Hotel Charleston Cartagena
Travelers in the know are once again flocking to Cartagena for its architecture, beaches, and white-hot nightlife. The Charleston Cartagena is the city’s grand dame: the sweeping staircases and hand-painted woodwork of the original building, a 17th-century convent, have been preserved; the 90 guest rooms are outfitted with marble bathrooms and flat-screen TV’s, with views of the leafy courtyard, walled Old Town, or Caribbean Sea. The rooftop infinity pool looks out onto 300-year-old cupolas and brand-new skyscrapers, and the plaza in front of the hotel is a lively gathering spot. Retreat from the action with a coffee-and-maté facial at the hotel spa.