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“Thank you Paulina, Dorris and her staff !!”
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Hotel Casa Paulina
Ranked #140 of 269 Hotels in Bogota
Reviewed March 16, 2013

This review is long dew but it would be a sin not to thank such wonderful hospitality. LIke many others visiting Bogota, i was skeptical about hotels and since I was not looking for hostel type accommodation or expensive hotels in Parque 93 area, i chose Casa Paulina based on tripadvisor reviews. I stayed there for almost 1.5 months !! And was offered great care and made to feel at home, even though I did not pay all the money upfront and barely spoke Spanish.

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1. Airport pickup - Dorris arragend for airport pick up beforehand via email and even though because of a small misunderstanding I took a taxi on my own to the hotel. She did not penalize me or ask for money for sending the other cab to pick me up,

2. Cleanliness - Every day the hotel maids would politely come and knock the door and even put up with my schedule ( i would be on calls for business etc) and they would come later to work . They did a spotless job and NEVER expected any tips etc., though i ended tip them at the end of my stay.

3. Helper guy - I wish i could recall his name , he comes to work on bicycle and does all house keeping errands. This cheerful guy was so helpful that he went out of his way to help me get a gym membership at a gym next door (he helped me translate). believe me no 5 star hotel has such staff. Again no expectation of reward, sheer goodwill.

4. Dorris and Paulina - They would go great length, even use google translate service to understand what I was asking for -- whether it was salsa class, the number of days i was saying etc..anything.

5. Laundry service - they would be willing to wash my clothes in the hotel laundry at short notice. again very handy

6. Taxi - Every time I stepped out to catch a taxi, the hotel staff would take down the taxi number, as a precaution in case am missing or kidnapped. Who does that these days ? Once i was way too late to come back to the hotel, the next day Dorris got worried and like a guardian she asked me if I was ok and everything is fine.

All in all, wonderful hospitality and personal care, affordable and clean. Given all this I kept extending my stay by a week 5 times !! So what if the rooms are small, the walls a little thin or there is no cafeteria in the hotel.

Thanks
Veer
Boston, USA

Room Tip: Choose the rooms that are not facing the road
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This hotel subscribes to the theory that if you are a solo traveler, you do not deserve be be accorded the respect of a full human being. Rather, treated like a sack of potatoes, I was put in a ground floor room which was both dark and EXTREMELY noisy. I was nicely situated between reception, a kitchen, the maid's cleaning / washing room, and the room of a staff member with an awful shrieking / whining / crying child. Therefore all day and night every day and night I was subjected to loud and never ending conversations between staff members that I could hear word for word, and was disturbed constantly by the horrid child.
I will never ever understand how hotel owners can provide such an environment for guests and expect them to do anything but suffer through the ordeal.
I would not wish this place on an enemy. Oh, and the "shuttle" they claim to be able to provide to the airport is more expensive than taking a taxi.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I spent 12 nights here at the beginning of November. If I hadn't been pleased I would have moved somewhere else. The hotel is clean and secure and everyone is very friendly. Also nicely decorated. There was always plenty of hot water except one morning when the place was almost full and I got up late. Just bad timing, I guess. Internet worked great except for the two Saturday nights I was there when it was very intermittent. Maybe the provider gets overloaded then?

My room had a double bed, large clothes cabinet with drawers and hangers, desk and chair, nightstand, TV, and mini-refrigerator. The rooms are small, but if you're mostly there just to sleep that shouldn't matter. The cable TV includes several English channels. I watched the U.S. election returns on CNN.

As others point out, the neighborhood doesn't immediately appear as nice as you would want. That's mostly because there a few nearby businesses (like a tire place) that naturally tend to run things down. I always felt safe there.

If you're planning on spending all your time in La Candelaria, this location doesn't make sense, but overall the hotel is very central for all the things a visitor might do. Short walk to the national soccer stadium. A quick bus or taxi ride to the Botanical gardens or Zona Rosa. About ten blocks to Zona G restaurants. The TransMilenio is nearby for getting downtown. Or have the front desk call you a taxi - it's about $6 to get to the Museo de Oro area.

Olimpica supermarket across the street, but much better Exitos and Carulla within ten blocks. Several little snack bar places nearby that are good for getting some pastries and hot chocolate for breakfast. There are some nicer restaurants and shopping about four blocks east around Lourdes Park (including a great gelato place). I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: I specifically asked for a room upstairs and in the back to avoid street noise. I had room 22 on the...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stay from 7-11 November 2012 , Doris is a wondeful lady very helpfull
rooms very clean and good space , I recomend to any one is very central location
in Chapinero area , is locate in the middle of Bogota , very close to the transmilenio
Thank you Doris and staff will come back again.

Room Tip: room in the back are better not noise
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

I was doing overnight in Bogota Colombia. the options were a small crowded expensive hotel close to the airport or an expensive hotel in the north of Bogota...

I choose Hotel Casa Paulina, an inexpensive hotel well located, not too far away from the airport. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable... The group of people at the reception's desk makes the difference, friendly, helpful and willing to go the extra mile make a huge difference.

Room Tip: I selected the first floor... the hotel doesn't have an elevator... But if traveling light... I...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 11, 2012 via mobile

Managed by the owner, a basic and safe place good for a short stay in Bogota. Its environs are not necessarily the best places in Bogota but just poor, not crime ridden. If you want to visit the d city and Candeleria , you don't even need a cab, just spend some time and learn to use the metrobuses. Not many food options around, I suggest using the places around Plaza Bolivar. Oner Ayan

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Casa Paulina is cheap and adequate, and that's what makes it good. The manager Doris, is very nice, and the rest of the staff are pleasant. They sincerely try to help you. The location is very convenient, being just 2 or 3 blocks from the transmilenio. Some might describe the neighborhood as sketchy. I can see why they would say that, but it is not a bad part of town. I felt perfectly safe there, though would probably not recommend a single girl to walk there alone at night. If I were to rank all the areas of Bogota, I would definitely put it in the top half in terms of safety.
The hotel itself is nothing to write home about, but it has everything you really need. Each floor has a little kitchen, and each room has a fridge. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean, and there are no bad smells. There are no frills. The pillows are bricks. The beds are too short for me (6'3"). The biggest downside is that the walls and doors are paper thin, so you can hear everything that happens outside of your room and in the room next to you. One guy wrote that when someone on your floor gets up, everybody gets up. That's pretty accurate. It's certainly not a place for a honeymooning couple. But for about $45 a room, you wouldn't expect that.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle 63 #17-18 | Calle 63 # 17-18, Bogota 4665684, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #140 of 269 Hotels in Bogota
Price Range: $19 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Casa Paulina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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