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 4 miles away from the International Airport El Dorado. The hotel features a fully equipped fitness center, an acclimatized lap pool and a Spa with steam room, sauna and three massage rooms. At the executive lounge on the 10th floor guests can have complimentary breakfast and in the evenings enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. At the hotel you will find two unique concept restaurants and a bar. Pimento is a casual Italian restaurant where guests enjoy homemade style pasta in a welcoming and fresh atmosphere. Tanoshii is a chic restaurant that serves genuine Japanese cuisine and its lounge style bar is where local and international guests chill out after work and enjoy live music and Sake based cocktails. All our rooms are designed to deliver the best comfort, featuring streaming speed internet access, soundproof windows, total blackout curtains and 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, work desk with ergonomic chair, alarm clock with a docking station for mobile devices and a fully equipped bathroom with rain shower. The hotel offers complementary parking space for its guests. Stepping out of the hotel's lobby you will find the Bogota Corporate Center and a plaza with restaurants and bars. Two of the most important shopping malls in Bogota, the Chamber of Commerce, the Maloka Interactive Center and Salitre Magico amusement park are just minutes away from the hotel. ... more less
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