World Magazine : WORLD - Summer 2018
SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA CARTAGENA Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is a port city dating back to the 16th century; its walled Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is a maze of cobbled streets with charming squares and colourful colonial buildings. It’s also a popular beach destination (take a boat to Isla de Barú, with white sands and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs). Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, housed in a former 17th-century convent, has a privileged position on Calle Del Torno, close to many of Cartagena’s main tourist attractions. The hotel is filled with stories (local author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons, set in the convent, gives more insights into the hotel’s fascinating history) and in its modern guise it offers a perfect blend of colonial architecture and French luxury. The centrepiece of the hotel – outdoors at least – is the magnificent swimming pool, with Pool Bar and live music. Indoors, the gourmet 1621 restaurant, set in the former refectory, is an airy space with high, beamed ceiling, rustic chandeliers and tall French doors. It’s reckoned to be one of the best restaurants in Cartagena, with a menu featuring a mix of traditional French and New World dishes. The more casual El Caustro offers bistro-style dining throughout the day. The hotel’s 123 rooms and suites are housed in either the traditional convent building or the converted hospital and range from charming Standard Rooms – stone washed beams, wooden floors, private balconies – to the splendid 127-square-metre Fernando Botero Presidential Suite, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and 24-hour butler service. Top-floor rooms have fine sea views.
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