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Where to Stay in Bogota
Bogota is one of the largest cities in all of the Americas. Whether you are looking for an upscale luxury hotel or a cheap backpacker's B&B, Bogota can accommodate you. And because of its expansive size, you can be sure to find a neighborhood that caters to your unique interests. If you want to stay near most of Bogota's main attractions, including the city's many colonial buildings and art museums, look for hotels in the popular La Candelaria district. If you want to be near the beautiful Monserrate, a mountain that overlooks the entire city, head to the San Diego neighborhood. In addition to being close to a number of restaurants and cafes, this district claims the city's Museum of Modern Art as well as the National Museum, the oldest museum in the country. If you want to enjoy Bogota's vibrant nightlife, compare rates in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. Zona Rosa is home to some of Bogota's best dance clubs and bars as well as the city's largest shopping mall, Centro Andino.
Bogota Hotel Tips
Bogota has a relatively cool climate with temperatures floating around the 50s and 60s throughout most of the year. However, rainfall fluctuates heavily with some months seeing as much as 20 days of rain. The peak tourist seasons last from December to mid-January and June to July. The weather during this time is pleasant, but hotels can fill up fast. If you are planning on traveling to Bogota during these peak seasons, make sure to book your reservations well in advance.
If you are looking for some of the best flight deals to Bogota, you will want to schedule your trip just outside of this peak season. Specifically, mid-January to March and mid-July to August are great times to visit the city. Not only is the weather fairly dry and pleasant, but also this is the city's outdoor festivals and concert season. However, plan ahead if you want to visit during the city's Carnaval season in August. The celebrations throughout the month attract thousands, so accommodations can fill up fast.
Bogota Hotel Recommendations
If you want to stay in one of Bogota's most luxurious boutique hotels, check out the GHL Capital Hotel. Guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the hotel's Jacuzzi. Other amenities include a sauna, massage services, a fitness center and a squash court. The hotel's lobby bar, which frequently hosts live music, serves up delicious cocktails, Juan Valdez coffee and Columbian pastries. The hotel also boasts two restaurants. One is an authentic Columbia steak house, and the other is the Madison Restaurant, a gourmet eatery that serves up a tasty mix of international cuisine.
For a truly sophisticated hotel experience in an intimate setting, compare rates at the Cite Hotel. This modern hotel, located near the city's center, provides guests with beautiful views of the nearby Virrey Park. The chic rooms contain sleek interiors that are both clean and comfortable. Amenities include a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool that serves as the perfect spot to view a Columbian sunset. The hotel offers guests a choice of three different pillow types, helping to ensure that your stay is as restful as possible. There is also an onsite bar and restaurant.
Budget travelers can save money by making reservations at the Hotel Ambala. Located in the historic La Candelaria district, this discount hotel puts visitors within walking distance of some of the city's best attractions. The family hotel offers guests a quaint and cozy setting that may be short on frills but doesn't lack in comfort. All rooms have private bathrooms and feature standard amenities, including cable television and Internet service. The hotel also serves a continental breakfast and has a restaurant on-site.
Bogota's streets can get pretty congested during peak travel times, so driving is not recommended. However, the city does provide a number of public transportation options. There are two bus systems in Bogota. The first is the traditional bus system, which provides travelers with several different types of buses. These buses traverse the city on main routes, providing access to a number of key destinations. The other bus service is known as the TransMilenio. The TransMilenio is a rapid bus system that functions on designated bus roads. This system provides some of the fastest transport in the city and is considered the best way to see Bogota. Although not as cheap, taxis are also another fast and reliable way to get from one area to another.
Another option is to travel the city by bike. Bogota has one of the most extensive systems of bike routes in South America. In fact, on Sundays some roads are completely closed off to cars to provide access to bikers, runners and skaters.
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