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Explora Hostels

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Calle 12C #3-19 | Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Krakow, Poland
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we have stayed in Explora hostel 2 nights and we had great experience. rooms are simple but nice and clean, you get two blankets just in case if you are cold during the night. there is plenty showers, so you don't have to wait in the que. they have nice chilling zone. wifi is working well even in some dorms.... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello guys, thank so much for this lovely review, you were those cain of amazing guests and we hope to see you again at Explora. Thank you for everything and best regards from Bogotá. More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice location in the charming neighbourhood of La Candelaria. Hostel is very clean and has solid wifi throughout the building. Hot showers and at night they fire up some terrace heaters which is definitely a plus since Bogota nights can get a bit chilly. Staff speaks good english and is patient with giving some pointers about the area. Would stay... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Jan, thank you so much for this amazing review. All our staff is working to give you the best attention. We hope to see you again at Explora and please ask for the discount booking across TripAdvisor. Best regards from Bogotá. More 

Collingwood, Australia
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69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here, after initially booking into another hostel around the corner which was absolutely horrible (and more expensive than Explora). Arriving to a clean, light-filled, friendly hostel was just what we needed after our initial bad introduction to Bogota. Reception staff extremely friendly (and speak english and patient if you want to practise spanish). Hostel is clean, communal areas, including... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Lucy, thank you so much for this amazing review. All our staff is working to give you the best attention. We hope to see you again at Explora and please ask for the discount booking across TripAdvisor. For us is really important that the guests have a good impression of our city, our people and our culture. Best regards... More 

Kuurne, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried another hostel for one night (full) and got immediately back to Explora! The private room was cosy and clean. Clean sheets and comfortable during the cold night in Bogota. The shared bathroom was convenient and cleaned different times a day. Overall a very clean hostel with a good atmosphere. Breakfasts possible in a spacious and light room. Different... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Kuurne, thank you so much for this review, we work everyday to be better. Next time you come, be sure that we will have new services and spaces to improve our service (and to control noise after 11 p.m. sorry for that). Best regards from Bogotá and please ask for discount booking through TripAdvisor. More 

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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The place was clean and tidy, good value for drinks and breakfast and the staff overwhelmingly helpful, putting up with a whole swathe of us pretty much non-Spanish speakers! Like the last reviewer we too had a private room, but it's darkness wasn't so much an issue for me...it's cheap after all. I think the only downside of the private... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Paul, thank you for your review and help us to improve our service. We hope to see you again in our hostel and live all the changes and improvements we have planned, best rooms and many additional services for guests. Best regards from Bogotá. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The hostel has a very nice social area and the breakfast is really nice for the 4000 pesos it costs. However our room, a private, was a disappointment. It was cold and damp and smelled like a cellar. Also the white, empty room didn't feel cosy at all. On top of this our food was stolen from the fridge three... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Ellie, thank you for your review. We regret all inconveniences, however, we are working to improve our service considering your comments. Please do not hesitate to return to give you a better experience. Best regards from Bogotá. More 

Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This hostel was great: helpful staff (esp Esther!), professionally-run, social (guests seemed to be a good range of ages, nationalities), tasteful aesthetics, reasonable charges, etc. Walls are very thin so everything is heard in this older building. not sure what the hostel could do about it without major redesign work.

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hola Ben. Thank you so much for your review. We are working to have more social activities without discomfort that generate noise. We are located in a historical house and we can not touch the physical plant, but we can control noise in the night. Thank you very much for coming to our hostel and we hope to see you... More 

san diego, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great environment and staff. The staff was very informative and helpful. The hostel was always clean. It is more of a budget hotel than your regular backpacker hostel. Great location, in the center of town and historical district. I really enjoyed myself!

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Diva. Thank you so much for your review. We will work every day to have a better attention for guests and improve our services. Please don´t hesitate to come again with all your friends ;) Best regards from Bogotá. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Friendly staff, clean rooms and bathrooms, and nice communal area with free wifi (albeit very slow) and PCs, seating and an outdoors smoking area. The double room we had was very basic, with only a hard bed and a chair - but that's all we needed. The room was also quite warm, and we didn't have a fan or aircon... More 

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you so much for your review and help us to improve. We will check the rooms because usually people ask for heaters and blankets, this room will be a good option for cold people in the future. We hope to see you again at the hostel, where we will have more conecting activities and maybe a good bar... More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Nice place. Beds are comfortable, staff is very nice and helpful aaaand its comparably cheaper than other hostels in the candelaria I've stayed at that were not better in quality. Only minus is the common area and the vibe. Not super social so not as easy to make friends as in other hostels ive been to

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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review

Hello Duke, thank you so much for your review. We are so happy because you enjoy your experiencie with us, next time you will find activities to connect and know new people. Best regards from Bogotá and we hope to see you again at Explora. More 

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