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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The menu during my stay had an Italian focus, which disappointed me a bit, nothing wrong with quality Italian food, but I was interested in a local meal. The chef and his staff let me know that they could arrange that for the following evening. They delivered the next day far above expectation with a huge selection of local specialities! An amazing example of going out of their way to make their guests feel special. I have never experienced service at this level elsewhere.
This is a such a unique property with wonderful & cozy decor and attentive staff making our stay a memorable one. The rooms provide a home away from home appeal and it's pet friendly. The breakfast and restaurant was amazing as well. We travel quite a bit and have stayed at other top hotels in Bogota...this is definitely our favorite.
Nothing like stellar accommodations to serve as the foundation of a visit to a great city. Everything was 5-Star from the minute we entered. The staff is amazing including the front desk personnel, the concierges, the wait staff and bartenders, the spa attendants and the maids. The room was most comfortable, as were the bed and pillows. The marble shower with powerful rain shower was heaven. Peaceful and quiet. Great sitting areas inside and a remarkable courtyard with fireplace to sit at in the cool evenings.
Simply wonderful to spoil yourselves.
I can’t begin to explain how much I love this place. I brought my company here to have a meeting with employees that we serve in Bogotá Columbia. They attended to every single need. They knew my name at all times. They knew my employees names. Santiago and Carlos at the bar memorized what drink I like most… And they always asked me whenever I walked up to the bar if I wanted it. While here, I lost my passport. The hotel team took action knowing that I would have to remain in Colombia. They treated me with kindness and concern. They’ve made me loyal to four seasons product from now on. Thank you to the whole staff here for making this day one of my best travel experiences.
Pros: Lovely decor and ambiance; located outside of the city centre; readily available drivers; excellent service from the desk staff; plentiful and lovely bath products; ready assistance with planning excursions; spa on-site; good restaurant recommendations; lovely bar and outdoor space; excellent cocktails; helpful bar staff; clean and well-appointed rooms; front door staff made the property feel secure; close to shopping area and Candelaria.
Cons: challenges with English language with staff depending on who was at desk; lack of answering calls for room service and front desk; tour company the hotel works with tried to increase price beyond what was quoted and change the scope of the excursion; recommendation for souvenir shopping resulted in being overcharged (but the hotel assisted in obtaining a refund); pasta dishes through room services and in restaurant were bland; no pool on-site.