A Tres Pasos de la Havana, Cartagena, Colombia
Bogotá-based Meteoro Estudio Architects have added a contemporary touch to the celebrated colonial good looks of Cartagena, the 16th century Spanish fortress on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Edgar Morales and Bernardo Londoño's hotel debut pits two hundred year old walls against scarlet, modernist furniture and floral hand-made tiles that vie with the Caribbean sunshine to offer some colour to hedonists escaping the grey, urban existence of the capital.
Popular with the same style-sensitive crowd that turned their previous venture, Armando Records, into Bogotá's favourite roof-top music venue, this intimate four-room bolthole is just a short hop to Café Havana, the salsa club that has turned the 'lively' part of Cartagena's old town, Getsemani, from no-go to must-go in recent years.
Meteoro Estudio has embraced the creative Cuban spirit for the interiors, fashioning eagle-shaped truck lights and chrome washing machine drums into a tongue-in-cheek lighting scheme that makes this place stand out.
A Tres Pasos de la Havana, Calle Guerrero, Cartagena; tel: 57. 32 0498 2878, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Rainbow Nelson
Photography: Juanita Carrasco