An art deco-style house turned boutique bed and breakfast, Casa Legado is your home-from-home in Bogotá’s quaint Quinta Camacho neighborhood. Stylishly decorated by owner Helena, it’s an homage to her family: choose your room based on the personality with whom you click best – each is named for a relative. The next morning, you’ll feel like one of the clan as you tuck in to the bountiful family-style breakfasts around the communal table. The rest of the day, help yourself to goodies from the sunny kitchen, borrow the sleek bikes for a pedal around the city or relax in the sunny garden. You’re one of the família now, so make yourself at home.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 3pm to 10pm.
Double rooms from $234.66, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfasts of fresh fruit, granola, homemade coconut yoghurt, freshly baked bread, porridge, eggs, coffee and fruit juice.
Fruit and vegetable are grown in the courtyard garden, which is draped with climbing ivy and has twin indoor-outdoor terraces. On home-movie nights, films are projected on one of the garden’s walls and cosy blankets are handed out to guests.
At the hotel
WiFi, laundry service, umbrellas and bicycles to borrow, snacks and drinks from the open kitchen. In rooms: TV, free bottled water, hot water bottles and Loto del Sur bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms have playful wallpaper and are named after members of Helena’s family. Suds soakers can sink into a tub in the Natalia or Lucho; the latter also has a private balcony with a bright blue hammock and a bijou breakfast table.
Bring your stretchy yoga kit – mats and other gear are supplied for you – for in-house sessions, which can be arranged on request.
The common areas might be a bit tricky, but there is one accessible bedroom with an adapted bathroom on the ground floor.
Littles Smiths aged four-and-up are welcome to join; there are toys for tots in the garden.
Casa Legado supports 123xMi, which builds playgrounds for vulnerable communities in Colombia, and local drink company Happy Kombucha’s reforestation project.
Get to know your fellow guests at the communal dining table, or take to the terrace for alfresco morning brews.
Make yourself at home.
There’s no restaurant, but breakfast at Casa Legado is a bountiful buffet of fresh fruits and juices, granolas and oatmeal, homemade coconut yogurt, freshly baked bread, local egg dishes and rich coffee. Later in the day, picnic hampers can be put together on request.
There’s no bar, but you’re welcome to help yourself to the fully-stocked fridge in the sunny kitchen.
You’ll find Casa Legado in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood, in the heart of Bogotá.
Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado is 30 minutes away by car. Hotel transfers can be arranged for US$25 each way (you’ll get yours free as a Smith Extra).
There’s onsite parking at the hotel, but we’d ditch the self-drive route in favour of airport pick-up and the hotel’s upright bicycles.
Worth getting out of bed for
Borrow one of the hotel’s photogenic bikes and pedal your way around the neighbourhood, pour yourself a glass of wine and snuggle up by the fireplace, or relax with a movie night in the garden. Achy? Thai massages can be arranged on request. And if you fancy exploring further afield, the family also owns a bucolic farmhouse two hours outside Bogotá. Called Manqué in honour of Helena’s father, it's a cosy countryside cottage that’s well worth an overnight visit. A guide will whisk you away to the farm, stopping at local arepa shacks, markets and hidden gardens along the way.
Browse for bit of locally made bling – made from recycled silver – at Colombian-Pakistani jewellery shop Aysha Bilgrami or search through the tomes at Wilborada for something to read in the garden. Make your way to Italian-inspired ice cream shop Orso and grab a cinnamon ice cream cone, caramel cookie-dough milkshake or warm chocolate-chip cookie topped with a scoop; then if your sweet treat of choice is portable, you can ramble over to Plaza Bolivar, Bogotá’s main square.
For brunch, order egg-based migas, ensalada de palmito and savoury corn arepas at Abasto; share a custard-y torta almojabana for dessert. For a mid-morning pick-me-up, swing around the corner to neighbourhood bakery Les Amis for a sampling of cakes and a fortifying cup of Colombian coffee. For dinner, carb-load with comfort food at Italian eatery 18 Scalini, which dishes out lemon-drizzled linguine with purple squid, Spaghetti alla carbonara and classic wood-fired pizzas. It’s a bit of a trek (20 minutes by car), but Andres DC is a date night favourite for good reason: part restaurant, part live entertainment venue, it guarantees you dinner and a show.
Bundle away to wine and tapas bar Nueve for small plates and perfect pairings from a stash of more than 170 varieties of wine. Inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies, it also has a stand-out cocktail menu for dapper chaps and dames.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Colombia and unpacked their bags of coffee beans, a full account of their South American city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Legado in Bogotá…
Bogotá’s boutique stay Casa Legado lives up to its name (it’s Spanish for ‘legacy’). It’s a bright and homey stay with rooms inspired by various relatives of owner Helena, with sentimental momentos stylishly repurposed throughout. That ice-cream cart check-in desk? A childhood birthday gift. The bijou lego model of the hotel? An opening-day surprise constructed by a creative niece.
After a peaceful night’s sleep, pull up a seat at the communal table in the Mad Hatter–meets-mid-century-mod breakfast room, where a tea-set-turned-chandelier hangs overhead and a dainty trolley of altitude-acclimatising teas waits in one corner. Tuck heartily into the freshly baked bread, tropical fruit juices, homemade granolas and aromatic cups of Colombian coffee: you’ll need your fuel for a day of exploring the neighbourhood by (borrowed from the house) bike. Too active for you? Ask Helena to arrange knot-relieving Thai massages or while away an afternoon with a holiday read on the covered terrace.
Hungry? Wander into the sunny, well-stocked kitchen and help yourself to the wares: salty snacks, fresh fruit and heady bottles of wine. The latter is best imbibed by a crackling fire or out in the greenery-bedecked interior courtyard. Whichever you choose, make yourself at home.
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