All-business Bogotá earns its design stripes with the glittering B.O.G. Hotel, a high-end boutique bolthole in the well-heeled Cabrera neighbourhood. Come-hither interiors from Nini Andrada Silva, a sexy rooftop pool and one of the city’s hottest dining dens attract in-the-know tourists and fashionable locals alike.
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Noon Earliest check-in, 3 pm, but flexible subject to availability. Reservations booked under the standard rate will receive a late check-out if available.
Double rooms from £57.55 ($79). Please note the hotel charges an additional of $4.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast for two and internet access.
At the hotel
Pool, spa, fitness centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, coffee and tea service, signature Loto bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We always go in for a room with a dazzling view and a balcony for sipping our sundowners – and several of the twin and queen-size rooms tick those boxes. However, splash out for the corner Business King with a terrace (be sure to request city views) and a smart sitting area.
Have your camera ready for the breath-stealing Bogotá vistas spied from the rooftop deck with its rectangular-shaped heated pool flanked by lounge-inspired café tables and divans. The pools is open from 8am to 4pm.
Mirroring the soothing tones of gold and emerald throughout the hotel, the hushed spa is a much-needed escape from otherwise bustling Bogotá. Unwind with custom facials and head-to-toe body scrubs and rubs with sea salts, essential oils and local plants extracts.
Leave space in your luggage for local designer finds. The hotel is just a stylish stroll from loads of trendy boutiques in the Zona T district.
There is a room that’s been adapted to accommodate mobility-impaired guests as well as two elevators in the hotel. Be sure to check restaurant hours upon arrival; hours of service and openings vary on Sundays and holidays.
Welcome, but not especially catered to. Extra beds and cots can be added to the Business Suites.
Get cosy at a table in front of the glowing fireplace.
Let your designer labels wag and you’ll fit right in with this very fashion-forward crowd.
No matter the day of the week, you’ll find the B.O.G. restaurant buzzing with both locals and trend-spotting tourists drawn to this elegant space with honey-combed ceilings and golden accents. Feast on the artistic parade of dishes from the chef’s seasonal tasting menu and other Colombian fare with a fine-dining twist.
Slide up to the sleek Lobby Bar and admire the walls hung with traditional Colombian woven hats. Or, take your expertly mixed craft cocktail on the rooftop and watch the sun set on the waves of rooftops below and the moss-green Andes in the distance.
Breakfast is served 6am–10am, 7am-10am on Saturdays and until 2pm on Sundays and holidays. Lunch is available noon–3pm. Dinner is available 7pm–11pm, but closed on Sundays and holidays. The lobby Bar and the Terrace are open 5pm–12:30am Monday to Saturday
Located in northern Bogotá in the upscale La Cabrera neighbourhood, B.O.G. Hotel is a pleasant stroll from some of the cities finest boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
Bogotá’s Aeropuerto el Dorado (www.eldorado.aero/en/) is 30 minutes from the hotel by car and services domestic and international flights. Call our Smith24 team to organise your flights.
Driving is challenging in this crowded city and renting a car is not advised. Metered taxis are readily available and the fastest way to get around the city, so it’s best to leave the driving to a local. The hotel can also hire a private taxi service with bilingual drivers on request. If you prefer to risk the roads, the hotel does have valet parking available for USD$10 per day.
Worth getting out of bed for
B.O.G. Hotel is in La Cabrera, a leafy enclave in northern Bogotá known for high-end shops and restaurants. For the latest in runway-ready fashion pop by PerSe on Calle 81, a well-edited collection for women, and browse the fresh line from designing duoLeal Daccarettin their eponymous boutique on Calle 80. Visit Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi's shop for stylized souvenirs such as indigenous-inspired mochila bags and wayuu bracelets.
Hail a taxi and travel 20 minutes south to La Candelaria, the city’s colonial district paved with cobbled streets and walls splashed in a riot of graffiti and street art. Wander in and out of soaring churches, art galleries and shops. Make time for the Botero Museum, which houses the rotund paintings and sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, along with work by Chagall, Renoir, Picasso and Max Ernst. Gain a deeper understanding of Colombia’s richest export and the design inspiration for the B.O.G. Hotel with a visit to the Museo del Oro, a national treasure trove with more than 55,000 gold pieces from pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia on display.
On Sundays, many major roads are closed to motorists for Ciclovía, a weekly, car-free event when pedestrians, bikers and skateboarders overtake the wide avenues. A thrilling way to take part is on two wheels by renting a bike from the friendly outfitters at Bogota Bike Tours.
