Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá Casa Medina
What We Love
- Many Junior and Grand Suites have fireplaces; just call the front desk and someone will come to start a fire
- Colorful orchids on display across the property
- Some rooms in the front of the hotel have balconies, and double-pane windows keep out most of the noise
- Live jazz, elegant lighting and a respectable selection of wines at Casa Medina’s terrace restaurant
What To Know
- It’s a solid 45-minute ($6) cab ride to La Candelaria, home to most of the city’s museums, churches and other tourist destinations; call ahead for a taxi, as not all are willing to make the journey through Bogota’s notorious traffic
- Most of Casa Medina’s staff speaks English, but that’s not the case everywhere in the city
- While Bogota’s security situation has improved dramatically in recent years, it’s worth splurging on a taxi after dark
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Bogota’s premier boutique hotel was built in 1945 by Don Santiago Medina. An architectural gem even in upscale Barrio Rosales, the mansion has since been declared a part of the capital’s patrimony, requiring elegant conservation efforts on the part of the owners. Historic details such as ornate wood-paneled walls, herringbone floors and grand staircases mix with modern furnishings (a living sculpture of hanging orchids, shag carpets, chrome trunks that double as coffee tables).
Bed and Bath
Many of Casa Medina’s 58 guestrooms are in the original building, complete with polished stone and inlaid wood. Each of these rooms is unique, with some showcasing entire walls of hand-carved wood, others overarched with wood beams supporting whitewashed ceilings, a nod to Colombia’s Spanish colonial past. The stained glass windows that glow above the staircases are all original, while an impressive collection of artwork accentuates the architect’s taste for classic French and Spanish styles. The rooms in the newer portion of the property tastefully continue the theme, with stone fireplaces, carved columns and era-appropriate furnishings. The amenities are decidedly modern, with plasma TVs, iPod alarm clocks, fully stocked minibars and free WiFi access. The modern glass and marble bathrooms come complete with rainfall showers, hair dryers and Lotto toiletries.
The smallish 24-hour gym is well equipped with state-of-the-art machines, and only guests with an electronic room key can operate the leather-clad elevators. There are two excellent restaurants on-site: a fine dining establishment in a beautiful setting with chandeliers, parquet floors and lots of polished wood, and a more casual option (gourmet pizzas and salads) occupying the interior terrace. Of course, Casa Medina’s location in the heart of Zona G means that a wealth of Colombian and international foodie destinations lie just beyond the hotel’s landmark brick and stone walls.
How to Get There
There are two Four Seasons in town. The Four Seasons Hotel Bogota is located at the business part of the city where as Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina is located at the fine dining section of the city. For this review, I will talk about Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina.
If you always wanted to stay at a Four Seasons Hotel but never had the budget to stay at one, Casa Medina should be on your list as the rooms here starts from low $300s per night. Their one bedroom suite is less than $550 per night. You really cannot find a cheaper Four Seasons Hotel to stay at in the world!
I stayed at the Penthouse Suite which was where Mick Jagger stayed when he visited Bogota couple years back. The suite is essentially divided into three areas. You have a fully functional kitchen, a living room/ dining room combo, and a master bedroom. There are two full baths in the suite so if you are traveling with kids, this can work quite well as the kids can sleep in the living room while parents sleep in the bedroom. There is also a large walk in closet in the master bedroom and a large desk and chair in the entrance hall. Because the hotel is a historical building, so central air is not allowed in the rooms. However, Bogota temperature is quite similar to San Francisco meaning it's never too hot during day time and at night time temperature tends to fall to high 40s so the rooms stay relatively cool even without air condition. My understanding is Four Seasons Casa Medina is still trying to install central air system so perhaps when you visit in the future, it would be installed.
I thought the location of the hotel was good. Sure, it's not next to all the tourist trap areas so you can't just walk to different landmarks but it's only about a quick 25-30 minutes car ride. I like the fact that hotel is actually in a fine dinning section of the city so you can stroll to many restaurants without having to hail a cab. The food scene here reminded me of San Francisco ten years ago. You can see proliferation of good solid restaurants popping up left and right and prices are definitely very very reasonable compare to San Francisco.
The staff at the Casa Medina was also some of the best I have encountered in South America. The luxury tourism trade have not taken its roots here yet. Having stayed at several "luxury" hotels in South America, the service standard is definitely below what one would get in Europe or Asia. The Four Seasons in Bogota and Buenos Aires suffer the same fate. Don't expect to have topnotch service as it doesn't exist in South America. With that said, Casa Medina has the most polished service staff I came across in this part of the world with the exception of Awasi Patagonia which was better.
Overall I would highly recommend this Four Seasons in Bogota. I find the service standard quite good, location ideal, and room comfortable. I would not hesitate to return here again or recommend this hotel to friends.
Fabulous and attentive staff anticipating every need. The building is very old (200) and has been restored beautifully. The food and restaurant recommendations were all top notch.a. All staff spoke English
Four Seasons Casa Medina is a gorgeous historic mansion, with beautiful, one-of-a-kind,
guest rooms. Staff was incredibly helpful, responsive, accommodating, and friendly. Great restaurant, too.
A wonderful experience!
There are 2 - 4 Seasons hotels in Bogota and Casa Medina is my favorite of the two but both are wonderful. Casa Medina has more old school charm and it is housed in an old stone building. The rooms are large and elegant. The staff is unbelievable too. If you need anything from rental bikes during ciclovia when they close down many roads open to only bicycles on Sundays and holidays. They provide excellent recommendations and reservations too. They also helped me find an indoor 25 meter lap pool to train in. The food is good. The bar is beautiful and lively. The hotel prices are some of the most reasonable in the 4 Seasons chain with the same incredible service.
The best restaurant in town named NEMO is at the other 4 Seasons which is a little more modern and hip. The Nemo from famous Colombian Chef Harry Sasson is incredible. It is huge and takes up almost an entire floor. The beef and frites were some of the tastiest I have ever had and the prices are more in line with Colombia prices vs 4 Seasons prices. The place was packed full all night with very lively and colorful locals and travelers. The service spot on too.
We will be back to the hotel and restaurant many many times. This hotel is the perfect place to start or end your Colombian adventure.
In the business district of Bogota there is an oasis steps from the hustle and bustle of the main street! Casa Medina is an historic building meticulously maintained to give you a taste of the Golden age of latin America. The rooms are fantastic, quiet, well appointed. Each room has a Nespresso machine, the management provides bottled water for free and the beds are divine! Staff could not be more attentive and caring!
The breakfast is superb, with typical fare as well as continental offerings.
I used room service for a lunch and was very impressed with the quality of the offering and the exceptionally genteel service the server provided.