The magic is in the details: Hotel Capellán Getsemaní
For Veronica Mishaan, the success of a space is determined by the richness of the materials that exist within that space, and the conversation it sparks. The 30-year-old economist-turned-designer, now running an interior design firm for which she is the namesake, takes inspiration from ‘80s design notions, a rich mix of materials and colors, geometric, curvy shapes, and a touch of romanticism. But it is the tendency to mix custom-made details with classic designs from around the world that sets the signature Mishaan style apart from the rest.
“A successful space is one that generates conversation.” – Veronica Mishaan
Nearby Cartagena’s historic downtown, Hotel Capellán Getsemaní is no exception. The Mishaan firm’s recent renovation of the upscale boutique hotel, complete with 30 unique rooms, a sophisticated restaurant, and a swanky pool and lobby, presents a collection of bespoke design pieces mixed with lush textures and materials set on a palette of cool tones.
Using a wide selection of traditional materials including oak, wicker, raffia, rattan, silk, linen, bronze, marble and even some banana leaf, the aim of the renovation was to recapture the feeling of “old Cartagena” in a space that had previously experienced a very modern revamp. Avoiding any notion of vintage or outdated pieces, the de-modernization of the space resulted in a comfortable yet glamorous haven rich with materials, pastels, and plush, tropical Cartagena vibes.
The hotel’s restaurant, Clero, easily evokes classic Cartagena, but with a touch of a 1920s-style Parisian bar and a dash of modern opulence. Mishaan created the illusion of a larger space by extending the black-and-white mosaic floor tiles up onto the bar, inserting a wall of distressed mirrors at the far end, and painting the originally dark wooden ceiling beams a dusty pastel green.
The magic is in the details, like the marble tabletops, gold-dusted bar shelving, and an asymmetrical grouping of Italian Contardi hanging lamps. Finally, the pastel and oak dining chairs and bar stools are Mishaan originals.
Pool and Jacuzzi
The pool and Jacuzzi areas were designed with similar notions in mind, featuring a blue porcelain finish on the bottom of the pool and a Cristanac mosaic closer to the surface.
The Moroccan trellis, a symbol that presents itself in many rooms throughout the hotel, appears both in the railing by the pool area as well as in the organic design on the wall behind the Jacuzzi.
Each unique room was designed for its particular distribution and size, with minor consistencies like the dusty green wall color, generous use of mirrors, chairs and headboards upholstered in raffia and rattan, lamps lined with delicate fabrics, and lavishly framed television sets, elements that remind us that every detail counts. veronicamishaan.com; hotelcapellandegetsemani.com