El Virrey manages to combine the very good, quite bad and mediocre but it’s the hotel’s location that swings the vote for me.
Starting with the quite bad; the breakfast would fit this description perfectly.
More than anything else, the breakfast was just miserly. When I’m on holiday, I want to stuff my face – either with a continental or English breakfast – instead, all I got was two fried or scrambled eggs, some bread and one cup of coffee. Everything else, like fruit juice or another cup of coffee, wasn’t included.
Moving on to the mediocre, the rooms and the hotels rather soulless atmosphere would fall into this category. While the rooms have everything you’d need and are clean, they are a bit tatty and have no windows.
With regard to the hotel’s atmosphere, it just felt a bit flat to me. As well as having long, empty corridors, the hotel’s restaurant was quite cavernous and rarely full.
Thankfully, I had my iPhone for entertainment.
The two factors that rescue this hotel are the quality of service and its location, both of which are very good.
The service is both friendly and efficient. The staff on reception are cheerful and chatty as are the waiters in the restaurant.
It’s also worth noting that check-out is at 3pm which is very helpful and generous.
Turning to location, El Virrey is a ten-minute walk away from Capitolio and Candelaria, both of which offer many points of interest to tourists.
Furthermore, there are plenty of shops and bars on the doorstep, along with a well-stocked supermarket.
You could do a lot worse than stay in this hotel as long as you bear in mind its limitations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a very nice hotel with a very nice price. We are located in downtown Bogota, next to the historic centre La Candelaria and most of all, we are only two blocks away of the famous Gold Museum. ... more less
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