Important Safety Tip: When arriving at the Airport, only take official cabs. It is safe and other unofficial cabs might be a scam and over-over-overcharge you.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
want to avoid the “young party kids”
happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest Bogota Colombia Hostels. We’re pretty confident in saying solo travellers and backpackers will love them. Oh and be sure to check out the best party hostels Bogota further down!
Either that or go nuts and stay in all 43 best hostels in Colombia! We spent 3 months backpacking Colombia, and this is handmade guide with plenty of useful information you will love.
Remember to check the map we have created for you. The map shows all hostel locations and sights nearby.
Quick Introduction to Bogota Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 11€ per night. A private in a Bogota hostel starts from 20€ per night and goes up to 40€ per night.
You see, the hostels in Bogota are quite affordable; perfect, right?! This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Credit Card Commission: Taxes are included in the booking price, but many hostels Bogota will add a 5-8% commission on card payments. This can add up quickly so consider arriving with the correct cash at check in. Ask before you pay and ask if an ATM is nearby.
Safety Tips: When arriving at the Airport, only take official cabs. It is safe and other unofficial cabs might be a scam and over-over-overcharge you. The most common crime in Bogota is Pickpocketing. It mostly happens on crowded buses and on the TransMilenio. The good news, once you know this, it can easily be avoided. Just keep your bag near you (not on the back).
Robbery and mockery also happen, unfortunately. Best idea is to avoid dark and lonely streets. Also, it is best to go in a group of 3 or more. The absolute best idea is to ask at your hostel when you arrive. Ask them if there is anything you need to be aware of and what to avoid. The know the latest news and tips.
The usual mixed dorms are on offer, with 4-8 bed options. Either that or splash out on a homely private with premium bedding. The dorm bunks were specially designed and built by a local steel company.
Suspended from the ceiling and able to support up to two tonnes apparently – I’m not sure how they tested this though and probably best not to ask.
Either way, your traveller needs shall be met with personal lockers and power sockets. It’s the little things that count after all.
Team Hobu really do care that you have a great time. They’ll even arrange for someone to collect you from the airport!
In fact, there’s a free concierge service during your time inside and outside of Hobu.
Now that’s pretty cool.
Honestly, there’s a lot to mention about the #1 hostel. Here’s a handy, concise list:
Towels + linen included
Lounge w/ fireplace
What about the location?
Whilst a majority of Bogota hostels are in the more busy and touristy La Candelaria district, Chapinero connects this area and downtown well and offers much quieter streets – meaning very little late night noise.
Chapinero was once a very high-class part of town and today is still a mix of upmarket residential property and businesses.
Be sure to ride the cable car to Mount Monserrate for beautiful views across the city.
And location wise? Within minutes of Hobu is a busy shopping street with restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies and ATMs available. Bus services throughout the city and taxis can be caught from here.
Just around 3 blocks, you will find two of the best clubs in the city: Theatron y Video Club. As well as bars and pubs as BBC Artisan Beer and BBC Bodega.
Very close, you will also find local restaurants with yummy food. The team at Hobu Hostel do recommend:
Arepas La Reina
and many more
In a nearby area, you can also find the premium cafes, bars and restaurants.
Good to know: card payments incur an 8% commission fee. Better pay in cash as a real backpacker in Bogota and Colombia!
We hear you are also looking for the best hostels in Chapinero Bogota, let us introduce you to Republica Hostel Bogota rel='nofollow' with a perfect location for those travellers interested in nightlife, food and Salsa music.
This is a sweet little hostel that’s super cosy and offers nice activities.
Not to mention the onsite bar with good prices that won’t break your travel bank!
You can also visit the historical center, La Candelaria, which is around 10km from this hostel. The best way to get here is via bus or taxi. Taxis are cheap! Rememeber to ask your hostel to order a taxi for you; do not jump in any random one on the street. You can also use Apps like Uber – they work well.
What else does it offer?
Security deposit boxes
24 hours front desk and
And just so you know, this was our first hostel in Bogota: The Republica Hostel! They run several hostels across Colombia, we mention them in our guide to best hostels in Colombia.
The cabin beds are certainly worth writing home about – check out how big they are!
Each dorm room is kept nice and small in numbers of beds, too. Choose between 4 or 6-beds depending on how sociable you’re feeling. Each bed comes with a charging socket, reading lamp & private locker.
Oh and of course; a privacy curtain – very important.
