Two iconic Bogotá hotels will reopen as Four Seasons properties
Four Seasons resorts will open two new properties at the end of 2015.
Following renovations, two iconic Bogotá hotels will reopen as two new Four Seasons resorts properties at the end of 2015. The historic Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá will re-open as Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá and the contemporary Hotel Charleston Bogotá will welcome guests as Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá.
Four Seasons will be bringing a uniquely global perspective to new dining experiences at both properties — an important part of the guest experience in a city that has built a reputation for being a dynamic culinary destination. From Spanish tapas to Japanese robata, each Four Seasons property will deliver a new and progressive experience to delight the sophisticated palates of guests and locals alike.
Located in the financial and commercial center of Bogotá, the Hotel Casa Medina has long been a preferred choice among luxury travelers to the city. The unique French and Spanish architectural elements of this historic property will be preserved through the renovation while being augmented by contemporary features. Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá will create an authentic experience with all the modern amenities guests have come to expect from Four Seasons, including re-imagined room design concepts and meeting facilities.
Hotel Charleston Bogotá will re-open as Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá and greet guests seeking a new standard of luxury right in the shopping and gastronomic heart of the city. The renovations to the old property will include redesigned rooms and suites with style in mind. It will also include a new world class dining experience to complement the eclectic local culinary scene. A Japanese robata concept will offer an authentic menu featuring traditional grilled delicacies, sushi, and a large bar stocked with sakes, Japanese beers and cocktails.
The Gilinski Group, a banking, real estate, and industrial conglomerate in the region, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will work together on the management of two hotels in Bogotá.
Four Seasons to Open New Hotel in Colombia
Four Seasons is set to open a new hotel in Colombia: the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena. The luxury hotel company has partnered with San Francisco Investments, a subsidiary of Colombian business group Valorem, on the new property.
The new hotel and private residences will be housed in several restored, culturally significant buildings that date as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis (Claustro de San Francisco) that includes the 16th-century Saint Francis Church the 1920’s Beaux Arts Club Cartagena and four theaters, the Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto. The buildings, which will undergo a restoration aimed at preserving their façades and historic architecture, are in the Getsemaní neighborhood, close to Cartagena’s historic walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With interiors designed by François Catroux and Wimberly Interiors, the hotel will have 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite with 4,200 square feet and 3,500 square feet of living area, respectively. There will also be six AvroKO-designed food and beverage concepts with indoor and terrace dining space, as well as the atrium lounge at the center of the Club Cartagena. On the roof will be a pool with views of the walled city and Cartagena Bay, along with a pool bar and grill. Also on property will be a Four Seasons spa and fitness center, approximately 16 private residences and 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, all of which are inside historical spaces, Four Seasons says.
The property will also be close to the Bodeguita Pier, which will allow guests to embark on excursion to Barú Island or the Colombian archipelago of Islas Corales del Rosario. Business travelers will also have direct access to the city’s convention center, which is adjacent to the site of the hotel.
The new property will be part of the Four Seasons Historic Hotels collection of unique and architecturally important heritage hotels, which also includes the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá. Along with the Four Seasons Bogotá, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will be the brand’s third property in Colombia.
BOGOTA, Colombia , Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleek and contemporary, the new Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá ushers in a new era in luxury hospitality and modern dining style in one of the world's most exciting destinations. Set to open in April 2016 , the completely remodelled building formerly known as the Hotel Charleston joins the just-opened Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá as the brand's second location in the city.
"Our two Four Seasons hotels in Bogota complement each other, and both are unlike any other Four Seasons in the world," says General Manager Luis Argote with the pride of a company veteran who has returned to the city where he grew up. "While each Four Seasons hotel is as unique as its place and its people, the common thread throughout is a passion for quality and signature Four Seasons service that makes every visit memorable."
Intimate at just 64 rooms – almost half are suites - overnight guests will find a haven of quiet glamour as envisioned by designer Lauren Rotett. Custom-made beds are framed by dark leather headboards and wooden panelling, while pale hardwood floors lend warmth and sensuality. Bathrooms have been completely replaced, and every modern technological need has been anticipated.
In the all-new Spa, both Hotel and local guests will indulge in expert treatments featuring world-renowned products including the results-oriented Biologique Recherche from France. There's also a large, state-of-the-art fitness centre stocked with Matrix training equipment.
Introducing an Exciting New Dining Concept, and the Highly Anticipated Return of a Local Favourite
Four Seasons introduces Kuru, a new concept in dining inspired by the Japanese robata grill that features prominently at its centre. With a striking two-storey glass façade on busy Carrera 13 – already a destination for the city's gourmands – Kuru will be an exciting addition to Bogota's emerging culinary scene.
"We wanted to create a light-filled space that could offer multiple options for guests to dine, drink and enjoy time with friends and colleagues," says Argote.
