Though in Bogota and staying at this hotel for pleasure, I couldn't help but also evaluate it from the eye of a business-traveler. Wi-fi access was consistently reliable, there was a nice desk area with good lighting and extra cabling for ethernet, etc. The radio had an iPod docking station. There were good room-darkening shades on the windows and virtually no noise could be heard from the streets below. Shower and amenities were excellent, with very luxurious towels and bed linens. A hot-pot was present for coffee and tea (provided), and a small fridge was available as needed. As with many Marriotts, you have your choice of pillow type. Room also had an ironing board, iron, hair dryer and bathroom scale. Only downside was the bed. The pillow tops can be very comfortable, but they also require turning of the mattress occasionally to even out the sleep surface. My bed (adjacent to the wall) had a noticeable slant to it, towards the bedstand, where most people would get in and out of bed. Was very uncomfortable as I felt I was rolling down a hill all night! A/C worked and was quiet. Was able to upgrade to a room on the 10th floor, which was on the same floor as the Executive Lounge. The lounge had great staff - Milena, in particular, as commented by another reviewer. Breakfasts were excellent with a wide variety of options. (Would like to have seen some hard-boiled eggs and more plain yogurt but know you can't meet everyone's needs!) Evening appetizers, however, were lackluster (except for the chicken kabobs and fish sticks) and tended to run out before 8:30 pm, so if you need to eat in the evening? Get there early. Lounge also had a PC and a printer and was open until midnight. As for the restaurants, Marriott should consider a total overhaul here. The sushi/tapas restaurant had some of the worst food I've ever had. The sushi ordered was cold and stale and obviously had been made earlier and refrigerated. Once plated, the sushi (and plate) were heavily covered with - of all things - MAYONNAISE! Very few people were present in either restaurant, which speaks for itself. Think Marriott can enhance its profits by improving its restaurant options - with other alternatives nearby (La Patria was excellent!) there's little incentive to spend your money at Marriott. The gym and pool are better than many hotels I've visited internationally. The location is mixed. As a stand-alone it seems remote from the main neighborhoods in Bogota, however it is only three blocks from the Trans-Melenio rapid transit bus system so at least there's easy and inexpensive access to get elsewhere. (Once you figure out the schedules - they are a bit complicated but we found Colombians very eager to provide assistance.) Along with La Patria, there were other restaurants in walking distance of the hotel. Loved the free airport shuttle (runs every half hour in the day and evening, starting at 6 a.m. The front desk will exchange to local currency (up to $USD 100 per day) at a reasonable exchange rate, which is also a great convenience. (Juan Carlos at the front desk and Geraldine in the Concierge office were excellent resources and had outstanding customer service skills.) Here's another great piece of information: I had inadvertently left some clothing items in my room when we checked out. A week later, when we returned back to Bogota, Voila! They had found the items and were able to return them to me. Thank you, Marriott!!!
- 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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