Well located charming colonial hotel near a collection of some of the city's big museums and other historical sites. It is also across from the Colombian Department of State, which brings with it an extra layer (or 3) of neighborhood security. Add to that the nearby Presidential Palace, which has its own collection of armed guards and this appears to be a very safe neighborhood.
I'd say it is next to the opera house but that will probably be meaningless when you read this due to the ongoing renovation although it is a good landmark for finding the hotel on the map.
The main part of the hotel is a merging of two historic properties....with a lot of steps, even to get to the elevator. Everything looks very well maintained. My travel friends said their rooms in this section were large and quite nice. The one complaint was that they were on or near the street level and, thus had no privacy. And it was very very noisy. The cars were right outside their windows and the honking horns started at dawn.
The hotel does not have A/C and it can get stuffy if you can't open the windows, which is a big issue when you are at street level.
My room – 712- was in an annex that is the top floor of an office building (that you get to via an elevator inside the hotel---the slowest elevator ever built). Everything on the 7th floor is very modern. There’s even a lounge area.
The room has a great view of the city. (So I was the only one in my group who saw the very bizarre 4am fireworks display. The guess is that they were queued up for a future event, probably related to football, and no one was around at 4am to turn off the launching machine.)
On the 7th floor: Good wifi. Lots of room space. Lots of desktop space. Big bathroom with a nice array of amenities, including robes and slippers.
The one warning is that the lighting is BYO. The hallway outside the room has a very well designed lighting system but they forgot to design a room system. It is very dark once the sun goes down.
The morning breakfast buffet is modest but had different hot foods each day.
My 4 rating is based on my experience and especially on the 7th floor. If I had had a stuffy, noisy room in the lower-level section it might be a 1.
FYI: If you are in Bogota for business dress very formally in dark suits. Women’s office attire can be fashionable; men’s is very old-school and they all looked like their suits were custom fit.
If you are a tourist and want to blend in, wear dark clothes. The locals do wear pops of color but at least 90% of any crowd on the street will be in dark colors. (Maybe since they live in eternal spring weather they don’t feel the need to celebrate the end of winter with bright colors. ?)
- 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
- De La Opera Hotel