Discover why Amarla is one of the

Best Places to Stay in Cartagena

Discover why Amarla Boutique Hotel is often described as one of the best places to stay in Cartagena. It’s much more than a stunning historic building in a fabulous location. Our guests say they keep coming back because of our passionate attention to detail. That covers everything from service to décor. Just experience one of our rooms. Each of the seven luxurious bedrooms is individually styled to represent the colors, character and plumage of one of Colombia’s birds. Every room is unique, beautiful and memorable. The subtle and tasteful décor of each creates an oasis of calm. The feeling is accented by handmade local artisan pieces. Each element is individually chosen and lovingly designed to inspire you. It’s all unique and chosen to create an aura of peace and tranquility throughout your stay with us.

Our tasteful combination of décor and interior design is inspired by Colombia’s fame as, “The Land of the Birds”. The country is home to 20% of the world’s known species. Our rooms represent seven of the most emblematic: There’s the Hummingbird Room, bright and cheerful, like the spirit of Colombia. The Toucan Room, which takes style hints from the bird that manages to be simultaneously beautiful, ungainly and unforgettable. The Quetzal Room with its subtle allusion to the dazzling bird that was sacred to the ancient Mayas and Aztecs. The Maria Mulata room is a tribute to the bird so loved in Cartagena that it even has its own city monument created by sculptor Enrique Grau. The Heron Room is named after the bird whose courtship moves could find a place on any dance floor in Colombia. The Parakeet Room has subtle inflections of Colombia’s bright, vivacious and sociable feathered friend. And the Macaw Room gently reflects the vibrant colors of our favorite glamorous parrot.

Your room is your private sanctuary of peace. It is place to call your own while you are staying with us. We will supply you with a selection of aromatic teas, gourmet snacks and confectionery to enjoy while you relax in there. Our turn-down service includes pillow scents and a menu for pillows and feather mattress toppers. If you desire it, modern technology is available – discreetly placed or provided on request, it will never unsettle your experience of authentic simplicity. And should you need us, room service and your concierge are on hand, day and night. Nothing is too much trouble when you stay at Amarla Boutique Hotel. We pride ourselves on service and attention to detail.

For special occasions, such as a Cartagena Wedding, we offer full house bookings as well as in-room services, including rituals and massages.

Stunning Hummingbird suite at Amarla Boutique Hotel Cartagena with art above bed

19m² en-suite room with a luxury queen size bed


22.5m² en-suite room with a luxury king size bed

Toucan bedroom with huge triple yellow artworks at Amarla Boutique Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Cartagena Colombia
Quetzal Room with king size bed and De Gournay panels and pillows depicting tropical botanical scenes

 18m² en-suite room with a luxury king size bed

Maria Mulata

16.5m² en-suite room with a luxury king size bed

Maria Mulata with double bed, en suite bathroom at Amarla Boutique Hotel Cartagena
View from the doorway, of the large king bed on the right and writing desk in front of the windows at the far end of the Heron en-suite room.
Heron & Parakeet

Two separate en-suite rooms, which adjoin via a library to make a duplex apartment. The Heron is 23m² with a Large King and the Parakeet is 21.3m² with a luxury king size bed


27.3m² en-suite room with a luxury king size bed

Amarla's Macaw room with bed, desk and chair overlooking the window
View from the balcony overlooking the central courtyard of Amarla Boutique Hotel in Cartagena Colombia, where breakfast, dining and functions take place
Casa Entera

Book the entire Amarla Boutique hotel for special occasions, we can hold 65 guests and accommodate 14 guests overnight in our 7 rooms

Best Places to Stay in Cartagena Colombia

The Amarla Boutique Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Cartagena Colombia. Our team is ready to share with you their love of the hotel and the city. Our beautifully restored historic colonial home, friendly staff and excellent location are only a small part of what makes a stay with us so special. Located in the center of the old walled city of Cartagena, you will soon discover that you are perfectly situated to discover the heart of old town Cartagena in one of the most beautiful and historic cities of the Caribbean.

We believe the best way to really get to know our historic old town is to explore its cobbled streets and get lost amidst its picturesque alleyways, squares and courtyards. But, if you prefer, we can organize a walking tour with a certified guide who will enthral you with tales of pirates, history and Cartagena culture. There’s nobody like a local to help you discover the area on and off the beaten track. They will also point out the sights within the 17th century walls, offering you a glimpse into some of the churches and grand colonial houses. During your tour you will pass through the barrio of San Diego, where you can meet friendly locals and visit one of our excellent cafes. It is an experience not to be missed. Cartagena is foodie heaven. If you prefer to wander the safe and photogenic streets yourself, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to soak in the relaxed Caribbean pace of life. 

During your stay with us, we can organise an excursion by speedboat, that will take you to the nearby enchanted lagoon of Isla Rosario. Here you can kayak through the mysterious mangroves of Isla Rosario. As you return, in the evening, if you trail your fingers through the water, you can see the fluorescent plankton start to glow like dancing fairies on the water. A true natural wonders. It’s an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you may choose to take a trip to the Tayrona National Park, spotting wildlife along the way.Its 12000 hectares are home to jaguars, tiger cats, ocelots, howler monkeys and anteaters. You may also spot some of the 350 species of birds that inhabit the area, including condors and eagles who fly high above the stunning terrain that ranges from cactuses to immense tropical forests.

Night time under the stars on the rooftop of the Amarla Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Cartagena Colombia

Stay at Amarla, our romantic, friendly and intimate boutique hotel in Cartagena. You will soon discover what makes us one of the best hotels in Cartagena.

Cartagena old town streets from balcony at Amarla Boutique Hotel

Discover the stories behind the hotels in Cartagena walled city. We love to share our knowledge and passion for Cartagena and Colombia with you.

Guest enjoying cigar rolling experience at the Amarla Boutique Hotel one of the best places to stay in Cartagena

A stay in Amarla can be as relaxing or adventurous as you wish. If you are looking for things to do in Cartagena, there is a lot to discover, both in and out of the hotel.

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