There are five-star hotels, and then there are five-star hotels. The Hotel Casa Medina is a gem located in the heart of the Centro Financiero and in close proximity to Bogotá's most exclusive dining scene. If you can afford it, this is the place to stay in Bogotá. Built in 1945 by the wealthy Don Santiago Medina, the hotel has 58 immaculately decorated rooms with classic furniture and all the modern amenities such as Wi-Fi access and a flatscreen TV. The building itself was declared a national monument in 1985 for its unique Spanish- and French-inspired architectural style. Gorgeous wood furnishings, wrought-iron railings, classical paintings, and antique furniture close the deal. Suites really turn on the charm with their own Jacuzzis and chimneys. The fifth-floor presidential suite is absolutely spectacular and feels more like a penthouse than like a hotel room. All rooms are slightly different, but all have spacious marble bathrooms, a comfortable work area, and double-paned windows to keep out noise. Every floor has elegant sitting areas and balconies, and guests can enjoy a cup of coffee in any of the many terraces and courtyards that make the hotel feel more like a fantasy country-residence than an executive-style hotel. The reception staff is fluent in English, and the hotel even offers a chauffeur/car service which can be rented by the hour or day. In this home away from home, you can dine in style in the intimate, atmospheric restaurant or on the beautiful rooftop terrace, where you'll enjoy a range of tasty international cuisine.
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- Highly Recommended 2010