Calle 73 # 8-60, Bogota, Colombia
The JW Marriott Bogota Hotel is all about location, location, location. Located in the city’s financial district and just 30 minutes from the Bogota International Airport, the JW is also near the Avenida Chile shopping mall, the National Theatre and the “Zona G” (Zona Gastronomica), with some of the finest restaurants in Bogota.
The 2010 debut of the JW Marriott Bogota Hotel marked the Marriott International, Inc. brand’s first luxury hotel in this major city. The 264-room JW Marriott Bogota structure is mundane, an anonymous JW anywhere: a steel, marble, and glass building stretching 10 floors high. But once you enter the lobby, the warmth of Colombian influences blends with classic décor in an instant welcome.
Perhaps as a nod to the famous Colombian coffee and the rich soil, inviting browns, tans, and beige colors accent the walls and floors. Occasional splashes of vibrant color are found in the fresh flower displays. Another thumbs-up to the coffee triangle of Colombia is the Juan Valdez coffee shop located on the corner of the hotel, frequented by both hotel guests and locals.
The front desk unobtrusively blends in, as if not to distract from the living room-esque open lobby, but the service is immediate. Lobby lounging is encouraged with comfortable chairs and couches and a convenient lobby bar. The lobby also opens onto a lovely outdoor patio with water features.
When I visited, the Lobby bar was a continuous flow of activity, especially early evening when the hotel filled with returning business travelers. The hotel is located in the heart of the city’s financial district, minutes from corporate offices like American Express, IDB, World Bank, Citibank, Cisco, and Coca-Cola.
For those preferring libations away from the sometimes drafty entrance, the main floor also offers cocktails in the Dry 73 bar. It’s an exclusive lounge serving 73 different types of Martinis, all original recipes from their expert barmen. The Dry 73 also offers a menu of international and Colombian dishes, but you might be tempted to take a few steps into the restaurant La Mina, recognized as one of the best restaurants in Bogota.
La Mina is known for its prime cuts of beef, seafood, and imported lobster, but architecturally you might note the arches and lighting as the restaurant was built as a replica of the Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá. (The “Salt Cathedral” is a popular tourist destination and a religious Mecca to Catholics, an underground Roman Catholic Church etched inside the tunnels of a working mine 200 meters underground.)
The third dining option is Monet Brasserie, specializing in French cuisine.
Spacious beds and ample living space are the JW Marriott model, and the Bogota version is no different. The 5-star accommodations provide spacious beds and luxurious bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Again, Colombian influences are seen in the rooms with color schemes and artwork. With a busy financial district location, thankfully the windows are soundproofed, so when it’s time to sleep, street noise doesn’t interrupt your slumber. And the 400-thread Egyptian cotton linen and feather mattress topper will make it even more comfortable. All the luxuries of the JW are at your fingertips: W-Fi, plasma televisions, and ergonomic work spaces.
Of the 264 rooms, 25 are suites with executive lounge access. The value of the Presidential suite is in the spectacular city view from the balcony. One-bedroom King Suites are 785 square feet with living area.
Recreational amenities include a swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The JW Marriott Hotel Bogota is a welcome addition to the city’s luxury hotel profile. Its rooms are elegant and comfortable in a familiar business hotel way, but its prime location definitely makes a stay at this upscale hotel worthwhile.
Review by Diana Rowe, photos courtesy of JW Marriott