Bogota Travel Guide

Gay Bogot

Nestled among verdant Andean peaks almost 9,000 feet above sea level is the misbehaving metropolis of Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city. Despite boasting well-preserved colonial heritage, Bogotá’s sordid past of drugs and violence has meant that the city has often been avoided in favour of safer haunts. But now, thanks to decreased drug production, increased safety, and a growing culture of boutiques, chic hotels and top-notch restaurants, Bogotá is quickly becoming one of South America’s trendiest capitals. Parallel to this, Colombia’s gay scene is booming, and gay Bogotá is leading the movement, alongside equally hedonistic Medellín, with all-night parties centred in Chapinero. While care should still be taken in less-developed areas, queer life in Bogotá is out and proud, underlined by a colourful social tapestry on full display during the carnivalesque Pride parade in July. Just as colourful is Bogotá’s culinary scene, which brings hearty regional classics such as cheesy arepas, wrapped tamales and empanadas to the deserved attention of the world. Confused about where to go and what to do in Bogotá? Look no further than Mr Hudson’s definitive Bogotá gay city guide.

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The best hotels in Bogotá

Starting our Bogotá travel guide is a roundup of the best places to stay in Bogotá and what better way to begin than with B.O.G. Hotel, Bogotá’s premier boutique design hotel, signalling the city’s transition into more than just a business destination. This upscale offering in the Cabrera neighbourhood features seductive interiors, a sleek rooftop bar and a pool with 360° degree views over Bogotá and its mountains. For familial feels with 5-star facilities, travellers can’t go wrong with Casa Legado. A small, family-owned bed and breakfast in the Quinta Camacho neighbourhood, Casa Legado offers its few lucky guests bright interiors, communal breakfasts, free bikes and a sunny courtyard space for relaxing, as well as a fireplace and in-bed hot water bottles for those chilly mountain nights.

Your taste for outrageous luxury can finally be sated by the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota, bringing the brand’s expected service and ultra-stylish facilities to Colombia, with its marble bathrooms, custom furniture and beautiful views all within an historic complex. This leafy suburban mansion, in the heart of gourmet district Zona G, blends its 1940s colonial architecture with contemporary design, providing guests with proximity to all the best Bogotá points of interest minus the hustle and bustle.

Making a noise on Bogotá’s accommodation hotlist is Click Clack Hotel, a playful yet design-focused gem in the well-heeled El Chicó district. Standing out with its glass-box exteriors, Click Clack has a few more surprises inside, with features including a courtyard vertical garden, quirky animal-themed doorknobs and vintage curiosities among a bunch of original artwork, including on the restaurant menu. But the cherry on the top of this fine hotel is its 1950s Americana-inspired rooftop burger bar Apache, which grants guests some of the best views in the city alongside sublime cocktails, juicy buns and a live DJ from Wednesday to Saturday. Last up is Casa Lelyte, a newcomer to Bogotá’s LGBT-friendly, hipster neighbourhood, Chapinero Alto. This young boutique is dressed in tasteful design, with American style breakfasts, terrace and lounge areas and a first-floor restaurant known around town for its vegetarian options. Outside, just steps away, guests have the endless choice of independent eateries and nightlife offerings.

Photo: Casa Legado

Photo: Casa Legado

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