Escape to a Classy Casa in Cartagena: Casa San Agustin
In the middle of Cartagena’s Old Town sits a 17th-century mansion turned luxurious boutique hotel. The stunningly chic property, Casa San Agustin, was derived from three Colonial-era buildings creatively formed into one breathtaking space.
Cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages welcomed us to the entrance gate of the white-washed building. Blurring the lines between old and new, original frescoes and century-old wood beamed ceilings were still intact, while surrounded by modern décor.
Immediately upon arrival the hotel staff brought us refreshing juice topped with cucumber and mint. I sipped my drink, and sunk into the cushioned whickered chairs melting from the sticky Caribbean heat.
Kelley McRorie designed the interior of Casa San Agustin, everything from the guest rooms to the common areas.
The guest rooms include beautifully carved gray wash consoles by Peninsula Home Collection, brass lamps by Currey & Co and glazed ceramic garden seats by Emissary Home. The guest room baths are decked in colorful hand painted tiles from Mexico.
The lobby is dressed in Noir Furniture’s carved and weathered chests and hand rubbed “criss-cross” console table, Regina Andrew’s brass and reclaimed wood lamps and Visual Comfort’s Ralph Lauren glass and rass column lamps.
At reception guests are met with comfortable colonial side chairs with natural caning backs and a Portuguese carved desk by Noir Furniture.
Undoubtedly the most beautiful part of Casa San Agustin is the L shaped pool in the courtyard, which flows beneath the city’s original aqueduct. At night the pool is lit with turquois light that illuminates the stunning frescoes walls.
We took advantage of the pool during the hottest part of the day, and ordered piña coladas, ceviche and plantain chips from Chef Eljach’s Alma restaurant next door.
Prior to making our way to dinner we took advantage of the complimentary coffee and cookie hour in the library. Guests are welcomed to relax in McGuire Furniture’s Bill Sofield chairs, while a waiter heats up espresso. Needless to say, this was a daily routine for us before our night out.
Colombia has long been a less than desirable place to visit, but today that stigma is quickly fading. Casa San Agustin is proof that Cartagena, Colombia is modern and welcoming to outside visitors. The city is booming with culture and design, and Casa San Agustin is the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of exploring.