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“wonderful staff, lovely decorated. freezing. no hot water before 5pm”
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Muisca Hotel
Ranked #106 of 268 Hotels in Bogota
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The staf were amazing and helpful. Place was beautful and clean.

Unfortunately the heating was hopeless and no amount of 'please fix it' got us a result.

Additionally the place has no hot water before 5pm. Why?? We paid a pretty decent rate by Columbia standards. Hot water should be 24/7 at that price. ?..

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Spent four nights here with spouse Jan. 20-24, 2014. Took a taxi from the airport for $25,000 COP. Calle 10 is rather steep and our taxi mechanically couldn't make it up the hill (I think he was so low on gas it kep stalling on the incline). Our driver knocked $5,000 off the fare and walked us up to the hotel entrance, carrying one of our bags.

We arrived at 11:15pm and were welcomed by Edna. She was very friendly and efficient, checking us in. She made a copy of our passports for us and encouraged us to carry that with us Nd leave our passports in the in-room safe.

We checked into room 5, downstairs off the courtyard/patio. Double bed with additional sleeping in the loft. Small bathroom. Bath a,entities, hair dryer and shaving mirror. Slept great in wonderful sheets. Small radiator put out some heat, but was glad for the additional blanket.

In the morning we took our included breakfast in the second floor area above the front desk. Each day breakfast was scrambled eggs with onions and peppers and cheese, with toast (butter, jam), fresh fruit, fresh juice, and coffee. Delicious and lots to eat to keep us going until lunch.

We asked Robert (the morning manager) if we could possibly move to an upstairs room. He said the occupants had checked out and the room was just cleaned, so yes! We moved into room #14 up two flights of stairs (one spiral). He even helped us carry our bags to the new room (same price).

Room #14 is one of the best! #13 is also excellent and has three single beds. #14 has a king bed with chair, is spacious and has lots of natural light. Flat screen TV, wardrobe with unlimited hangers (it seemed), small mini-bar (water, packaged snacks), in room safe, and spacious bathroom. Bathroom had tiled shower and plenty of hot water. Bath amenities included shampoo, conditioner, and bars of soap, no wash cloths, but hand and bath towels.

It must be said the Hotel Muisca has the best bed sheets ever. Better even than a 5* hotel like W or Four Seasons. I seriously wanted to stay in bed all day and bring a set home with me. They are that good!

The hotel is pleasantly decorated with Muisca artworks (carvings) throughout. Well-lit pathways lead from front desk back to the guestrooms. Nice patio where we took our breakfast the other three mornings. There's a computer for guest use off the lobby and also a small coffee/bar by front desk.

There's a sauna we didn't use on the second floor. If you have mobility problems (climbing stairs) you'll be happier downstairs. But, if you don't mind stairs ask for room 13 or 14. You'll love it. Can get cold in Bogota at night. Radiators in room provide some heat, but not enough to make everyone comfortable. They do provide wool blankets, but if you get cold make sure you have your PJs.

It's a short but somewhat steep walk down to the action, but the peace of the Hotel Muisca is worth your walk up the hill. The area isn't the best after dark, but is well-patrolled by police. We never felt unsafe, but used common sense and street smarts (don't flash cash, wear flashy jewelry, or come back drunk). Some nice restaurants on Calle 10 nearby.

In the afternoons we were welcomed back by Jenny. The front gate is locked 24hrs/day, requiring the front desk manager to let you out or in. Jenny was very friendly and personable.

Robert helped us figure out the bus to Villa de Leyva, even calling several bus lines to learn their next departure.

The staff are wonderful, the food is delicious, the rooms and lovely and peaceful, and the sheets are the best ever. Ever!

Should we return to Bogota, we will definitely stay here!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We arrived at Hotel Muisca at 5am, fresh off an overnight flight and a little nervous about walking the streets of Bogota in darkness. One thing you might notice about the streets in Bogota is that at night, unless in a nightlife area, everything looks so closed that it might seem abandoned to Americans. It is with this trepidation that we rang the bell to be let in through the security gate.

From that point on, I considered Hotel Muisca a refuge. The overnight clerk made us some coffee and agreed to let us check into a room for a small fee, even though check-in wasn't until the afternoon. We managed to get some sleep and when we awoke, we realized what a charming interior this hotel has.

We ate our included breakfast, made to order, each morning on the patio, listening to the sound of the fountain and peeking about at all the cool design elements that came together to make this a truly beautiful hotel.

Our room was spacious and comfortable, if a bit dark (we were tucked in by the courtyard on the ground floor). In a way, this lighting had a calming effect, coming back from the frenetic streets of Bogota at the end of long days of walking, biking, and otherwise exploring the city.

