The hotel's location is about 30 minutes with no traffic (an hour at peak times) from the Zona T, Usaquen or La Candelaria, so factor that into the equation when making plans to go out for dinner or dancing or sightseeing. The shuttle service from the airport, however, is a fantastic amenity (a courteous meet and greet and very frequent service) which compensates for the hotel's out-of-the-way location in Bogota.
Quality restaurants in the area of the hotel are extremely limited or non-existent (unless Buffalo Wings is your ideal restaurant) and note, in particular, the hotel staff could not think of any place to eat local food in the area (without the 30 minute drive across town). Exhausted one day, we ended up eating dinner at Pimento (the Italian restaurant in the lobby that does a couple of Colombian dishes as well). We were fortunate enough to meet the chef who agreed to prepare some Colombian dishes specially for us that evening. We had a great arroz con camarones which should be on the menu.
The executive lounge ended up being the most disappointing aspect of the hotel. There is an allowance of 2 drinks per day (or something like that) and every day by 7 pm they ran out of white wine and refused to restock. It was a huge drama to get them to obtain a bottle from downstairs. It is not acceptable to be unable to accommodate a guest that just wants a glass of wine at the end of the day, especially when the hotel limits the flow.
What you need to know about the fitness facility: there is a surprisingly good fitness facility below the hotel. Extremely clean and modern. Equipment is all Technogym. 3 cross-trainers, 5 treadmills, 1 cardio wave, 2 recumbent bikes, a smith rack and bench with a total of 137.5 kg of weight (4 plates of 20, etc.), very light dumbbells up to 10kg, some small swiss balls and a few machines such as a leg curl and a leg extension. There is a small but very nice lap pool, a jacuzzi and a steam room. The gym staff do tend to hover annoyingly near you as you exercise, but they are nice.
Lastly, as others have noted, they charge IVA even though foreigners are not liable for this charge. When pushed on this, they put the burden on the customer to claim it back from the Colombian authorities - yeah, right. They need to fix this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The modern hotel Bogota Marriott, located in the new financial and entertainment center of Salitre, is just 10 minutes away from International Airport El Dorado. The hotel offers the highest speed Internet Access available (36mb bandwidth). Exclusive sound proof windows in rooms guarantee you the best rest. Our 239 rooms are provided with 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen as well as a down feather mattress topper to offer maximum comfort and enjoy a unique experience in relaxation. Visit Pimento, a exquisite and elegant Italian food restaurant or Tanoshii, our sushi and tapas bar to kick back, have a drink, and enjoy your favorite music. Stepping out of this Luxury hotel you will find two of the most important and recognized shopping malls in Bogota and also the Chamber of Commerce. Maloka Interactive center and Salitre Magico amusement park are just minutes away from the hotel. ... more less
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