Hobu Hostel is an oasis for travellers in Bogotá, especially those that live and work on the road. The stylish décor and high speed Internet throughout makes this the perfect location to explore Bogota from.
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Hostelgeeks writers Simon and Eshe travelled around South America and checked the hostel scene.
They visited Hobu Hostel and brought us a bunch of photos and impressions of this unique hostel in Bogotá.
1. Home from Home
When you arrive late at night into a foreign country after 20 hours of travel, to find your luggage has gone missing, you can suddenly feel a million miles from home.
It was the most welcome then when the team and the building itself at Hobu Hostel instantly felt homely.
In fact, it started before we even arrived.
The hostel team had arranged a driver to meet us, and he stood at the arrivals with our names on a sign and a big smile on his face.
Their pick-up service is a convenient way to get stress-free to the hostel after a long trip.
After a 20-minute drive from the airport and we arrived at Hobu Hostel, situated in the Chapinero district of the city.
Whilst a majority of Bogotá 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.
Converted to a hostel in August 2016 the building boozes’ character.
Originally a private residence, it has also served as a home for nuns, a rehab center and a cultural office.
Most of the products used in the kitchen are bought at the local markets, as they aim to support local business.
Their fruits, eggs and vegetables, come from the countryside areas nearby Bogotá (particularly Cundinamarca and Tolima).
The cleaning products are toxic free, environmental friendly and biodegradable.
They do also only use environmental friendly products.
The staff is from Bogotà. They can help you to book tours around the city. They work with local suppliers as well.
Take advantage of that!
Their knowledge of the area is wide. Do not hesitate to ask any question you might have.
2. Comfort and Care
In a city that is still fighting off a reputation as being unsafe, security is a focus.
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.
Walking into the reception felt like walking into a classic old English house, the kind that charge high prices as bed and breakfasts across much of Southern England.
The original record of the house is from 1950.
In 2016, the property was restored, trying to print an industrial-minimalist style in a British classic house.
They aim to combine past and present.
The ornate blue doors lead into the hall where rich dark paneled wood walls and a spiral staircase with a carved railing leads upstairs to the rooms.
A simple desk in one of the two lounge areas acts as a reception desk and if you need to wait you can relax on a pristine and super comfy Chesterfield couch and even watch TV.
There are often football matches from around the world playing.
Grab a beer or soft drink at their small bar, but do not fear, this is not a party hostel.
Each bunk also has individual electrical sockets for charging up your gadgets, connecting with the rest of the world or zoning out with a movie.
Linen and towels are provided and all areas of the bedrooms, shared bathrooms and whole property are kept spotlessly clean.
What about breakfast at Hobu hostel?
Whilst a tasty breakfast of delightful locally sourced fresh fruit, eggs, bread, juice and tea, coffee or hot chocolate is included in all rates, a fully functional and well-stocked kitchen is available for guests to cook at any time.
This affordable accommodation in Bogotá has multiple social areas:
The main lobby
the living room
the dinning room
the terrace at the second floor
another little living room at the second floor
In case guests bring friends, they are allowed to be in the first floor of Hobu Hostel.
The bar service is until 11:00 pm, but they can help you to decide where to go to party next, in case you need it.
They do also offer social activities:
Every Tuesday they take guests to a local club, a great place to meet people around the world, party, learn and practice Spanish, or develop new friendships.
On Thursdays, they provide guest free entrance tickets to one of the best clubs of the city. Time to party if you feel wild!
Hobu Hostel Bogotá is not a party hostel, but if you are looking for party, they will give you all the information you might need.
They do also have direct contact with local companies which offer:
National Park Chicaque tour
The team will provide you plenty of information, as well as personalized recommendations.
5. Smiley happy people
It is fair to say all Colombians seem to be warm and welcoming, but that certainly applies to the Hobu team.
From the ladies that served breakfast to the manager and all the reception team, you are warmly greeted whenever you enter a room and nothing is too much for them.
One important thing for Hobu Hostel when they look for new staff is
“The curiosity and interest in the tourism sector”
And you can notice the staff is interested in tourism and do like to talk about their beautiful city.
Organizing transfers and recommendations on what to do are likely expected, but the team took even the time to chase our lost luggage with the airline.
They also gave us insight into more local, less touristy things to do during our stay.
If a party hostel in the center of it all is for you, then Hobu Hostel Bogotá may not be the best option.
But if you want quiet, comfort, character and charm, you’ve come to the right place. After all, this is one of the best hostels in Bogotá.
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