As we discovered, outside of Cartagena, Colombia offers some of the lowest rates for quality accommodation anywhere in the world, and the Sonesta was no exception. A cool, modernist building in the Barrio Norte, just across from the Centro Comercial UniCentro, the rooms are fantastic with floor-to-ceiling windows (the staff lower the mechanized blinds each afternoon for privacy). Our only complaint with the room design was that the 2cm lip at the base of the walk-in shower is insufficient and water tends to flood the bathroom floor faster than it can drain via the shower drain, which means you will be doing some improvised mopping with a spare towel each morning. The included breakfast buffet was superb and the free WiFi worked perfectly. We had no security concerns at the hotel, or anywhere else in Bogotá for that matter. The closest TransMilenio Station is "Cl 127," which is a pleasant 1.5Km walk west of the hotel (with some nice places to eat and a grocery store next to the station). We used the TransMilenio extensively...it is a rather confusing/counter-intuitive system and the crush of humanity for most of the day rivals that of the Moscow or Tokyo metros at rush hour...whatever you do, do stock up on fare cards during the brief low periods as the line for tickets at other times at the Cl 127 station can exceed an hour. For our late night ride back to BOG, we used the hotel's car service (COP 40K each way) which was a massive improvement over the taxi ride from the airport and well worth the extra expense (do not even think of trying to take the TransMilenio to/from BOG if you have luggage). Overall, a great hotel and highly-recommended.
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- SONESTA BOGOTA HOTEL The Sonesta Bogota Hotel opens the doors to a modern and exclusive hotel in the north of Bogota opposite the Unicentro Shopping Mall and with a cutting edge design and sophisticated personalized services. Accommodation in the capital of Colombia designed for business travelers and visitors seeking a comfortable hotel for their vacations and getaway breaks to Bogota. Book a great place to rest with the maximum guarantees in this Bogota hotel with free Wi-Fi, restaurant, meeting rooms, car park... ... more less
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