First, a little background...When we first arrived in Bogota, we were picked up by family of my soon-to-be fiance. Originally, we had not planned on staying at a hotel (but that is a long and involved story and has nothing to to with this review). The first hotel our friend of the family driver took us too was HORRIBLE! The staff was nice (as was the cat that slept on the tv) but the rooms were small, dirty, the doors felt like a good wind would kick them in, and the walls must have been made with painted toilet paper. There were a bunch of young kids staying here as well, so it was loud. We told our family member that we needed to switch hotels as we did not feel comfortable here at all. They then took us to the Hotel Maria Isabel. It was definitely more than a few steps up from the first hotel (who's name I don't know because it wasn't written anywhere)! The reception was nice and the sight of a doorman was welcoming. We stayed in a double occupancy room. The room was modest, but it did have a mini fridge (that we made sure to plug in). There are no longer "mini bars" in the rooms (or at least ours didn't have one). It was quiet and comfortable enough. The bathroom was rather small, but that seems to be how they are in Colombia (maybe everything is just bigger here in America haha!). They even included breakfast at their restaurant downstairs (included with the room). It was very delicious! They also have a maitre d there. I believe his name is Gustavo. He used to work for Disney Cruise Lines and is fluent in English (if you need that). He helped us out with LOADS of information! He was definitely a plus!
All in all, it was a decent place to stay, but for the price, I'd stay somewhere more close to downtown, where it would be a little cleaner (and easier/quicker access to shopping and such), unless you have someone to drive you around! (Although there is a Trans Milenio Station about 2 blocks from the hotel, if needed).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy hotel with outstanding service. We offer free pickup at the airport, 24 hr. room service, well equipped rooms (international cable t.v., mini bar, direct dialing long distance, etc.), restaurant open daily 6 a.m. to midnight, central location close to all interesting areas (business, shopping, U.S. Embassy, etc.). We offer city tours. ... more less
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