Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Cartagena Colombia (2023 Updated)

Bogota is the capital city of Colombia  and a is one of the  gay-friendliest place in South America along with Cartagena on the seaside. We will find most of the accomodation to be suitable for gay couples in Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Colombia are among the most advanced in Latin America, and have substantially progressed since consensual homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1981. Between February 2007 and April 2008, three rulings of the Constitutional Court granted registered same-sex couples the same pension, social security and property rights as registered heterosexual couples.[1] In 2011, Congress passed a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, and on 28 April 2016, the Constitutional Court legalized same-sex marriage, making Colombia the fourth South American country to legalize it.

Compared to some Latin American countries, homosexuality is well tolerated in Colombia (it was declared legal by the government in 1981).Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.

 Top attractions to visit in Cartagena


Best Day Trips in Cartagena 

Cartagena is a colonial city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The historic walled city remains alongside the ultramodern skyscraper-filled Bocagrande. Cartagena is famous for its castles, culture, history and colourful buildings. … The city was invaded many times due to its prosperity and reputation for great treasure

See all Day Trips in Cartagena on GetYourGuide




1. Hotel Quadrifolio 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena

Hotel Quadrifolio
Hotel Quadrifolio

This luxury hotel is situated in a historical Spanish colonial residence in Cartagena de Indias. It has an outdoor pool, and offers spacious air-conditioned suites with balconies and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Quadrifolio rooms have high ceilings, and large windows that overlook a lush garden. Rooms come equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and iPod docking station.

Guests of the Quadrifolio can relax on the roof-top terrace in the hydromassage tub and enjoy city views. Hotel Quadrifolio also has a speedboat that can be rented for day excursions.

Quadrifolio is a small, luxury hotel with character. We offer exceptional service under the grandeur of a Spanish Colonial residence. We are located at the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias. It was originally built in the XVII century and was restored under the most rigorous conservation standards.

Our Small Luxurious Hotel features 8 excellent Junior Suites available for our guests, with wide social zones and with two sumptuous conference rooms equipped provided with the highest technology. Our gourmet Quadrifolio program is ideal for corporate dinners, cocktail parties and other special occasions. It also has a heated pool and a Jacuzzi to refresh, and relax around.

Quadrifolio offers a full range of concierge services, internet, laundry and dry cleaning, massages, manicure, pedicure and hair styling services among others.

We had room #1 which I believe is the best suite on property. (There are only 8). The pool was literally right outside our window and everything in our suite was clean and perfect. The excellent and friendly staff serviced our room 3 times per day and everyone was friendly and extremely helpful, whether it was helping us to book a private driver/tour or handing us a cold towel when we returned from an afternoon of sightseeing and sweating in the heat.

Breakfast was also included and was average but service again was outstanding. The hotel is perfectly situated within the walls of the historic Old Town, yet still far enough away from the hustle and bustle (and sometimes noisy) touristy center. Every restaurant we went to was within a 12 minute walking distance and we cannot recommend the following strongly enough: Cande (literally right down the street from the hotel), La Cocina Pepina (in the charming Getsemani neighborhood), La Cevicheria and Alma (the best grilled octopus in the world)

Most of the major attractions are also within walking distance except for the fortress and former convent on Mt Popa. For those we would recommend hiring a private guide and tour VIA CAR especially if you’re here in June-August heat. We also visited Playa Blanca which is a white sand beautiful beach and was arranged with a private driver through the hotel.

Fantastic hotel and tremendous staff. If you ever visit Cartagena don’t automatically go for the “big name” hotels because of the guidebooks or google. Book here, you will never regret it.

The architecture is awe inspiring. The central courtyard offers a respite from the hot afternoons wherein you can enjoy a fresh squeezed tropical juice as you return. The best surprise was the food – so good. This kitchen could compete with the best in Cartagena, but it’s for the home guests. I say home, because it felt like staying at a friends home, with a personal chef and staff

.Lovely boutique hotel with only 8 suites. Friendly staff especially Luis the barman who did a great Passion Fruit mojito. Gay friendly, tranquil hotel.

Located in old town Centro, it is close to everything you will want to do. The staff is wonderful and attends to your every need. Entering off the street, you are welcomed into a beautiful setting of restored manor home adjacent to newly designed architectural touches. The breakfasts are delicious and served at the family style table with a different set of dishes each day.

