I am just finishing my 5 night stay at the Tivoli Suites in Bogota. As a frequent business traveler, I often seek out hotels with kitchens (or kitchenettes) to give me more freedom to eat how and as I wish, and to provide more of an atmosphere as if I were at home. The Tivoli Suites DOES NOT disappoint!
I was a bit nervous at the "very economical" rate, thinking that it might be an older property or way out of the way. Not so! It is very centrally located in northern Bogota, along main avenues and just four blocks walk to the local grocery store, Carulla. But what is most delightful about this boutique hotel of about 20 or so apartment-style rooms, is the friendly staff that treats you like family. Do you have a special diet? No problem, just mention it to Hilda in the kitchen! Do you need a car service at 5:30 AM to the airport? Just let Cristian know at the reception desk (attended 24-hours a day, by the way). They go above and beyond to exceed all of your needs, from delivering room service to helping with luggage, all in a very small place. Essentially, you get 90% of the services you would in a 5-star hotel, all while feeling as though you are just visiting old friends in Bogota... and at 1/3 the price of that 5-star hotel!
Now don't expect a steam sauna, a butler to shine your shoes, or expensive body lotions heaped by the bathroom sink. In some ways this hotel shows it's 'value pricing', such as the 2 sets of dishes and one set of silverware you get in the "fully stocked" kitchenette, or the single towel hanging on the bar in the bathroom. Not needing more, I made no special requests, but I guarantee should you need more dishes or towels, just ask and they will be delivered -- Just don't arrive expecting to throw a festive event for ten in your mini-apartment, or to spend the day in their spa being pampered! It's not that kind of boutique hotel!
This place is ideal for anyone who likes to stay in a quiet residential neighborhood (but 5 minutes walk to the main street with all of its bustling shops, etc) or anyone who likes to avoid the feeling of "another standard chain hotel". I also recommend this hotel for those travelers who speak at least a little Spanish, or are willing to try their best! I never spoke to anyone in English, but I doubt that many of the staff members really have any command of it. With all of that said, this is a WONDERFUL VALUE for a very clean, comfortable apartment with modern furnishings, and a friendly staff willing to do almost anything for their guests comfort! I highly recommend it!
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