Where To Meet
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.