updated 3/8/2011 9:16:55 AM ET 2011-03-08T14:16:55

BOSTON, March 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonesta Collection announced today the opening of its third hotel in Colombia, the 126-room Sonesta Hotel Bogotá. This full-service hotel is located in the midst of business, shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions in Bogotá. The hotel is located at Carrera 15A #127-03, adjacent to METRO 127 on Carretera, and adjoins a shopping arcade. This hotel, and its sister properties in Barranquilla and Valledupar, Colombia; Peru; and Chile are all branded Sonesta Hotels and managed by Colombia based GHL Hoteles. 

"We are excited to bring another full-service business class hotel to our collection in South America – especially one with such a modern and contemporary design," said Stephanie Sonnabend, president and chief executive officer for Sonesta. "The city of Bogotá is one of the most dynamic cities in Latin America, a wonderful new addition to the Sonesta Collection."

Fun, modern and sophisticated, the new Sonesta Hotel Bogotá was designed by architect Alvaro Calderon Ruiz. One of the most unique features of the hotel is the "vertical garden", encompassing an entire wall of live plants in the lobby. The hotel offers 126 guest rooms, a full service business center, restaurant, room service, 24-hour concierge service, WiFi throughout the hotel, and 2,600 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel is conveniently attached to the newest shopping arcade and restaurants in the neighborhood, and is across the street from the Unicentro Mall. The hotel can be found online at www.sonesta.com/bogota and can also be booked in the GDS at:

Sabre: Chain code is SO and Bogotá Property code is 66388
Amadeus: Chain code is SN and Bogotá Property code is BOGSHB
Galileo: Chain code is SN and Bogotá Property code is 86858
Worldspan: Chain code is SN and Bogotá Property code is BOGSH
Pegs: Chain code is SN and Bogotá Property code is 52415

Bogotá is 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 very upscale mall; 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 Candalaria, 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.

The Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts and cruise ships. Every property reflects the energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally-inspired and artfully-presented cuisine, luxurious accommodations and passionate personal service create an authentic and memorable guest experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, St. Maarten (2), Brazil, Chile (3), Colombia (3), Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Opening soon in: Cartagena, Colombia; Miami, FL; and San Carlos, Mexico. For more information, visit Sonesta.com or call 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

The Sonesta International Hotels Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7017

CONTACT: Lorie Juliano
         Director of Corporate Communication
         Sonesta Collection Hotels. Resorts. Cruises
         617.421.5429
         ljuliano@sonesta.com

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