HQ is a delightful boutique hotel beautifully restored and remodeled from a grand Spanish Colonial home where my daughter and I stayed during her fall break from medical school. There is a coffee table book that chronicles the amazing restoration process. It is steps away from many shops and restaurants and a short 10-15 minute walk to Getsemani. Our room with 2 beds was spacious, well appointed with a street view balcony. Perhaps because of low occupancy, it was also very quiet and a peaceful retreat from the busyness of El Centro. The staff were always helpful, prompt and very pleasant. We would definitely return and highly recommend.

Quadrifolio is a great property. A beautifully renovated grand town house in the heart of the old town, this is a great place to spend a few days and explore everything that Cartagena has to offer. We had a lovely room overlooking the pool (tiny), breakfast is served communal style each morning which is a fun way to meet the other guests (there are only 8 rooms). The staff are all fantastic, especially Luis who looked after us so well every day – nothing was ever too much trouble.

This is a very sexy hotel. It’s classy, chic, beautifully decorated and you feel right at home here. That’s the first impression when entering. HQ is located right in the middle of the Old Town and we were warmly welcomed as a gay couple.

The staff are extremely friendly, fluent English speakers and really keen to impress and make your stay feel perfect – especially Isaac the waiter.

The highlight has to be the pool on the ground floor and the rooftop Jacuzzi – after a long flight or a long day spent sweating it out in the humidity outside, it’s the perfect place to hang out. Also as there’s only 8 rooms here, it feels very exclusive so you always have that feeling you have the entire place to yourself.

Perfect way to celebrate a romantic occasion with your loved one in this very beautiful city.

Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena
Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena

How much does a room costs at Hotel Quadrifolio ?

Prices start 259 $/night for Junior Suite. The Junior Suite Special is  389$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Hotel Quadrifolio – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena you can find the best hotels deals in Cartagena during Cartagena Music Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cartagena  on  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Bastión Luxury Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena de Indias

Bastión Luxury Hotel
Bastión Luxury Hotel

Located in the heart of Cartagena’s walled city, this modern hotel is a 16th century remodelled building and features a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and shared lounge. It also boasts an on-site gourmet restaurant, plus free WiFi.

The property offers luxury rooms and suites with a contemporary décor that evokes it’s colonial past. They feature a flat-screen TV, a large wardrobe and a private bathroom with Loto del Sur toiletries.

The on-site restaurant is called El Gobernador, and it’s a great option for a meal. Other options are available within 500 m of the property.

In the heart of Cartagena’s walled city, this modern hotel was built in the style of a 16th-century building and features a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and shared lounge. It also features an on-site gourmet restaurant as well as free Wi-Fi. The property has luxury rooms and suites with a contemporary decor that evokes it’s colonial past. They feature a 40″ flat-screen TV, a large wardrobe and a private bathroom with L’Occitane toiletries.

The outdoor pool and the adjacent bar located on the site’s rooftop terrace have a stunning view of the walled city of Cartagena. A Jacuzzi located on a separated terrace is also available for our guests. The open air patio with el Almendro (Almond tree), which serves as a symbol for the Caribbean cost of Colombia, invites you to relax. In the process of construction wood was recycled for the production of the window frames and doors throughout the whole building. The well-known Rausch brothers manage the on-site restaurant. Santo Toribio church is located next to the hotel, and Rafael Nunez International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

It is well located in the old city within easy walking distance of outstanding restaurants, wonderful shops and city sites. The hotel is visually well appointed with a rooftop pool, bar and open air courtyard at check in. The complimentary breakfast buffet may be the best that I have had anywhere.

This breakfast was SO MUCH BETTER than the breakfasts that we had the next week at the Waldorf Astoria in Panama City the following week. The dinners and lunches were very good although the dinners at other restaurants were better. On the nights that we were just too tired to go out again, we really enjoyed staying at the hotel and eating, especially their complimentary breads and petite empanadas.

The staff were so outstanding that you felt welcomed from the minute we walked in the door until the minute we left. They were helpful from scheduling tours and recommending restaurants to recommending the best places to buy any items you were looking for.

It is located in a prime region in the walled old city of Cartagena, and was a perfect spot – restaurants, shopping and site seeing were very close by, but the hotel was on a quiet street with no city noise. The hotel itself doesn’t appear to be much from the outside, but behind the old walls, an entire luxury experience exists. The rooftop pool was a requirement – we went in July, and the heat made it impossible to stay out in midday – so early morning exploring, followed by time at the pool in the afternoon, was a perfect combination.

