Exclusivity seekers should sort out a way to get to Cartagena post-haste and when you do, duck right in to the Tcherassi Hotel. In the heart of the walled city, known for its vibrantly colored walls and winding cobblestone streets, there is an exclusive little enclave where 7 guest rooms are housed in a 250-year-old colonial mansion. Chic, swanky, elegant and sexy will all come to mind once you step through the wrought iron gates.
Whoever built this back in the 1700’s knew a thing or two about architecture and privacy. Spring forward to today when Silvia Tcherassi, the famed Colombian fashion designer, owns the boutique hotel and you find a melding of centuries-old romance and the swank of her fashion designs…all off this sexiness plus a pool in the middle of its courtyard. This is about as intimately sophisticated as one might want. Tcherassi keeps guests satiated beyond its visual appeal.
Vera restaurant is discretely ensconced behind pillars supporting brick arches that resemble an aqueduct. While dining on what they term as the essence of Italian food, you’ll be gazing out onto the pool and a glass-wall of water that obscures the Acuabar from immediate view. Here’s where you’ll be sure to sip at least one Aguardiente.
Tcherassi has elevated the boutique hotel experience by taking intimate spaces and making them discrete without disrupting the natural flow of things. In the well-appointed rooms, her sense of style is visible from the wispy-cascades of fabric on the lighting fixtures to the hearty bits of leather, stitched on to your blanket.
The bathrooms are behind sections of wall, in keeping with the free-flowing style embodied throughout the hotel.
This is an elegant boutique property that will charm the pants off of you and perhaps slip you into one of Silvia Tcherassi’s dresses. There’s a boutique just around the corner from the hotel should this be the case. We simply cannot wait for the opening of her next hotel, only a few blocks away. By all indications, it will be just as wonderful.