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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Romance the Past in Bogotá

The Colombian capital contrasts old-world Latin charm with contemporary shopping, restaurants, and revelry.


1. Where to Stay

Sleep well in a suite at the Sofitel Victoria Regia.  

Find comfortable but basic amenities at the Sofitel Victoria Regia(from $260), the red-brick faux-colonial preferred by business travelers for its reliable Wi-Fi connection and small but well-equipped gym. Walk to many of the city’s top bars and restaurants, then return for a quiet night in your well-insulated room.

Feel like a VIP at the sprawling, grandiose 578-room Tequendama (from $165), where you’ll pass visiting dignitaries and government officials in the lobby on your way out to the major museums and downtown business district.

Experience a slice of colonial nostalgia at the 43-room Hotel de La Opera (from $178), where fourteen-foot ceilings and original furnishings evoke the grandeur of Bogotá’s pre-Republic heritage. The historic mansion, dating back to 19th century, is located next to the gilded Teatro Colón.

Published on Jun 4, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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