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Where to Stay in Bogota Colombia | Hostel and Hotel Bogota Picks

Are you wondering where to stay in Bogota Colombia? If you’ve never visited, you may be unsure about the safest areas and best neighborhoods in Bogota. In this post, I’m sharing recommendations for tourist-friendly regions and the best hotels in Bogota. Whether you need affordable hostels in Bogota or want to splurge on a 5-star Bogota hotel, I have options for every budget.

As a solo traveler, I’m always conscious of where I stay while visiting a new city. Some areas of Bogota are safer than others, so researching every option is essential. Based on my experience living there, I’m familiar with the best area to stay in Bogota.

While I lived in Bogota, I encountered several unsafe situations, such as being robbed and pickpocketed. I don’t say this to put you off—quite the opposite. I’d return to Bogota tomorrow! However, I may have avoided some of these scary moments if I’d researched where to stay in Bogota before visiting.

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Need Transportation in Colombia?

I highly recommend booking Colombia transportation with GottoGo. You can search for buses, shuttles, ferries, and flights on their website—I love their customer service. I know them personally from my time living in Guatemala, and they genuinely care for their customers. If a delay occurs and you miss your bus, call them for help.

If you book through GottoGo, you will pay more than at the bus station, but it’s worth it for the ease and security. Click here to search for transportation in Colombia.

Where to Stay in Bogota Colombia

If you will be in Bogota for more than a night, don’t stay in La Candelaria. I recommend solo travelers avoid this area. My advice may contradict what you read in guidebooks and hear from other backpackers. But are they women traveling solo, and have they lived in Bogota? Well, I have! I wish someone had told me this before living alone in La Candelaria for two months.

Best Area to Stay in Bogota

Usaquén, Chapinero, and Zona Rosa are the best neighborhoods in Bogota for tourists. You can quickly get public transport to La Candelaria to explore downtown. The nightlife in La Candelaria is okay, but it’s far better and safer in Chapinero and Zona Rosa.

When deciding where to stay in Bogota, the further north, the safer, and the further south, the more unsafe. Don’t go further south than La Candelaria.


This is the best area to stay in Bogota for foodies. The first time I was here, I was worried that it was too far north. However, the area is lovely, and there is much to do nearby. Usaquén is safe to wander around at night and has many delicious restaurants.

Usaquén Bogota Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Morrison Bogota


For a lively hipster area, Chapinero is an excellent choice. It’s safe to walk at night, with plenty of coffee shops and cool places to hang out. It’s also well-connected by public transport, making it easy to navigate the city.

Chapinero Bogota Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Living 55

Zona Rosa 

Zona Rosa is one of the best neighborhoods in Bogota for nightlife. There are numerous restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. While it can be noisy, it’s very safe.

Zona Rosa Bogota Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Vilar América

Parque 93 

Parque 93 is the best place in Bogota for families. It’s where all the wealthy Colombians live, so there are many green spaces and a very relaxed atmosphere. You will find delicious eateries, and it’s close to Chapinero and Zona Rosa.

Parque 93 Bogota Hotel Recommendation: Selina Parque 93 Bogota


Teusaquillo offers some of the top hostels in Bogota, making it ideal for backpackers. Accommodations are cheap, and you’ll be close to many top attractions. It’s also convenient for traveling to and from the airport.

Teusaquillo Bogota Hotel Recommendation: Hostel Bandido

Below, I have recommendations for the best hotels in Bogota, from cheap hostels to top luxury hotels in Bogota Colombia. I’ve also included places to stay in La Candelaria, although I prefer Teusaquillo. These Bogota hotel and hostel picks are safe and secure, so you can rest easy.

Best Hotels in Bogota Colombia: Mid-Range

Hotel Morrison 114 – Usaquén

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This is my top hotel Bogota pick. It’s in one of Bogota’s safest areas and is perfect for foodies. Most importantly, the hotel is lovely. I stayed here during my last visit to the city and was well looked after by the staff, who took the time to help me find the best local places to eat.

Where to stay in Bogota Colombia
The view from my room!

The bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to get up in the morning! It’s modern, clean, and feels incredibly fresh. My city view was spectacular, and I enjoyed my stay at this Bogota hotel. It is pretty north, but it only cost me 11,000 pesos (about USD 3.50) to get downtown using the Beat App.

The bonus about staying in Usaquén, where Hotel Morrison Bogota is located, is that there’s much to do at night. Numerous restaurants are within walking distance, and Unicentro Mall is 15 minutes away. Breakfast is included in your reservation, and parking is available free of charge.

Hotel Casona – Usaquén

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Hotel Casona is one of the best budget hotels Bogota offers. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay—rooms with private bathrooms, hot water, and comfy beds. The communal spaces at Casona are well-maintained, and it has a distinct character you’ll enjoy exploring.

Hotel Living 55 – Zona Rosa

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Despite the name, Hotel Living 55 is a complex of self-contained apartments. Each has a TV and a small kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. The bathrooms are well-equipped, and the showers are powerful and hot, which is a must. Some of the apartments also have balconies and patios where you can enjoy city views.

The apartments offer traditional hotel perks, including a 24-hour front desk and room service. A delicious breakfast is also available for an additional fee. It’s no wonder Hotel Living 55 is consistently listed as one of the best Bogota Colombia hotels in Zona Rosa.

