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An urban idyll opens in Colombia

A colonial mansion is remade as an industrial-chic inn

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An urban idyll opens in Colombia

February 12 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

For an urban idyll, head to Cartagena in Colombia, where, in the heart of the Old Town, fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi has opened the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (; from $303) in a 250-year-old colonial mansion remade as an industrial-chic inn.

Inside, original rough stone walls are married with contemporary furniture and chandeliers, suspended from 30ft ceilings in some rooms. There’s a pool on the roof, a bijou spa and a restaurant, Vera, that’s all mirrored walls and low lighting.