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
I visit the Four Seasons - Casa Medina at least two times every week. It's an amazing oasis of tranquillity within the hustle of the financial district of the city. It's architecture, service and atmosphere epitomizes everything that's worthy of celebration in Colombia's allure: diversity, colors, coffee and of course, the high mountain's fauna and flora that embellish every moment in perfect harmony with the hotel's ethos and Bogota's landscape.
In regard to the staff, I personally highlight the efforts of Yolanda, Andrea, Claudia, Jean Paul, John, Juan Carlos, Leonardo, Mauricio, Nicolás, Anthony and the rest of the team of Castanyoles to always make their visitors make the most of their experience and have the best time possible. Congratulations and keep up the excellent work!
After an overnite flight from Los Angeles, California, we arrived very early in the morning at the Casa Medina. They graciously checked us in early so we could get much needed rest. Our room was beautifully appointed, spacious and ample bottled water was provided. The restaurant/bar staff was very professional and courteous; remembering our names from the very first meeting. My gluten-free requirements were graciously met and remembered at each meal. The location of the hotel in the Zona G is perfect as we could walk out into the Bogota fine-dining scene with ease and safety. Only negative was the room air conditioning, which seemed to go off at night. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to Bogota. Service was wonderful!
Housed in a historic building in zone G, the gastronomic area of Bogota, this Four Seaons is everything you would expect. A beautiful interior courtyard is the restaurant space and the service was highly personalized and very friendly. The rooms are spacious and well equipped.
But it was the service that impressed us! Two incidents were handled so well by the staff. My wife left a scarf at a nearby restaurant and without asking us, they went, picked it up and left it folded on our room desk, and sent a text letting us know.
While on a bike tour my wife had her necklace ripped from her neck. We wanted to report it to the police and only through the persistence of the staff did this happen, all without inconveniencing us. The staff went well beyond the call of duty and we were highly impressed. We highly recommend Four Seasons Medina, both for the hotel and it’s fantastic service.
Everything about this hotel is done in a five star way — from the first greeting to the restaurant staff remembering your name. There is a lot of charm in this former personal residence with winding staircases that has a very well done contemporary decor. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. Bravo to all!
This is probably the most beautiful hotel I have ever been in. My room had a sitting area with Hemingway styled furniture and a working fireplace. The common areas, including conversation areas outside and in the courtyard, allowed for small groups to gather in front of a fireplace, or on the veranda. The staff was incredibly helpful in every way. They were understanding of our failure to speak fluent spanish and did everything to make our stay delightful.