Contributing to the special glow of the restaurant is a striking wall with thousands of perforations emitting a constellation of light high above the seating areas and bar. Restaurant designer Saul Sasson's obsession with light even extends outdoors, where streetfront and back terraces are sheltered by glass canopies. Back inside, Executive Chef Pablo Peñalosa and his team will work their magic in the open kitchen and sushi bar preparing selections of shareable sashimi and temaki as well as more substantial dishes prepared over the charcoal robata grill.
Those with fond remembrances of Biblioteca in the hotel's previous incarnation are also in for a few surprises. The popular power breakfast is coming back, with a new glass wall opening up to a live green wall, and an incredible 40-plus-foot (almost 15 metre) beaded installation inspired by indigenous motifs providing a colourful backdrop to Chef Pablo's menu.
In between the two restaurants, in the Hotel's lobby area, guests will find a welcoming open gathering place to stop in for a coffee with colleagues or enjoy a drink before dinner, or simply relax in comfortable velvet couches watching the world pass by.
Now Accepting Reservations
In celebration of its grand opening, Four Seasons Hotel Bogota is offering the Experience More package, which includes a USD 100 hotel credit. For Hotel reservations, call 57 (1) 325 7900 or book online. For restaurant reservations at Kuru, call 57 (1) 325 7900.
For a fact sheet describing hotel features in detail, as well as further information, click here.
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TORONTO – Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is planning to open its first hotels in Colombia by the end of this year – two luxury properties in the capital, Bogota.
The Toronto-based chain said it is partnering with the Gilinski Group conglomerate to manage the hotels, which have been closed since December for renovations.
It said Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota (formerly Hotel Casa Medina Bogota) is a historic property in the city’s financial centre, while the contemporary Four Seasons Hotel Bogota (formerly Hotel Charleston Bogota) is located in the shopping heart of the city.
Allen Smith, Four Seasons president and CEO, said luxury travel is increasing in South America, both for business and leisure, and that the company has been looking for the right opportunity to enter the Bogota market.
“This represents a significant step in continuing to grow our footprint in South America,” Smith said.
Four Seasons operates 95 hotels and residences in 39 countries – in South America its existing properties are in Argentina and Uruguay – and has more than 60 projects in development.
9 L.A. Hotels To Visit This Summer
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is the West Coast’s tallest hotel.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Things are looking brighter in Los Angeles after a year of pandemic restrictions. On the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance that fully vaccinated people can freely travel within the U.S. without any testing or quarantines, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that California will reopen June 15 and lift most COVID-19 restrictions. Then today, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board announced the city’s intention to become the first Sharecare VERIFIED destination in the country, as more than 175 hotels in the city are on track to earn the digital health company’s health security designation.
All hotels with 50 or more rooms in the City of Los Angeles will become VERIFIED, a designation for those who have achieved and continue to maintain more than 360 standards across health and hygiene protocols, cleaning products and procedures, ventilation, physical distancing, the guest experience, and health safety communication with guests and employees. The hotels are expected to be VERIFIED by the end of April, the tourism board said.
The badge is a seal of approval from an independent party that signals to guests and employees that the facility complies with public health protocols and best practices. It’s the latest step the city is taking to lure back travelers, as it reopens museums, indoor dining, theme parks and live outdoor events. (Full disclosure: Forbes Travel Guide helped create the VERIFIED platform.)
In anticipation of Los Angeles’ reopening, we highlight nine hotels you should visit this summer.
Housed in a soaring 73-story glass tower — the tallest building on the West Coast — this hotel literally stands above the rest. Captivating L.A. vistas appear almost everywhere you turn, from the soothing, neutral rooms with walls of windows to the seventh-floor outdoor pool. But don’t miss the newly reopened Spire 73, the highest alfresco bar in the Western Hemisphere.
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Huddle around the 73rd-floor rooftop bar’s fire pits, nosh on filet mignon with chardonnay-herb butter and fries, sip a City View cocktail (vodka, lemon, cassis, raspberry and sparkling wine) and gaze at the best views in town.
This iconic hotel will get a makeover.
The soon-to-debut Fairmont Century Plaza (which made our list of most anticipated hotel openings for 2021) stuns with its design. After a $2.5 billion refresh, architect Minoru Yamasaki’s 1966 midcentury-modern icon remains intact, but it’s been given new life through modern touches, like sophisticated Yabu Pushelberg-designed interiors an inviting 17th-floor rooftop pool a 14,000-square-foot spa (one of L.A.’s largest) with a Himalayan salt room, an aromatherapy steam room and a hammam American brasserie Lumière and Laura, a 23-foot-tall sculpture of a floating head by Jaume Plensa that greets you outside the building.
This property is steeped in women’s history.
