Just back in Australia after a whirlwind trip to Colombia and the U.S.

I have to give a big thumbs up to the hotel where we stayed in Bogota.  We stayed 5 nights at the boutique Virrey Park Hotel in Bogota.image

Did we really only pay $100 Australia a night to stay in this place ?  It was a wonderful ‘home base’ for our little stay.

This place is not in the hustle and bustle of the CBD, but it’s close to lots of wonderful suburban attractions. It was within easy walking distance to a couple of great retail areas and the place was surrounded by great restaurants. It’s a very safe part of Bogota. We did a lot of walking and never felt as though our security was compromised, even at night time.image

I love Bogota.  I think partly because it’s so different to where I’m from. I grew up in a little country town in Western Australia. Bogota is this chaotic metropolis on the other side of the world where everything looks, sounds, smells and tastes different to where I’m from.  image

There’s no such thing as a quiet street in Bogota and the Virrey Park is on a busy one, but it’s also on a busy bike and walking path. There’s always some colourful foot traffic just out the window.  Breakfast is part of the deal at the Virrey Park in their little Italian themed restaurant on the ground floor. There’s also a bar on the ground floor and a Juan Valdez coffee shop attached to the front of the place.  This hotel features a 24 hour front desk, free wi fi and the funkiest little 4 person elevator you have ever seen.image

The staff were a feature of the stay. Always friendly and accommodating. The rooms are a sensible size. The beds were big and amazingly comfortable. The room featured double glass windows to insulate from the street sound.

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The downsides ? Like most places in Colombia, they have no idea how to make coffee to Australian tastes, I would have loved a kettle in the room and some of the breakfast selections that were supposed to be hot, often weren’t.

Would we stay there again ?

Hell yeah.