In a bold move, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has partnered with The Gilinkski Group – a South American banking, real estate and industrial conglomerate – to restore two existing properties in Bogota, Columbia, to reopen as the first two Four Seasons properties in the country.
Following meticulous renovations, the historic Hotel Casa Medina Bogota will re-open as Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota and the contemporary Hotel Charleston Bogota will welcome guests as Four Seasons Hotel Bogota. Closed on December 15, 2014 for renovations, both properties will welcome their first guests later in 2015 on dates to be announced.
“We’re excited to partner with Four Seasons in these unique hotels and look forward to a long-term relationship,” said Gabriel Gilinski, Principal at The Gilinski Group. “This project would have been unthinkable only 10 years ago. Bringing Four Seasons to Bogota is a testament to Colombia’s progress.”
Located in the financial and commercial center of Bogota, the historic Hotel Casa Medina has been a preferred choice among luxury travelers. The unique French and Spanish architectural elements will be preserved, while being augmented by contemporary features, modern amenities, re-imagined room design, and meeting facilities.
Hotel Charleston Bogota will re-open as Four Seasons Hotel Bogota, right in the shopping and gastronomic heart of the city. The renovations will include a luxurious top-to-bottom redesign, and a new world class dining experience to complement the eclectic local culinary scene. Both properties will bring a uniquely global perspective to dining experiences: from Spanish tapas to Japanese robata.
“As travel to and within South America continues to increase among luxury travelers, we’ve been looking for the right opportunity to enter the Bogota market,” said Allen Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “This represents a significant step in continuing to grow our footprint in South America.” Four Seasons currently operates just three properties in Central and South America: Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, and Carmelo, Uruguay.