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CASA LEGADO

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May, 2020
The entranceway, Casa Legado

Many boutique hotels claim to be a home away from home, yet few actually feel like it. Casa Legado, located Bogotá, Colombia is a notable exception.

Comprised of two houses connected by a leafy courtyard in the residential Quinta Camacho neighborhood, the 13-room boutique hotel offered one of the comfortable stays I’ve experienced. Full disclosure: I enjoyed it so much I extended my stay for several days.

There are 13 unique rooms on offer in the Casa Legado boutique hotel

Casa Legado is the brainchild of globetrotting Bogota resident Helen Davila, a 38-year old interior designer. Although it is not her childhood abode, one might be forgiven for thinking it is; such is the level of care and personalization Davila took with each space.

Each room is dedicated to a member of her family, from the living room that features her grandmother’s plush mid-century sofa, to the bedrooms, each designed to represent the personal tastes of her siblings, nieces and nephews.

Davila wanted the home to be filled with the furniture and artwork that have affected her life, from colorful dishware by Bogotá firm Tybso. Contemporary artwork by local artists decorated the property, including in the outdoor spaces.

Casa Legado is comprised of two houses connected by a leafy courtyard in the residential Quinta Camacho neighbourhood

But what truly made the stay superb was the attention paid by the staff, who were always willing to accommodate. They provided service that was personalized without being stuffy: from communication that was often done by hand-written notes to the hot water bottle that was placed inside the bed each evening. The laundry service was returned to my room wrapped in ribbon tagged with the label “clean clothes” carefully handwritten.

Aside from the plush fleece robes provided in every room, the slippers were so chic I was tempted to wear them out on the town. More in the style of espadrilles than your average hotel footwear, Davila purchases them from WonderForPeople, which works with artisans and supports a women’s collective operating in a prison.

Casa Legado also paid great care to provide local tips for guests, offering tours, custom-made guides and even bicycles.

Don’t get me started on the breakfast. Each morning, guests sat together feasting on a range of breakfast items such as homemade granola with coconut yoghurt and a variety fruit toppings; some, like lulu and pitaya, reflected Colombia’s tropical fruit diversity.

Casa Legado boasts a communal kitchen with snacks, sandwich trappings, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages for guests to enjoy free of charge – a standout perk in the age of pricey mini-bars.

Champ writer Sarah Hucal checks in to Casa Legado in Bogotá, Colombia

Choosing a place to relax was one of the most difficult parts of my stay. One day I enjoyed a glass of wine perched on the comfortable outdoor sofa in the backyard, taking in the evening breeze in the ivy-covered backyard dotted with party lights. On another, I read a book in a hammock on the front patio, wrapped in a finely woven wool poncho provided to guests.

In short, for those looking for a customized luxury experience that is anything from stuffy, Casa Legado is your home away from home in Colombia’s capital.

Casa Legado espadrilles complimentary for guests, made by WonderForPeople
A very warm welcome from Casa Legado
Each room is dedicated to a member of Davila's family, each designed to represent the personal tastes of her siblings, nieces and nephews
The Luisa room in Casa Legado
The Maria room bathroom
The bathroom in The Santiago room
To my pleasant surprise, there was a hot water bottle placed inside the bed each evening
The staff provided service that was personalised without being stuffy: like communication that was often done by hand-written notes
Casa Legado boasts a communal kitchen with snacks, sandwich trappings, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages for guests to enjoy free of charge
The Casa Legado dining room
The dining room beautifully decorated and designed
Colourful dishware by Bogotá firm Tybso in the Casa Legado dining room
The Casa Legado dining room
Casa Legado is the brainchild of globetrotting Bogota resident Helen Davila (right), a 38-year old interior designer
The outdoor courtyard where guests can relax, rest and rejuvenate
Helen Davila's interior designs are subtle, yet clever and considered
Casa Legado entranceway

Casa Legado

Carrera 8 No. 69 – 60 Bogotá – Colombia

Visited and reviewed by Champ writer Sarah Hucal

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May, 2020