In Bogota we were fortunate to be hosted by Boheme Royal, a three-and-a-half-star hotel located in the swanky Zona Rosa entertainment district.
This was exactly where I wanted to stay in Bogota. And with room specials starting at $120, it was only about $50 more per night than the area’s highest-rated AirBnb rental, a surcharge offset in part by a gratuitous breakfast buffet and attentive front desk staff.
I promised Boheme Royal I’d write an honest review about my stay. All opinions are my own. For other customer reviews, check out TripAdvisor.
The hotel was within a short and well-lit walk of multiple pubs and restaurants, as well as banks, malls and shops. One night we stumbled upon a concert that, judging by the presence of several news crews, must have been a big-ish deal.
We only explored two other neighborhoods, Usaquen and La Candalaria. I preferred Zona Rosa. It felt safer and had more food and drink options.
For me, the most important quality of a holiday rental or hotel is its proximity to good beer.
We ate our faces off at the complimentary breakfast buffet. Platters of arepas, plantains, and tamales sat next to eggs, sausages and croissants. There was a cheese and meat bar, ample fruit and juices, and flavored yogurts. This was some of the best food we ate in Colombia.
The front desk staff was bilingual and outgoing. The hotel runs a taxi service that takes you anywhere in the city for about $15 USD, only $5 USD more than a regular cab. We were warned by locals that taxi safety is a big issue in Bogota. I appreciated booking through the front desk and knowing a reputable ride was only a few minutes away.
Greg and I usually rent apartments on our trips. When we return to Tampa, we’re happy to see our humble little home as it’s generally bigger and in better shape than the places we rent.
Not this time. Our home looked downright shoddy after staying in Boheme Royal.
The hotel room had a king size bed, desk, couch, minibar and bathroom nook. The bed was a little firmer than I like, but the pillows were soft and bigger than me. Everything was new and clean.
Housekeeping even folded my clothes. *Mind blown.*
Our room was next to the popular restaurant and nightclub Andres Carne de Res. On Saturday night we could hear the thump-thump of dance music and had to use ear plugs.
Easy fix: If you’re a light sleeper and staying at the hotel on the weekend, request a room not on the wall shared with Andres.
On Monday, some genius at Andres thought it was a good idea to tear down walls and install plumbing at 2 a.m. I called the front desk and they had a new room for us in five minutes. They were extremely apologetic about the construction noise and said they would address it with Andres’ owner.
I was impressed with how the hotel staff handled the situation. If we were in an apartment we would have been screwed.
Great service, value and location. I would definitively stay here again. Even on my own dime.