The 5 Best Hostels in Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota, Colombia – it is said this is the place where “sabrosura,” that mysterious alchemy that can transform total strangers into lifelong friends in a heartbeat, occurs. There is so much to see and do in and around Bogota, which of course is the capital and heart of Colombia itself!

But after a full day (or night) of taking in the local culture, history and beauty, all you really want is a safe, quiet place to rest your head at night. If that place is also affordable and offers free wifi or free breakfast, even better. We think you will love this hand-picked selection of Bogota hostels!

In a hurry?  Here are our top 3:

SC House

Located less than one mile (1.4 km to be precise) from the city centre, this arthouse-turned-hostel is both modern and ancient. The structure is more than a century old and has been completely redone inside with plenty of bright colors and gorgeous local Colombian art!

There is no free breakfast with your stay, but the lovely community kitchen gives you an extra chance to meet other travelers and compare notes on the best sights while you prepare your morning coffee and your meals. There is a mini-supermarket, cafe and bar on site as well.

Stay for an average of 10 bucks per night (USD) in clean and comfy rooms. Enjoy free wifi during your stay. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will even arrange airport pickup for you!

What We Like

  • Super-cool photo ops with all the artsy decor!

What We Don’t Like

  • No free breakfast

Aurora Hostel

This small, welcoming and homey hostel is actually brand new! It has space for just 18 travelers at a time, giving it more of a “home away from home” feel than the larger hostels. The hostel is designed as a living green space replete with plenty of plants and beautiful local wood decor.

Enjoy free breakfast and free wifi each night of your stay.

Prices are a steal at less than ten dollars a night and this hostel is within walking distance of some of the best eateries, malls, cinemas and art galleries and lots of clubs and bars for local nightlife if you feel so inclined. The district itself is considered quite safe and as such attracts travelers from around the world, including plenty of solo adventurers.

What We Like

  • Awesome and safe for solo travelers

What We Don’t Like

  • Only two larger dorms for accommodations – no options for private or semi-private rooms

El Pit

Despite its name, El Pit is the furthest thing from a dismal pit in the ground; this vibrant and bright hostel is filled to the brim with contemporary decor, and each room in this conveniently located traveler’s rest house has a special and unique style. Whether your bunk is positioned atop hardwood or tile floors, you’ll be graced with abstract art and big splotches of color wherever you go in El Pit. While you’ll certainly want to explore local sights like the Museo De Bogota and the Bogota Public Library, since El Pit has a full-service restaurant and bar, you won’t have to leave if you don’t want to. Useful amenities like a computer lab and a TV lounge make this stylish youth hostel the perfect place to relax with your group or meet new friends from around the world.

What We Like

  • Spacious, bright interiors
  • Perfect mix between a party hostel and a restful environment
  • Excellent location

What We Don’t Like

  • Some guests report unattended messes in rooms and bathrooms¬†
  • Logistical issues with reservations

Chapinero Hills

Chapinero Hills is located in Chapinero, which is Bogota’s financial district. This hostel is just what you’d expect from one of the richest areas in town; everywhere you turn in Chapinero Hills, you’ll be confronted by wrought iron stairwells and hardwood furniture that practically screams “cosmopolitan.” In addition to standard bunk rooms, private accommodations are also available at this hostel, and there are also plenty of common areas where you can relax and chat in an artistic and airy environment. Chapinero Hills probably isn’t the right place for you if you’re looking for a seedy spot to get down and boogie, but if you’re a seasoned metropolitan soul traveling on your own, you’ll certainly feel right at home in this upscale hostel that’s located within minutes of the famed Quinta Camacho¬†district.

What We Like

  • Classy, ultra-modern, and super-clean style
  • Free building-wide Wi-Fi
  • Lots of great restaurants nearby

What We Don’t Like

  • Not an incredibly social hostel
  • Might not be the best location for seeing the sights

Alegrias

While many Bogota hostels look like they could be in any of the world’s major cities, Alegrias is purely Colombian. The authentic decor at every turn in Alegrias gives you no chance to forget that you’re in South America, and this hostel’s location in the center of the La Candelaria district provides guests with plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in Bogota’s thriving culture. Alegrias couldn’t truly be classified as a party hostel, but it’s definitely a place that’s best enjoyed with a group. If you don’t have a group already, it’s easy to join up with one as you mingle with friendly guests who’ll be happy to invite you to their cookouts in this hostel’s central courtyard.

What We Like

  • Authentic decor
  • Located in La Candelaria cultural hub
  • Rooftop yoga classes

What We Don’t Like

  • Guests complain of cleanliness issues and surly staff
  • La Candelaria area isn’t known for its safety at night