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
During a recent trip to Bogotá my wife and I stayed here for three days. Had room 216. Nicely appointed with good linens. Lighting and electrical outlets excellent. Only problem was the very noisy restaurant across the street, (El Arabe), that played loud music late at night. Hotel staff were efficient and pleasant. Breakfast offerings were very good. Would stay here again. Nice restaurant ,Castanoyles, on the property.
The staff here is incredible, even by Four Seasons' standards. The room was lovely and spacious and we loved the Italian cuisine in the restaurant. The neighborhood is terrific for walking and contains a very complete supermercado and many cafes.
I would not recommend this location. If you are staying in Bogota and want to stay at the Four Seasons I suggest staying at the other location. This hotel is old and on a very busy, polluted street. The building is old and lacks hot water in the older rooms.
We arrived at 4pm - our rooms were not ready. I was given a room in Tower One which was extremely loud due to the floor boards and the guest upstairs walking around most of the night. When I complained, my room was downgraded. I would recommentdHotel Sofitel in Bogota.
Stayed with my family for a weekend and have no complaints or improvements to share. The property is lovely and historic, located in a good part of the city. There are a number of restaurants/bars within 1-2 blocks, including a mini-mart across the street at a gas station for late-night needs! The staff at the front desk, bellboys, security and restaurant staff were are top-notch and wonderful. Their friendliness and customer service are everything you would want/expect from the Four Seasons. They helped arrange a last minute tour to the salt cathedral and also assisted my mom with altitude sickness. The rooms were extremely comfortable and well appointed. The bathrooms/shower were excellent. Everything was wonderful and will try to stay here when I return to Bogota.