Wondering where the best places to stay in Bogota Colombia are? Need to know the best Bogota hostels to stay in? As a solo traveler, one of the things that always gets me is knowing which area to stay.
Bogota is a city where I got it seriously wrong. It can be a bit tricky in any big city, but here it is especially important to get it right because there are areas of the city that are safer than others. In this guide, I’m going to break down the different areas and make some recommendations based on my personal experience of living in Bogota.
While I lived in Bogota I got into a few unsafe situations. I was robbed, pickpocketed, and felt very unsafe at times. I don’t say this to put you off, quite the opposite, I’d go back to Bogota tomorrow. But if only I’d done some research before renting an Airbnb my experience would have been very very different.
The Best Places to Stay in Bogota Colombia
First things first, if you are staying in Bogota for more than a night don’t stay in La Candelaria. If you are traveling solo and at all worried about your safety this is the area I would strongly suggest you avoid. Now I know this advice may be contradicting things you have read in guide books and heard from other backpackers. But are they women traveling solo, and have they actually lived in Bogota? Well, I have and I only wish someone had told me this before I lived on my own in La Candelaria for 2 months.
I’m not going to go into it too much here but the issue is at night it just isn’t the safest area. As it isn’t safe to get a taxi it means you will be taking a risk wandering around at night alone here.
The best place to stay in Bogota is towards the north of the city. My favorite area isChapinaro but anywhere in the Chapinaro or Zona Rosa area is good. The reason this is the safest area to stay in Bogota is because of the large international community here. I always felt very safe walking here at night.
The safest area to stay in Bogota
Chapinaro or Zona Rosa are the areas I would advise anyone to stay in. You can easily get public transport down to La Candelaria to go and explore the downtown area. The nightlife in La Candelaria is ok, but the nightlife in Chapinaro is far better, and safer.
Bellow, I have separated all of the Bogota hostels and hotels I recommend by price and kind. I have put some options for places to stay in La Candelaria as if you just have a night in the city it may be easier for you to stay here. The places I recommend are safe and secure so you can rest easy.
The Best Hostels in Bogota
Selina is a hugely popular chain of hostels throughout Europe and the Americas and the La Candelaria property is one of the best Bogota hostels. The location is perfect for exploring the historic center, with plenty of museums, galleries, and points of interest in close proximity.
Socializing is at the center of Selina’s ethos, and there’s a yoga deck, movie room, BBQ facilities, and a beautiful garden to meet people in. Digital nomads also rate Selina hostels highly and there are plenty of quiet spaces with strong wi-fi to get work done.
The rooms are more boutique hotel than budget hostel, and even the shared dorms are quirky, spacious, and very well equipped.
If you’re looking for a cheap room in a great central location, Casa Artistica is worth checking out. Bolivar Square is only a 20-minute walk and there’s plenty of history to enjoy all around the hostel.
Rooms are private but there are various sizes available which is ideal if you’re traveling with friends or as a family. Each room has a cute patio with a beautiful city view, and a kettle and wardrobe are provided, too.
If you’re in Bogota to check out the nightlife, Republica Hostel is ideally located next to Zona T: arguably the best area in Bogota to shop, eat, and party. The hostel itself is stylish, modern, and extremely comfortable. Capsule-style bunk beds in the dorm rooms are comfortable and provide plenty of privacy, and the plush private rooms are bright and clean.
The common areas are beautifully decorated and are set up for socializing. There’s an on-site bar for post-sightseeing cervezas, and the Wi-Fi is great throughout the property if you’re in the mood for Netflix and chill. If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Bogota, you can’t do much better than Republica.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Bogota
This boutique hotel in Bogota has lovely cozy private rooms and bunk bed-free dorm rooms. The spacious terrace is the perfect place to catch some rays if you’re lucky enough to experience a sunny day in Bogota, and the indoor communal areas are perfect for relaxing and meeting other travelers.
