What We Love
- The breakfast buffet is a belt-loosening spread of rice and beans, sausages, meat-filled arepas, fruit, bread and more
- The responsive staff is quick to accommodate requests
- The streets around the hotel are quiet (great for sleeping), but a few blocks away is a shopping district and happening restaurant and bar scene
What To Know
- Friendly front desk, although impeccable English can be hard to come by (true throughout the city)
- Despite this being the land of Juan Valdez, don’t expect free coffee in your room. You can, however, snag free water at the gym
- You may be tempted to stay in La Candelaria, near the city’s historical sights, but you’ll be happier (and safer) after dark in this neighborhood
- Members will be charged a 16 percent VAT tax by the property upon check-out that is exempt to foreigners of Colombia. To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at the time of check-in.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
All glass and concrete, the hotel’s stark, boxy exterior belies its warm interiors by Nini Andrade Silva. Almost everything, from the honeycomb ceiling to a palm tree statue gleams gold, as if touched by King Midas — and it works. Other special design touches include neat rows of Panama-style aguadeños hats behind the bar and indigenous rain- and corn-dance costumes encased in glass on the lounge walls. Breakfast is taken in a light- and plant-filled atrium next to a long fireplace.
Bed and Bath
Almost Scandinavian in their modernity, the guestrooms are well laid out, with large picture windows (some floor-to-ceiling) and huge, comfy beds with crisp white linens. Though more neutral than the lobby, they preserve the hotel’s design cred with cowhide chairs and subtle gold detailing. Robe and slipper sets and three-headed Grohe showers come standard, and while the huge soaking tubs don’t, they’re so relaxing it just might be worth upgrading to a corner Business Suite.
Signature restaurant La Leo, fronted by renowned Colombian chef Leonor “Leo” Espinosa, turns out seriously savory fare, from grilled octopus to beef medallions with mushroom cream sauce. Side note: The room service menu is also worth a look, with options like chorizo sandwiches and shredded-duck rice. Go up in the world to the rooftop pool and lounge and enjoy designer cocktails, cool beats and views of the city. Or go subterranean to the pampering spa, which is inspired by the earth and sea.
In the Area
Head a few blocks in any direction and you’ll land on more dining, boozing and shopping options than you could manage in a dozen trips. Club Colombia, in an ivy-covered mansion and run by the country’s national beer company, is moodily romantic and serves high-end versions of classic Colombian dishes. The neighborhood of La Candelaria is worth a visit or two for its colonial architecture, cathedrals, alleyway markets and the Museo de Oro. On Sundays (and holidays) the city turns many of the main roads over to joggers, bicyclists and the sporadic wandering tourist in what’s called the Ciclovia. Walk 40 minutes up Carrera 7 to the open-air Sunday Mercado de las Pulgas market in under-the-radar Usaquén, another colonial gem full of ritzy restaurants.
How to Get There
We arrived late afternoon and got our room. Immediately we felt that the room was hot and asked if there is a problem with the AC. They sent someone to check and he said he will try and fix it , which he didn’t. We opened the small window in the room to get some air, but the noise from outside was terrible , so we ended up not sleeping much. The following day we complained again about the AC and were promised it will be taken care of, which was not true , as we found out later that evening when we got back to the room and were told that they have a problem and will not be able to fix it and that they have no other rooms. Eventually, miraculously they found a room, but AC was same, funny enough the hallways were freezing and the rooms were really hot. Ad to that that everything is glass in the room, and light switches are for the whole room, can’t turn on a light at night without waking up the other people in the room, very bad design, maybe looks good but no thought and not practical if you are traveling with others. Even though they eventually gave us a refund for 1 room for 2 out of 4 nights, it didn’t make the experience any better. Bottom line, I’m sure there are better options which we will find next time we come back to Bogotá.
For sure will not stay here again.
Rooms were tiny. And we stayed in the bigger rooms.
Hotel is extremely noisy - add to that the fact that windows can only be opened 1 inch and if you open them the noise 24/7 is unbearable.
Our AC did not work. After being lied 2 for 2 days. And after we couldn’t take another night I. That heat we were told there is nothing they can do and if we wish to talk to the GM we have to wait till Monday (it was Saturday).
They acknowledged they had an AC issue for refused to refund us or move us to another room.
On top of that the rooms have 2 light switches only at the entrance. And both toilet and shower are glass encased with no individual lighting. So good luck using the bathroom at night without waking up the whole room.
Do yourself a favor. Stay somewhere else. At least you will be treated better - as worst than what we were treated is impossible.
We loved this hotel. Boutique, attentive and super nice folks helping you. We loved the roof top bar- warm pool and amazing views of the mountains. The toilet is in an odd spot we thought - it is at one end and the sink is at the other end with the shower
Wonderful small hotel, comfortable room (a little on the small size) but well arranged. The restaurant serve delicious food, including a full and complete breakfast. Staff is very friendly and helpful. And the location is unbeatable.
I went for breakfast with my family, in the front desk was Mr. Boris, he introduced himself as manager on duty, shows us the hotel and takes us to the restaurant where Ramiro pampers us with all the delicious Breakfast and service of the team, highly recommended if you aren't guest yet, for our next time, undoubtly we will stay here!!!!