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“Good intentions, but dirty” 2 of 5 stars
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Cr 6 # 34-70, Bogota, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #93 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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“Good intentions, but dirty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

The lobby area and location of this hotel were great and the prices were reasonable, but our room was terrible. The throw rug was absolutely filthy and had a hair tie from a previous guest and dust and hair balls on the floor. When we asked for a broom, they said it was in a locked cabinet and couldn't give it to us. The people at the front desk tried hard, but the room looked like it had never been properly cleaned, there was no soap available (the people at the front desk couldn't even tell us where we could buy some!) and we had to rent the towels. The front area was beautiful and it's centrally located, but needs some serious work on some basic cleanliness. They were very responsible in returning our deposit and letting us out of our reservation.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Ghent, Belgium
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

we had a nice stay at el cafecito, a new hostel quite central in bogota. it is located in an old house, nicely renovated with fireplaces and a good bar/kitchen. rooms are large and bed was good.

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

After reading the rave reviews of previous guests, we were extremely disappointed. The first morning after our arrival there was no hot water. One empty gas bottle and one with a leak and no one willing to do anything about it until we pushed. We ordered breakfast to fill in time for the gas bottle to arrive. A miserable and expensive breakfast for a hostel. When we left we were amazed to find a 10% service charge, (instead of the 10% discount supposedly offered to guests advertised on their web site) in a backpackers' hostel.
The rooms were noisy every night from the cafe below, and ours opened (literally) onto the communal bathroom so every time someone used it at night, we woke up. Staff were outside in the garden talking ALL night. The last night we had a party at full volume until 6am, like being in a discoteque. The night guy told us that there was another similar party at the front of the hostel, every Friday and Saturday.
The staff were OK but it seems this hostel does not live up to the one in Quito which everyone agrees is great.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

We stayed at El Cafecito for four nights and we were blown away by the place. The staff that worked there was so great in helping us find anything and everything in Bogota and Colombia. The building itself is located in a safe side neighborhood off the main road just a quick 2 minute walk to the Transmilio and any other area you really want. Safe, clean and secure. Always great music playing downstairs where the restaurant and cafe is. Great vibe every night with locals coming in to the cafe/restaurant. Not a "typical" hostel where I would worry about my bags getting stolen. Great recommendations around the city where guidebooks were outdated. I can't say enough about the staff and the entire experience. We spent the last few hours of our stay sitting up with the overnight guy just talking about Colombia. Can't wait for them to expand to Santa Marta!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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whoischavez
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

I was staying at a place in central Bogota, but felt really unsafe. That's when I encountered this hostal located in a very nice and centrally located area of Bogota. I stayed here for 5 days in mid June, and was absolutely pleased with the quality of the stay. Very nice house, and the staff was extremely nice and helpful. If you are looking for a great hostal, in a great safe location, at a very reasonable price, make it this one.

  • Liked — Location, house, and value
  • Disliked — Newer so still working out some kinks, but that's with compariosn to the already established locations in Ecuador.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

I spent two weeks at "El Cafecito" in Bogota in march/april 2008 and it was a real surprise. The hostal is in a beautifully renovated old victorian, with its own in house cafe, lounge room complete with period furntiure and net access. The vibe is chilled, the staff super attentive and the smells coming from the kitchen simply delicious. The international menu is huge, with dishes that i haddnt seen served in Colombia before. Situated in a quiet street in La Merced its right in the middle of all the places to be, without being in the middle of tourist town, and safety wasnt an issue.There are heaps of cool restaurants and bars just around the corner and Carrera 7(septima), the major arterial through town is just one block away. For me El cafecito had that homely feel often lacking in colombian accomodation. Even if you decide to stay somewhere esle, do yourself a favor and drop by for a meal or a 2 for 1 cocktail during happy hour.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2007

I stayed in the "El Cafecito" from the 2nd to 9th of December. It is a new Hostel in a very beautiful and safe neighborhood in Bogota. You have got access too all the points of interests, there are a lot of beautiful Salsa Bars just in the same street. Even a swiss man can learn to dance (I am swiss)!!!
It is a lot friendlier and more professional than the ordinary hostels. For the dorm I just paid 15'000 COP but there are single and double rooms as well. The rooms are very nice, with a lot of natural light and very clean. The housekeeping women Sra. Rocio cleans everyday all rooms and bathrooms - she is just GREAT. The service in general is very expectational for a hostel, you feel like in a family.
Soon they will open a cafe - restaurant in the first floor, when I will come back to Bogotá I will visit them, my new family!!!

  • Liked — Cleanliness and natural light
  • Disliked — -
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Cr 6 # 34-70, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After having taken a lot of success with our beautiful hostels & coffees "El Cafecito" in Quito and Cuenca. Now we are open for you in the heart of Bogota, located in very safe an interesting street close to a lot of attractions and typical restaurants. El Cafecito is a warm and inviting - cafe bar with hostel. We provide a high personalized service standard, 24h reception, daily room cleaning, free internet service and a lot of tourist information. ... more   less 

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