At the northernmost tip of South American you find the rainforest-covered country of Colombia. One of Latin America’s brightest stars; it boasts the Andes mountains, numerous coffee plantations, wonderful colonial architecture, and plenty of fabulous all-night salsa clubs. Its booming capital; the high-altitude Bogotá, is a magnificent mix of a historic old town and new restaurants, boutique hotels, and craft breweries. And it’s those boutique hotels that we want to investigate a little further now with our top 5 guides to boutique hotels in Colombia.
1. Boutique Hotel Posada Las Trampas
The charming boutique hotel Posada Las Trampas is set in a magnificent colonial-style building that was built in 1780; it has been cleverly renovated and re-opened in 2010 and is now an iconic place to stay in the area. The hotel is located in the beautiful heritage town of Honda, Tolima; within 2 miles of Plaza Municipal de Mercado, Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and Navarro Bridge. There are lots of common areas, the most spectacular of which has got to be the beautiful outdoor pool, the perfect spot to relax in the sunshine with a cocktail from the bar after a busy day exploring; though the rooftop terrace comes a close second! The 14 individually decorated rooms are full of character; all feature free Wi-Fi and room service. There’s a restaurant on site too as well as a spa and business services. They do the little details very well here; extra towels by the pool, bathrobes, and slippers, an exceptional breakfast, soft sheets on the beds, and the staff are as beautifully presented as the hotel! Ask your hosts about their horseback riding tours around the local trails; it’s a unique and spectacular way to explore the scenery.
2. Tcherassi Hotel and Spa
The boutique Tcherassi Hotel and Spa has just 7 oversized luxury guestrooms but don’t let its small size fool you; there is a beautiful spa and two pools (one on the rooftop) an exceptional restaurant and a trendy, chic bar. The views from the rooftop pool are heavenly; 360 degrees overlooking the city and sea below. The interior designed rooms all include private walk-out balconies. The hotel is located in the heart of the old city of Cartagena; legendary in Colombia for its colonial architecture; its old town is a Unesco World Heritage site wrapped in an impressive 13km of ancient stone walls.
3. Hotel Hicasua
A slightly larger boutique hotel at 21 rooms, Hotel Hicasua is located in the beautiful historic town of Barichara and set in a delightful traditional colonial-style hacienda. The hotel is on the edge of the town on a sleepy street but you’re near enough to stroll to the main sites which include the Cathedral, the San Antonio Chapel, the Achilles Parra Gomez Museum House, and the Arts Park. There is a large outdoor pool surrounded by a courtyard, the perfect place to cool down after a busy day of sightseeing; there’s also a hot tub and a stunning garden. The rooms are spacious, rustic, and minimalist, with all the modern gadgets that you would expect.
4. Merecumbe Hotel
For a beach-front hotel, few can be more delightful than the Merecumbe Hotel. Located right on the beach on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the heart of the tropics, a few kilometers away from Parque Tayrona and 3km from Quebrada Valencia. There are 11 comfortable and luxurious cabins that are surrounded by lush forest, this is a back to nature experience; there’s no hot water or television, but really that just adds to the romance and adventurous vibe. This is a secluded, off-the-beaten-track kind of place so all your meals are provided at the restaurant and there’s even a spa to get care of your wellness and relaxation needs!
5. The Orchids Hotel
A sense of glamour and grandeur greets you at The Orchids Hotel; a magnificent neo-classical Republican-style house, carefully restored and maintained to create this beautiful hotel. The 8 guest suites are adorned (it’s really the most appropriate word!) with a decadent and classical style that perfectly complements the building. Fine gourmet cuisine, created by chef Harry Sasson, is served in various dining locations; there’s even an art gallery! The hotel is located in the heart of Bogotá’s historic district, La Candelaria; you are just a short distance from the city’s main sites including the Cathedral, the Gold Museum, the Palacio de Nariño, and the Cerro de Monserrate cable car.
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