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Lancaster House 3.5

Bogota, Colombia

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Pros

  • Located in upscale Chico Navarra neighborhood
  • Walking distance to restaurants and a major bus stop
  • Two restaurants and a bar, plus room service available 24/7
  • Free breakfast buffet with hot and cold selections
  • Suites with one or two bedrooms plus kitchenettes
  • All units have flat-screen satellite TVs and some include terraces
  • Small fitness center and spa services in guest rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property 
  • Free on-site parking
  • 24/7 business center and seven meeting rooms

Cons

  • Fitness center is cramped
  • Removed from city center and major attractions
  • No air-conditioning (not unusual in Bogota)
  • Street-side rooms may be noisy
  • Fee for use of sauna

Bottom Line

The 49-room Lancaster House is a three-and-a-half-pearl hotel situated in Bogota's exclusive Chico Navarra neighborhood. It's a bit removed from the city center and major attractions, but there are several restaurants within walking distance. There's a bit more going on here than at other apartment-style hotels, making it a solid value. All rooms are one- or two-bedroom suites with sofa beds and kitchenettes. Amenities include flat-screen satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi, but there's no air-conditioning. An international restaurant and a casual bistro serve all meals, and the live music in the bar is a nice perk. Events spaces accommodate leisure and business gatherings, and there's a simple fitness room too. Alternatively, travelers could consider the Morrison 114 Hotel, which has a chicer atmosphere, but rooms lack kitchenettes and there's no fitness center. 

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Scene

Pleasant hotel with apartment-like suites, popular for business and leisure events

Open since 1996, this independent all-suites hotel features Art Deco style throughout. The lobby is decked out in marble floors and wood accents, setting a fairly traditional, but polished, tone for a stay here. Teal club chairs and an orange bench provide places where guests can wait while checking in, though it's not exactly the spot for hanging out at this hotel. That's better handled in the hotels restaurants and bar, where live music happens on most nights. Public areas can get quite crowded and noisy when events are gathered in the hotel. Because the hotel is popular with both leisure and corporate gatherings, events happen both during the week and on weekends. The hotel draws families, couples, groups, and businesspeople looking for extra space and kitchen facilities. 

Location

In upmarket Chico Navarra, a 15-minute drive north of Bogota's city center

This hotel is located in a busy area north of Bogota's city center, in the upscale Chico Navarra neighborhood. It takes about 15 minutes by car to reach more popular neighborhoods like Chapinero, and 30 minutes by taxi to La Candelaria. Several restaurants are within walking distance, and there are a number of major corporations in the area. A stop for the city's rapid-bus system, TransMilenio, is nearby, providing easy access to points around the city. The shops and restaurants of Park 93 are about 15 minutes away by car or 20 minutes by public transportation. Plan on at least 35 minutes to reach El Dorado International Airport by car, or an hour by public transportation. 

Rooms

One- and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, some including terraces

All rooms here are suites, with one bedroom or two, and feature kitchenettes plus living rooms with sofa beds. Decor is modern, with just a touch of the Art Deco style seen throughout the hotel. Neutral color palettes are highlighted by orange accent pillows on beds, and orange sofa cushions and armchairs. Floors and furniture are wood and walls are white, completing the straightforward look. Kitchenettes have granite countertops and white cabinets, and include cooktops, microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges, plus dishes and utensils. Other amenities include flat-screen satellite TVs, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that there's no air-conditioning. Compact bathrooms offer toiletries, magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, and walk-in showers. Some have shower/tub combos. Robes and slippers are provided. Certain suites have terraces or balconies furnished with a dining table and chairs. Views are of the city or the city and the mountains. Noise can be an issue in rooms that overlook the streets -- something to consider for light sleepers before they book.

Features

Two restaurants, a fitness room and sauna, and events spaces, plus free Wi-Fi and parking

Although this apartment-style hotel is designed for self-sufficient travelers, it offers a number of features that come in handy during a stay. In addition to serving international and regional fare for lunch and dinner, Gatsby Restaurant offers the hotel's free breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, tortillas, waffles, fruits, and local fare. Gatsby also is the site for monthly international nights. Bistro 106 is a casual place for coffee and light fare, and the cozy Piano Bar -- with a fireplace and pool table -- features live music on most nights. Room service is available around the clock. 

The compact fitness center has a few cardio and weight-training machines plus free weights, but space is limited. A sauna is available for a fee, and spa services can be arranged in guest rooms. Seven meeting rooms can accommodate business and leisure gatherings of various sizes, with the largest able to hold 250 people. Planners are available to assist with details. A business center with two computers is open 24/7, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. On-site parking is also free. 

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Address

Paralela 106B, 28, Bogota 110911, Colombia

Phone

571 629 1100

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