The rooms are large and luxurious – robes, wonderful beds, everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel. But the service is really where the Bastion excelled – the front desk staff, the bellboys, the servers at the pool, were all so engaging, friendly and catered to all your needs. I would recommend the Bastion to anyone who wants a comfortable place to call home while in Cartagena.

The hotel itself is very centrally located in the old city, and all the recommended restaurants were within a 5 minute walk from us. The rooftop pool was beautiful, the rooms were charming and extremely clean, the wi-fi was accessible from everywhere.

This hotel is absolutely fantastic. The staff could not be any more friendly or helpful, the rooms are beautiful. The bed is so comfortable and the room so well appointed and cozy, you feel like you never want to leave.

But the real delight for this hotel is the rooftop pool and bar. I think it might be the best in the city. It never seemed to be crowded and the staff were extremely friendly and always at your service. The views from the roof of the old city are spectacular, especially sunset over the Caribbean. If you’re planning on traveling to Cartagena, this hotel should be at the top of your list of places to stay.

Really, the only downside for me is that the restaurant is affiliated with Rausch, a celebrity chef whose restaurants I have always found somewhat lacking. But there are plenty of great places to eat just steps away.

Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena
Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena

How much does a room costs at Bastión Luxury Hotel ?

Prices start 213 $/night for Standard Double Room. The Deluxe Double Room is  284$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Bastión Luxury Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena you can find the best hotels deals in Cartagena during Cartagena Music Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cartagena  on  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Ibis Cartagena Marbella 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena Colombia

Ibis Cartagena Marbella
Ibis Cartagena Marbella

Set in Cartagena de Indias, 2.8 km from Cartagena’s Modern Art Museum, Ibis Cartagena Marbella offers air-conditioned rooms and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a business centre, along with free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 7 km from Cartagena’s Port.

At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels.

The accommodation offers a terrace.

Ibis Cartagena Marbella hotel is located between the international airport and the city center, in the Marbella district just four minutes away from the city walls along Via Santander. The hotel has 180 rooms, a restaurant with sea views, bar open 24 hours to enjoy a relaxing coffee, car park with 76 spaces, a car lobby on Avenida Santander and over 1.9 miles (3 km) of beach.

Located just on the seaside, walking distance from Cartagena’s old town. Budget-friendly base good to explore Cartagena from. Service was nice, breakfast was good, room was comfortable. As such it was overall a good experience.

A modern IBIS, about 25 mins walk from the old town of Cartagena. Our room was very standard but was clean, tidy, had air-con, nice shower, and a firm but comfy bed. Great view of the Caribbean opposite and easy access to the town by taxi/uber. Breakfast was typical IBIS – uninspired but sufficient, and the price was extremely reasonable. The beaches opposite are undeveloped but quiet, the sea a little rough, but all in all, a great location for a good-priced stay in Cartagena.

Perfect location close to the bus station and 10 minutes by taxi to the old town. World wide chains like IBIS could in some cases lack good personal service but the staff in the reception was doing their best to making our Cartagena visit a pleasure. If you ask for a room towards north you will have a breathtaking view over the Caribbean ocean.

The Marbella section of Cartagena is one side of the walled city, and the traditional high-rise hotels and condos, with fancy shops and higher-rated beaches, on the other. But the location was excellent because taxis always waiting outside would take you downtown for 7000 or 8000 pesos. I got 88,000 pesos at the airport for $40, so these taxi rides were $3 or $4. What’s more, we were on the airport side of town, so our airport taxi at 1am was slated to cost 11,500 pesos, as written on the ticket supplied by airport taxi administration.

Cartagena was cheap, with lovely architecture in the old city and parks downtown to sit and read, and with the value-priced Ibis available I’d have been happy to stay longer.

The hotel is a 3.00 cab ride from the action in the old walled city. About 1.5 miles away. You will take a cab as the traffic is crazy for pedestrians. The breakfast is big and delicious. I love the fresh fruit and the panini machine. Coffee is really good. The staff is friendly and some speak English. The place feels safe and has a lobby doorman. You need to arrange your own tours ( can use GetYourGuide). The rooms, as with all the Ibis Hotels, are teeny but clean and the best deal in town for medium prices. You will have a view of the ocean but very few people actually swim in the water as it seems a bit murky.

Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena
Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena

How much does a room costs at Ibis Cartagena Marbella?

Prices start 51 $/night for Standard Double Room

Where to book online – Ibis Cartagena Marbella – Gay Friendly Hotels Cartagena you can find the best hotels deals in Cartagena during Cartagena Music Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cartagena  on  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.