Located in the “Colombian Wall Street” Calle 7 area, Hilton Bogota offers a nice mix of business with pleasure: in the midst of headquarters, but also near good upscale restaurants and nightlife.
When traveling to Bogota, Colombia, the hotel choices are not nearly as extensive as you’ll get in Cartagena. For the most part this is a business city, not a tourist city, so while there are a smattering of boutique hotels like 104 Suites and Hotel La Opera, most are aimed at those here to get deals done. The Hilton hits all the right notes for business travelers—or leisure travelers cashing in points or making use of their Hilton Hhonors status to get upgraded. The hotel has good security, an English speaking front desk, and a good club floor lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails.
La Ventana restaurant was a welcome sight to me after a long day of flying from the U.S. and the chef laid out a variety of beautiful dishes with wine from their 150-label collection. In the morning it serves an extensive breakfast buffet, healthy to indulgent. The bar here is a velvet rope hotspot on weekends, a more sedate lounge other times, known for its exotic cocktails.
The big irony in Colombia is that the coffee is usually pretty lousy in hotels, with most of the good coffee leaving the country. Hilton has sourced organic high-grade coffee for its Devotion Cafe though and there’s an interesting collection of devices used to prepare it.
Having opened just a couple years ago, the 245 rooms are well set-up for business travelers, with an ample desk and easy-t0-reach outlets. Bedside lighting is good and you get all the expected amenities like electronic safes, minibars, satellite TVs with English channels, and alarm clocks with iPod docks. Baths with large showers are reached through a dressing area with shelves and hanging rods.
Most baths have huge rain showers wrapped in glass and marble. There are robes but no slippers and the other odd quirk here is that rooms have air-conditioning, but not heat—in a city that’s often cold. The double-glazed windows keep the noise and much of the weather out though and the blackout curtains and warm duvet help ensure a good night’s sleep.
An attractive outdoor pool is heated and a good gym has a full-time personal trainer on staff. For those coming to Bogota on business or those looking for a well-run hotel they can trust, Hilton Bogota is a solid choice in a great location. See more at the hotel website or check prices at Hotels.com. It’s often a great value, especially if you can time it to be here on a weekend, when the street in front is blocked off for bicyclists and joggers.
Review and photos of Hilton Bogota by editor and travel destinations expert Tim Leffel, who was a guest of the hotel while researching a feature story for another publication.