Best Hostels in Bogota, Colombia complete guide and overview for backpackersLet’s venture to Colombia’s high altitude capital and discover the 3 best hostels in Bogota. Are you ready?

The hostels in this collection have superb comfort, social spaces and cute design. There’s certainly something special about hammocks in rooms and double bed dorms.

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!

To make Bogota an even more tempting destination; we bring to you our 5 star hostel. Scroll down to learn more about the wonderful Hobu Hostel Bogota.

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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.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

3 Top Hostels in Bogota

Ok ok, let’s not work on Colombian time and get this show on the road.

The 3 coolest hostels in Bogota are:

  1. Hobu Hostel – great for digital nomads
  2. Fernweh Photography Hostel – wonderful for backpackers
  3. Aurora Hostel – top pick for solo travellers

1. Hobu Hostel (homely oasis)

It’s always good to kick start with a stylish hostel that focuses heavily on co-working and co-living spaces.

Hobu Hostel is an oasis for travellers and the only 5 star hostel in Bogota. Therefore, it is on top of the list for best places to stay in Bogota.

This is a top choice for digital nomads that are in need of cosy workspaces and top-notch WiFi.

In a city that is still fighting off a reputation as being unsafe, security is a focus at Hobu Hostel Bogota.

The reception is manned 24/7.

The entry to the small garden at the front of the building requires you to ring a bell. They will come and unlock the gate to let you in – even if you are returning from a late night of partying.

Book Hobu Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hobu Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

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:

  • 24-hour reception
  • Towels + linen included
  • Lounge w/ fireplace
  • On-site bar
  • Breakfast included

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.

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:

  • Amen Ramen
  • Statua rota
  • 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!

Hobu Hostel is the best hostel in Bogota for:

  • Digital nomads
  • Friends
Book Hobu Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hobu Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

Hobu Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

2. Fernweh Photography Hostel (hammock life)

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.

Fernwehe Photography is the perfect place for the backpacker in Bogota.

Book Fernweh Photography Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Fernweh Photography Hostel one of the best hostel in Bogota, ColombiaFernweh Photography Hostel one of the best hostel in Bogota, Colombia

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.

What else?

  • Huge fully fitted kitchen
  • Photography courses
  • 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?!

Fernweh Photography Hostel is the best hostel in Bogota for:

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Fernweh Photography Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Fernweh Photography Hostel one of the best hostel in Bogota, Colombia

Fernweh Photography Hostel one of the best hostel in Bogota, Colombia

3. Aurora Hostel (private dorm beds)

Take off your shoes and instantly relax as you enter the beautifully simplistic Aurora Hostel.

Here there is space for just 18 travellers at a time – a home away from home.

It’s obvious that nature plays a big part when the design is primarily wood and plants. The brown, green and white tones blend perfectly together and create a super relaxed vibe.

Book Aurora Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Aurora Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

Choose from:

  • 6-8 bed mixed dorms
  • Double room with and without bathroom

Unlike many other hostels in Bogota, Aurora has included privacy curtains in dorm rooms.

This is a great choice for travellers looking for a safe, quiet stay. Located only 20-minutes from Zona G, great nightlife is still easily accessible if you’d like.

Bogota won’t be offended if you decide to stay at the hostel all day. Why wouldn’t you when there’s:

  • A terrace, patio + living room to enjoy a cold beer
  • A delicious breakfast at a reasonable price
  • Salsa lessons
  • 24-hour reception

Aurora follows a strict sustainability policy. That means saving energy where possible and the use and promotion of local products. Great!

Aurora Hostel is the best hostel in Bogota for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Adults (meaning travelers +25 years old)
  • Older Travelers (meaning +45 years old)
Book Aurora Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Aurora Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

Aurora Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

Best Hostels in Bogota for Solo Travellers?

Calling all solo travellers backpacking Bogota and Colombia; we salute you!

For whatever reason you decide to travel by yourself there’s one thing we’re sure of; you’ll want to stay at great hostels.

If you’re looking for a more sociable time, head on down to Arche Noah Boutique Hostel.

Arche Noah Hostel Bogota combines tranquillity in a tropical oasis with a social atmosphere, in a luxurious listed building – it even has a sauna.

