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“Homely place” 4 of 5 stars
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Explora Hostels
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Calle 12C #3-19 | Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia (La Candelaria)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 143 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Helsinki, Finland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Homely place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

It was nice and homely place to stay. The rooms and public area was clean and nice.The hostel was located in the peaceful area, so good location for us. Personnel was friendly. All in all, no complaints.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Daniel H, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Maikkii,

Thank you for your comments and review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Explora and hope to see you again in the future!

Best regards,

Daniel
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Not a party hostel but plenty of relaxed social time to be had here with other guests. If you like cleanliness, this place definitely scores high there, it is well-kept. Staff were very attentive, I lost pants somewhere on my trip and when I retraced my steps to see if I could find them they overturned the storage room looking for them with me. I wish Explora well, would stay there again.

Room Tip: WiFi is better toward the front of the hostel. In the back you may not get a signal from your room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Daniel H, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear MitchL54321,

I'm glad to hear you had a pleasant stay at our hostel. We hope you have a great time on the rest of your trip and wish your pants the best in their new life...wherever they may be! We'll be here to welcome you and your new pants when you come back to Bogotá!

Cheers,

Daniel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Right in the middle of La Candelaria. 5 minutes from Museo del Oro and close to everything else. The girls in the reception are very helpful, can give all sorts of information. One of the cleanest hostels I´ve been to. Kitchen available. And great hot showers.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Daniel H, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Johane19asdfghjkl,

Thank you for your great review. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay and felt the service was up to par. Our team is constantly working on their local knowledge to give our guests the best tips! We wish you luck in the rest of your travels and hope to see you again in soon!

Best regards,

Daniel
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a double with a private bathroom. The only downsides were the absence of ventilation in the bathroom, which meant it never really dried out and smelt a bit funny if the room was closed all day, and the noise carried throughout the hostel, so every time someone goes in or out the front door, has breakfast or pukes in the bathroom, you can hear it quite clearly from the room. Otherwise recommendable.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daniel H, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Dear jpkin123,

Thank you for posting your review and sharing your opinion with us, with it we can help improve our services.

We have taken note on your suggestion for the ventilation and noise to see how we can make changes to offer a better service to our customers. Hopefully when you come back you will be able to enjoy an improved version of the Explora Experience!

Best regards,

Daniel
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Bogota, Colombia
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

just book it on trip advisor, or whatever, breath deep, relax,,,, and come on over...! located in candelaria close to freedom square, all federal building, all major museums, killer cheap restaurants, and a 15 minute taxi ride to north bogota, where you can buy dirt cheap electronics (ask the taxi driver). in closing the explora hostel costs under 10 dollars a night!!! private rooms about 30 bucks.
enjoy your stay and see colombia, the friendliest people in the world! (and most of them work at exlpora hostel)..... (; review by tml
ps security???? you have on the average a cop, security guard, and soldier every 10 feet.
safer than new york, and more prosperous, don't believe the lies by bad sources on the internet.

Room Tip: keep it simple, book a room online or call...dont worry,,,i have done that for you! i presently stay...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoyosdan, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Tony,

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad you have enjoyed your stay at Explora Hostels.

Cheers!
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Stayed in Explora hostel for 4 nights. Very nice staff. Rooms were clean. Good beds. Nice common room. Staff organizes, among other things, pub quizzes and poker nights. The location is perfect. Would recommend this place!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoyosdan, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Hanneke_G,

Thank you for reviewing our hostel. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will come back soon =) Enjoy the rest of your journey!

Cheers!
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I stayed at explora in early Nov for 4 nights. the room was fairly clean, though there where some long hairs here and there. The walls are very thin, but since I sleep with earplugs anyway it did not bother me. most rooms don't have a window to the outside unfortunately. the reception staff on the other hand is super friendly, always willing to help and they speak English very well. during my stay there where very few people staying there, so it felt a little deserted. the Wi-Fi works well, but I imagine if the place is full it does slow down. all in all I enjoyed my stay, and I would stay here again, if I came back to Bogota.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoyosdan, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dominictru,

Thank you for posting a review of our hostel. We appreciate your comments and take feedback seriously: as a result we have hired an additional staff member for cleaning so that we can move from "fairly clean" to very clean!

Our hostel's building is considered a historic landmark and as such we can't change the placement of the windows. This makes the stay at Explora like a trip back in time - sleep in an old spanish style colonial home (except with new bathrooms!). For others reading this review, we will mention that windows do open into the interior patios of the house, which assures that all rooms can have reasonable natural light.

The owner's of the hostel were avid travelers as well and we understand the importance of having good internet to come back to at the end of the day. There's nothing like sharing that picture with your friends or calling back home. We not only have one, but two high speed internet acces points so that our customer's can count on good bandwith and also never live through an extended outage!

Thanks again for your positive review. We wish you good luck with the rest of your travels and hope you will return soon!

Cheers!
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Additional Information about Explora Hostels

Address: Calle 12C #3-19 | Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota > La Candelaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 143 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Explora Hostels 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explora Hostels is located in the Candelaria neighborhood, the historical center of Bogota, and offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience Colombian culture. Our colonial house has been completely restored to allow visitors to enjoy the charm of its Spanish architecture while still having all the comforts that have become standard. Our trained staff will be able to give you insights on the best places to visit, available tours and the must-eat restaurants! ... more   less 
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