The upscale North Zone of Bogotá, Colombia is home to a restored brick building designed by architect Santiago Medina Mejía in 1946. The building was converted into a hotel in 1988 before undergoing its most recent restoration when it became the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota. Interior brickwork, beamed ceilings, stone columns salvaged from the Spanish Convent Santo Domingo, parquet flooring, stained-glass windows and a curved wood staircase in the hotel’s lobby reflect the roots of artisan traditions. The guest rooms are decorated with handsome furnishings such as leather Chesterfield sofas, trunk-inspired tables and paneled-wood minibars. The 62 guest rooms (43 rooms and 19 suites) are unique, with colonial-style beamed ceilings and handcrafted doors, tufted leather furnishings, wood floors and hand-carved accents (some have a balcony, others a fireplace). The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Castanyoles, is a lively Spanish restaurant and tapas bar with a lush atrium courtyard and a sidewalk terrace. The restaurant offers a chic and inviting atmosphere for locals and hotel guests to savor a variety of tapas cooked in an exposed brick oven.
DuJour spoke with Paula Gamboa, the hotel’s director of marking, to learn more about this special property.
What’s the most requested room at the property?
All our rooms are unique. We have different types of rooms depending on the purpose of your visit. If traveling with family, we have rooms that are interconnected to have a large space for several people and feel at home. For executives or couples, one of our suites with fireplace and balcony is ideal.
What’s an interesting tidbit about the hotel that speaks to its status as an icon?
Our landmark 1946 building, designed by Colombian artist-architect Santiago Medina Mejia, boasts some of the most quietly elegant rooms in the city–complete with beamed ceilings, hand-carved wooden furnishings and fireplaces to cozy up to. Steps from the buzzing financial district and the gourmet paradise of the Zona G, Casa Medina is an urban retreat for travelers with taste. The hotel’s stone columns, beamed ceilings and hand-carved details exude charm, inspiring Colombia’s Ministry of Culture to declare it a monument of cultural interest. From the Spanish restaurant and tapas bar to a spa experience with Colombian flair, you can enjoy this stately and urbane jewel of composure and calm, long recognized for its legacy of luxury hospitality, now with the touch of Four Seasons.
What’s your personal favorite room and why?
The Colonial One Bedroom suite. Because this largest, uniquely different one-bedroom suite features a spa-style whirlpool bath and a wood-burning fireplace. This spacious accommodation epitomizes perfectly the architectural and historic elements of Casa Medina.
What special perk or amenity do you offer that no one knows about?
We have a welcome amenity for our clients inspired by Fernando Botero, one of the most renowned painters and artists in Colombia, which consists of a piece of chocolate in the shape of an easel with a replica of one of his works accompanied by macaroons and fresh fruits such as uchuvas and raspberries.
What’s your favorite design element on property?
Medina Mejia designed the house combining Spanish and French architectural trends and imposing some of his personals whims, like his love for birds, so he hired a craftsman to carve birds and geometric shapes into iron and wood elements.