We stayed at this hotel for a two night and then later, a one night stay. Wishing to experience the original atmoshere of the building, we had reserved a colonial suite for both bookings but the quality of the rooms was enormously different. Our first stay, at the start of our journey in Colombia, was an adequate room, but just that, a room. It was comfortable but fairly minimal. The service was charming although we had no hot water in our fairly minimal bathroom and apologies for this were only forthcoming when we mentioned it at reception the following day - "sorry, but we have had problems" - no mention of this at check in when the problem was obviously already known. The difference was very obvious when we checked in on our return and were taken to a stunning suite with all the extras that are commensurate with the description 'suite'. We subsequently discovered that rooms are allocated according to arrival and that we had been unlucky with our first allocation. The groundfloor bar/ restaurant served our purpose on arrival, providing tasty snacks and beers at 10pm but a subsequent visit to the rooftop restaurant offered expensive food and wine without the service and style to match. Breakfast was always very adequate - fresh juices and fruit, but be sure to ask if stocks are depleted when you arrive in the morning, they will provide anyhting you ask for. We have nothing to compare it with, at this level of of hospitality, in Bogota - possibly it represents good value in a very expensive city, but on reflection, and after a further 7 weeks travel in Colombia, we still feel that it underperforms. It is in a superb location within the historic district, it is also a truly beautiful building with sensitively restored architecture. I would also suggest that guests organise their own transport to and from the airport - the hotel will send a regular taxi to make these transfers at $45,000.000 peso when the real cost is anything from $15,000.000 to $25,000.000 depending on if it is pre booked through a taxi company or ordered at the airport - it will be the same quality of car regardless. However, never get into a taxi without establishing the rate first and never pick up from a rank or from the street - always pre negotiate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel de la Opera is located in La Candelaria, next to the Cristobal Colon Theater, in front of "Palacio San Carlos", currently headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one block from Bolivar Square and a fifteen minutes walk to the funicular for Monserrate hill. Thanks to its strategic location, our guests can easily visit the most characteristic places of the city, for example the Gold Museum, Botero Museum, Primary Cathedral, etc. Also, many important government buildings are nearby. Walking its roads you will be part of its stories, legends and myths which are preserved in each of its houses. Questions like, why do the houses have doors of two meters? Where did Manuelita Saenz live her idyll with Simon Bolivar? Which is the window through which Simon Bolivar escaped? These are just some examples of the cultural treasures that you will find in La Candelaria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De La Opera Bogota
- De La Opera Hotel