Colombia's Gilinski Group behind Bogotá's newest luxury hotel

The upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá has set an opening date. When it opens on April 1, the building formerly known as the Hotel Charleston will join the just-opened Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá as the brand’s second property in the city. 

The hotel will have 64 rooms, almost half of which are suites. The hotel also has a new spa and a new restaurant, Kuru, with a Japanese robata grill in the middle. The hotel is also keeping another restaurant from the previous hotel that reportedly proved popular with locals. Lauren Rotett handled the design, while Milena Vargas served as architect for the renovation. 


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The Casa Medina hotel, meanwhile, opened in late 2015. The hotel has 62 unique rooms and suites. The Casa Medina was built by architect Santiago Medina Mejia, a native of Medellín in 1946, and had been a hotel since 1988. The current redesign was led by architect Milena Vargas. Original features, like the building's large the wooden staircase, were preserved.

Luis Argote is the general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota and Four Seasons Hotel Bogota, both of which are owned by the Gilinski Group, a Colombian conglomerate that owns several businesses, including Colombian bank GNB Sudameris. In a statement made late last year about the partnership, Gabriel Gilinski, principal at The Gilinski Group, noted that the project would have been "unthinkable" a decade ago. "Bringing Four Seasons to Bogota is a testament to Colombia’s progress. We feel fortunate to be a part of it.”

The two Four Seasons hotels follow on the heels of increased investment in Colombia's capital, especially from luxury brands. Last year, Starwood opened a W hotel in the city as part of a broader push into Latin America.