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The Conrad Cartagena offers luxury on Colombia’s Caribbean coast with black sand beaches, endless pools, and access to golf courses.

To learn all about the Hilton Honors program see our Guide Article.

Location

About 12 miles northeast of the city, seclusion, and privacy are key features of the Conrad Cartagena.

Address: Anillo Vial, KM 12 Between Manzanillo del Mar, Vía Punta Canoa, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Phone: +57 5 6517220

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Quiet, Seclusion, On the Coast

The walled city of Cartagena, originally settled by Spanish conquistadors as a port for the export precious metals, is at arm’s length from the Conrad Cartagena. At the end of a long winding road, the white monolithic resort rises above private black sand beaches.

Conrad Cartagena
Conrad Cartagena

The beautiful resort provides peace and sanctity from the busy streets inside Cartagena proper.

Sunset over the Caribbean
Sunset over the Caribbean

Stunning Facilities

Cartagena, Colombia maintains a tropical climate year-round. Conrad’s nearly endless swimming pools have something for everyone. Looking to swim laps? There’s a pool for that. Want to be close to the pool bar? There’s one for that. Want to swim in an infinity pool facing the sea? Rather hop right into the water from Conrad’s private beach? This property has it all.

Conrad Grounds
Conrad Grounds

Along with the indoor/outdoor game room (pool tables and ping pong), guests can enjoy tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and other activities for adults and children alike.

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Conrad's golf course
Conrad’s golf course

Suite

During my stay, I was able to secure a balcony suite with a sea view. The living room featured a dining room table, sitting area, and floor-to-ceiling windows that extended to the balcony running the length of the suite.

Suite Living room
Suite Living room
Dining room table
Dining room table

A guest bathroom is available in the living room which also features a shower. In the bedroom, a large TV is opposite the bed with excellent linens and floor-to-ceiling views of the Caribbean sea. The balcony includes a pair of lounging chairs to soak in the views.

Suite balcony view
Suite balcony view
King suite bedroom
King suite bedroom

An expansive walk-through dressing room leads into the bathroom. A large shower in the corner had a ton of room and was separate from the soaking tub with window shades for privacy or a view of the sea.

Dressing room
Dressing room
Soaking tub
Soaking tub
Suite bathroom
Suite bathroom

Hilton’s Global Service

As always, Hilton rolled out the red carpet for our stay due to my Hilton Honors Diamond status. Our suite was a complimentary upgrade, we were treated to breakfast in one of the several hotel restaurants and had a small welcome treat waiting for us in our suite.

Due to the heat in Colombia, ice was a constant necessity, but the hotel staff was always more than ready to deliver some to our door.

For more information on the Hilton Honors loyalty program, see this post. To get points even faster you can use a Hilton Honors credit card. Why Every Traveler Should Have A Hilton Honors Credit Card.

Lobby

I don’t often include photos of hotel lobbies, but Conrad’s was particularly impressive. Apart from the restaurants flanking the central lobby, a pair of bars, one indoor and one outdoor make evenings lively.

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Conrad Cartagena's elaborate vaulted lobby
Conrad Cartagena’s elaborate vaulted lobby
Conrad Lobby
Conrad Lobby
Conrad Lobby Bar
Conrad Lobby Bar

Value

At a cash rate of $190-230/nt, this luxury hotel is a good value. Adding the advantages of the Hilton Honors program only enhanced our experience, providing benefits such as full breakfast, a suite upgrade and accumulation of points and status.

But if you have a sufficient Hilton Honors balance, the Conrad Cartagena presents a significant value. In fact, it’s perhaps one of the best deals in the system. Standard award nights start at 40,000 Honors points per night, but with the fifth night free, the average nightly rate drops to as low as 32,000 or up to 0.7¢/point, about twice the normal average value.

Conclusion

Conrad Cartagena offers the ability to leave the city behind for peace and quiet in a luxurious setting while keeping the walled city close enough to enjoy as desired. Regardless of whether a guest wants to golf, swim, or just sit and watch the sunset, the Conrad Cartagena is an oasis and a good value, a rare combination.

What do you think? Have you stayed at the Conrad Cartagena? How was your experience?