Cartagena, Colombia

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena

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Why We Love It

  • Luxury hotel housed in 17th century convent
  • Biggest swimming pool in Old Town
  • Works from Colombia’s greatest modern artists decorate the property
  • The nuns' former dining hall is now a foodie hotspot 

“Absolutely stunning and in the best location in Cartagena” -- Conde Nast Traveler


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Rafael Núñez International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Housed in a 17th century convent, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara blends the history of Cartagena with the modern luxuries travelers expect from the upscale brand. Architects kept arched walkways, confessionals and water wells intact but ornamented the grounds with work from Colombia’s most sought-after contemporary artists including a bronze nude by Fernando Botero and designer duds by Lina Cantillo to dress the staff.

Visitors can choose between rooms in the new addition overlooking the pool and Caribbean Sea or colonial suites with antique furniture and views of the gardens or Old Town Cartagena. Classic rooms are smaller but connecting rooms can be reserved for families. Wi-Fi is free in all accommodations.

The interior walls of the convent surround an open-air courtyard filled with plants and toucans. A large terrace with chic white loungers and cabanas embraces the turquoise pool now dominating the courtyard. 

Local and visiting foodies alike flock to Restaurante 1621, housed in the nuns’ former dining room. The highly-rated restaurant serves Latin-Americanized Mediterranean fare while the monastery kitchen has been transformed into El Claustro brasserie. Guests can sample local cocktails and cigars in El Coro Lounge where live musicians perform daily. After a day exploring Cartagena’s historic center, retreat to the So Spa for locally-influenced treatments. 

From the press:
  • "More romantic than its Clarist nun founders could ever have intended" -- Fodor’s
  • "The original details preserved in this 17th-century convent are exquisite" -- Lonely Planet



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • If you are traveling with a child your property may require you to present the following documents: Parents traveling into Colombia with a child under 18 may be required to present the child's birth certificate and photo ID (passport for foreign visitors) upon check-in. If a relative or legal guardian is traveling into Colombia with the child, that relative or legal guardian may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by both parents and a copy of both parents' ID. If only one parent is traveling into Colombia with the child, that parent may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by the other parent. Visitors who plan to travel with children should consult with a Colombian consulate office prior to travel for further guidance.
  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • One child 11 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 23 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): USD 20 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in public areas: USD 20 per night (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 26 per vehicle (one way)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 200 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Renovations and Closures
The property will be renovating from 03 May 2016 to 11 September 2016 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Select guestrooms
During renovations, the resort will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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