Hotel Casa Lola, Cartagena

Have you ever been in a hotel, an acquaintance’s home, or even just seen a house in a magazine that you fell head over heels in love with? As in really, really in love– the I-want-to-move-in-and-never-leave kind of love? Well I thought Amanda Peet’s home was my ultimate home crush…until I walked into our hotel in Cartagena. Casa Lola is effortless luxury. It has that perfect bit of edge, that bohemian flair mixed with a global vibe that is exactly my style. No question I was taking notes, and now today I’m going to give you a little tour of Cartagena’s best-kept secret…

A central walkway through the hotel, with mirrored walls, leads to the most romantic garden. Light filters through the lush palms and vines that cascade to its slatted-wood deck. A few modern tables host breakfast in the morning, and two boho-chic daybeds await leisurely lounging and reading. And a staircase leads up to a rooftop pool with an amazing view of the city.

I found Casa Lola via Kiwi Collection, one of my go-to sites for discovering unique hotels when planning our trips. There was another hotel I had my eye on that wasn’t available (we went during high season), but in flipping through the other options I was happy to find Casa Lola and feel lucky to have snapped up a room right away.

Located in the up-and-coming Getsemani neighborhood, Casa Lola is decorated just the way I like it, a careful curation of antiques, eclectic objets d’art, and textures, with stacks of magazines and books on every coffee table just waiting to be read. It’s at once both an interesting and a comfortable place to be in.We had the good fortune of enjoying the very best room in the 10-room hotel–a stunning suite flooded in light with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden and a private entrance onto the stairs that led up to the rooftop pool.

Really, I could’ve just stayed in our room, but the rest of the hotel’s spaces were too good to not enjoy as well…particularly those daybeds. I need one of those in my next house for sure! Of course, not to be missed for cooling off during the blazing hot days or for sipping cocktails while watching the sunset, the rooftop pool…So. If you ever get a chance to head to Cartagena, don’t forget about this little secret hideaway called Casa Lola. And don’t be surprised if one day my future house looks just like this!

Hotel Casa Lola

Getsemani, calle del Guerrero N° 29-108
Cartagena, Bolivar
Tel: 57 + 5 + 6641538

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