We stayed at the Bogota Marriott on two different occasions during a recent trip to Colombia. Overall the experience was a very nice one, especially since we got an upgrade with our Gold Elite status.
The hotel is close to the airport and has a number of dining options nearby. We had an excellent meal at La Patria and I would recommend you try the place at least once.The service and food there was excellent. Also down the street is Bogota Beer Company, a nice place to have a pint and watch some futbol. However, we can't say anything good about the restaurants on site. We ate at the Asian sushi-fusion place and had a pretty disappointing meal. Another night we were contemplating eating at the other restaurant (Pimento) and decided to skip it since we had already had a bad meal. So we walked to La Patria around the block and were glad we did!
The complimentary hotel shuttle service is well-run, with pick ups starting at 6 AM and going every half hour throughout the day. Upon arrival we were booked to the top (10th) floor and I must say that the added benefits of the upgrade really made the stay a remarkable one.
Our initial contact was with the hotel concierge, Geraldin. She was an amazing help during our stay. She helped to coordinate our different shuttle pick ups, plan our various days with things to do and see, and gave us all the info to use the public transit system. (Which, by the way, you should stay away from between the hours of 4 and 8 pm, unless you like to feel like a crushed sardine.) Regardless, the TransMilenio stop (Av. Rojas) is a few blocks away and from there you can catch buses to Portal del Norte or wherever you need to go.
The rest of the staff was great as well and very accommodating. Upstairs in the executive lounge we were very pleased with everyone, especially Milena, Laura and Juan Carlos. Breakfast was good each day and they have a sweet espresso machine that makes your coffee however you like it. The gym and pool are both very nice. The business lounge has a couple of computers with internet and printing capabilities.
Besides the on site restaurant, my other complaint was the rather uncomfortable beds in the rooms. They have these super thick pillow-top mattresses that you totally sink into. And if you know the downfall of a pillow-top mattress, it is that eventually you get this "valley" forming in the middle of the bed, so you kind of roll into it during your sleep. I would ditch those mattresses and get some more supportive plush tops. The other thing is that the room temperature has a mind of its own and gets downright freezing during the night, no matter if you set it at 25 or 18 degrees. Now that I think of it, the whole 10th floor ventilation system was always blowing out cold air.
Despite the few complaints I have to give this Marriott a solid four stars. The service is top notch and the hotel is really clean, modern and well-maintained. It is in a safe neighborhood and you can walk around at night without any problems. Bogota is not a very touristy city so it's nice having that anonymity. The people are very friendly. If you speak a little Spanish you won't have any problems communicating or getting around. Also, there is no shortage of beautiful, well-dressed women in Bogota.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bogota Marriott is located in the financial and entertainment center of Salitre, just 10 minutes away from the International Airport El Dorado. The hotel offers the highest speed Internet access available in the city (64 MB). Our 239 rooms feature exclusive sound proof windows, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen as well as down feather mattress topper to generate maximum comfort and a unique experience in relaxation. Visit Pimento, an exquisite and elegant Italian restaurant and Tanoshii, our sushi bar to kick back, have a drink, and enjoy chill-out music and genuine Japanese cuisine. Stepping out of this Luxury hotel you will find two of the most important shopping malls in Bogota as well as the Chamber of Commerce. Maloka Interactive Center and Salitre Magico amusement park are just minutes away. ... more less
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