Colonial elegance in a modern metropolis
As one of the few colonial hotels in the city, Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota looks and acts very differently from its contemporary neighbors.
Officially recognized as a monument of cultural significance by the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the property possess strong European regal airs and graces inherited from 1946, when the building was designed by Santiago Medina Mejia.
The business sector is particularly well catered for here. With four fully equipped event spaces and the flexibility to host cocktail receptions and mixology classes in suites and the outdoor grounds, the hotel mixes business and pleasure with admirable panache.
If you’re in town for meetings or leisure, you will be drawn to the rustic earth-toned furnishings, spacious suites and sweeping passages that invite you to wind back the clock in style.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The warm interiors and cozy rooms are a beautiful — and much needed — contrast to Bogota’s corporate-looking landscape.
• Bogota can be a nightmare to navigate, so location really is everything. Fortunately, Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota just happens to be in Rosales, the city’s most desirable urban district.
• Forget the uninspiring breakfast buffet found in other business hotels. Here you wake to a truly delicious deli bar where you can order fluffy eggs, waffles and pancakes off the menu.
What to Know
• Bogota is still considered quite a business-orientated city, so the luxury hotel is busier during the week than it is on weekends.
• Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota is not to be confused with another local property from the brand, Four Seasons Hotel Bogota, which sits just a few blocks away in the hot Zona T entertainment neighborhood.
• Reserve a suite with a terrace. Having breakfast with a view of Bogota’s staggering mountains is the best way to start the day.
• The Bogota hotel packs a lot into this residential property; a total of 62 rooms fall into seven different categories.
• Handcrafted wooden doors, stunning ceiling beams and antique stained windows are just some of the ancestral charms that make this hotel unique.
• Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota uses toiletries from Loto del Sur, a divine organic Colombian brand, in all of its rooms and suites.
• Castanyoles, the hotel’s Spanish-inspired restaurant, more than holds its own next to the gastronomy-heavy offerings in Zona T.
• So attractive is Castanyoles that locals break with cultural tradition and come here for lunch even when they are not staying at the hotel.
• Standout dishes include the Iberico ham croquettes, salmon salmerejo tapas and suckling pig.
• In true Spanish style, Castanyole’s kitchen is open around the clock (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.).