Where to stay in Bogota, if you’re looking for the best hotels, coziest hostels and most beautiful boutique hotels? It can take some time to research the overwhelmingly large offer to find the best places to stay in Colombia’s capital. As one of the most popular destinations in Colombia, there are several neighborhoods to stay, ranging from the old center full of sights to the hip upcoming parts full of nightlife. In this blog we help you to make a choice. Where to stay in Bogota? What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Bogotá? And which hotels are recommended there?Booking.com
Where is Bogota in Colombia?
Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is located in the heart of the country. As it has the largest international airport in the country, it is usually the first destination of any Colombia travel itinerary.
You won’t find many other tourist destinations in Colombia near Bogotá. Most nearby is the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral which is usually visited by tourists on a Salt Cathedral Tour from the capital. The surreal landscape of the Tatacoa Desert is located about 6 hours southwest of Bogotá. The well-known tourist destination Salento, known for its colonial atmosphere and palm tree valley Valle de Cocora, is about 7 hours west by bus. To the north from Bogotá you will find a region of colonial villages like Villa de Leyva. This village is about 3.5 hours of driving from Bogotá, making it a popular weekend destination for residents of the capital. Unfortunately, it will take you longer to get to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá by public transport.
Because of Bogotá’s airport, you can easily travel from the capital to other larger destinations in Colombia with a domestic flight. You can reach popular cities such as Medellin and Cartagena the fastest and easiest by plane.
Why Bogotá is worth a visit
As the capital of Colombia, Bogotá is one of the most famous destinations in the country. It is one of the best places to visit in Colombia because of its South American atmosphere, delicious food, characteristic old town, monumental sights and colorful street art. We recommend that you allow at least two full days to explore Bogotá, but more days would be even better.
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Bogotá is a sprawling city, but most of the sights are concentrated in the historic district of La Candelaria. Although the Colombian capital is huge and has many modern high-rise buildings, La Candelaria looks like a village with its colonial houses, narrow cobbled streets and mainly low-rise buildings. The best things to do in Bogota include exploring the charming streets and squares of the La Candelaria district, visiting the city’s free museums such as the Gold Museum and Botero Museum, climbing the Monserrate and learning about the local street art with a walking tour.
Where to stay in Bogotá: the 3 best districts
The best areas to stay in Bogota are the three neighborhoods La Candelaria, Zona Rosa and Chapinero. While Bogotá still has a reputation for being unsafe, they are known as tourist-friendly districts. We can’t say that it is 100% safe – tourists will always be targets in relatively poor countries like Colombia – but we have never felt unsafe in these areas and most visitors don’t.
La Candelaria is the historic city center. It is, in our opinion, the best area to stay, as all the sights of Bogotá are concentrated in this area and it offers most budget-friendly hotels and great hostels. Zona Rosa and Chapinero are known as trendy and upcoming neighborhoods with many great restaurants and bars. Chapinero has a hip atmosphere with coffee shops and Western restaurants. Zona Rosa – also known as Zona T – is known for its nightlife. Because of the super-fast TransMilenio buses in Bogotá, public transport in the city is excellent and you can quickly travel between the main attractions in La Candeleria and these neighborhoods.
Where to stay in La Candelaria
#1 Arche Noah Boutique Hostel for an affordable boutique hostel with a central location. The beautiful hostel is located in a white, colonial building. Arche Noah offers both private and dormitory rooms. There is a terrace, kitchen and sauna. Breakfast is served in the pretty courtyard.
#2 Candeleria House Boutique for a great guesthouse with very high review ratings from its guests. The guesthouse is located in a beautiful old building that has been renovated to meet modern standards while maintaining its authentic details. The rooms are cozy and homely furnished with details like bookcases and sometimes even a fireplace.
#3 Masaya Bogota for a pretty hostel with both dormitories and private rooms. The stylish decor, sun terrace and central location near the sights and restaurants ensure rave reviews.
#4 Selina LaCandeleria for a stylish hostel from the well-known Selina chain. The hostel is located in a beautiful monument. The interior combines modern and hip furnishings with the historic atmosphere and authentic elements of the monumental building. The colorful courtyard garden and great lounge make the hostel a wonderful place to relax after sightseeing.
#5 Botanical Hostel for a bright and colorful hostel in a central location. The roof terrace and garden are wonderful places to enjoy the sun. There are both dormitories and private rooms.
#6 Hotel Casa de la Vega for a beautiful hotel with a lovely courtyard. The rooms are simple, but cozy and clean. The reviews praise the friendly staff, the fresh breakfast and the great location.
#7 El Yarumo Hostel for a cozy hostel with one of the highest review scores in Bogotá. The hostel is located in one of the typical, colorful low-rise houses of the historic center. The rave reviews mention the hospitality, the warm welcome, the pleasant atmosphere and the beautiful green patio.
Where to stay in Zona Rosa
#8 Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia for a modern luxury hotel in a prime location. The large-scale hotel offers spacious rooms with wonderful beds and it has many on-site facilities, such as a gym, restaurant and bar.
#9 NH Bogota Boheme Royal for a comfortable hotel with enthusiastic reviews. The hotel is located in Bogotá’s Zona Rosa, less than 5 minutes’ walk from Andino and El Retiro Shopping centers. There is a gym, restaurant, bar and free parking.
#10 BOG Hotel for a design hotel with panoramic views of the city and the mountains. The hotel was designed by the Portuguese designer Nini Andrade Silva and inspired by the Gold Museum. There is a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant with a bar.
#11 GHL Hotel Bioxury for a modern hotel 400 meters from the entertainment zone. The hotel has a restaurant, a garden and a terrace. The rooms are very spacious and modernly furnished. The reviews praise the breakfast, the price-quality ratio and the stylish entrance.
Where to stay in Chapinero
#12 Casa Legado for a beautiful hotel with a fresh, light interior with colorful details. There is a green garden and a shared lounge, making guests feel at home. Great detail: the free bicycles to explore Chapinero.
#13 HAB Hotel Bogota for a budget-friendly luxury hotel in a beautiful building. The stylish and modern interior with dark colors and accents creates a cozy atmosphere. There is a garden, terrace, gym, restaurant and bar.
#14 The Click Clack Hotel for a hip and modern hotel in a central location. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from Parque de la 93, Bogotá’s hip culinary zone. Zona Rosa is also within a 10-minute walking distance. Breakfast is included in the price and can be served in the restaurant or in your hotel bed. The restaurant is a popular spot in Bogotá, known for its elaborate weekend brunches.
#15 Selina Parque 93 for another hotel from the well-known Selina hostel chain. The Selina hostels are known for their colorful and stylish interiors and this beautiful property is no exception. Many events are organized, creating opportunities to meet other travelers. The rave reviews mention the pleasant atmosphere, the central location to the restaurants of the Parque de la 93 zone and the helpful staff.