Sonesta Collection Announces Opening of Sonesta Hotel Cartagena

BOSTON (May 24, 2011) - The Sonesta Collection announced the opening of its fourth hotel in Colombia, the 118 rooms at Sonesta Hotel Cartagena. Located in northern Colombia, the city is only 68 miles/115km of Barranquilla,1 hour flight from Bogota and 2½ hours from Miami. The climate offers a temperature of 84 ° F ~ with the refreshing sea breeze. This hotel and its sister properties in Bogota, Barranquilla and Valledupar, in Colombia; Peru; and Chile are Sonesta brand and managed by GHL Hotels based in Colombia. "We are excited to offer another exciting luxury hotel with complete service to our collection in South America," said Stephanie Sonnabend, president and CEO of Sonesta.  "This hotel offers spectacular views of the Caribbean and as our beach hotel for the first time in Latin America, is a wonderful addition to our collection." The hotel is located in La Boquilla, a new neighborhood in the northern zone of Cartagena, close to the historic city. Most rooms at the Sonesta Hotel Cartagena offer views of the sea, as the hotel is located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. This is a tropical city that blends modern with Old World seamlessly. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, dining in the area of ​​the pool, a bar on the beach and room service.  The hotel gym provides exercise equipment first class, three swimming pools, hot tub, and tennis court. You can find the hotel in www.sonesta.com/cartagena and can also book on the GDS: Sabre: Code Chain is SO and Cartagena Property Code is 141502 Amadeus: Code is SN and Cartagena Property Code is CTGSOC Galileo: Code is SN and Cartagena Property Code is 16554 Worldspan: Code is SN and Cartagena Property Code is CTGSC Cartagena has a rich culinary palate offering a fusion of Caribbean, European, African, Asian and vibrant nightlife. Their music includes cumbia, vallenato, merengue, salsa, Caribbean rhythms and live music in the streets, plazas, restaurants and clubs. The historic walled city of Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage offering 300 years old Spanish colonial buildings and medieval streets surrounded by two miles of stone walls.  Some of the tourist destinations in Cartagena include the Castle of San Felipe, a strong 17th century, the Gold Museum and the Palace of the Inquisition, the Church and Monastery of San Pedro Claver and the Museum of Modern Art. Tourists can also enjoy excursions to the rustic islands.

GHL Hotels, which has managed Sonesta Hotels in Peru since 2005, owns and operates hotels throughout South America. With over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry, GHL currently operates 40 hotels in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Panama; including 14 Sonesta Hotels located in Peru, Chile and Colombia. The Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of luxury hotels, resorts and cruises. Each property reflects energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally inspired and artfully presented with kitchen, luxurious accommodations and dedicated staff service creates an authentic and memorable experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Sint Maarten (2), Brazil, Chile (3) Colombia (4), Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Opening soon in: Guayaquil, Ecuador; Miami, FL; Panama City, Panama and San Carlos, Mexico. Visit 800.Sonesta Sonesta.com or call (800.766.3782) in the US and Canada.

The 118 room Sonesta Hotel Cartagena is a privileged beach hotel with a state-of-the-art health club, three swimming pools, tennis court and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Onsite dining options include a fine dining restaurant, beach bar, pool bar, lounge and room service. The hotel is 12 minutes away from the Cartagena Convention Center, 5 minutes away from the airport Rafael Nuñez, the Old City (a UNESCO heritage site), shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

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