With a stark white façade, medieval turret, and a demon-encrusted coat-of-arms, the Bogota Bed and Breakfast Inn adorns the corner of Calle 34 #17-01, in the shadow of Teusaquillo’s emblematic and ancient Santa Ana Church. The new inn provides a personalized, welcoming alternative to Bogota’s normal accommodations, with the elegant flair of the pre-World War era.
Reminiscent of the by-gone era in which it was built, the 1930s, this historic buidling and a few other remaining Tudor-style mansions, that occupied the tree-lined streets of this upscale Bogota neighborhood, live to tell the stories of the past. Echos of the clanging bells that marked the arrival of horse-drawn trolley cars, and later electric trolleys, hang on like ghosts of times gone past. The whispers of history can still be heard at the Bogota Bed and Breakfast Inn, where guests are welcomed with old-time hospitality, quality lodging and excellent breakfast fare.
Entering a portal to the past, the grand home’s colorful, Arabian-tiled portico opens on the living room where the ambience of firelight is reflected from the original, diaphanous crystal chandelier, bathing new arrivals in warmth and golden light.
Of the six guest rooms, two are located on the first floor, while three more suites adorn the home’s second level. Here, custom-made beds adhere to the shape of the walls, some of which are rounded, while shuttered windows look out upon the tree-shaded Tesuaquillo Park, just across the street.
“We followed the history of the home that went back to the 1930s but the first time the deed documents were recorded was when it was first sold by the original family in 1953,” said Beatriz Leon, one of the businesses joint owners.
After two years of historically accurate renovations, the Bogota Bed and Breakfast Inn was finally ready to open to the public in July of this year.
“It took two years to restore the home because we stripped all the white paint from the original ceiling timbers and staircase, removed carpeting and tile flooring to reveal the original dirt and brick floors, which we replaced with wood, completely rewired all electrical connections, installed larger plumbing pipes and six modern bathrooms, designed and built custom-fitting bed frames, and had custom mattresses made. Someone had removed all the homes interior doors, so we had new ones built that followed the design theme and era.”
Popular throughout Europe and North America, but almost as rare as apple pie in Bogota, the Bogota Bed and Breakfast Inn offers home-cooked breakfast served in your room, insider tips on sightseeing, restaurants and local events, and a convenient location in central Bogota, close to transportation, museums and shopping centers.
For more information, and to book you upcoming stay, call (57) 321 425-5924 (international) or 571-703 7409 (local), or email INFO@BOGOTABANB.COM. You will be very glad that you did.