We started and ended a recent trip to Colombia in Bogota, and stayed at two different hotels for the different legs. Both times we stayed in the northern part of the city, in Parque 93 at the Hotel Avia 93 for our first leg, and in Zona G at the JW Marriott for the last leg. There is really no comparison between the two hotels because the Avia 93 is a small boutique hotel and the JW Marriott is truely a world-class luxury hotel. If prices are similar (when we returned to Bogota on a Sunday night, the rate was $209 at the Marriott and $170 at the Avia 93), I would definitely choose the Marriott, no question. However, the Marriott gets quite pricey during the week--it was more than double the price of the Avia 93 a couple of nights we were there--so the Hotel Avia is a good option if you want a lovely boutique hotel in a safe, relatively convenient location, and you don't want to spend a lot.
The immediate location of the hotel is not very attractive due to a construction site across from the hotel, but there was no noise (surprisingly) and you are just a block from many restaurants and a lovely park. It's about a 15-block walk to the shopping district, which we did a couple of times. So overall, I would say the location is good--ten blocks further south would be better, I think, but this was fine. It also appeared very safe, and the hotel offers private taxi service (for a fee), so you can get anywhere you want to go safely and conveniently. You can also call and be picked up anywhere in the city. It is pretty far to the tourist sites downtown (about a 30 minute cab ride), but cabs are dirt cheap and from what I saw on one evening cab ride to dinner, I definitely would not have wanted to stay downtown. (Side note: I live in Manhattan and am very much a city person, but this was a bit too much -- think groups of junkies on the corner. You won't see anything like that in northern Bogota, though.)
As for service, everyone in the hotel was very sweet and accomodating. The hotel is nicely designed and the restaurant is beautiful. The rooms are clean and comfortable and have great showers, and free Wi-Fi too, if I recall correctly. The complimentary breakfast is terrific. Really I have no complaints about our stay here.
Overall, if you are a person who needs a typical luxury hotel with a lot of amenities, this hotel is probably not for you. But if you are looking for a lovely, clean, safe, welcoming hotel with great food and perks like free Wi-Fi, look no further! The Hotel Avia 93 will leave you very satisfied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new and offering an excellent location close to local businesses, exclusive dining choices, entertainment and Bogotá Sightseeing. Hotel Avia 93 offers modern style and convenience for the discerning business, international or leisure traveler.Featuring 40 guest Bogotá accommodation designed in a minimalist décor relax and unwind with luxurious appointments and a soothing neutral color palette.Hotel Avia 93 offers personalized guest services for your comfort and convenience. Professional and resourceful concierge service for personal and corporate needs available 24 hours a day.Guests will appreciate our excellent personalized service at Hotel Avia 93, where we attend to your every need. When the busy day is done, relax with your favorite beverage at the Hotel Avia 93 Bar Lounge, offering a dramatic view of the Bogotá skyline from the top floor.Pamper yourself with selected spa services available at the onsite Bogota Spaarea or keep up with your workout routine in our gym area. Ideal for smaller meetings or gatherings, Hotel Avia 93 also offers modern meeting facilities on the top floor. ... more less
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