In this review, we will stay at the Hotel Morrison 114 in Bogota, Colombia.
Going to the hotel
After a comfortable Air France economy class flight all the way from Paris I found myself in the Colombian capital of Bogotá at 10pm in the evening. My goal was to get to my hotel as fast as possible, sleep, and get up early the next day for a full day of sightseeing before flying onward to my final destination of Panama.
The taxi ride from the airport to the hotel was relatively fast as the dual carriageways were completely empty at this hour. For my one-night stopover in Bogotá, I had selected the Morrison 114 Hotel, which had good online ratings and a great room rate at 197,000 Colombian pesos (47 euro) for the night with breakfast included.
On arrival, the reception staff turned out to be highly efficient and managed to check me in within seconds.
My superior double room certainly was large, modern and well-appointed. The room featured a plasma TV, air-conditioning and heating, plenty of storage space, a large desk to work on, as well as a small seating corner. WiFi internet worked like a charm and there were plenty of conveniently placed power sockets in the room.
The bathroom was spacious and clean and had all the amenities one would expect from a mid-range hotel.
Breakfast at Morrison 114 is served in a beautifully designed restaurant area which almost looked like a greenhouse with one wall being fully covered by plants.
The buffet spread wasn’t that large, although the overall quality was certainly good. Especially if you like some fresh fruits for breakfast or Colombian staples such as tamales and arepas you will certainly be satisfied.
The friendly waitress came by my table to ask whether I wanted some made-to-order eggs as well, which tasted great as well. The freshly squeezed orange juice and good quality coffee also stood out.
Although I did not test it out, Morrison 114 has an agreement with a nearby gym four blocks away to which guests have complimentary access.
One aspect which I really liked about Morrison 114 was the amazing staff. Not only were they welcoming and friendly with a smile on their faces at all time, they went above and beyond to help me with one particular issue.
When I arrived into my room and was about to go to sleep, I found out that I forgot to bring a travel adaptor and was therefore unable to charge my phone, as Colombia uses different style power sockets than in Europe (the country uses US style plugs). Rookie mistake, I know!
After I informed the reception staff and the doorman about it and asked if they might have a spare charger or travel adaptor, they literally started to search every nook and cranny to look for one. Even when after 20 minutes they didn’t manage to find one and I told them it was OK as I could go without, they still refused to give up.
Unfortunately they could not find one, but their effort and kindness was much appreciated. The next day, they pointed me towards a nearby department store where I managed to buy one.
Morrison 114 is located in the centrally located and upmarket Usaquén neighbourhood. Although unfortunately I had no time to explore the immediate surroundings of the neighbourhood, it is a safe, trendy area full of nice pubs and restaurants and a popular Sunday flea market.
I’m not sure if in hindsight it was however the best location for my purpose of a quick one-night stopover in between two flights. Although the taxi ride in the evening from the airport to the hotel went super smooth, it was certainly not the case when taking an Uber the next morning to head to the colonial-era Candelaria district where most of Bogotá’s tourist sights are located.
The rush hour traffic was utter madness and it took more than one-and-a-half hours to cover the relatively short distance from the hotel to Candelaria. As I only had half a day for sightseeing, it did eat up quite a bit of my limited time.
Those with only limited time in the city might therefore want to opt for a hotel closer to the old town, although on a future multiple-day visit back to Bogotá I would gladly stay at Morrison 114 again as then the Usaquén location would make a lot more sense.
If you look for a great mid-range hotel in Bogotá, then look no further than Morrison 114, which features large, clean, comfortable and well-appointed rooms.
The breakfast buffet, which included lots of fresh fruit, Colombian staples and made-to-order eggs, certainly makes for a great start of the day.
Morrison 114’s location is not necessarily the best if your Bogotá visit is only limited to the colonial-era old town of La Candelaria. However, if you stay for a few days the hotel’s location in the upmarket and happening Usaquén neighbourhood makes for a great location as you are in a safe area of town with lots of nearby pubs, restaurants and nightlife venues to choose from.
Best of all was however the lovely staff of the hotel, smiling all the time and trying all they can to make your stay as perfect as possible.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘A Piece of Panama With a Bit of Bogota and a Slice of San Jose‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: Air France Economy Class Bucharest to Paris (Airbus A320)
2. Review: Air France Business Lounge Paris CDG Airport Terminal 2E – Hall K
3. Review: Air France Economy Class Paris to Bogota (Boeing 787)
4. Review: Hotel Morrison 114, Bogota, Colombia (current chapter)
5. A Short One-Day Stopover in Bogota, Colombia
6. Review: Copa Club Bogota Airport, Colombia
7. Review: Copa Airlines Economy Class Panama to Bogota (Embraer RJ-190)
8. Review: Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro
9. How to Visit the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal
10. Into the Casco Viejo – Exploring Panama City’s Old Town Centre
11. Isla Taboga: A Day Trip to the Island of Flowers
12. A Panama Day Trip to the Portobelo Forts and Tropical Isla Mamay
13. Review: Copa Club Panama Tocumen International Airport
14. Review: Copa Airlines Economy Class Panama to San Jose (Boeing 737-800)
15. Destination San Jose: A Day in the Capital of Costa Rica
16. Review: VIP Lounge Costa Rica, San Jose Airport (SJO)
17. Review: KLM Economy Class San Jose to Amsterdam (Boeing 787)
18. Review: KLM Crown Lounge (Non-Schengen) Amsterdam Airport
19. Review: KLM Economy Class Amsterdam to Bucharest (Boeing 737-800)