Bogota has many affordable hotels with high-end service. After searching on the Internet, I decided to stay at the Hotel Casa Deco, a reasonably priced boutique hotel in the historical center.
Disclosure: I have received a free night stay at this hotel. Opinions are based on my own experience. Thanks Hotel Casa Deco for supporting my stay.
Hotel Casa Deco Overview
Hotel Casa Deco was built in 1950 by an Italian owner, Giancarlo, and it is filled with Art Deco architecture. Before the existence of Casa Deco, the property was an apartment for people living in poverty. In 1970, La Candelaria was created with an aim of preserving the heritage building, and the building was put on auction, with an Italian and Colombian bidder. Eventually, the Italian owner won the auction. To continue protecting the heritage of the building, the building is not permitted to change outside.
Today, the outside of Casa Deco is brim with beautiful red and white color and inside is filled with a beautiful mishmash of purple curtains, wooden floors, various green plants, and Italian furniture.
Room with a view
I was led to an executive purple room with a good-sized queen bed and a sofa. The room had an LCD TV, a security box to lock up my valuables, a hair dryer, and fast wireless Internet. Although the amenities in the room are almost the same as with the other hotels, the room is on the third floor and offers a gorgeous view of La Candelaria. From my room, I could see the narrow and hilly streets of La Candelaria full of colorful houses, where locals and tourists alike go on with their daily lives.
The staff was very accommodating and provided attentive service to their guests. There is no elevator at this hotel, and that means guests may experience difficulties lifting their suitcase through stairways to their room. However, after check-in, the front desk staff swiftly lifted my suitcase to my room and helped with my luggage upon leaving.
During my stay, whenever I needed any help, from fixing the window in the room to calling the taxi upon leaving, the staff responded immediately.
Breakfast takes place in a breakfast lounge in the lobby area and it comes with nutritious food that is great to go for half the day. I was greeted with guava juice, a fruit plate, coffee, and bread. There were three choices for the main plate, and I opted for ham with eggs. The food was plenty and when I was there around 9:30 am, the breakfast lounge was relatively quiet with only me and the other two French guests. We chatted for a while and enjoyed our breakfast with the sound of classic Italian music.
On the fourth floor, there is a terrace offers a wonderful view of the La Candelaria and the city. In the late afternoon, guests can order drinks at the bar and relax and watch the city light up. The mountain view from the terrace is amazing at night but it can be a bit chilly so be sure to wear warm clothes.
Outside the hotel is Bogota’s historical district La Candelaria, with restaurants, coffee shops, bars and colonial architecture at every twist and turn. I spent my afternoon walking through the quaint streets and had the best espresso at the Café Casa Galeria, which is less than five minutes walk from the hotel itself. The hotel is also in walking distance from Bogota’s famous attractions, including the Gold Museum, Teatro Camarin del Carmen, La Plaza de Bolivar, Museo Botero, and so forth.
Before staying at the Hotel Casa Deco, I had been to Bogota for seven days but only explored La Candelaria for three hours on a walking tour. The hotel’s location provided a perfect opportunity for me to get to know more about the La Candelaria and the history of Bogota. I found it is almost an addiction for me to stroll around the beautiful and antique streets, and I have spotted many hidden places for light meals and coffee. I ended my day with a light and delicious taco meal and guava juice while chatting away with every traveler I met at a Mexican restaurant and felt safe knowing the hotel was just a few minutes’ walk away.
By the end of my stay, not only had I fallen in love with this beautiful hotel, I was also falling head over heels with La Candelaria—historical, colorful, and vibrant. It is a perfect ending for my trip in Bogota and I wish to return to this hotel and explore more of its surroundings.
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