Cosmopolitan charm in the heart of Bogota
Situated right in the financial district of bustling Bogota, Colombia, amid many corporate offices, JW Marriott Hotel Bogota naturally draws business travelers. But its proximity to attractions like the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and other entertainment and dining areas makes leisure seekers check in as well.
Both factions enjoy the hotel’s surprisingly varied and dynamic gastronomic scene, which boasts authentic Japanese fare at Nau Sushi Lounge as well as Asian-Latin fusion at Tamarine.
Along with inspiring restaurants, the hotel’s main bar, Circo, is a hot spot for locals just as much as tourists, thanks to the spotlight on up-and-coming Bogota musicians and salsa performers.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The guest rooms are just as impressive as the crisp, clean and contemporary lobby, with Egyptian 300-thread-count cotton linens (and Marriot’s signature cozy beds), soundproof windows to keep out the honks and horns of the growing city and Aromatherapy toiletries in the expansive marble bathrooms.
• You can’t miss Circo, whose live music and pizzas are some of the best in the city, but the small space can crowd on Fridays and Saturdays. Tip: Go for an early cocktail and appetizer so you can soak up the views and the music without the wait.
• The location of the JW Bogota can’t be beat. It’s within walking distance to 93rd Street Park and the coveted Zona G gastronomy district.
• The luxurious spa is an oasis from the loud city with a large indoor pool and a full-service health club with brand-new gym equipment.
• Treat yourself to the spa’s Diamond Glitter ritual, which uses mineral extracts from diamond, amethyst and sapphire stones to recover firmness and a youthful appearance. The 2.5-hour experience starts with a full-body exfoliation followed by a moisturizing massage and sublime facial.
What to Know
• You don’t need a car to get around to some of Bogota’s famous landmarks, like the Monserrate cable car or the Museo Botero square, since taxis and public transportation are readily available.
• The metro, which takes you all around the city for next to nothing, is nearly unbearable during massive rush-hour crowds, so allow ample time to get back to the luxury hotel.
• The rooms feel like they belong in a boutique Colombian hotel. They tout rich dark wooden furniture, splashes of bright red accents, Colombian sculptures and paintings, and tropical plants.
• In the 10-story glass hotel, the 25 suites are easily the most impressive. They are outfitted with a large sitting area, a spacious work desk with an ergonomic chair, a large marble bathroom with a textured gold mirror and a bathtub.
• The Junior Suites feature large, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the sparkling skyline and surrounding Monserrate mountain.
• Book the 1,937-square-foot Presidential Suite, which has the luxurious amenities of the Junior Suites (overly plush down comforters and comfortable sofas) with bonuses, like a fireplace, a dining table that seats six, two marble bathrooms, a 42-inch LCD TV and large step-out balconies with 180-degree views of the city.
• For a break from the empanadas and plantains, have a bite at Tamarine, a cool and chic Asian fusion restaurant that serves fresh Pacific seafood, like lobster tails served on a bed of creamy avocado and butternut puree and tempura and gyoza prawns.
• Keeping with the Asian influence, Nau Sushi Lounge at the Bogota hotel offers an incredible variety of succulent and fresh sushi rolls and a vast collection of authentic Japanese sakes and innovative cocktails, like the green tea and lychee sake martini.
• Combined with the cozy ambiance, plush red couches and simple black tabletops, the atmosphere at Nau Sushi Lounge feels like a place you’d find in New York or Tokyo.
• If the smell of freshly baked pizza in a brick flame oven doesn’t lure you into Circo, the JW’s open terrace bar, the lively sound of Bogota’s musicians will. It’s of the best places to grab a drink and listen to all types of music (ranging from pop to salsa.
• The décor at Circo is as beautiful as the music and food, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a live green wall outfitted with succulents and fresh plants.