This historic hotel is a longtime champion of women. Beginning as a ladies’ hostel in 1926, it was the largest project of its kind in the U.S. to be financed, owned and operated by females at the time. The property also made history by employing America’s first female hotel manager, Maude Bouldin.
Today, Hotel Figueroa honors this legacy by featuring female artists’ work, including a 12-story façade mural of vintage florals from Bella Gomez and an ongoing exhibit spotlighting local women artists. The overall hotel design also radiates a feminine feel, like the vivid blue fig leaf bathroom wallpaper and the curvy furniture.
Enjoy your own gym in the new Private Fitness Suite.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The Five-Star hotel provides a stable of Wellness Rooms and Suites that pair luxurious, bright accommodations with health-centric amenities like air and water purification systems, guided meditation narrated by Deepak Chopra, a soundscape machine, Alo yoga products and the latest workout equipment.
During the pandemic, it expanded its wellness offerings with the Private Fitness Suite, a dedicated mini gym that comes with a treadmill, a Hydrow rowing machine, a Peloton bike, a medicine ball and weights and a SoulCycle bicycle. Reserve a two-hour slot for up to three people in the wood-floored suite, which has its own bathroom and shower.
The property recently underwent a renovation.
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The hotel unveiled a new look in March, with sunny guest rooms swathed in gray and artwork that depicts the themes of light and energy. After checking in, enjoy a meal at the recently opened Savoca. The trattoria added heated outdoor dining cottages, a cozy, socially distant setting for cacio e pepe (bucatini coated in toasted black pepper, Parmigiano Reggiano and pecorino).
Time your visit to coincide with the Poolside Dinner & A Movie series, which allows you to sit on the fourth-floor rooftop nibble on hot dogs, burgers and unlimited popcorn and watch flicks like Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction on a big screen.
Enjoy a stay with Italian flair.
If you can’t travel to Italy just yet, this hotel might provide the next best thing. Owned by Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani (whose grandfather opened Venice’s famed Harry’s Bar, which created the Bellini), the hotel furnishes its room with Italian pieces from Tedeschi, Italian linens from Casarovea and black-and-white photos that capture la dolce vita.
There’s also The Restaurant at Mr. C. The Ciprianis are known for their Italian eateries, and this one turns out dishes like baked tagliolini, grilled branzino and artisan pizzas. Bonus: it serves Bellinis, using the original white-peaches-and-prosecco recipe from Harry’s Bar.
Jump into the rooftop pool.
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel
You will want to linger in Philippe Starck’s stylish rooms with quirky accents, but carve out time for the hot spot Vista Rooftop. During the day, you can unwind on teak loungers and splash among the two pools. The deck also flaunts Starck’s eclectic taste, like a black pig sculpture standing in the water and assorted oversized empty frames showcasing excellent city views.
At night, Vista Rooftop transforms into an alfresco dining destination. Dig into seared salmon with roasted cauliflower and cauliflower puree or short ribs with cheddar grits.
Revel in luxurious surroundings.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton shares the same building as JW Marriott, providing yet another venue with knockout vistas in L.A. Live, an entertainment hub that includes Staples Center and the Grammy Museum. But it boasts its own unique amenities, including an expansive 23rd-floor Club Lounge, a heated rooftop pool and bar on the 26th floor and an 8,000-square-foot spa, the largest in downtown Los Angeles. Visit the ethereal haven for the popular CBD Massage, which incorporates up to five activated hemp-based products to leave your body feeling blissfully relaxed.
Check into this Bel Air favorite.
You will forget you’re in one of the world’s most renowned urban centers at this leafy retreat, which is all about the outdoors. Meander through the 12 garden-filled acres, which have 483 different trees, more than 4,000 plants and four resident swans.
Most accommodations in the pink stucco buildings open directly onto the gardens. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air embraces the outdoors with its chic terrace, and the Five-Star spa offers The Enclave, a 570-square-foot treatment suite with its own tropical patio and trickling waterfall.
Colombia Hotel Boom Spurred on by Starwood, Four Seasons and InterContinental
When former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe introduced a tax incentive law over a decade ago that offered a 30-year exemption on taxes derived from hotel services for any hotels beginning construction before December 2017, a lot of global hotel brands passed.
At the time, the Colombian brand was still attached to the country’s previous role as the cocaine trafficking capital of the world, and all of the violence associated with that.
Since then, however, few countries have ever experienced such a quick turnaround in tourism development as Colombia, following years of civic improvements and security initiatives throughout the country. The global hotel brands are moving in now in force, and their marketing and distribution firepower is going to continue to spur the increase in international arrivals over the last few years.
By the close of 2014, according to Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, a total of 7,000 new hotel rooms will enter distribution, adding to the 15,245 hotel rooms in almost 300 hotels constructed from 2004 to 2013.
