Just a 20-minute drive from El Dorado international airport, The Orchids Hotel is set in the heart of the cultural quarter of Candelabria, in one of the world’s most exciting cities. Named after the national flower of Colombia, the hotel provides elegant accommodation in an historic building, and a luxurious base from which to explore the culture, history, and spectacular scenery of Bogotá.
The Orchids Hotel offers just eight individually decorated rooms, or suites, each with a wonderfully romantic name- Dido and Aeneas, Tristan and Isolde etc – and opulently decorated in classical style. A Midsummer Nights Dream, for instance, has full height French neo-classic ceilings with hand-painted metal embossing and a glorious four-poster bed, while the Manon boasts an intricately carved, gilded bed, hand-painted furniture and a Murano lamp at the centre of the ceiling, the Traviatta features a polished wooden floor with a roll-top porcelain bath at the centre of the suite, while Thaïs is pure French boudoir and La Del Manojo de Rosas evokes the passion of the Flamenco – but make no mistake, this is no museum. Mod cons include iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi, and supermodern bathrooms.
The Hotel is designed as a haven of relaxation, with a hot tub, and a delightful glass-covered central patio as well as the Marcel Proust yard at the back of the hotel, where you can relax and enjoy the cool breezes to the sound of the tinkling fountain and surrounded by Colombian flowers. The hotel is also an art gallery, with paintings, sculptures and artworks by Colombian artists, displayed in all the public areas, and the Oscar Wilde Library has comfortable armchairs in which to relax with one of its fine collection of antique and modern books. And outside the hotel, the sights and sounds of Bogotá beckon, with museums, cathedrals, great shopping, parks and of course the mountain of Montserrate, with its church, restaurants and souvenir shops and breathtaking views at the summit, well over 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible by funicular railway, aerial tramway, telecabine or by foot – but just remember, this is the Andes.
Breakfast can be taken al fresco, in the Marcel Proust Yard, where you can also enjoy afternoon tea or santafereno hot chocolate. Chef Harry Sasson’s creations are served in the splendid Rossini Dining Room, with its ornate chandeliers and elegant gilded chairs. You can also request intimate dinners for two, or special occasions for friends, business lunches, celebrations – whatever you wish.
Carrera 5, LA CANDELARIABOGOTA D.C.11001CO