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“Full of character” 4 of 5 stars
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Abadia Colonial
calle 11 # 2-32 | La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #62 of 215 hotels in Bogota
Bath, United Kingdom
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“Full of character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My 2 daughters and I loved this hotel - our first night in Colombia. Very welcoming, clean, wonderful old house but all mod cons. Delicious breakfasts without arepas - which we came to dread in other establishments!! Excellent Italian diner on our last night, and breakfast thoughtfully provided before our 6.30am departure. Staff very friendly and obliging but I echo what a previous reviewer said about a lack of any English speaker at all.

Room Tip: Choose one opening on to the second courtyard beyond the dining room - quiter and more secure at the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Everything about this hotel was charming, with the exception of the mattresses-they were not of a good quality. The rooms and rest of the hotel are decorated in an old-world, antique Colombian style with some italian undertones. Unfortunately we did not have time to try the Italian restaurant in the internal courtyard. But the value of the hotel was reasonable, and the employees as well as the owner were very accomodating. Would definitely stay there again

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

This was a lovely little hotel, the service was great and the breakfast on the upstairs balcony with a breathtaking view of the mountain were amazing. I would say the rooms are a little old school but to me that is character. People say it can be a little dodgy around La Candelaria at night but i Iwas coming home at all hours of the night and never had any issues. Of course keep your wits about you and you will be fine. I would probably stay uptown next time I'm in Bogota because I found myslelf getting cabs to Parque 93 from La Candelaria a lot. However for me, this location is the most gorgeous to walk around and feels more old and authentic.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Clean comfortable hotel in a central La Candelaria location. Rooms were full of character, really clean and the courtyard areas were lovely. Breakfast also very good. Service was really lovely and our pre arranged taxi from the airport to the hotel was very welcome. Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Spent 4 days here with friends in February 2013, we all loved it, a really characterful hotel with excellent food if you want to eat in, very pretty buildings in the the old town, well situated for museums, tours etc. Can recommend very highly, we all thoroughly enjoyed out stay.

Room Tip: Don't be in the first courtyard, the dining room is there, but stay in the second courtyard.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Recently spent four nights here. The hotel is in the middle of La Candelaria, the old part of the city. Whilst full of character and nice to wander around during the daytime, after dark the area is unsafe and you need to take taxis to get anywhere. Not too many places to eat in the area in the evenings and we ended up taking the 30 minute taxi ride to the Zona Rosa in the north of the city.

The facilities are basic. We stayed in a suite, clean but no frills. No wifi signal in the room. There are two courtyards that are ok but I feel they could make much more of these areas.

Breakfast was average, coffee not good unfortunately.

Staff were lovely and extremely helpful.

If I returned to Bogotá I would stay in the safer north of the city.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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paolonerocchi, Gerente at Abadia Colonial, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Mr Welsh,
I feel in duty to answer you, taking more care of the Candelaria neighborhood than our hotel.The town center has an old style fashion and it’s full of museums and historical buildings. You had the chance to stay in an old restructured house and feel as a bogotan resident how lived here more than two hundred years ago.
Wolking the Candelaria streets and came back for a nap and going out again to visit museum or have a coffe in the Chorro de Quevedo without taking any transport it’s delightful. Then, if you are interested to visit the modern side of the city, you must take a public transport of course, how you will do in any other city of the world. Also you had to do the same if you were staying in the north of the city to visit the center who is the very interesting place of the city.As I got to tell her directly you were our guests during the holidays and year-end all universities and commercial activity are closed. It is completely different in the rest of the year where one can find more than three hundred restaurants and discos.We apologize for the technical problems with the wi-fi but if he had warned could solve the problem.
We thank you for choosing our hotel.
Paolo Rocchi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I spent 6 nights at Abadia Colonial and have high praise for it. The hotel staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. My only concern is for non-spanish fluent guests. My spanish is really terrible, but since I am traveling with a fluent speaker, everything was fine. The few times I attempted to communicate directly with the front desk, I felt that it was quite difficult to do. Perhaps they figured out that my friend was the better one to talk to and so didn't try very hard. I certainly felt nothing but good intent from everyone here.
The location is really an important consideration, given the transportation situation in Bogota. You can walk easily to most of the major tourist destinations in the city, esp. the Gold Museum, Museo del Oro, which is not to be missed! Public transit is very crowded and we did not attempt to figure it out. We had the hotel call taxis for us when we wanted to venture further out, and hired a driver for one day to go to the Salt Cathedral and dinner at Andres Carne de Res- another not to be missed experience.
The hotel is in a colonial era building which means that rooms open on to interior courtyards and are not bright and light. The owner, Paulo, who is here most of the time, has put a lot of thought and expense into making this place comfortable and easy. The restaurant has good enough food that dinner here is a lovely alternative to heading out into the city after a long day of touring around. Breakfast is especially nice, served in the only room on the 2nd floor, with tables both inside or outside on the front balcony or outside on the rear balcony looking out at mountains and rooftops. I'd stay here again without any question.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Abadia Colonial Hotel
Abadia Colonial Bogota
Abadia Colonial Hotel Bogota
Address: calle 11 # 2-32 | La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Bogota
#58 Business Hotel in Bogota
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