I visited my girlfriend in November of 2009 who at the time was living in north Bogota. A friend of mine recommended Charlies Place as I was looking for a moderate priced hotel. This hotel wasn't listed on Tripadvisor during my search for hotels in October. I wasn't expecting much since the surrounding hotels were priced almost double the prices I got quoted at Charlies, but I did require fast internet speed, private bathroom with hot water and a clean hotel. My expectations were vastly exceeded. Not only was the wireless internet fast but it was included in the rate along with breakfast. The room I got was what they call a standard room, which was just a tad smaller than your usual hotel standard room, but had a huge bathroom. I like taking long showers and never run out of hot water. that was nice. The hotel is very well taken care of as I always found it spotless and clean.
The place emulates a boutique hotel without all the fanciness. The lobby was ample and well laid out which I don't usually find in small hotels. This is not a fancy or elegant hotel. There is no doorman or concierge but the biggest asset this hotel has is its staff. The staff at a small hotel is crucial, and it really makes a difference. Everyone seemed preoccupied that I was having no problems. The front desk guy in the morning, I believe his name was Cisar, struggled with his english but always found a way to communicate. The manager did speak good english so I never really had a problem communicating. At night, after my gf would drop me off, I would enjoy conversing with Leonardo, the night front desk guy. He enjoyed practicing his english with me. The maids I must say do an excellent job cleaning the rooms. Sandra and Lucero, the maids, reminded me of my mom back at home. Not only would I find my clothes neatly organized and the room spotless, but they were also very sweet, caring and give the hotel that special touch of warmth you expect to find in small places.
Pros: Location is excellent. Staff is super. Pricing is unbeatable.
Cons: The hotel needs to improve in its dining menu. The menu is pretty much limited to breakfast and if you don't feel like going out for lunch or dinner, you have to order in. Breakfast was included in the rate and was ok, although a couple of times I decided to go a few blocks down to the radisson and feast on their breakfast buffet for 10 or 15 bucks. They also seem to need to improve their software system, as checkout took longer than it should. I would suggest asking for your bill to be ready the night before leaving. The hotel is located off a major avenue which is convenient for getting taxies and transportation, but you will experience a little noise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quiet and family run hotel & spa located in a residential neighborhood in the North of Bogota. Minutes from Park 93 and Usaquen. The hotel is within walking distance of the Santa Ana Mall, the Santa Fe Hospital, the Santa Barbara Mall, the Teleport Business Center and the World Trade Center. We are 20-30 minutes away from the El Dorado International airport. ... more less
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