The 24-hour front desk is manned by friendly and helpful staff who can recommend activities and book you on trips and tours. Breakfast is available each morning for a small fee, and there’s great Wi-Fi throughout the hostel if you have work to do. If you’re looking at boutique hotels in Bogota, Arche Noah is definitely worth considering.
The Best Hotels in Bogota Colombia
Hotel Casona is one of the best budget hotels in Bogota and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Rooms have private bathrooms with hot and powerful showers, and the beds are really comfortable. The communal spaces at Casona are well maintained and there’s lots of unique character to be enjoyed.
Usaquen, where Hotel Casona is situated, is a great area to be based in. There are plenty of highly rated restaurants and bars in close proximity and it’s a safe and quiet area, so it’s a great option if you’re planning your first trip to Bogota.
Despite the name, Hotel Living 55 is actually a series of self-catering apartments. Each one has a TV and a small kitchen featuring a microwave and refrigerator. Bathrooms are well equipped and the showers are powerful and hot, which is necessary for a city that gets a chilly as Bogota. Some of the apartments also have balconies and patios to enjoy city views from.
The apartments still have many traditional hotel perks, including a 24-hour front desk and room service. A delicious breakfast is also served for an additional fee. There’s no wonder this hotel is constantly listed as one of the best Zona Rosa hotels in Bogota.
Rooms are modern, clean and spacious. Each one includes a TV, work desk, and a private bathroom with a hot shower and a hairdryer. The blackout blinds and comfortable beds ensure a great night’s sleep, too.
The terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and the bar offers a delicious tapas menu if you’re too tired to go out after a day of sightseeing. There’s also a generous breakfast buffet served every day which is included in the price, and all that indulgence can be worked off in the 24-hour onsite fitness center.
Hotel Vilar América is modern and stylish and is one of the best Zona Rosa Bogota hotels. As well as plush single and double rooms, there are also deluxe studios and luxury apartments on offer if you want the extra space and the option for basic self-catering. Whichever room you go for, they’re all very well priced.
There’s a delicious buffet breakfast served daily, and the restaurant and bar offer plenty of local delights. There are plenty of eating and drinking options nearby, too, if you prefer to go out. Staff at Hotel Vilar América are incredibly welcoming and can arrange airport transfers for you, as well as any trips or tours you might be interested in.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Bogota
This beautiful condo hotel is in the heart of Chapinero and is one of the best luxury hotels in Bogota. It’s the perfect combination of having a spacious, well-equipped apartment and the luxury and convenience of a five-star hotel.
The terrace offers panoramic city views, the restaurant serves an international a la carte menu, the bar has an impressive drinks and snacks menu, and there’s also a well-equipped fitness center. The front desk is 24-hours and a buffet breakfast is served daily. The self-catering condos themselves are spectacular and feature kitchens, iControl, home theaters, and balconies.
Located within walking distance of the Zona T area, the Victoria Regia offers old-school luxury in an unbeatable location. Rooms are as luxurious as they come and feature feather duvets, 400-count sheets, and a pillow menu. The bathrooms are just as plush as the bedrooms and include Hermes or Lanvin toiletries.
The hotel’s restaurant specializes in tasty Mediterranean cuisine or you can sample the incredible French and Colombian fusion cuisine instead. There’s also a business center and gym available for use. Service is impeccable and the entire experience feels five-star.
Hotels near El Dorado Airport Bogota
If you have an early flight to catch, the Radisson AR is an excellent airport hotel at Bogota airport. The ambiance is perfect, the staff are very helpful, and the food served in the restaurant is fantastic.
The rooms are soundproofed to ensure you’re not disturbed by noise from Bogota airport while at the hotel, and they all have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi as standard. For a bit of pre-flight pampering, there’s a wellness center offering beauty treatments as well as a relaxing indoor pool with hydro-massage. If you’re in Bogota and need a hotel at the airport, this the Radisson AR is unbeatable.
I really hope this guide has helped you to find the right place to stay in Bogota. It really is an incredible city, just keep your guard up and you will be fine.