Milena Vargas restores Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota opened following a restoration project helmed by architect Milena Vargas, who enhanced the property’s original architectural details with residential-style furnishings and a collection of traditional and contemporary artwork selected by designer Lauren Rottet.

There are now 62 rooms and suites that can be reached via the original wooden staircase that curves past stained glass windows depicting songbirds, a favorite motif of original architect Santiago Medina Mejia, who built Casa Medina in 1946. The property was recognized for its architectural heritage in 1984 and turned into a hotel in 1988.

Following the restoration project, Four Seasons also introduced a new dining venue. Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas is an open-concept restaurant and tapas bar designed by Saul Sasson.

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Further inside in the main restaurant, there is a glass atrium with new Spanish tile floors, plus a courtyard with a large stone fireplace.

For events, the property has the Casa Medina Room that can host up to 120 guests to dine or 175 for a wedding reception or business function. The refurbished El Nogal and La Merced rooms offer additional flexible meeting options.

The Los Rosales room, formerly Casa Medina's restaurant, is now an events space with restored wooden floor, original paneling, stone columns and a staircase winding up to an iron-railed loft. It can accommodate groups from 25 for a meeting to 50 for a party.

Other amenities include the spa and a 24-hour gym.

Another Four Seasons property, Four Seasons Hotel Bogota, is set to open in early 2016. It will be located a short distance from Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota in Zona T, the city's shopping and dining area.

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