In the past, few of Colombia's hotels catered to luxury leisure travelers because there weren't all that many of them to serve. Most of the top 5-star hotels were for international business travelers and domestic tourists, not to mention the occasional narco-king who needed one floor for the entourage.
As the safety situation improved dramatically and Colombian tourism began to pick up, developers started to feel much better about investing in new hotels and renovating existing ones to take them up a notch. So in the past decade we've seen conversions of historic buildings into luxury boutique hotels and new builds from high-end international chains. Tourism is now picking up dramatically in Colombia and dozens of new hotels are opening each year. We'll continue to add reviews of the very best of the best for upscales travelers in Colombia.
For now most of the luxury hotel action is in Cartagena, where tourism was strong even when the rest of the country was a pariah state. Bogota is coming on strong, however. For now there are still not a lot of high-end beach resorts, but that is sure to change quickly in a country where the beaches are on both the Caribbean and the Pacific.
This is an exciting time to travel to Colombia—in a good way—and we hope to discover more great luxury hotels to review in the coming years.
Coffee Triangle Region
Sazagua Hotel — Pereira
Santa Marta Region
Hotel Playa Koralia — Near Santa Marta