Four Seasons is set to open a new hotel in Colombia: the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena. The luxury hotel company has partnered with San Francisco Investments, a subsidiary of Colombian business group Valorem, on the new property.
The new hotel and private residences will be housed in several restored, culturally significant buildings that date as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis (Claustro de San Francisco) that includes the 16th-century Saint Francis Church; the 1920’s Beaux Arts Club Cartagena; and four theaters, the Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto. The buildings, which will undergo a restoration aimed at preserving their façades and historic architecture, are in the Getsemaní neighborhood, close to Cartagena’s historic walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With interiors designed by François Catroux and Wimberly Interiors, the hotel will have 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite with 4,200 square feet and 3,500 square feet of living area, respectively. There will also be six AvroKO-designed food and beverage concepts with indoor and terrace dining space, as well as the atrium lounge at the center of the Club Cartagena. On the roof will be a pool with views of the walled city and Cartagena Bay, along with a pool bar and grill. Also on property will be a Four Seasons spa and fitness center, approximately 16 private residences and 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, all of which are inside historical spaces, Four Seasons says.
The property will also be close to the Bodeguita Pier, which will allow guests to embark on excursion to Barú Island or the Colombian archipelago of Islas Corales del Rosario. Business travelers will also have direct access to the city’s convention center, which is adjacent to the site of the hotel.
The new property will be part of the Four Seasons Historic Hotels collection of unique and architecturally important heritage hotels, which also includes the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá. Along with the Four Seasons Bogotá, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will be the brand’s third property in Colombia.