Two elegant boutique hotels in Bogota’s fashionable North Zone have switched hotel families.
The historic 62-room/suite Hotel Casa Medina Bogota and the eclectic 64-guestroom Hotel Charleston Bogota will fly the Four Seasons banner. They will be sporting new names—Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota and Four Seasons Hotel Bogota—when they reopen later this year.
“We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to enter the Bogota market,” says Allen Smith, president and CEO of Four Seasons. “This represents a significant step in continuing to grow our footprint in South America.” He notes that the Four Seasons plan is “the conversion of these two properties and to introduce a truly extraordinary luxury experience in Bogota.”
Located in one of Bogota’s new commercial and business centers in the North Zone, Casa Medina was declared a monument of cultural interest by the Colombian Ministry of Culture in 1985; undoubtedly the renovation work now in progress on its unique French and Spanish architectural elements will preserve such classic details as the stone columns and hand-carved doors, augmented by contemporary features.
Overall hotel renovations will include stylishly redesigned rooms and suites, as well as a new world-class dining experience to complement the eclectic local culinary scene of its Zona T location. According to a Four Seasons prospectus, “each property will deliver a new and progressive experience—from Spanish tapas to Japanese robata—to delight the sophisticated palates of guests and locals alike.”
Four Seasons recently announced that Luis Argote will be the general manager of both hotels; during a 15-year career with the hotel group, Argote has worked at Four Seasons properties in Toronto, Houston, Mexico, Costa Rica and Dallas.