Where To Meet

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With the growth of meet­ing spa­ces avail­able, it comes as no sur­prise that build­ing more ho­tel rooms has be­come a pri­or­ity. Out­side of the nu­mer­ous ho­tel meet­ing venues, there is the mod­ern Las Amer­i­cas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, which is sit­u­ated on the beach­front and only a short dis­tance from ho­tels and the air­port. With a ca­pac­ity to host 3,600 at­ten­dees, it of­ten does dou­ble duty with the Carta­gena de In­dias Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in the old town. The lat­ter can wel­come as many as 4,000 con­fer­ees.

Casa 1537, a beau­ti­fully re­stored colo­nial man­sion, of­fers an­other unique venue for gath­er­ings of as many as 1,000.

Within the walled city, out­door squares and small bou­tique prop­er­ties have rooftop ter­races per­fect for small get-to­geth­ers. It’s com­mon to pass wed­ding pro­ces­sions tak­ing place on the steps of cen­turies-old churches adding to the town’s over­all fes­tive at­mos­phere.

“With the US econ­omy do­ing well and the dol­lar main­tain­ing strength against the Colom­bian peso, meet­ings and con­ven­tions in Carta­gena can come with a lower end cost than com­pa­ra­ble ones in dol­lar-de­nom­i­nated economies such as Costa Rica or Panama,” Scott points out. tree-lined squares which of­fer that all-im­por­tant respite from the hot Caribbean sun.

It can be es­pe­cially crowded when cruises are in port. But ships leave by the evening hours, which lets lo­cals and overnight­ing tourists have the tasty restau­rants and lively night­clubs to them­selves.

There are nu­mer­ous smaller bou­tique ho­tels, which have been con­verted from colo­nial houses into quaint inns that recre­ate the feel­ing of liv­ing in the old town. For vis­i­tors de­sir­ing a big­ger ho­tel, the Sof­i­tel Leg­end Santa Clara is a peren­nial fa­vorite among those who want to bunk within the walled city. Its preser­va­tion of the colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture makes this one of the most highly fa­vored ho­tels in town.

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