Bogotá is a massive city with tons of unique neighborhoods to explore. However, where you stay can totally change the type of experience you have! Where you’re looking for a modern and polished neighborhood, somewhere edgy where local hipsters hang out, or somewhere historical and charming, Bogotá has a neighborhood for everyone. My list starts with the most Northern area of the city and makes its way down to the historic Candelaria neighborhood.
Here are the best & safest neighborhoods to stay in Bogotá, Colombia.
Usaquén is a charming area in the Northern part of Bogotá with an amazing array of restaurants housed in colonial buildings. The neighborhood is most famous for its Sunday flea market where hundreds of artisans set up shop and you can find unique souvenirs to take back home. Staying here is a quick uber ride to get to the Zona Rosa but can be a bit far from the historic center for sightseeing. The best three accommodation options in Usaquen are W Bogotá ($$$), Biohotel ($$), and Rua Hostel ($).
Heading closer to the center of Bogotá is the Parque 93 neighborhood. If you’re wanting to stay somewhere safe, quiet, modern, and polished this might be the spot for you. There are plenty of restaurants to visit in this neighborhood but the overall feel tends to be a bit commercial. The location is great though because you’re just a 5 minute Uber ride away from the Zona Rosa entertainment area when you want a little more action. There are some really nice hotels in this neighborhood like the hip Click Clack Hotel ($$$), EK Hotel ($$$), and BH Parque 93 ($$).
Parque Virrey is a great location in Bogotá because it’s super safe, quiet and walking distance from the rowdy Zona Rosa but far enough away for it to be quiet. Plus the park is a great spot to go for a run or grab fresh fruit in the morning from one of the vendors. The best places to stay in Parque Virrey include Cite Hotel ($$$), Jazz Apartments ($$), and Hotel B3 Virrey ($$).
Zona T / Zona Rosa
Zona T (also known as the Zona Rosa) is the entertainment district of the city with outdoor and indoor shopping, restaurants, and where most of the nightclubs are located. The name Zona T because the streets unite in a T shape. If you’re the type of person that wants be in the center of the action – this is the neighborhood for you. It’s also very safe, walkable, and has the feel of any big city. In Zona T, my recommended hotels are NH Bogota Boheme Royal ($$), Selina ($), and BOG Hotel ($$$).
Zona G is Bogotá’s gastronomic neighborhood. In Zona G, you’ll find some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants and it’s overall very upscale. So if you’re a foodie that’s into fine dining experiences – this is the neighborhood for you! The Artisan D.C. Hotel ($$$), 12:12 Hostels ($), and Grace Hotel ($$) are steps away from the best food in the city.
The 7th Avenue (known as La Septima) separates Quinta Camacho from Zona G. It’s one of my favorites in the city because of how charming it is! The architecture in the neighborhood is completely different from the rest of Bogotá as it was constructed in the mid 20th century modeling Brittish architecture. It’s the type of neighborhood that you can stroll around and stop in one of the many coffee shops, restaurants, or bars. If you’re interested in staying in this neighboorhood I recommend Casa Legado ($$$), Aurora Hostel ($), or Republica Hostel ($).
Chapinero is where I call home and it’s touted as the hipster area of the city, which is kind of true. In this neighborhood, you’ll find Bogotá’s under 30 creatives, young professionals, students, and a large LGTB community. The overall feel of the area is a bit more underground with hip eateries, coffee shops, and independent design boutiques to discover. My top recommendations on where to stay in this neighboorhood are Chapinero Hills ($), Mercure Hotel ($$), and Casa Lelyte ($$).
La Macarena is an interesting eclectic neighborhood in Bogotá that is famous for its laidback bohemian vibe and an international variety of dining options like Argentinian empanadas, Spanish tapas, Peruvian cuisine, and of course delicious Colombian food. There aren’t a whole lot of places to stay in this neighborhood, but if you’re looking to stay here the best hotels include El Pit Hostel ($) and Hotel Ibis Bogotá Museo ($$).
La Candelaria is Bogotá’s historic district and is actually where the majority of tourists end up staying. The charming colonial streets, colorful murals, and bohemian vibe tend to draw visitors in. Candelaria is near a university so it’s going to be bustling with people that are 18 – 20 years old and the other part is near a sketchy area of the city, which makes overall security in the area a problem at night (and Bogotá comes alive at night and you should be able to enjoy it). If you’re a very young backpacker that prefers a laidback area – you’ll probably enjoy Candelaria. Selina ($), The Orchids ($$$), and Hotel Avenida Jiménez ($$) are a few good options to check out. For the rest of the travelers that are visiting Bogotá, Candelaria is great to walk around during the day, but the other neighborhoods might make more sense to you.
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