unexpected places

Amarla Look closer, and you'll find some hidden treasures

Look closer, and you'll find some hidden treasures

Amarla More lush green please

More lush green please

Highs & Lows

  • The 17th century building itself is so beautiful. One may dream of living in a place like that. It's a classic Cartagena experience. Very romantic.

  • The rooftop area and pool are wonderful amenities. Lounge around and swim during the day, and have drinks or dinner at night under the moon and stars.

  • Centrally located, in walking distance to everything that Cartagena has to offer. You may only need a taxi to/from the airport. Just make sure to arrange pickups with the hotel beforehand.

  • The interior design is outstanding. It is intentional and never pretentious. The owners spent time in Bali and you can see many influences in the décor.

  • Sorry pet owners, no pups allowed.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Guest house chic

  • Vibe

    Romantic, honeymoon vibes. Intimate, perfect for a group buyout

  • Location

    In "Centro" right where you need to be staying

  • Rooms

    7

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Multilingual and warm customer service. Very attentive to your needs. I couldn't wait to jump on the pool! Greeted at the door, handed a refreshing tropical drink upon arrival.

  • Future Forward

    Amarla supports two local foundations that do great work in the community with positive impact on the people and wildlife of Cartagena. Inspiring the young with Colegio Del Cuerpo — a foundation that has had over 8,000 young people pass through their program. They focus on teaching disenfranchised youngsters about opportunities beyond the perceived socio-economic limits through dance. Their top dancers travel the world and perform in cities such as New York and Seoul. The second is Dones de Misericordia — a local charity that runs an orphanage, social programs for the young people of Tierra Bomba, one of Cartagena’s poorest and most overlooked communities, and a home for elderly people who are found living on the streets or without help from family, friends, or the government

  • Music

    Sexy and traditional around common areas. Never too loud

  • Year Opened

    2018

  • Designed By

    Asher Warr and Robin Faulkner

  • Health & Wellness

    Rooftop pool + yoga, meditation and spa services upon request

  • Food

    Delicious, traditional and local inspired menus. Fresh fruits and delicious breakfast. They offer cooking classes as well!

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    The ground floor and rooftop serve as the restaurants. Cocktails are available at all times. There's cigar rolling class and coffee tasting activities

  • Minibar & Retail

    Minibar, but ask the concierge for anything you need

  • Accessibility

    It's a 17th century restored old building therefore only stairs are available to access the rooms

  • Pet Friendly

    No

  • Children

    No — adults only

  • Price

    Competitive for such a hotel

  • Tel.

    +57 5 6755832

  • Website

    Visit website

Amarla

Amarla

Amarla Boutique Hotel Cartagena, Calle Ayos, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia

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Celele Restaurant

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Islas del Rosario (Rosario Islands)

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