NH Col­lec­tion Royal Tele­port

Bo­gota, Colom­bia

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BACK­GROUND NH Ho­tels Group com­pleted the in­te­gra­tion of Hote­les Royal, a Colom­bian ho­tel chain that now also in­cludes the NH Col­lec­tion Royal Tele­port. NH Ho­tel Group now has a foot­print in Ar­gentina, Chile, Colom­bia, Cuba, Ecuador, the US, Haiti, Mexico, Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Of the 15 Colom­bian prop­er­ties in Bo­gota, Medellin, Cali, Bar­ran­quilla and Carta­gena, seven are in the NH Ho­tels port­fo­lio and eight are in the higher end NH Col­lec­tion. Prop­er­ties are up­per up­scale es­tab­lish­ments that de­liver ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice in au­then­tic and distin­guished set­tings. Glob­ally, the NH Col­lec­tion has 45 ho­tels, with plans to in­crease this num­ber by the end of the year.

Of the NH Col­lec­tion in Colom­bia, the Royal Tele­port is the largest prop­erty in the port­fo­lio.

WHERE IS IT? The NH Col­lec­tion Royal Tele­port is lo­cated in the Tele­port Busi­ness Park, where many multi­na­tional com­pa­nies are based. Although the ho­tel is ap­prox­i­mately 40 min­utes from Bo­gota’s El Do­rado In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the prop­erty is in the heart of the mod­ern mid-rise busi­ness dis­trict in walk­ing dis­tance to the Ha­cienda Santa Bar­bara shop­ping cen­ter and near the Usaquén neigh­bor­hood. It is char­ac­ter­ized by a large num­ber of restau­rants and bars that still re­tains the colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture of its time.

ROOMS Of­ten I am guilty of say­ing a room is a room. How­ever this room would not tol­er­ate such an in­dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude; the first im­pres­sion is one of large win­dows flood­ing the space with co­pi­ous nat­u­ral light and sweep­ing views of Bo­gotá and the sur­round­ing moun­tains.

Con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings in­cluded a large work desk and com­fort­able chair to cre­ate a much-needed re­mote of­fice. The WiFi con­nec­tions were brisk and com­pli­men­tary through­out the prop­erty.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS Gas­tron­omy is at the core of NH Ho­tels four pil­lars and this prop­erty’s food is no ex­cep­tion. Un­der the di­rec­tion of NH Ho­tels Two Miche­lin Starred Chef, Poco Ron­cero, din­ing op­tions in­cluded lunch or din­ner at the El Bode­gon res­tau­rant, or­der­ing from the 24-hour in-room menu, and light fare from the bar lo­cated off the lobby.

All are good op­tions, but my per­sonal fa­vorite was the break­fast buf­fet. Madeto-or­der en­trées from an abun­dance of choices, and other de­li­cious lo­cal foods such as the arepa, a com­mon break­fast or af­ter­noon snack in Bo­gotá – usu­ally con­sid­ered co­mida ráp­ida (fast food). Also avail­able: fresh pas­tries, cold cuts, cheeses and var­i­ous fruits, which were also used for the cus­tom fruit smoothie bar.

MEET­ING AND FIT­NESS FA­CIL­I­TIES Four­teen dif­fer­ent meet­ing rooms as well as in­door / out­door re­cep­tion space are sized to host in­ti­mate gath­er­ings to large-scale cor­po­rate or per­sonal af­fairs of 250 peo­ple. The sec­ond story heated in­door pool and spa Jacuzzi tubs have sprawl­ing views of the city. Spa ser­vices are avail­able for an ad­di­tional fee while ac­cess to the pool, steam room and sauna is com­pli­men­tary.

VER­DICT NH Ho­tels wants guests to feel the un­ex­pected, feel the sense of place, and feel the ex­tra­or­di­nary. The Royal Tele­port found sur­pris­ing ways to con­sis­tently hit each one of these through­out my stay. BT

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