NH Collection Royal Teleport
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