Colombia’s largest city and capital, Bogota, has a reputation, but it’s not what you’re thinking. One of the top 31 destinations to visit in 2010, according to The New York Times, this bustling city is today known for its vibrant nightlife, innovative gastronomy and arts and culture scene. Declared World Book Capital by UNESCO, Bogota is home to more than 60 art galleries and museums, 4,500 parks and nearly 50 shopping malls; clearly there’s plenty to explore in this South American city.
First things first: Where to stay. The JW Marriott Hotel Bogota gets rave reviews from the Insiders community. Marango2012 mentions the “impeccable” service, and dcr022002 says it’s “one of the best I have ever seen.” Kleineente says it was “the best experience I had in a long, long time,” noting communication with the concierge prior to her arrival and the friendly and professional staff. “They make every guest feel welcome and special,” she says. Cancerkiller used Marriott Rewards® points for his stay, which he says was “VERY nice. Everything is new and very modern.” Mgoes2 has a detailed trip report with Trip to Colombia and echoes the thoughts of other Insiders with her glowing review of the staff, rooms and facilities. “The concierge lounge was excellent…outside there is a balcony to watch the sunset over the mountains.”
When it comes time to explore, going with a friend or a guide can be helpful. A funicular ride up Monserrate to see the church is “really beautiful,” mgoes2 says, and can include pastries and shopping on the final leg up the mountain. While you’re up there, marango2012 recommends a meal at San Isidro. Dcr022002 says “Bogota is a wonderful city” and suggests stops at the Gold Museum and Museum of Modern Art, in addition to a day trip to the Salt Cathedral. He also recommends exploring the city’s central plaza and “narrow cobblestone streets with small restaurants that serve local food like ajiaco [potato soup], a must have.” The colonial Candelaria gets a nod from mgoes2, who calls it “a very interesting place and colorful. A good place for pictures.” For “excellent food in a very hip and interactive atmosphere,” kleineente likes Andres Carne de Res near the JW Marriott Hotel Bogota.
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