Vertical Gardens and Contemporary Art Create Soothing Atmosphere
The new Sonesta Hotel Bogota was designed by Cataline Zuniga at KUBIK interior design and by architect Alvaro Calderon Ruiz. The shared vision was of a modern, contemporary space with interesting design elements include vertical gardens and contemporary art. By night, the building becomes an ever changing work of art with lighted window frames in a style reminiscent of Art Deco.
The plant selection for the vertical wall in the lobby was made from a palette of over 250 different species that grow in a hydroponic medium, based on an automated irrigation system that supplies water and nutrients to the wall so that plants can grow and develop in all their glory. The installation offers a breath of fresh air to arriving guests.
The contemporary art installations, created by local artist Anna Salazar, offer reflective images of natural elements that while beautiful, might be overlooked by a passerby. Especially noteworthy is the large photo of Bogota from a unique perspective installed behind the front desk that becomes a focal point for the lobby, bar and registration areas.
“The vertical gardens provide a living canvas that is truly a work of art and a wonderful addition to the public space of the hotel,” said Sonesta CEO & President Stephanie Sonnabend. “The walls actually come alive and really reflect the destination when combined with the contemporary local artwork that is so important to Sonesta.”
In addition to the bioclimatic architecture, thick glass is used to assist in temperature control throughout the hotel. The guest rooms feature blackout and UV shades to keep the rooms comfortable, the bathrooms feature oversized rain showers and natural light. There is even a cactus in each room to absorb the radiation from the electronic devices (LCD television, computer, etc) in the room.
Sonesta Hotel Bogota is in the northern area of the capital and largest city in Colombia, located on a plateau in the Andes Mountains. The city offers many opportunities for shopping and nightlife, including Unicentro Shopping Center a large upscale mall across the street from the hotel, the Zona Rosa/93 Park - located just minutes from the hotel offering cafés, bars, designer shops, nightclubs and fine restaurants that draws huge crowds to the northern end of this city; the Botero Museum of Art; la Candelaria an historic colonial neighborhood with great restaurants; and the Usaquen market which offers local handcrafts.
GHL Hoteles, who has managed Sonesta Hotels in Peru since 2005, owns and operates hotels throughout South America. With more than 40 years of experience in the hotel industry, GHL currently operates 39 hotels in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Panama; including 13 Sonesta Hotels located in Peru, Chile and Colombia.