Welcome to Casa Maria Cartagena, an ideally-located exclusive private home in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia.
Casa Maria Cartagena is an original colonial home within the walled old city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our colonial home was built in 1650 when Cartagena was a Spanish colonial city and personally restored by the proprietors in 2009.
Casa Maria Cartagena has been a labor of love for the proprietors – two Americans, one of Colombian heritage (Maria) – who fell in love and married in Cartagena.
Soon after the two met, during an enchanting walk around the old city late one evening, they knocked on the door of an old home on the street where Maria’s mother once lived. Shortly thereafter, they acquired it, and, working with the well-known colonial architect Javier Acevedo, restored the home to its original colonial glory but with some important contemporary amenities (including a swimming pool).
The old city of Cartagena is a relatively small area and one can traverse it by foot in just 30 minutes. Some parts of the old city are more commercial, some more touristic, and others a perfect blend of old world and new world.
Plaza San Diego is our favorite area of the city. The plaza is surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants – including Juan Del Mar and La Cevicheria – which have outdoor seating right on the plaza. It’s perhaps the best place in the city for people-watching, where every evening you can find musicians and performers, as well as the local glitterati. The 5-star Hotel Santa Clara (Sofitel) is right on the plaza, which means there is a 24-hour taxi stand and there are always people around.