In the middle of El Centro Histórico in Cartagena, Colombia, sits a whitewashed building with a discreet gold sign that reads “LM”. Ringing the bell outside the large wooden door notifies those inside that you have arrived. As the door swings open, past the smiling doorman dressed in white, you are instantly taken by a three-story courtyard/atrium which is anchored by a turquoise lap pool, reception desk and lush vegetation that has taken over the nooks, crannies and walls nearby. You know, in that moment, you are about to experience something truly fantastic.
Owned by an Italian investment group, Hotel LM is a boutique property that caters to those interested in pure romantic luxury matched with modern conveniences. With only X rooms in the entire hotel, the staff looks after each guest personally. You are greeted by name and it’s the staff’s priority to be sure your stay is as perfect as possible.
Exploring LM is easy as a series of small staircases usher you through, floor by floor. You discover outdoor alcove sitting areas, a library, hidden suites and a rooftop terrace that puts many others in the area to shame. On the roof you find white cotton couches, day beds draped in linen and a small plunge pool surrounded by bright pink flowers. Beyond the terrace views of crumbling church domes, colorful buildings and the Caribbean Sea are enough to take your breath away.
Throughout a typical stay at Hotel LM you may experience breakfast, lunch or dinner in the dining room. An immaculate open kitchen is visible to all guests from the lobby courtyard. You see women working throughout the day preparing freshly squeezed juices, arepas, delicious cooked eggs, gourmet sandwiches and more. The food they prepare is a part of most guests’ morning ritual, as breakfast is an opportunity to enjoy the home cooked cuisine. Locally brewed Colombian coffee is available all day, which is not only delicious but keeps you going while exploring the city.
The details at Hotel LM are what make this property special. In the large rooms, many with views of the beautiful courtyard, you’ll find fresh flowers changed daily, fruit baskets, rain shows which look out into a jungle-like garden, flat screen televisions, wardrobes for storage and an evening turn-sown service that includes terry cloth robes and Colombian chocolates on your pillow. The experience is divine. Outside the room, in the evenings, lit candles in lanterns line walkways – only adding to the magic.
Anyone planning on visiting Cartagena should consider Hotel LM. It’s discreet, private and one of the most romantic addresses in the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this fairytale.