Colombia is quickly becoming a major travel destination. The colorful and lively culture, its increase in safety, and the unique sites make me wonder why more people aren’t there now! But when stopping in the Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá, staying at Sofitel Bogota is an absolute must.
Our trip to Peru was our real reason to visit South America. But we couldn’t travel to or from Peru without a layover in a Latin country. As we scrolled pass the various flight options, I noticed a return option with an 18-hour layover in Bogotá, Colombia.
Despite a visit that would last less than 24 hours, I was in!
But where to stay with such limited time? We could stay in La Candelaria which lies in the midst of everything, but its reputation is incredibly sketchy. Zone T, which its upscale shopping, restaurants and nightlife, seemed to be the next best option.
That’s when we settled on Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia.
The Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia is a luxury, 5-star hotel in Bogota mixing a bit of French elegance and modernity, with local, Colombian details. From stylish artwork to a personalized perfume, Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia goes the extra mile at every turn. And while Sofitel Bogota contains 102 rooms, it’s the small touches and warm staff that make this hotel chain feel more like a boutique property.
Located in the heart of Zone T, there’s plenty of upscale decadence to make you feel like you are on a luxurious getaway (though the price would say otherwise). But if you’re planning on seeing some of Bogotá’s greatest sites, you’re only a 15-minute cab ride away!
Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia in Bogotá is home to a world class restaurant, spa, fitness center and meeting spaces. After a night in their world-famous bed and enjoying some French-inspired cuisine, you’ll wish this was your new home!
Imagine our pleasant surprise when we walked into our hotel, smelling of Peru and airports, only to be greeted with presents! Our spacious, Deluxe room treated us with a beautifully-scented candle, a small Colombia picture book and tasty macarons.
My lasting impression of our stay has to be the bed. True, we were tired. But when we sunk into our mattress wearing our plush robes, it was like being hugged by angels! My husband and I turned to each other, giving each other the only awe-inspired look that comes with finding the perfect mattress.
But before we drifted into a peaceful slumber, we took a shower in the marble tub. I don’t know if it was the immediately hot water, stellar water pressure or the Hermès amenities (okay, it was all three), but it was one of the best showers in all of my travels.
It was also incredibly convenient to find an electrical adapter already in the outlet! One less reason to reach into my oversized backpack.
In addition to these incredible details, our room also featured:
Flat screen TV*
My Bed (world renowned comfy mattress)*
Water on arrival*
Nespresso coffee machine
*=included in every room status
Things to Do
Staying at Sofitel Bogota was a wonderful reprise in the middle of this bustling city. From the crazy nightlife to the colorful sidewalks, you’ll find that you must kick back and relax often. Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia lets you do just that!
To ease your mind and body, the property features a fitness center and spa. The fitness center includes weights and cardio machines and the spa, while small in size, promotes a fabulous massage.
If you’re in between appointments or activities, enjoy the lounge/business center on the first floor. Equipped with two computers, a study and television, you can relax while waiting for your car to arrive.
Foodies prepare for culinary delights at the hotel restaurant. Basilic is a Mediterranean bar and restaurant served via French haute cuisine. We enjoyed two, delicious principales, or main courses in español. Their bee bee rack (lamb rack) entree and pato al lienzo (canvas duck) was tender and cooked to perfection. But the best part was enjoying this on our balcony where we could look over all of Zone T and soak up the Colombian energy.
Of course you can’t be in Colombia and not see at least a few sites. Visit the concierge who can give you a few pointers. Some of my favorite spots include Bolívar Square, Monserrate and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
Because of our short “layover,” we arrived fairly late. Despite arriving close to 11 pm, the front desk was friendly and prepared as if we had checked in midday. The man at the front desk was very warm and provided us with fresh juice to rejuvenate us from our long flight.
Our late arrival meant we had missed turn down service, but wouldn’t you know it we still had bedside chocolates anyway!
The next day we tried to explore the city and hotel as much as possible. My limited Spanish meant I was “in” with the hotel greeters (the men who wear top hats and open doors when they see you approaching). We laughed and talked about the hotel in a way that felt more friendly than professional.
Finally, our last encounter with the staff was when we were waiting to head back to the airport. The girl at the front desk was bubbly, personable and inquisitive. She tested our vibes and knew we were happy to converse, instead of those guests that check in and out without a warm hello. Her joy made us feel so happy and welcome!
I can’t say enough about the fantastic hospitality at Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia.