Viceroy Hotel Group and KIT Capital are partnering in the redevelopment of Obra Pía, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located within the Old City in Cartagena, Colombia. There, Viceroy will open the 102-room Viceroy Cartagena in early 2016, the group's first branded property in South America.
The $50-million-plus project is being led by KIT Capital, an investment group based in Cartagena and Dubai controlled by Colombian-American entrepreneur Kaleil Isaza Tuzman.
"The Viceroy Cartagena represents an important milestone for both our city and for the country of Colombia," said Admiral José Alfonso Díaz Gutiérrez, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Cartagena. "This is our country's first true '6-star' hotel development—bringing a level of amenities and service heretofore unseen in Colombia. The Convento Obra Pía, Viceroy Cartagena also reflects the ascendance of the Getsemaní neighborhood within the Old City and the transformation of Cartagena into a tourist destination that can truly compete for the world's most selective travelers."
The Viceroy Cartagena is being designed by architectural firm Barrera & Barrera; it will completely restore and preserve the structure and cultural heritage of the historic 17th century Obra Pía convent.
"Viceroy is thrilled to be partnered with KIT Capital on this iconic project," said Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. "Cartagena's colonial charm and rich history is quickly making it a must-visit destination for discerning travelers worldwide. As a brand, Viceroy embraces the spirit of adventure and we endeavor to create memorable, inspiring experiences for our guests. This highly-anticipated expansion into South America is an exciting move for which we are immensely proud. We feel it will allow us, alongside KIT Capital, to become active participants in the continuous Renaissance of Colombia and the solidification of its position as one of the most attractive global destinations."