Where to stay: Four Seasons Casa Medina, Bogotá
One of Latin America’s brightest stars, Colombia is turning over a new leaf and its capital, Bogotá is booming. Yes, it’s still a little rough around the edges, but new restaurants, boutique hotels and craft breweries are springing up across the city where colonial meets contemporary.
With just 62 rooms, the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina was originally built in 1946 by Colombian architect Santiago Medina Mejia. A beloved landmark in downtown Bogotá, the property’s original wrought iron finishes, slanted beamed ceilings, sweeping lobby staircase, fireplaces, and convent doors are now complemented by Chesterfield lounges, geometric patterned rugs, and mirror-clad travellers’ trunks.
The sunny courtyard is topped with glass and converted into the all-day Spanish diner Castanyoles, though it would be churlish to bypass the spectacular gastronomic offerings at the hotel’s doorstep in Zona G.
Rates from: $199; fourseasons.com