Hotel de la Opera & Bogota Golf Clubs
Colombia, Bogota, Savannah, Candelaria
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The only five star hotel in historical quarters of La Candelaria, Bogota, Hotel de la Opera enjoys a quiet location on a pedestrian street lined by palatial buildings. The hotel is formed by two houses that were once headquarters for the Spaniard Encomendadores and later used by Liberator Simón Bolivar's personal guard, whose presidential residency, now the Chancellery, is right across the street.
Bogota lies on the edge of La Sabana (savannah), a vast plateau at 8,500 ft. surrounded by mountain ranges and bathed in a bright, ever changing light. Although under the tropics, Bogota's altitude means cool days, few humidity and hardly any wind, providing ideal conditions to play golf - at this altitude, the ball also fly much longer! The region boasts no less than 25 golf courses, half of them within the city limits and the other half spread across La Sabana.
The most famous ones are Bogota, El Rincón and Hatogrande. All these are full country clubs and offer a host of sporting and social amenities. A haven of greenery at the very heart of the metropolis, Bogota Country Club was founded in 1917. Two other famous clubs are located a short drive outside the city, next to Hato Grande presidential country palace. Colombia's number one course, El Rincón GC was designed by legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. and venue of the 1980 World Cup, while its neighbour Hatogrande CC is a modern design by Gary Player.
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Hote de la Opera
Hotel de la Opera offers 42 atmospheric rooms, each unique, individually furnished and decorated in classic style, embodying the charm of the old colonial Santa Fé de Bogota. All are fitted with every modern amenities and fully heated for a comfortable sleep in Bogota's chilly nights. Thermaé Spa, the hotel's best kept secret, is a lavish, full serviced spa offering a wide range of treatments and therapies, ideal to relax after a day in town or on the links.
The hotel features two restaurants: La Scala, serving Mediterranean food on the first floor and El Mirador, offering local specialities and international cuisine on the top floor, with beautiful vistas of the roofs, towers, cupolas and bell towers of Bogota. The Automático Bar, named after a once famous Bogota café, is a pleasant colonial style place where to enjoy traditional tasting appetizers.
5 Star Hotel (listed building) in the historical quarter of La Candelaria
42 Guestrooms : 27 in the Colonial area (classic) and 15 in the Art Deco area (7th floor, modern) • Each room is different and individually furnished • All rooms with central heating, satellite TV, IDD phone, minibar, safe and full amenities bathroom
24 Hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Concierge • Valet parking • Tourist guides • Transport service • Safe • WiFi • Business Centre
La Scala (Mediterranean cuisine) • El Mirador (Panoramic restaurant/ international cuisine) • Bar Automático (Colonial style)
Corporal and facial treatments • Aromatherapy, chromotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, hydro- massage, thalassotherapy, Reiki, etc.
Bogota Country Club
• Los Fundadores Course
John van Kleek (1946) 18 holes - 7,161 yds - Par 72 - SSS 72,0 - Slope 131
• Pacos & Fabios Course
John van Kleek (1946) 18 holes - 5,970 yds - Par 71 - SSS 67,8 - Slope 119
A haven of greenery at the very heart of the metropolis, Bogota Country Club was founded in 1917. Today, the club boasts two 18-hole courses, built in 1946 by respected American architect John van Kleek and showcased by over 6,000 mature trees and two lakes.
Los Fundadores is the most prestigious of the two course, a well balanced and well maintained layout hwich has earned many honours since its opening and was the first course in Colombia to host the PGA Nationwide Tour in 2010. This flat, parkland course is nevertheless not a mere walk in the park: Water hazards are looming for stray balls on nearly every hole and the green will require all your putting skills. An excellent layout, nice complemented by comprehensive practice facilties and a five-star clubhouse.
This is a private club and a letter of introduction will be required, yet well worth the effort.
Bogota Golf Area
These are private clubs and a letter of introduction will be required
• El Rincón Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1963) 18 Holes - 7,542 yds - Par 72 - SSS 74,3 - Slope 145
Venue of the 1980 World Cup and Colombia's number one course, El Rincón was designed by legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. and built by reputed Argentinean Alberto Serra. When designing the course, the architect took into account the elevation at over 8,000 ft. (2.500 m.) above sea level and extended the overall lenght of the holes to compensate the 10% increased ball flight through the thiner air. The two returning nines feature extend across low hills, shallow valleys and groves of towering eucalyptus and spruces, bounded to the east by the Bogotá river. In spite of the heavy tree-lined fairways, wind is very much a playing factor, as are the several water hazards and numerous out of bounds, so bring pelnty of balls and be prepared for a well over four hours round ! There is an nice clubhouse with excellent service to rest after the game anyway.
• Hatogrande Golf & Tennis Country Club
Gary Player & Boris Sokoloff (1995) 18 holes - 7,003 yds - Par 72 - SSS 74,6 - Slope 138
El Rincón’s neighbour, Hatogrande CC is a modern design by Gary Player, more open, with wide fairways and views to the savannah.
• San Andres Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Stanley Thomson & R.H. Russel (1945) 18 holes - 7,201 yds - Par 72 - SSS 72,7 - Slope 135
Hidding some 25 miles from Bogota, the R.T. Jones and Stanley thomson gem of course is worth the trip all the way. A walking course with caddies avaliable runs through rolling woodlands, offering a great variety of holes which will put your handicap to the test. San Andres provides for a wonderfull round perfectly complement by first class practice facilities and a nice clubhouse, as usual in Colombia capital.
A haven of peace at the heart of this bustling metropolis, Hotel de la Opera enjoys a strategic location in the historical La Candelaria, within walking distance of Bogota's main heritage sites. The hotel provides professional guides to visit the city.
Founded in 1538 by Spaniard Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada as Santafé de Bogotá, Bogota lies 8,000 feet (2,600 m.) above see level on the Sabana (Savannah), a high plateau extending along the Eastern Andes mountain range. The modern city and capital district is now a sprawling metropolis of 8 million inhabitants and one of the most boyant commercial and cultural capital of latin America.
Formerly the Cathedral district, La Candelaria is the capital’s historic and cultural district, wherer the old colonial city remains alive, its cobbled street line by historical buildings, art galleries, museums, libraries and theatres. In contrast, the vibrant heart of the city commercial and night life is the trendy Zona Norte (North Zone) residential district with many upscale malls, cafés, restaurants, and leading brand boutiques.
Bogota also boast a number of outstanding museums, such as the must-see Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and its unique collection of pre-Columbian art, the Museo Nacional (National Museum) built in 1823 and South America's oldest museumand the MamBo (Modern Art Museum) with a large collection of contemporary Colombian artists such as Fernando Botero.
A popular excursion is the Monserrate mountain, rising to 3,152 metres (10,341 ft) and dominating the city which can be accessed by cabel car, funicular or climbing. At the top, there is a 17th century church with a shrine as well as full tourist facilities to enjoy the view and the sunset over Bogota.
Although ony 4º north of the equator, due to its altitude, Bogota enjoys a subtropical highland, spring-like climate quite even through the year. Temperature rise above the 20º during the day and drop below 10 at night, and the weather is pretty unpredictable with rain and sun in the same day, reffered to by local as “Sol de lluvia” (Rainy Sun).
Address & Contact
Hotel de la Opera
Calle 10 #5-72
La Candelaria historic quarters, Bogota
Bogota Eldorado International Airport (BOG), 25 min.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical, tempered by the altitude (8,500 ft.). Cool days and chilly nights. Dry season from Dec to March.