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2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Calle 12C #3-19 | Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia (La Candelaria)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Rome, Italy
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I stayed there with my boyfriend for 4 days in February 2014. Just got there by chance, because we could not find a free room in other hostels..and it was a great surprise! Very good hostle, well located in the city centre (La Candelaria), 5-10 mins walking from the major attractions (Plaza Bolivar); next to bars and restaurants and to many other hostels. Nice clean rooms, clean bathrooms, kitchen, they prepare for you a good breakfast for 3000 pesos. The staff are really nice and helpful. They let me drop my big luggage for two weeks, so I could visit Colombia without a lot of luggages. Really kind of them! There's also a laundry, and in the hall they send small thigs you might need, like shamppo, lockers, tampons, toothpaste, water etc

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Daniel C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, March 5, 2015
Hello, thank you so much for the review. For this year we have new facilities and services to improve our experience. We hope to see again at Explora to give you the best service ever ;)

Best regards from Bogotá.
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  • 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Had a private ensuite room in Jan and loved it. The hostel has a nice relaxed feel, rooms and bathrooms are clean and there is a nice lounge area with books, board games and computers. The owner's mother was on hand to answer any questions, suggest places to go and generally help out to make our time in Bogota really enjoyable. We returned for one night to avoid a long wait in Bogota airport and had a private room with shared bathroom. The bathrooms were always clean and free.
The location of the hostel was great too, really close to restaurants, bars and museums as well as the Transimiliano, taking you further afield.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 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 C, Gerente at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, March 5, 2015
Hello, thank you so much for the review. For this year we have new facilities and services to improve our service. We hope to see again at Explora to give you the best service ever ;)

Best regards from Bogotá.
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The Explora Hostel was a fantastic place to stay. It was clean, in a great area, well priced for the great service and had a great atmosphere. The rooms were great, and the shared bathroom was clean and well kept. Kitchen facilities were on hand but my friends and I visited the numerous cafes near the Explora.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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 Kieran B,

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Explora and want to thank you for your positive review. We are fortunate to be well located near many museums and little restaurants, which are a big part of our local community. I must confess that we usually succumb some of the delicious food (particularly pastries) at the cafes nearby as well!

Cheers,

Daniel
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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at Explora. The hostel is clean, the staff is very friendly land helpfull land it's really centrally located. The hammocks downstairs are nice for relaxing. Also is the breakfastroom with free coffee and thee.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Daniel H, Owner at Explora Hostels, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Marloes H,

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad you liked the free Coffee and tea. Since you stayed with us us we've added some delicious cakes and pies to go with our warm drinks (not free, but very close!). When you come back we'd love to have you try the banana bread. Have a great trip!

Cheers,

Daniel
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Helsinki, Finland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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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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Address: Calle 12C #3-19 | Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bogota > La Candelaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Explora Hostels 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explora Hostels is located in the historical center of Bogota, La Candelaria. It's an old house with two spaces: half the place was renovated to make it modern and sophisticated. The other half features the original spaces of the house, so our guests feel at a colonial and ancient atmosphere. We have a trained staff in customer service and English, in order to give the best service to all our visitors. Our social area has two computers for public use, fully staffed and smoking area. The internet service throughout the house, allows our guests to stay connected to their surroundings at all times. ... more   less 
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