The hotel's restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town, but there are so many spots and a range of cuisines worth venturing out for, too. Savoury fried empanadas, generous platters of grilled meats with beans, yuca and plaintains are just some of the tempting traditional Colombian dishes on offer at Casa Vieja. Brothers Jorge and Mark Rausch have penned cookbooks and built a culinary empire with several award-winning restaurants from Costa Rica to Cartagena. Their latest venture is Criterion, an elegant eatery with French-inspired cuisine – scallops au cheval, steak tartar with crispy potato – and a hefty wine list to pair it all with.
The B.O.G. Hotel in Bogotá isn’t a luxury hotel in that white-glove service way. It’s what’s termed a design hotel, and rather than feeling overly fussed over, you’ll feel trendy (in a good way). Which was perfect for Mr Smith and me because following a week of work, this was our weekend off – fashionable and chic was exactly what we were going for.
Walking into the lobby with its palette of caramel-hued gold, brown and glittering emeralds, you would never confuse this with a massive chain hotel. Inside of the compact lobby was an unobtrusive bar, and beyond that a dining area was tucked away in a light-filled atrium at the back. With just 55 rooms, it feels properly boutiquey, thanks in no small part to the well thought out decor and the clever layout.
Once in our City View room, the gold theme (a nod to one of Colombia’s richest natural resources) continued. I eyed the sharp design accents, like a cowhide desk chair that I would have dragged back home with me if I thought I could have gotten away with it. Ditto for the desk with its diagonal frame in an antique finish.
Even the room lighting was extraordinary, with multiple switches placed just so. We could adjust the lighting as we lounged in bed, and there was even lighting under the bed that emitted a romantic glow.
The hotel in Bogotá we’d stayed at during our week of all business had an enormous bed, bigger than a California King. Mr Smith and I had been impressed – until we realized it was two beds, pushed together, with one just enough higher than the other and making it awkward to sleep in the middle. We came to refer to this discrepancy as ‘the great divide’, and it was not conducive to midnight snuggling.
Here the bed was big, cushy and supportive at the same time, laden with pillows and – most importantly – divide-less. We slept (and snuggled) very, very well.
As for the city view, it was best taken in from the spacious balcony overlooking a park, and we were surprised, pleasantly, by how quiet it was. Bogotá is a city where traffic is near constant and the sound of car horns a permanent background noise.
Being able to sit outside in almost total privacy, without being battered by noise, was an unexpected delight that we took full advantage of – I even wandered out in my soft cotton bathrobe, post-shower. The floor-to-ceiling glass sliding door allowed plenty of daytime light and the heavy curtains let us snooze until noon.
A design choice that has sparked numerous debates between Mr Smith and me over the years is the toilet-separate-from-the-shower-room layout as in this room. But in this instance, it allowed sufficient space in the bathroom for the enormous shower with jets that blasted horizontally with extreme force.
Given the flesh-pummeling delights of the shower, it was almost unnecessary to book massages, but we felt duty-bound to explore the spa. It’s housed in the basement next to the parking garage, but still manages to offer a full menu of services, in addition to a sauna, changing rooms, and a salon. The couples massage was fairly straightforward, but still an appropriately decadent addition to the weekend.
Location is everything in Bogotá. The big tourist attractions, like the Gold Museum and the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, are in the south and the shopping and dining district, Zona T, is in the north (happily very close to the B.O.G.). So, if you don’t want to take taxis several times a day and spend hours of your holiday sitting in traffic, it’s wise to set yourself up near someplace attractive.
We walked from the hotel to the Zona T, which is lined with restaurants and shops, including several giant, high-end shopping malls. If sipping cocktails in a lively bar, which leads to clubbing until the wee hours followed by a few hours of serious shopping the next day is your idea of a good time, then B.O.G. will make for an ideal home base.
The hotel is a destination in its own right, too. Especially the stellar rooftop bar with its decorative rectangular pool – decorative being the operative word because, thanks to Bogotá’s perpetually spring-like weather, it seems like opportunities for swimming would be few and far between. Still, it looks the part, and on Saturday night the roof was hopping with a DJ spinning as Bogotá’s hip young things sipped inventive cocktails.
On our second night, a Sunday, we hadn’t booked anywhere for dinner and found ourselves at 10 pm tired, famished and wandering the neighborhood in search of a restaurant. Warning to visitors: Sunday nights in Bogotá are dead. So we headed back to the hotel where we ordered room service, which included two giant burgers and very cold beer.
We lounged, Roman-style on that wonderful bed, ate our burgers, drank our beer, and refused to leave our moodily lit divide-less raft until check-out.