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- Reviews: 8
Abadia Colonial: Bogota's best bet for La Canderlarlia lodging
Abadia Colonial is a dream come true.
First, a word or two about Bogota. It is safe and it is very much worth seeing.
As for where to stay, sleep in La Candelaria, the old part of the City. Trust me.
I'm a product of the Midwest who worries just as much about crime as the next guy.
Clearly, Bogota has a nasty past, but all that is gone. You'll feel safer here than in most big cities in the U.S.
Still, some of the guidebooks will steer you toward Zona Rosa, Parque 93 and other points north. You will think "maybe I should sleep in the more suburban, sterile north and visit La Candelaria and other older areas during the day. That would be a big mistake.
There's nothing like waking up in La Candelaria and walking to a museum, a cafe (Le Etoille at Carrera 4, No. 13-57 is superb and within walking distance of Abadia Colonial), a view of colonial Bogota, a feeling for the vibrancy of the streets, a view up at Monserrate, etc.
When everybody else goes to bed (before midnight on weeknights) in La Candelaria, you can do the same -- that way, you're not out in an alley when nobody else is around...pretty simple, no?
You will sleep well at Abadia Colonial, even though there is a lively student bar-pizza place complex right across the street....because you will be sleeping in a safe, secure, quiet colonial mansion.
My bedroom, one of a dozen, was perfect....old door, high ceiling, lots of wooden furniture...plus the modern conveniences of a perfectly updated shower, commode, etc.
The in-room phone allows you to dial local numbers free and back to the US for a rate that is completive with the calling cabanas (which is good if your cell roaming charges are 5 bucks a minute like mine).
The staff is amazing. Polite, well-dressed, on top of things. Now I will say that your Spanish will serve you well. I confess the front desk people are not as versed in English as well as the staff might be at a dull, cookie-cutter chain hotel in the northern areas.
Practice some basic espanol and deal with the front desk -- it will help you use your second language and you are in Bogota after all....shouldn’t you be using serviceable Spanish if you are in South America?
The in-room safe is easy to use and big enough to fit my camera and several expensive lenses.
Other items of note: The breakfast is free and served to your table. The juices (jugos) are fabulous. The fruitas (fresh fruit) were varied each day and fabulous enough to turn this meat-potatoes-bread guy into a lover of all things fresh and sweet from the garden.
The bring the bread (pan) cold. It is very fresh and might taste better toasted (I should have asked, maybe they would have). You can get coffee (cafe) or hot chocolate (caliente). They serve eggs every way known to man.
The Colombian-Italian kitchen is open to the public from lunch till about 9 or 10 p.m. I saw lots of business people wining and dining there, so you knew it was good.
On my final day, I had the best prosciutto, artichoke, olive and mushroom pizza I've ever had...and they baked the thin crust delicacy on the run because they knew I needed to catch a plane (they have a car service to and from the airport...it's 3 times as costly as a cab, but if you want ultimate safety and service, splurge for it.)
I paid about $75 US for the room....it was worth double that.
I could go on and on....and I'm not a paid plant...just a guy who grew up in a world of safe, dull Holiday Inns and Marriotts, then got a taste for Ritz and 4 Seasons and now appreciates unique small lodgings that deliver experiences that enhance travel. Abadia Colonial is such a property.
- Reviews: 11
Windsor House Hotel: Great Suites Near Parque 93
Staying in Bogota for a couple weeks, the Windsor House was nice in that it is a true suite hotel. A full living, dining and work area seperate from the bed and bath. My room was on the backside of the hotel so my view outside was a bit limited but the accomodations were nice and the rooms were in good shape. The hotel offered a car service (it's not recommeded to catch cabs on the street) just note that the service shuts down fairly early. Don't let that scare you, either the hotel or most restaurants will call a car for you and give you the car number from the dispatcher.
The hotel is only a few blocks away from Parque 93, a nice urban park ringed with restaurants and pubs. The area is well lit and populated into the evening for getting out an streaching your legs or finding a pub to take in a football game.
