La Mina's fine dining and silver-mesh wallpaper is the city’s best hotel dining experience
Star-studded service levels fit for a demanding guest list
A drink menu that includes 73 martinis at Dry 73 bar
What To Know
A bit of a walk to the historic center, home to the city’s main tourist and cultural attractions
Crowded with business travelers during the week; weekend guests will have the hotel to themselves
Strictly business district; for some retail therapy, guests will need to head north to Chico
Parking on site
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Classy corporate compound for power-lunching execs who don’t want to stray too far for the city’s best dining and nightlife
Colombia’s interiors guru Miguel Soto has carved out opulent public spaces that incorporate the mineral riches that have lured people to Colombia for centuries. Jorge Lizarazo’s Hechizoo design stable provides silver and multicolored copper-mesh flourishes to an impressive double-height lobby and the hotel’s secluded, high-end surf-and-turf restaurant La Mina. In public spaces and guest rooms, a color scheme of cream, brown and red adds a luxurious, soothing touch while contemporary lighting fixtures offer a subtle warm glow.
Bed and Bath
The furnishings in the bedrooms lack the velvet and satin flourish of the public areas, but Soto’s classic interiors strike a historic chord with pre-Colombian gold motifs woven into the carpets and bedding. Orchids, Colombia’s national flowers, decorate every room, and the marble fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms coupled with bath products made from wild plant extracts from the Colombian Andes, add to the hotel’s luxuriant but local feel.
Rafael Suarez’s sophisticated French cuisine brightens up the low-lit restaurant La Mina, an underground homage to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, the architectural marvel to the north of Bogota. From succulent rib-eye stakes to grilled Maine lobster or glazed New Zealand lamb cutlets, La Mina’s signature specialties are served with specialist salts mined from all over the world. Long-stay guests can work their way through as many as 73 different martinis on offer at the petite bar Dry 73 or take the edge off Bogota’s inclement climate in the underground swimming pool, spa and sauna.
In the Area
For a meal on the town, visit the Chateaubriand at the bastion of French cuisine, Criteriona, or try the sublime ceviche and tiraditos at Peruvian gastronomic phenomenon Astrid & Gaston. Nearby, Tudoresque townhouses have been converted into hip hangouts — favorites include Magnolio or Bruto. Culture buffs shouldn't leave without visiting the remarkable attic of Olga de Amaral’s townhouse studio, which is filled to the rafters with the celebrated Colombian artist’s beguiling gilded textiles, or picking up something a little more affordable at the city’s top contemporary art gallery, Galeria Casas Reigner.