Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel vs. Anandá Hotel Boutique in Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is all about magic, history, romance, and luxury, especially when choosing a hotel.

Luxury hotels are located in the Historical Downtown; declared by UNESCO world heritage site. It’s interesting to see the variety of hotels and new projects developing in Cartagena, making it more challenging for visitors to decide in which place to stay.

Allow me guide you through the difference between staying in a luxury hotel or a small luxurious boutique hotel.

Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel and Anandá Hotel Boutique are two hotels who specialize in offering high class amenities for their guests. There are several differences between these hotels, especially when referring to amenities. But do expect world class service and lovely people ready to satisfy any craving or desire with, a touch of the enchanted Cartagena.

A little pick …

Hotel Santa Clara.Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. By: Google Images

Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a perfect balance of antique and modern with a French luxury touch. Featuring 122 rooms, 19 suites, 6 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 300 people and prepared with the latest technology for events, conventions, and big luxurious weddings. For More Information visit

Ananda Boutique HotelAnanda Boutique Hotel. By: Google Images

Anandá Hotel Boutique is a gorgeously renovated historic building in the heart of Cartagena. Anandá is a sanctuary of paradise, with the highest condition of comfort and ultimate state of bliss.  Featuring 23 fascinating suites exclusively designed with handcrafted local artwork. For More Information visit:

Breaking down some differences:

Downtown Cartagena.Downtown Cartagena. By: Google Images




These two hotels are both located in the Historical Downtown, 10 minutes away from Cartagena’s International Airport and walking distance from historic locations, museums, restaurants, boutiques, and clubs.



Suit santa clara hotelSuite at Santa Clara Hotel. By:

Santa Clara Hotel offers 122 luxurious guest rooms, from executive to high end suites influence with architectural details of the Republican era.

Suit AnandáAnandá Hotel Boutique Suite. By: Google Images.

In Anandá Hotel Boutique, the 23 restored suites (Luxury, Deluxe & Superior Junior Suites) are filled with magical charm highlighting double height rooms with street balconies and some intimate ones with private Jacuzzi, and terraces.


Restaurant at Santa Clara Hotel.Restaurant at Santa Clara Hotel. By:


Santa Clara Hotel will delight you with infused cuisine with local flavors, from simple brasserie dishes to haute cuisine. El Claustro is a traditional gourmet brasserie service, offering French dishes merged with the best local products, served buffet-style and à la carte. Restaurante 1621 Gourmet is place where traditional international ingredients are combined to create sophisticated flavors.

Restaurant at Ananda HotelRestaurant at Anandá Hotel Boutique. By: Google Images

Anandá Hotel Boutique restaurant offers gastronomy based on the reinterpretation of Mediterranean flavors.  Enjoy your food in the dining room or outdoors at any of their terraces.

Amenities and Services:

Spa santa clara hotelLe Spa at Santa Clara Hotel. By:

A high end spa like no other in Cartagena is located in Santa Clara Hotel; Le Spa. This high end spa includes a number of treatments and massages, hot stone therapies, honeymoon and signature treatments, steam room, Hamam, and complemented by the hotel’s outdoor pool and fitness center.  On the other hand Anandá’s Spa is a small, yet elegant space with special technique massages that gives you the option to take it in the roof deck or even at your suite.

Rooftop AnandaRooftop pool at Anandá Hotel Boutique By: Google Images
Santa Clara Hotel PoolPool at Santa Clara Hotel. By:

Anandá’s small pools and Jacuzzis are located in the rooftop or on one of the 3 spacious patios offering a real private experience. On the other hand Santa Clara’s pool is a colossal architectural beauty surrounded by the colonial and republican infrastructure of the hotel, perfect for large outdoor events.

Location, rooms and service are not the main drivers to pick one of these to mazing luxury hotels, but the variety of amenities that infrastructure has to offer in these two different kinds of hotels are a choice you will have to make depending on your kind of trip or priorities when it comes to luxury. My recommendation is to think about the difference in amenities, service, and privacy; Anandá is a small hotel boutique with one to one service while Sofitel Santa Clara is a prodigious chain hotel with world class 5 star luxurious standards. Either suggestions promise a luxurious experience in the Historical and magical Cartagena de Indias.


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