Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bogota Hotels

Three of my favorite hotels in Bogota are the Sheraton Bogota Hotel, The Radisson and the new Marriott.
The Sheraton Bogota Hotel, was previously a Fourpoints SPG hotel and is presently a Category 3 SPG hotel, so you don’t need many points to redeem a free night and it is one of the few cat 3 hotels with a Club Lounge. Guests have access to the Club Lounge to relax and enjoy the view. ~ The Lounge offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverage options. ~A few blocks away, is the Salitre Plaza and the Gran Estacion commercial centers mall, the El Dorado International airport, and the Industrial Zone where major businesses have established their headquarters.
The new Marriott Hotel is next door to the Sheraton and in July there will be a new JW Marriott opening in the center of the city.
If you have time to explore Bogota, you should visit the Gold Museum and the XVII-century Monserrate monastery is found atop the eastern mountain rage, reachable by a Swiss cable car. Once there, you will be able to enjoy the city view.
It is remarkable how Colombia has lowered crime over the past 10 years. I feel safer in Bogota Colombia than in Mexico. In fact, many of the drug cartels have relocated to Mexico.Bogota has one of the best transportation methods. It works like the subway in New York but is above ground. This is wonderful for me because I am claustrophobic. I lived in Mexico City for many years but never entered the subway in fear of earthquakes.
The third hotel that I like to stay at is the Radisson. It is closer to all the good restaurants in the Zona Rosa or Zona T Mall.
At Radisson to earn their top tier, Gold Elite

status, you need at least 35 nights or 20 stays.
Marriott require 75 nights to obtain their top tier called Platinum. SPG needs 25stays or 50 nights but SPG Platinum Member will only need 15 stays during 2010 to re-qualify for 2011.