If sound was controlled, better toiletries and spa was open would be 4 to 5 stars.
I had the luxury of staying at a couple of hotels in Bogota. This one and one in the Financial district. Hands down if you want to be a tourist this is the place - during the day. Zona Rosa is the place to have dinner and such if you want to walk around. You will however find a happening area a few blocks NorthEast where restaurants and hostels abound.
What I loved:
We had a room on the 7th floor in the "deco" wing. These rooms actually are attached via a hallway to an elevator, all interior, to the top floor of a neighboring building. The views from Room 712 were just incredible. Directly looking at the church domes, plazas and colonial dwellings. I doubt there is a better view in the La Calenderia area. There was no church bell noise as you expect in some European towns. The rooms was nicely furnished with basic furniture but lovely hard wood floors. The bathroom was spacious but not huge with a shower only (which I prefer).
The hotel location was great for what we wanted. During the day we happily walked all around the area and enjoyed the Botero Museum, Gold Museum, churches and plazas. There is a Juan Valdez a block away. Even at night we walked together and felt safe. I would be cautious but overall nothing more than when in a city in The US.
Breakfast was included and it was nice. They offered cook-to-order omelets and a variety of fruits and fried stuff.
The room was noisy. The windows are single pane and even though on the 7th floor you hear a lot of street noise. Also when someone walks down the hallway you also hear their footsteps. In all my years of travel noise is rarely an issue but when it is, it's maddening. The hotel was not even that busy when we were there so I can only imagine when the hotel is full with all the noise of walking around.
If you are expecting a nice time in the Spa/sauna area good luck. We arrived on Sunday and although the hotel was pretty much empty they held to a strict 3pm check in. No worries but then we were told the spa area was only open until 6 and closed on Mondays. We had expected it as a nice way to unwind after days of busy sight seeing but that did not happen. The front desk staff was also very uninterested in us not being happy with this.
Asking for a taxi was efficient and the hotel did not surcharge to do so. HOWEVER when I asked for a taxi to one of the Northern Suburbs to see the historic charm he suggested a much nicer location - a modern shopping mall near the airport. A total waste of a day and money. Still not sure what that was about.
I found myself twice at the front desk asking for help and while trying to help they assisted other patrons who were checking out or had room questions before they helped me. Not sure why, but it did make me feel less important and I had to wait while they helped others.
Overall it was a nice hotel but with the price you'd expect better hours for the sauna and quieter rooms. The view and location do counteract those issues if you are prepared.
- 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
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