- Reviews: 166
Humboldt Grand Hotel: Small and nice
It´s a nice 4* hotel.
It´s small, but the service it´s more personalized.
Nice located, 10 blocks from the Centro Andino, and close to the 93 st.
I had some problems with:
* Internet access (they offer me wireless but it never worked - I requested 7 times)
* Air conditioned (I had to request more than 3 times)
* The water temperature it was cold..
Anyway, I liked the hotel.
- Reviews: 166
Intercontinental Tequendama: OK the hotel, Bad service in the restaurant
The service in the room it was OK.
My room it doesn´t have safe box for example. No courtesy coffee maker, no iron.
It´s an old construction (it was built in the 50´s), very big.
The restaurant has a very very bad service. I waited a lot of time for something requested.
It´s a very big hotel, with jewelries, and shops inside and in the area.
- Reviews: 8
Hotel Andes Plaza: Reasonable Priced Upper Scaled Hotel
A 3 star (?) upscale hotel in the north of Bogota. Located in the clean, safe & modern area of town. The staff are very friend and helpful. They have great service.
The walk-up rate is the best. $115,000 pesos per night (about $51USD).
Get a room with a view of the circle, if you can. It's a nice site at night.
- Reviews: 1
Andino Royal: Hotel in the Zona Rosa
I was completely satified with the hotel. The staff was extremely curteous, always willing to help. Room was well appointed, food was good. I am going back in Feb 2005 and will stay at the same place. Centrally located to good shopping and lafrge selection of restaurants. Hotel has its own Taxi's, very inexpensive at $40 us for 8 hours including gas
- Reviews: 28
Platypus: Hostel for backpackers
Oh, I meet all the people taht I saw in Medellin, Santa Martha, It was funny, everbody arive to the same place, and make the same tour . It is friendly people there, you can make calls, use the internet. And there is a "comedor" where you just sit down and start making friends. Hamac also, adn magazines :)
There is music also, telephone.
Oh make the reservatoions in advance!!
- Reviews: 32
THE BACATA HOTEL: THES BEST HOTEL FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Located at the most important financial and turistic center in BOGOTA - COLOMBIA, the BACATA HOTEL has the highest standards in service and technology, well trainned personnel and all the resources to make your bussiness or leisure travel, a pleasant and productive experience
The Hotel has 207 guest rooms, where you enjoy the largest and confortable rooms of the city, International TV Cable, Local and International calls, Room service and daily newspaper.
- Reviews: 32
HOTEL TEQUENDAMA: THE CENTER HOTEL OF BOGOTA
In the heart of Bogotá, the Tequendama is a fine example of a hotel successfully exceeding the expectations of today’s business world. Close proximity to Bogotá allows for a thrilling use of leisure time.
Shopping centre next to the hotel.
With a whole floor dedicated to executive women, apartment-style suites, non-smoking rooms and the latest high-tech business this vast hotel provides an ideal base for any visitor.communications equipment.
- Reviews: 32
The andes Plaza hotel: The beautiful hotel
This hotel is beautiful and fine, It´s a place confortable , it´s place in the center of Bogotá, and near of tourist place.
The hotel has available offices and it has
living room of convetion, Lobby, Bar-Hotel where is reunif of business people .
- Reviews: 32
ANDINO ROYAL: Hotel and Shopping Center
The modern and cheerful Andino Royal Hotel, in one of the city's most prestigious areas, is located in a beautiful cobblestone street that invites you to take walks and visit the various boutiques and restaurants, and the Andino and Atlantis Plaza shopping centers.
It has a total 70 comfortable rooms, designed to meet your needs: Internet access, fax, safety box, desk and/or conference table, cable Television, and minibar to your taste
- Reviews: 227
Radisson Bogota: Enjoying Bogota with luxury...
One of the best hotels I've been in Latin America. A 5 star hotel with one of the best pool's view of the whole city. Service is incredible and after living there for 5 weeks everybody was really kind and I got personal service.
If you need tips or advice ask the girls at the counter.
By the way... there is a nice flea market right infront of the hotel on Sundays!
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