My friend had raved about this hotel, so I booked it.
Overall the hotel is fine, and the location is fabulous. The rooms are clean, quiet, and a good size (we had 716). However, the room we had was not particularly charming, and the towels were thin. The staff is very pleasant and tries very hard to be helpful, but the service was not what I was expecting. We arrived Saturday night and there was no concierge on duty on Sunday. The other staff had very little knowledge about sights, restaurants, etc, although they tried to be helpful. The concierge tried to be helpful, but was lacking basic information I would've expected a concierge to have (for example, she did not know that the Andres Carne de Res restaurant in Chia was only open Thurs-Sat and while she arranged a car for us to the Salt Cathedral did not think to tell us that English tours are only at certain times--not when she suggested we go). The wi-fi did not reach our room most of the time. The gym was three old machines and free weights in a room the size of a closet (literally), with no room to even put down a mat (if they had had one) for sit ups. The breakfast was good (eggs, fruit, bread, yogurt, cereals, meat and cheese and some small hot items).
Restaurants--Rafael was amazing, crepes and waffles was good for a quick bite at lunch, The Wok is a chain with a great variety of foods including many vegetarian options. Most restaurants seem to be closed Sun night (the Wok was open). Sant Just was really good food for lunch but slow service.
Andres Carnes de Res DC was a huge disappointment. The only thing special about it was that it was decorated in a bizarre way. The music wasn't good, nobody was dancing, the food was not good-particularly the steak (although the arepas and yuca fries were good) and it was overpriced.
Sights- Monserrate was mostly interesting because we went on Sunday when all the locals were there. Because of that, the area leading up to the funicular was teeming with food and souvenir vendors, which was fun. Pasaje Rivas and Mercado Artesanal near the museo del Oro were ok for crafts--we didn't make it to the Sunday market at Usaquen. The Botero museum was great (closed Tues). Wandering around the Candelaria was really fun. Museo de Oro was interesting and really gave a sense of historic Colombian life (english tours at 11 am), but we were done after the hour plus tour. Plaza Bolivar is not that exciting. The Salt Cathedral was gorgeous and well worth the hour drive-make sure you check the times of English tours when planning your trip. Iglesia/museo Santa Clara was amazing and well worth the nominal entrance fee.
- 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