Carrera 13 #85-46, Bogota, Colombia
Built for business, guests at this buttoned-up hotel also benefit from a few surprises including a sophisticated celebrity chef partnership and the best hotel spa in Bogota.
Opened in 2014 after a full year of top-to-bottom renovation, this is the more business-focused of the two Four Seasons hotels in the Colombian capital. The sleek hotel doesn't convey much of a sense of place, but it does deliver Four Seasons service and comfort with a few surprises.
Almost half of the 64 rooms are Executive Suites with nearly 400 square feet of space, a true living room, and a double showerhead shower. All rooms have the signature Four Seasons Mattress, robes and super plush slippers, various styles of electrical outlets, a USB charging port, and made-in-Colombia Acacia de Amazonas bath products. The Wi-Fi is very fast and reliable throughout the hotel, but guests can upgrade for a fee. The streets in the bustling Zona T location can be noisy, but soundproofed windows take care of that.
Rooms are located in three towers with each room type in its own tower with its own elevator. The hotel is also pet friendly. Those checking in with furry friends are assigned rooms with balconies and pet amenities are available as well.
Should you need further products or services, the Four Seasons app lets you schedule turn down or cleaning, ask for more bath products, set a wake-up call, etc. Though I preferred to visit reception in person with any requests because that gave me an excuse to pluck a homemade cookie from the bowl on the desk.
In 2018, Colombia's original celebrity chef, Harry Sasson, opened his latest restaurant, Nemo, right next to the Four Seasons Hotel Bogota. The 130-seat place is named for Harry's grandfather and it's decorated with black and white family photos. The menu is meat- and fish-based and most items are cooked in a special live fire oven and grill imported from Spain. Appetizers like tender octopus tacos and a hummus trio (beet hummus, pumpkin hummus, and heart of palm hummus) offer something for a variety of tastes. The Angus NY strip steak was cooked perfectly rare and juicy and the light, flaky grouper cooked in a skillet with pesto was the best fish I've had in years.
Portions are huge and meant to be shared and Nemo also offers the best wine selection in Bogota with dozens of bottles offered by the 1/4, 1/2, or full bottle at excellent prices. With the opening of Nemo, Sasson also took over the hotel's food and beverage program and anything from the Nemo menu is available as room service 24 hours a day. Nemo also serves as the venue for the hotel's sumptuous breakfast spread.
Still hungry? The Zona T neighborhood is home to some of the city's best restaurants. For a lively bar scene and great food head to Segundo. For fine dining head to Osaka. And beer lovers should head to the Bogota Brewing Company brewpub for craft beers and pub food.
Work it off in the hotel's 24-hour gym where a full range of Matrix machines await in addition to balance balls and free weights. Supplemental oxygen is pumped into the gym to mitigate the effects of the Bogota's 8,600 foot altitude.
The Four Seasons Hotel Bogota has one more surprise up its sleeve: the best hotel spa in the city. The gorgeous tiled floor at the spa's reception desk was handcrafted in Boyacá before being brought to the city and installed. The pre-treatment waiting area is stocked with fruited water and nuts and the changing rooms (with steam saunas) are stocked with hair brushes, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and even shaving supplies. Inspired by the gold and emeralds produced in Colombia, the spa's five chic treatment rooms sparkle with gold and green lighting. Treatment bed mattresses are heated and you can choose the music and the fragrance you want during your massage, facial, nail treatment, or lavish combination package. The spa's signature treatment includes (surprise) actual emerald dust.
Web Address: www.fourseasons.com/bogota
Total Number of Rooms: 64
Published rates: $484 to $2,535 double occupancy including breakfast
Review by Karen Catchpole, photos by Eric Mohl.