Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia
What We Love
- Within walking distance of Zona Rosa's many attractions (high-end boutiques, art galleries, fine restaurants and nightspots)
- Some rooms come with terraces
- A fleet of chauffeured cars is available just outside
What To Know
- While the guestrooms are nonsmoking, the hotel has a designated area for smokers
- On-site valet parking is free
- Free WiFi
- A hotel insurance fee of approximately $4 per room, per night, will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Set on a tree-lined street in the hip and happening (and safe) Zona Rosa neighborhood, the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia is a classic European-style property with a red brick façade. The light-flooded marble lobby is graced by a gorgeous stained glass chandelier, and it’s here that fresh juice is served at check-in and free Colombian coffee greets guests every morning.
Bed and Bath
Stylish and contemporary following a revamp in 2008, the 102 guestrooms have bold eggplant or russet walls dotted with tasteful replica artworks from the Museo de Oro collections. The floors are polished, the beds have soft headboards and plush mattresses, and the technological touches include iPod docks, free WiFi and key card–controlled lighting. The marble bathrooms have tubs and separate showers, as well as products by L’Occitane. Superior Rooms are a spacious 312 square feet, and many of the Junior Suites (536 square feet) have terraces — Room 808, on the top floor, has two.
With red leather seats, buttoned sofas and a welcoming bar, the Sofitel has a cozy vibe. Guests’ well-being is attended to in the fitness center, and even more deliciously in the Basilic restaurant, under the culinary baton of chef Mauricio Rodriguez, whose menu selections are inspired by French-Mediterranean cuisine fused with local Latin specialties. Above all, it’s the location that gives the hotel its bragging rights, and the concierge is the first to point out that one of Bogota’s finest Italian restaurants, Di Lucca, is right next door, and six other restaurants are within a block of the hotel’s front door.
In the Area
Step outside to take advantage of Zona Rosa’s many attractions. Browse the racks at local designer favorites such as Lina Cantillo, Pamela Duque and Julieta Suarez. You’re also just two blocks from Andino Shopping Plaza or an easy stroll from the top-of-the-line El Retiro Shopping Center, home to Andres Jaramillo’s extraordinary food court. His other restaurant, Andres D.C., opened in 2009 and is a pricey but totally unique experience in grilled meat dining (with good wines and appetizers) set in a four-tier industrial warehouse staffed by dancing waiters. A more tranquil neighborhood choice might be Club Colombia, which serves such regional classics as corn empanadas and ajiaco soup. Day trips include the historic old city, La Candelaria; the Gold Museum, with its treasure trove of 34,000 pieces of gold and 20,000 additional ancient artifacts; and the Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, built within the tunnels of a salt mine some 600 feet underground. A surefire way to meet the Bogotanos is to rent a bike on a Sunday, when 70 miles of streets are closed to car traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to Get There
The staff at Sofitel was absolutely amazing and helped us out during our first trip to Bogota. However, the road construction outside (which was out of their hands) and the remodeling construction on the interior of the first few floors made the visit less stellar. The gym has been moved to the second floor into a number of different former guest rooms while being remodeled. The restaurant and bar have been moved while the remodel is occurring. In addition the mattress we were on was so soft that it caused me back pain for the rest of my trip.
The positives were that the staff and services were still available. Who doesn't like a good turn down service with nightly tea and macaron?
This is a very nice hotel in general, but definitely the remodeling is not helping, so there is an improvised gym in one of the floors, then the breakfast the same. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Just keep in mind the remodeling before reserving because the noise is bad from 8 am until around 5 pm.
I had a surgery during my trip ,therefore I needed an extra care and support. The stuff was so kind and supportive, arranged medicine delivery in the hotel for me. They were bringing delicious room service and other treats in the room. I fell in love with this hotel and a location. The food was absolutely amazing and a stuff from the restaurant was very friendly and helpful. Cleaning stuff trustworthy and professional. Great concierge guys(Pedro thank you for carrying my heavy suitcase). Alejandro,Juan and ladies from reception you’ve made me feel like at home for 10 nights. I will definitely come back to stay at your hotel with my whole family again????????????. But need 2 connected rooms together. One is just good enough for 2 people:). See you next time.