Altogether, 17 new hotels are expected to open in Cartagena alone by the end of 2015. The colonial city welcomed an 11.5% jump in international arrivals in 2013 over 2012, bringing Colombia’s total foreign traffic to 3.7 million visitors.
Based on those numbers, equating to a 7% increase in visitors nationwide year-to-year, Colombia expects to welcome four million international guests in 2014.
“There are a couple reasons behind those numbers, including first of all, we are very strongly promoting tourism, so that’s kind of a change for us,” says Claudia Davila, U.S. director of tourism for Proexport, the Colombian national destination marketing organization. “Two, Colombia is a very solid democracy in South America and it’s a very stable country financially, so that’s also why so many of the major hotel brands are investing in Colombia.”
The marquee hotel projects targeting both the business and leisure sectors include InterContinental Cartagena de Indias opening in December and the Sheraton Cartagena Hotel launch in June 2015. In 2016, the entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel Cartagena will deliver Colombian tourism into an entirely new luxury bracket.
Meanwhile, the scheduled opening of W Bogota in December this year is bringing a new level of sex appeal and global attention to the tourism and business events product in the capital.
“Ten years ago, it wasn’t a practical situation for many people to travel to Colombia, but that’s old news now,” suggests Davila. “Today, I think the world has become very, very small, people know what’s going on everywhere, and they want to see something different. I mean, how many times can you go to Mexico? Don’t get me wrong, I love Mexico, but everyone wants to experience new things. At this moment, Colombia is very trendy, it’s new, and there’s not a lot of people who have been to Colombia.”
For 2014, some of the recent hotel openings in Colombia include: the 51-room Bastion Luxury Hotel in Cartagena, part of GHL Hotels Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavilion Hotel on La Boquilla Beach Cali Marriott Hotel in Cali’s Granada financial district and Sonesta Hotel Pereira near Colombia’s vaunted Coffee Triangle district.
Magical Realism Marketing Theme
Last year, Proexport launched a new series of print and digital marketing media themed around: “Colombia is Magical Realism.” Channeling the spirit of local son and Nobel Prize-winning surrealist author Gabriel García Márquez, the campaign attempts to differentiate the Colombian travel experience with a deft balance of romance and intrigue.
The first two videos below are 30-second spots highlighting the charms of Cartagena and the Coffee Triangle.
But the third video is the most inspired marketing. It’s a testimonial by a Canadian couple who came to Cartagena and fell under the city’s magical spell. That sort of first-person reality programming strikes a more personal chord, and it helps further dilute memories of Colombia’s late 20th century history, while heralding the country’s dramatic colonial history.
“Cartagena is the jewel of the Caribbean,” says Davila. “It’s full of history of culture, with 11 kilometers (7 miles) of walled city that feels like it’s stuck in the 1600s. When you get there, you really feel that it is a magical place.”
‘We wanted to be very cautious’
The Lytle Park Hotel was on track to open in Cincinnati on March 19. Three days earlier, plans were postponed. Ninety percent of the newly trained staff was furloughed.
The small group that remained established a Covid plan using guidelines from various sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the 106-room hotel, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, opened on June 3, it did so with about 50 percent capacity in the restaurant, bar and rooftop lounge. Even cocktails got a pandemic spin.
“Garnishes were served on the side instead of in the drink,” said Brett Woods, the hotel’s general manager. “We wanted to be very cautious as we opened into this new environment.”
Mr. Woods said that establishing those protocols upfront allowed The Lytle Park to come out of the gate with fully functional, if slimmed-down, dining. That strategy has been good for business: The socially distanced rooftop bar, he said, quickly became a hit with Cinncinatians angling for drinks and views this summer. Weekend wait times sometimes exceeded two hours.
“Most hotels were doing the opposite: not having any food or beverage,” he said. “Since we were a brand-new hotel, we didn’t want to open without having certain services available to people who would be experiencing this hotel the first time.”
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Four Seasons Resort in Napa Commanding Near-Record Sales Price
The Four Seasons resort in California’s Napa Valley is slated to open in the second quarter.
The owner of the new Four Seasons hotel in California’s Napa Valley is negotiating a sale that would represent one of the highest valued hotel transactions ever, signaling a demand for smaller luxury resorts even as the broader industry struggles.
Real-estate fund manager Alcion Ventures developed the 85-room resort in Calistoga, Calif., over a 10-year period and is now marketing it through real-estate broker and investment bank Eastdil Secured.
A handful of hotel and real-estate investors have made competing offers of more than $170 million, according to hotel brokers. The Irvine, Calif.-based Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. is among the bidders, say people familiar with the matter.
That purchase price would translate into a valuation of more than $2 million a key, which would make it one of the most expensive hotel acquisitions in history.
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