Couples will also really enjoy it here thanks to the deluxe double room. If you’re on more of a budget you can opt for the economy double room instead.
When it comes to socialising, the best place to hang out is the little garden area. This is a nice place to enjoy a cold drink, for sure.
Otherwise you can relax right next to the garden in the living room with a good book or a movie.
We met here so many cool people from all over the world. We played the typical social game from Colombia “Rana” (Frog), had drinks, shared stories and even head out afterwards. The good thing about Republica: Backpackers and guests try to head out to a bar after dinner-time. This way the people who want to rest and the others, well, dive into the nightlife of Bogota.
Also: The shared computers are super handy if you want to send an email home or check your social media.
What about the WiFi? Super Fast! We actually stayed here several days because we had as well work to do. Quick as a bunny and therefore a top hostel for Digital Nomads visiting Bogota.
Republica Hostel Cabin Beds is the best hostel in Bogota for:
Yet another cool place to stay in Bogota is the 82 Hostel.
82Hostel is a guesthouse/ hostel located in one of the most safe and fun neighborhoods to stay in Bogota, Colombia. The neighborhood is called Zona Rosa y Zona T, for us one of the best area to stay in Bogota. Nearby you can find many restaurants, bars, clubs for the nightlife too.
Let’s be frank here for a second: street crime in Bogota is on the rise. Although violence against travellers isn’t exactly common, there is always a risk. I also introduced you to my safety tips in the beginning.
In fact, besides Hobu Hostel, we highly recommend Aurora Hostel as one of the safe hostels in Bogota.
It’s located in a safe and quiet neighborhood called Quinta Camacho. It’s even okay to go out around here at night.
So here you have it: the best neighborhood to stay in Bogota is Quinta Camacho, the old part of Chapinero. Here you can find still find original houses; perfect for your instagram game. The neighborhood is quiet and safe.
Reception is also open 24 hours which means round the clock hostel security and no reason to worry.
The main Bogota Bus Station is called “Terminal de Transporte de Bogota, Salitre”.
We highlighted the Bogota Bus terminal in the map. We did not find a cool Bogota hostel near the bus station; at least nothing we can actually recommend – sorry!
We found another great hostel to stay in Bogota with the best location: Casa Bellavista Hostel rel='nofollow'.
This hostel in Bogota is part of the street culture, surrounded by graffiti, street art and pubs with lovely Colombian Live Music.
What else is great about this hostel?
They organise and encourage you to participate in all the activities they organise, from walking tours to El Cerro Monserrate, ecological walks to La Chorrera (Waterfall), cycling tours around the city and pub crawls to La Zona Rosa, where all the bars, nightclubs and fine restaurants are.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
Well, first the difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
And second, hostels in Colombia and Bogota are usually cheap anyways. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 11€ per night. A private room starts already from 20€ per night.
So you see, no real need to go for the cheapest ones, since the difference in quality will be big; and the difference in € will be little.
But Okay okay….I get it, when you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Bogota.
The best area to stay in Bogota is La Candelaria district and Chapinero, these two areas are well connected. And all the hostels we recommend are around these areas so you can visit the most touristic places in the center.
Update: Sorry to tell you that this hostel permanently closed its doors in 2021.
The absolute best hostel in Bogota for Backpackers: Fernweh Photography Hostel!
Instead of beds and reading lamps, Fernweh Photography Hostel has focused on building an ambience that can inspire.
If you can enjoy a chilled, familiar and cosy hostel; this is definitely your place. With travelling usually comes photography and here the two have been beautifully mixed into the design and ambience.
Fernweh Photography is the perfect place for the backpacker in Bogota.
The rooms come in sizes of 4 or 9-bed mixed dorms and private rooms.
Hot showers and WiFi are included in all, but the 4-bed dorm is the only one with a private bathroom. Pay attention to this when booking your spot.
After a long day you might enjoy winding down by the fire in the garden. Of course, you can also join the fun times in the common area. It is a really social hostel; perfect for backpacking Bogota.
Huge fully fitted kitchen
Chill out zone
Friendly, English speaking staff
Guess what? If it’s quiet you may be eligible for a late 6 pm check out at no extra cost!
Fernweh is situated in downtown Bogota, in an area called La Candelaria, surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops.
Cool to know: The word “Fernweh” is German and it means something like “farsickness” or longing for far-off places. It is the exact opposite of “homesickness”. So instead of wishing you are at home, you wish to be far away and be traveling. A handy word, right?!
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