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At an elevation of 8,660 feet, Bogota is one of the highest cities in South America. Framed by the imposing Mount Monserrate, the summit of which you can reach by cable car, this bustling capital of 10 million people delivers a strong dose of culture. Take a stroll down the length of Septimazo Avenue, the famous street food venue, and sample some of the best authentic foods of the region. Grab some tamales, which are traditionally wrapped in banana leaves, and sit and watch locals dance the Salsa or Bambuco to live bands. When it's time to bed down, check into one of the hotels below.
Best Overall: Four Seasons Hotel Bogota
The Four Seasons is a top pick in Bogota and offers an elegant base for exploring the city. Each of the 64 guestrooms are decorated in modern opulence, with tinted wooden floors and large expansive windows. Almost half of the rooms are luxurious suites and all feature 40- to 55-inch flat-screen LCD TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi and a collection of deluxe L’Occitane toiletries. Impeccable service and attention to detail are the norm here, so prepare to feel like royalty.
The spa and fitness center is the perfect place to escape the busy Bogota streets and unwind with a luxurious facial, body treatment or even a couples' massage.
Breakfast is served in Biblioteca or you can take advantage of the 24-hour room service if you are too snuggly to leave your bed. Lots of top tourist spots are within easy access of this hotel since it’s right in the Zona T district, the hot shopping and dining neighborhood.
Best Budget: Exposuite Parque Central Bavaria
The Exposuite Parque Central represents fantastic value for the money and doesn't compromise on the amenities travelers expect. The 25 rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with large bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and available room service. There is a restaurant and bar at the hotel, but as there are plenty of other dining options in the neighborhood, going out for a walk will bring you to bistros, restaurants and street food. Parque Central Bavaria is just a five-minute walk away and a longer 20-minute stroll will take you to the Museum of Modern Art of Bogota.
Best Boutique: Hotel B3 Virrey
An eight-story wall of greenery keeps the B3 Virrey hidden from street view, and as you step inside the lobby area with its brick walls and comfy leather couches, you’ll feel like you found a hidden gem. The 128 rooms, all with splashes of red decor, are a little on the small side. Expect your room to feature laminated floors, a flat-screen TV and a plush comfortable bed. The hotel’s all-day dining spot is called El Tres and once night falls you can enjoy cocktails and tapas as you listen to some of the city's hottest DJs. The staff is friendly and unpretentious despite the hotel’s trendy vibe.
Best Family: Bogota Marriott Hotel
The Marriott Bogota has everything your family needs for a Colombian vacation. With an indoor swimming pool and a range of sporting activities such as bowling, miniature golf, mountain biking trails, table tennis, volleyball and tennis within close proximity, there are a variety of recreation choices for the most active of families. Once the kids are all worn out from a day of physical activity you can kick back in your well appointed room.
Three restaurants on-site provide Latin, Japanese and Italian dinner options with something for everyone (even the fussiest of eaters), and with soundproof windows and Egyptian cotton sheets, everyone will get a good night's sleep. The Salitre Amusement Park is also close by (and with 39 rides, it will keep the whole family entertained for a day out).
Best Romance: Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota
In one of the city’s most gastronomic and hip neighborhoods, Zona G, the intimate Casa Medina feels like you have walked into a romantic castle, complete with columns and sweeping staircases. Romance packages are available, including breakfast for two, having your room decorated with floral arrangements, plus late check out. The 62 rooms are truly unique, with beamed ceilings and handcrafted doors and come complete with Nespresso coffee machines serving Colombian roast (of course!) and marble bathrooms. The spa caters to couples' treatments and is a perfect haven to relax and re-charge. Be sure to book a romantic meal at the hotel’s restaurant Castanyoles and try the Spanish-inspired dishes, including the house style Paella made with rice, chorizo, Iberico, soft egg and saffron.
Best Luxury: B.O.G. Hotel
With a La Cabrera neighborhood address, this hotel is surrounded by luxury stores and exclusive dining options, but you may not even want to leave your room. The lobby and restaurant areas are decorated in soothing colors, but with interesting light installations that give this 4.5-star hotel an air of contemporary elegance. Each of the 55 guestrooms and suites are sumptuously designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and cream and gold shades.
If you choose to upgrade to one of the spacious suites, then you can soak in your Jacuzzi bath and enjoy panoramic views of the city. At the end of a long day of sightseeing or shopping, head up to the rooftop pool and terrace for a chic Colombian night sharing appetizers and cocktails or head to the Emerald Spa for a Turkish bath experience.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Hotel Estelar Suites Jones
The Chapinero district is where all the cool kids hang out, packed with gay bars, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants. It's the place to see and be seen.
The 92 rooms at The Hotel Estelar Suites Jones are simple and rather plain, but comfortable enough and offer free Wi-Fi and cable TV. There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel, but this location is simply teeming with exciting nightlife and you’ll really be spoiled for choice.
Treat this hotel as a well positioned base to explore all the city has to offer after dark. Check out the restaurant and bar Hippie, just a five-minute walk from the hotel and order the Pandebono (a Colombian cheese bread) – it's the best in Bogota!
Best Business: NH Collection Bogota Hacienda Royal
This hotel has everything the business traveler could need. Located in the Usaquén district, home to top-notch restaurants and close to the Country Club, the largest golf club in Bogota, it’s a convenient spot to attend seminars, luncheons and meet up with clients.
A team of business planning professionals right in the hotel can help you to book and organize events, meetings and seminars using their dedicated function rooms. The free Wi-Fi in your room and throughout the hotel will keep you connected and suites with kitchenettes are available if you are planning on a longer visit.
At the end of a busy day of meetings, you can relax in the piano bar and enjoy a local beer or arrange a massage, spa treatment or get your sweat on at the state-of-the-art gym.
Best Hostel: Fernweh Photography Hostel
Hostels are a great opportunity to save a little money while meeting new people and the Fernweh, German for ‘Wanderlust,’ manages to combine comfort, art and community in a versatile property. Guests can choose shared, private or dormitory rooms and even if you choose a room by yourself there are plenty of opportunities to socialize with other travelers at the BBQ zone. This outdoor space features a garden, clay oven and bonfire and hosts special events, including the not to be missed ‘handmade pizza night’ on Fridays.
There is a huge shared kitchen and a communal room with plenty of colorful hammocks beckoning you for a swing.
This Photography hostel also has its own gallery and the photographs are available for sale making the perfect souvenir of your time in Bogota.