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W Bogota Hotel Review: Everything that glitters is golden

The Colombian capital has an energetic pace and a lively hotel scene. The In Bogota is the city’s top design hotel and one of only two W hotels in South America (the other is in Santiago, Chile).

Since I was in the Santiago W a few years ago, I wanted to try the Bogota location.

One night there Marriott Bonvoy Category 5 property costs between 27,500 and 40,000 points. Prices paid at Bogota hotels are affordable, starting at around $ 115 – a good price for a posh W property.

Here is our full review of the W Bogota Hotel, including details about its location, amenities and more.


Near the Usaquen district, the area around Hotel W is full of skyscrapers, shops, and restaurants. I just went for a coffee tasting (it’s Colombia so why not!) In Cafe San AlbertoIt was a fun way to whip up my morning again.

Also in the neighborhood is a shopping center with outdoor areas for dining and relaxing. Downtown Bogota is just a short drive away. This is where the city’s most popular museums are located, including the Botero Museum and the Museum of Gold.


Photo courtesy of W Bogota

As in other W hotels, the decor here is angular, playful and elegant. The check-in lobby is on the lower floor, but most of the common areas such as the bar and restaurant are on the third floor. A set of elevators leads from the reception area to the main part of the hotel, and a separate key-card activated elevator takes guests to the rooms.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

Inspired by the legend of El Dorado, the public areas glisten with gold and metallic accents, including whimsical gold butterflies that fill the reception area. Music and nightlife play a central role for the W brand. Popular music fills the hallways and lobby area, and sometimes DJs spin in the bar area, attracting lots of locals.

The hotel’s design and music focus draws a mix of local business people and international tourists to its restaurant and bar. The hotel staff tell me they do a lot of “staycation” business as people enjoy the interior and the clubby atmosphere. which differs from other hotels in Bogota.

Food and beverages

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The hotel’s main restaurant serves three meals a day with an emphasis on Colombian flavors. The breakfast buffet is beautifully presented and has plexiglass barriers for added protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff will give you your choice of food. Egg dishes are prepared in the kitchen. The cheese and meat empanadas and arepas combined with homemade salsas were a hit.

Photo courtesy Ramsey Qubein

The tasting menu for lunch featured innovative flavor combinations and local ingredients. I started with vegetarian tacos with eggplant and onions and followed up with a delicious salad that mixes local guava with celery, truffles, nuts, blue cheese and apples. It was excellent and the chef explained to me that he likes to mix local flavors and ingredients with different textures in his kitchen.

Photo courtesy Ramsey Qubein

The presentation was superb so it’s no surprise that the locals come here for an upscale dining experience. Sitting around me was a family celebrating a birthday and several business dinner groups.

Attached to the hotel is a popular bar and lounge called the BBC Cerveceria, which is part of a local chain.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

At night, the bar area came alive with clever lighting and colorful cocktails on the gold tables. Rows of dangling golden cords act like curtains and still let light and atmosphere through. The work of a local graffiti artist enlivens the lounge and gives the stylish space an angular, grainy look.

The crowd was a mix of locals and tourists in clothes to see and be seen – very much the traditional W party scene. On the weekends, brunch offers attract more locals for the eclectic Colombian menu. They offer both traditional brunch and “night brunch” (basically dinner), each accompanied by the sound of a local DJ.


Photo courtesy of W Bogota

The hallways are intentionally dark to make you feel like you are exploring a gold mine. Open the door to your room and the bright colors and natural light that greet you are like discovering a hidden treasure. Interior designers often incorporate creative storylines into their design, but sometimes you have to ask hotel staff to discover them. The experience made me learn more about the history of El Dorado.

The rooms have high ceilings, curvy lamps, floor-to-ceiling windows, and creative design elements like a fabric roof that extends from the bed to the ceiling. The platform bed is incredibly comfortable. I especially liked the firm pillows – great for my neck after a long flight. The beds are said to imitate the raft that the Muisca king used on the lake in the legend of El Dorado.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

The bathroom is only separated from the room by a curtain, but the toilet has its own room. On a wide countertop you’ll find Bliss Spa toiletries, including face washes and many other conveniences like toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving kits, and even eyeshades and earplugs.

Mosaic tiles in the bathroom mix different colors with golden squares. There is a rainfall shower head and huge bathtub, all well positioned for great views of Bogota and the distant Andes Mountains.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

I loved the panoramic view from this hotel and it was a great place to be “Work from the hotel” during my visit. The wireless internet was fast and free, and I appreciated the electrical outlets by the bed and desk.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

Rooms offer a “vinyl menu” that combines classic international songs with artisanal cocktails that are reminiscent of the drinks that may have been popular at the time of the song song. You can always order something from the menu. The staff delivers the cocktail for the guests to mix as well as a turntable with the selected song.

Photo courtesy Ramsey Qubein


There is also a lot of variety elsewhere in the hotel. A heated indoor pool has massage jets that are great for a dip after a day of touring or meeting. There’s also a spa and modern fitness center. Spa fees for your room all count towards earning Marriott Bonvoy points.

Photo courtesy of W Bogota

There are many hotels out there trying to be one of the best hotels in Bogota including many Marriott brands like AC, Aloft, Sheraton, Autograph Collection, Marriott, JW Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton and Courtyard by Marriott. W Bogota is sure to be the hippest and trendiest of them all and the perfect base from which to explore the city.

How to get there

Bogota is easily accessible from the US by major airlines.

  • American Airlines flies from both Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami.

  • Delta flies from Atlanta and New York-John F. Kennedy.

  • United flies from New York, Miami and Houston.

  • The local airline Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance and also flies to several US cities.

The major US airlines’ frequent flyer programs offer award flights to Bogota. With Delta or United, the number of miles required can vary greatly depending on the season and demand. American publishes an award table with fixed prices for award flights. From the continental US to Bogota, an economy class round-trip American flight starts at 35,000 miles, while a business class round-trip American flight starts at 60,000 miles.

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