Hotel B3 Virrey – Chapinero

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Rooms at Hotel B3 Virrey are modern, clean, and spacious. Each includes a TV, a work desk, and a private bathroom with a hot shower and a hairdryer. The blackout blinds and comfortable beds ensure a fantastic night’s sleep.

The hotel terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, and the bar offers a delicious tapas menu if you’re too tired after a day of sightseeing. There’s also a generous daily breakfast buffet included in the price. Plus, all that indulgence can be worked off in the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center.

Hotel Vilar América – Zona Rosa

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Hotel Vilar América is modern and stylish, making it one of the best hotel Bogota picks in Zona Rosa. In addition to plush single and double rooms, there are deluxe studios and luxury apartments if you want extra space. All of the rooms are reasonably priced.

A delicious buffet breakfast is served daily, and the restaurant and bar offer tasty local delights. If you prefer to go out, there are many nearby restaurants and bars. The staff at Hotel Vilar América are incredibly welcoming and can arrange airport transfers, trips, and tours.

5 Star Hotels in Bogota Colombia

93 Luxury Suites & Residences – Chapinero

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This beautiful condo hotel is in the heart of Chapinero and is one of the best luxury hotels in Bogota Colombia. It perfectly combines a spacious, well-equipped apartment with the luxury and convenience of a premier 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 top-notch fitness center. The front desk operates 24 hours a day, and a buffet breakfast is served daily. The spectacular self-catering condos feature kitchens, iControl, home theaters, and balconies.

Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Chapinero

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Located within walking distance of Zona T, Victoria Regia offers old-school luxury in an unbeatable location. Rooms are upscale, with a super king duvet, 400-count sheets, and a pillow menu. The bathrooms are just as plush and include Hermes or Lanvin toiletries.

The hotel’s restaurant specializes in tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can also use the business center and gym. Service is impeccable, and the entire experience feels five-star.

Best Hostels in Bogota

Selina – La Candelaria

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Selina is a popular chain of hostels throughout Europe and the Americas. The La Candelaria property is one of the best hostels in Bogota. Its location is perfect for exploring the historic center, museums, galleries, and points of interest.

Socializing is central to Selina’s ethos—there is a yoga deck, movie room, BBQ facilities, and a beautiful garden. Digital nomads highly rate Selina hostels, as there are quiet spaces with strong WiFi to work.

The rooms resemble a boutique hotel rather than a budget hostel. Even the shared dorms are quirky, spacious, and welcoming.

Casa Artistica – La Candelaria

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If you’re looking for a cheap room in a central location, Casa Artistica is the place. Bolivar Square is only a 20-minute walk, and there’s much history to enjoy around the hostel.

Rooms are private, but various sizes are available, ideal for traveling with friends or family. Each room has a cute patio with a beautiful city view, and a kettle and wardrobe are also provided.

Trip Monkey – Chapinero

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This hostel is close to many cafes and restaurants in Bogota. It’s stylish, modern, and extremely comfortable. The dorm room bunk beds are comfy and provide plenty of privacy. Trip Monkey’s plush private rooms are bright and clean.

The common areas are beautifully decorated and ideal for socializing. There’s an on-site bar for cervezas, and the WiFi is excellent throughout the property. If you’re looking for budget hostels in Bogota, you can’t do much better than Trip Monkey.

Quick Tip: View my full Colombia packing guide here including a downloadable checklist. And check out my Colombia Essentials shopping list here.

Arche Noah Boutique Hostel – La Candelaria

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This boutique hostel has 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. Meanwhile, the indoor communal areas are excellent for relaxing and meeting other travelers.

The 24-hour front desk is operated by friendly, helpful staff who can recommend activities and book trips and tours. Breakfast is available for a small fee each morning, and the hostel has strong WiFi.

Bogota Colombia Hotels Near the Airpoprt

Radisson AR Hotel – Bogota Airport

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The Radisson AR is an excellent Bogota hotel if you have an early flight to catch. The ambiance is perfect, the staff is accommodating, and the restaurant is fantastic.

The soundproofed rooms ensure you’re not disturbed by noise from Bogota airport, and they all have air conditioning and free WiFi. For pre-flight pampering, there’s a wellness center with beauty treatments and a relaxing indoor pool with hydro-massage.

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $45.08. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

Bogota Travel Guide Planning

🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack for Bogota?

Yes! I have created a whole packing guide to Bogota which you can read here and you can also check out my packing list for Bogota on Amazon here.

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m in Bogota?

I strongly recommend using GottoGo. You can book almost all transport in the major tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in Bogota?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options!

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

Where to Stay in Bogota Colombia: Final Thoughts

I hope this guide to where to stay in Bogota helps you find the perfect accommodations. Whether interested in 5 star hotels in Bogota Colombia or cheap hostels, the city has something for every budget.

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Thursday 4th of March 2021

I love Bogota. I'm going in 2 weeks. I am a single female traveling alone. I like to stay in the Santa Barbara area- near the Unicentro mall. It's safe and upscale.


Saturday 21st of December 2019

Dear Claire Next time in Bogota you are welcome at The Morrison 114 Please contact me. I am the General Manager. [email protected] Thank you. Eduardo