Hostels are not what they used to be as millennial “flashpackers” are dominating the market and prefering well-designed environments that fit their budget. A dirty dorm bunk bed just isn’t going to cut it anymore. People are looking for stylish spaces that ignite creativity where they can meet other like-minded travelers, while at the same time still being affordable. Luckily in Bogotá there are some beautiful hostels opening up that are arguably better than some of the hotels!
WHY STAY AT A HOSTEL?
Save Money: When I travel, I hardly spend any time in the room so I just don’t see the point in needing hotel amenities. Instead of paying $100/night at a hotel I can pay $10-$20 at a hostel (or Airbnb) and put the extra money towards eating out, drinking, shopping, and getting to know the city. And if you’re traveling with another person get a private room because this is often the same price/person as staying in a dorm so it’s basically the same thing as a hotel.
Meet People: No need to go to the bar alone! Especially if you’re traveling solo, staying at a hostel is the best way to meet other people and form new friendships.
Ratings: With accommodation websites like booking.com and hostelworld.com it really takes the guesswork out of whether you are going to experience the next hostel horror story. Browse through ratings and photos to find the perfect place for you.
So if you’re ready to try out a hostel for your trip to Bogotá, Colombia here are my top picks on where to stay.
12:12 Hostels was one of the first hostels I ever stayed in during my second trip to Bogotá in 2014 and it set the bar extremely high for my hostel standards. It’s located in the Zona G neighborhood, so you have amazing restaurants and bars nearby, while still being quiet. Each bed has a private curtain, individual plug, lamp, and the mattress is unbelievably comfortable.
The newly opened Chapinero Hills Hostel is where I stayed my first night after moving part-time to Bogotá and the design is gorgeous for the modern traveler looking for a cheap place to stay. I stayed in the spacious private room with a lofted bed but the dorms are just as nice! Each bed has private curtains, lamps, plugs, and large lockers with a delicious breakfast included in the morning. Plus you’re in a really cool area of Chapinero filled with cafes, restauntants, and bars nearby.
The Aurora Hostel incorporates minimal design with common spaces to meet other travelers in the charming and safe Quinta Camacho neighborhood. You can stay in a shared dorm for only $10/night or a private room for $30/night, making it great for travelers on a budget.
Republica Hostel is also located in the central & safe Quinta Camacho neighborhood. The design is beautifully modern with hip aesthetics, inviting common areas, and breakfast included.
Casa Cubil is set in a gorgeous historic home in the quiet Teusaquillo neighborhood. The design incorporates classic luxury with high-quality finishes. Each shared room uses their signature single and double sized Cubils or Pods, which provide the ultimate privacy.
El Pit Hostel just opened up and have created a well-designed inviting space for travelers. The location is in a historic home in the La Macarena neighborhood, which is known as the bohemian part of the city and also has a killer gastronomic scene. El Pit offers cooking courses, bike tours & rentals, and yoga classes. Plus you get breakfast included in the $10/night price.
A hostel has finally opened in Bogotá’s Usaquen neighborhood! Usaquén is in a super safe part of Bogotá and has charming colonial architecture, trendy restaurants, and an amazing flea market on Sundays so I was never sure why there weren’t any hostels here. But now you can stay at Rua 116 and be steps away from one of the nicest areas of Bogotá.
If you’re wanting to stay in La Candelaria, which is Bogotá’s historic district, Selina by far has the best designed hostel and hotel in the neighborhood. Murals done by local artists are splashed across the walls and attention to detail is in every corner.