It’s slap bang in the centre of Candelaria, with bars and restaurants on the doorstep.

Socialise in the luxurious lounge or at one of the organised events. It’s also possible to book a tour here – just have a chat with the friendly staff. A great place to stay in Bogota for backpackers.

Couples will also be very pleased with the stylish quality double rooms with en-suite.

Book Arche Noah Boutique Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Arche Noah Boutique Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota for solo travellers

Another great solo traveller option for a hostel Bogota in Colombia is Casa Cubil Design Hostel.

Privacy, comfort and decor are paramount here and the Cubils (or pods) are second to none. Some dorms even have double bed cubils!

We rate this hostel the best choice for travellers in need of downtime and no social pressure.

Hideaway in your private space or relax in the living room and get chatting with fellow travellers – the choice is yours.

Book Casa Cubil Design Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Casa Cuba Design Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota for solo travellers

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.

Scroll down for our safe areas to stay.

This might be the most “backpacker-type of hostel” in Bogota. People love it here, because it is very easy-going, very friendly, and “the real backpacker vibes”.

Important: 82 Hostel is NOT the same as AK Hostel 82. Make sure you book the right one!

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Yet another cool place to stay in Bogota is the 82 Hostel.

Best Party Hostel Bogota?

Party Hostels in Bogota aren’t exactly a big thing. Yet we had a look and found a great option for those that do enjoy a laugh over drinks and shenanigans.

Shimmy on down to Botanico Hostel Bogota. This is our #1 pick for a Bogota party hostel.

By day enjoy the tropical garden and amazing views and by night fire up a BBQ and get chatting at the bar.

La Candaleria is right on the doorstep which means easy access to nightlife, history and sightseeing.

The staff organise activities throughout the day and night, too. Find out what’s going on over a fresh, hot Colombian coffee.

Book Botanico Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Botanico Hostel the best party hostel Bogota

Safe Hostels in Bogota

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.

Here is a guide on how to stay safe in Bogota and Colombia.

That stands not only for Bogota, but anywhere else in the world you choose to explore!

And hey, we understand there are some safety-conscious travellers out there. We’ve got your back.

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”. Here is a guide to take buses in Bogota. We highlighted the Bogota Bus terminal in the map. We did not fin a cool Bogota hostel near it.

Book Aurora Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Aurora Hostel one of the best hostels in Bogota, Colombia

Cheapest Hostels in Bogota

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Bogota
  2. Order the listing by price

Make sure you also filter by ratings. Keep an eye on the “extreme comments”, meaning the best and worst reviews. This way you get a pretty good idea on what to expect.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts to Bogota Colombia Hostels. We know, it’s a pity. We always work on getting new offers for our users, so stay tuned.

You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

This will be easiest way to get updates right away.

We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

Map of Bogota Hostels + TOP Sights

It’s handy map time! Below you’ll find all of the mentioned hostels in Bogota plus the best sights worth seeing, including:

  • Gold Museum
  • Monserrate
  • Bolivar Square
  • Museo Botero
  • Bogota Botanical Garden
  • Colombian National Museum
  • Simon Bolivar Park
  • Salitre Magico Amusement Park

If you’re a keen cyclist consider joining a 4-5 hour Bogota Bicycle tour.

Fancy a day trip? Explore the underground Zipaquira Salt Cathedral.

Flights to Bogota

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over South America including Bogota and Medellin.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in South America - a complete guide

Sex in Bogota Hostel

Sex is part of the hostel life, especially when staying at Party hostels. There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!

We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.

Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!

Read: Guide how to and how not to have sex in hostels in Bogota.

More Epic Hostels in Colombia and South America

This guide your answer to where to stay in Bogota on a budget, yet in style.

As yo know by now, there is some fantastic hostels in Bogota Colombia. In fact, all over the country you can find super cool places to stay.

Here you can find all our best hostels in Colombia.

You know what, we have written even more guides for you.

We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.

For more cool hostel guides around South America, check out:

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Over to you

There you are then; the 3 coolest hostels in Bogota, Colombia.

Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Bogota hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and will help me and your fellow travellers by improving this article.

Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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