From the minute you arrive at our colonial house, Alfiz Boutique Hotel is ready to immerse you in a truly unique lodging experience in Cartagena. Our English speaking staff members will take you on a tour of the hotel to introduce our international guests to the architecture, literature, and history of Cartagena.
Each of our eight en-suite guestrooms is specifically dedicated to one important period of Cartagena’s history, from the Indigenous to the Republic. This allows our guests to experience a piece of Colombian history while enjoying a memorable stay at our boutique hotel.
During the colonial era, Cartagena was one of the largest ports in America. From here the treasures were shipped to the Spanish Crown by maritime routes ending in the ports of Cartagena, Cadiz and Seville. Also, this city was the gateway for thousands of African slaves forcibly brought to America as labor force for Encomenderos.
This room is decorated in honor of Pedro de Heredia, who founded the city on the 1st of June 1533 as San Sebastián de Calamar. However, another Spanish conqueror, Juan de la Cosa, urged him to rename it as Cartagena de Indias.
When the Spaniards arrived, they met the Carib tribes who inhabited this region. They lived in palm huts, slept in hammocks and painted their body with achiote. They smoked tobacco and drank chicha. There is a legend about Catalina, a beautiful Indian woman, who served as an interpreter for conquistador Heredia, falling in love with him.
Attracted by the treasures that came from Cartagena to Spain, the city was attacked several times by English and French pirates. For this reason, the Spanish crown decided to protect the city with a wall and several fortresses, making it the most complete defensive system in America.
We have dedicated this room to those men that gave the final declaration of absolute independence from Spain on November 11, 1811 in Cartagena. But soon the Spanish military Pablo Morillo besieged the city in a last effort to reconquest it for Spain, killing half of its inhabitants and leaving it in ruins. After this attack, the liberator Simon Bolivar gave Cartagena the name of "the Heroic City".
In the seventeenth century, the port of Cartagena was the largest slave market in the New World. St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest, made a heroic and selfless ministry in defense of the slaves of Cartagena. We have dedicated this room in his memory.
This suite is inspired by this historical period. The Viceroyalty was especially important in the Spanish Crown for the enormous accumulation of territories that, due to its dispersal, couldn't be managed centrally. The Viceroyalty of New Granada (1718-1819) was the name given to the colonial provinces that currently make up Colombia. A pompous reception always awaited the Viceroy at his arrival in Cartagena.
The republican period (1863 -1903) starts the total transformation of the nation thanks to a new constitution. President Rafael Nuñez, a native of Cartagena, was the main driving force that allowed the unification of the fragmented country marked by violence and conflicts between political parties.