The service was good, and although English skills were hit and miss, between what Spanish skills my wife and I possess and the friendly efforts of the staff, communication was perfectly acceptable.

I believe the price-point to be very reasonable, and the location, although a bit farther from the heart of La Candelaria than most hotels in the area, was good exercise and being up the hill a bit afforded us some great sunset views of the city. The walls were thin, as can be expected of nearly all buildings in Bogota, so I consider that shortcoming a wash, particular since the renovation of this building has been so beautifully done.

Having completed quite a bit of research for my website www.independenttravelplanning.com, I can say that I consider Hotel Muisca to be one of the few hotels in Bogota that provides tremendous value without much downside to speak of.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

I visited Hotel Muisca in November of 2013. I was to busy on return to write my review but it would be unfair not to mention the excellent care provided to me during my stay. The staff was wonderful catering to any need. Edna helped me with directions and was so kind to point out tourist points and suggest things to do. When back at the house the young man assisting give me the best of care I would recommend this site, it is near many activities but does require some amount of walking. As reported by others, the hotel is a bit noisy, my guess is because of the brick and concrete décor there is little soft material to absorb the sound. The place is quite beautiful.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

A very small hotel well located in the barrio or old town la candelabra
Ask for the rooms located upstairs!
It is a family like welcome!
A very low price too for such a warm welcome!
Be prepared to climb the hill!
As soon yo got into your upper room, what a good rest to think about your next walk around!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Muisca for 1 night while in Bogota. Staying at this hotel feels like you are staying inside a museum. The property is absolutely beautiful, unique, and full of amazing detail. I spent some time just walking around the property checking everything out and reading the descriptions. This hotel is located on top of the hill of the colonial La Candelaria district. There are many bars and restaurants near by. Plaza de Bolivar is a 5 minute walk down the hill and 10 minute walk back up. There are also many museums within walking distance. The cable car to the top of the hill overlooking all of Bogota is only a 5 minute taxi away. The staff were very friendly and helpful, but spoke almost no English. My room was clean, beautiful, and the bed was comfortable. The free WiFi worked great. The included breakfast was cooked to order. I had just eggs and toast. Breakfast is served on the terrace located on the roof with a nice view of the city. I wish I stayed here longer!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a beautifully decorated and charming hotel with a great location and a staff that was always welcoming and accommodating. The breakfasts were incredibly delicious, with exotic fruits such as granadilla and tomate de arbol, and you eat them in your own private seating area. There is a room on the top floor where they sent us when the power went out briefly so that we would be warm and comfortable (there was a gas stove in it), and they ordered us a pizza to be delivered (servicio domicilio). There is a beautiful rooftop terrace with fantastic views. The hill that people say is so daunting is not a hill at all but an easy, gently sloped street. I would recommend Hotel Muisca to anybody and can honestly say that it is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. I have zero negative things to say about it.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Muisca Hotel

Address: Calle 10 # 0 - 25 Este, Bogota 111711, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bogota > La Candelaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #106 of 268 Hotels in Bogota
Price Range: $47 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Muisca Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OUR HOTEL A carefully restored space with more than 200 years of history in the historical center of Bogota, which mixes the spirit of Muisca culture and colonial architecture. Inside you will discover fourteen unique rooms and different service areas that allow you to experience the warmth of Colombia. OUR ROOMS The hotel consists of three levels with fourteen (14) rooms in Simple, Twin, Double accommodation and Groups from 3 to 6 persons. Amenities in our rooms are: unlimited free local calls and national and international collect calls, LCD TV 32" with cable TV, Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, security box service, 24 hours room service to purchase products from the mini bar menu and conveniences menu, environmentally friendly heating in all rooms and common areas with fireplaces. SERVICES. Our Hotel has two patios, coffee, lounge, spa, terrace and permanent exhibition areas, all of which represents the Muisca territory, mythology and art. Moreover, the hotel has a great location in the traditional Candelaria District, an ancient holy place for the Muiscas ancestors which is now known as the epicenter of historic, economic, cultural and governmental center of the city, surrounded by parks, monuments, theaters, museums, churches, libraries, restaurants, bars and universities. Likewise, the Candelaria offers a unique atmosphere of tranquility and calm into the hectic life of a great city. ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. Objects such as lamps, grills, pots, beds, tables, and others inspired by the Muisca art, have been uniquely designed to bring life to the hotel, and have been mixed with colonial elements carefully restored such as windows, balconies, doors, creating unique spaces who wish to generate interest in our visitors about our culture and history. Briefly, we offer a unique experience of wellness, culture and design. ... more   less 
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