My Trip (I included my trip details to this hotel review. Let me know if it comes in handy).
Immigration was no issues. Customs form is for per person. Regardless what the flight attendant tells you. Spent a few extra minutes filling out another form (no bueno Delta flight attendant!).
There is an ATM as soon as you come out past Customs (right infront of the money changer $1920 for $1usd). Turn right and there are 4 of them to choose from. I had to try 2 different ones before it would process my atm card. (No service charge on my withdrawal).
Taxi stands outside the ATM area had long lines. Of course, Typical taxi hawkers asking if you want a cab, just like at JFK. Didn't see any signs for taxi rates. So buyer beware. We saw a hotel rep standing right outside the arrival hall holding a SHERATON sign, so we opted for the free hotel shuttle ride. Waited about 15minutes for the Sheraton minivan to arrive. Nice and clean van. Ride was about 10 minutes long.
Checkin was no major issues. One girl at the counter, so had to wait a few minutes (about 15minutes). She had to handle the other guest in the shuttle van with us. (The checkin process involves photo copying passports, which slowed things down). No welcome drink during checkin. It was kind of late when we arrived.
The rooms were not bad. A bit dim due to lighting. The bed was a full size (thought I reserved a king. Didn't bother to say anything cause we were tired from commute). Room had a Shower only (had a drainage issue), no bathtub. Nice iHome alarm clock that can charge iPhone 4's and lower. 32' TV, but channels mainly in Spanish. Room had a minibar fridge and snacks for purchase. Also as an SPG member - One free bottle of water. Robes and slippers were provided. But no coffee/tea maker. Yes you will hear planes landing or taking off. But, coming from from NYC, it didn't bother us. (Think of Flushing/Elmhurst plane noises).
Wifi was a bit of a pain with the 2hr limit. It was very slow in the room. So we decided to just use the free computer in the lobby area.
Didn't see the concierge desk so relied on the front desk for help getting around. The ladies were helpful and guided us to the main tourist area (La Candelaria). We were also told to avoid yellow taxis. That they can be dangerous and lead to robberies. Instead we were offered the white taxi service from the hotel. She also gave us the hotel number to call for a white color taxi to come pick us up when we are done. (suppose to be safer).
The breakfast was excellent. Omlettes made to order, fresh fruits, juices, and some local treats as well. The wait staff was tenative and made sure our coffees were always filled. (Juices are free, but Water you have to pay).
Checkout was a nonissue as well. Took about 5 minutes to review and settle our account. We left our bags with the bellman for our late flight back to NYC. They were helpful and made sure we had no valuables in our bags (Security held our iPad). We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown and when we returned, we were offered the use of the spa to shower and change before our flight back home (TWO THUMBS UP!!). We had to wait a few minutes for the shuttle bus, but it was okay cause we spent the time using the 2hour free wifi card (good for up to 3 devices).
The Hotel is in a nice residential area with a shopping mall about 3blocks away (3blocks left and then 3 blocks right). There is a McDonald's,Buffalo Wildwings and a small Exito supermarket (Large one by Mall) around the corner (CITIBANK branch right next to the EXITO). The hotel is also located in between 2 Transmilenio BUS stops "El Tiempo" and "Av Rojas", on the Zona K line. We took the bus to Museo do Oro without any problems (mine you, I speak no spanish). The Cost of the bus fare is $1400 per person ($2800 for the 2 of us) and $3000 for the bus card (one time charge, I think good for up to 2 people). We took J6 going downtown and got of at Universidadas (something like that). We walked down a long tunnel and transferred to the D95, where we got off 1stop later. You can actually get off at Univseridadas and check out the sites while you make your way down to the museum. Le monseratte is also walkable from here as well (about 7mins) as well as all the other major sites in this area.
Tips: Take the public bus during rush hour to avoid traffic jam. Just don't act like a tourist and bring unnecessary attention to yourself. Also, try the Arepas shop opposite the shopping mall 3blocks away. We got the Combo one that came with mushrooms, churzo, and beef for $8600. Delicious!!!
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- Located in the new business center of Bogota at international airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Bogota Hotel Bogota
- Four Points Bogota
- Bogota Sheraton
- Bogota Four Points