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“Beautiful hotel in Bogota” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Platypus
Ranked #89 of 267 Hotels in Bogota
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Leiden, The Netherlands
1 review
“Beautiful hotel in Bogota”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great hostel. Very well located in the area of La Candeleria, at 5-10 min walk of the most important museums and places in the area. Staff was very nice and helpful. The hostel is clean and beautifully decorated as the rooms. Breakfast is great with fresh fruits and juices every day. The terrasse on the roof is an amazing spot to see the Mont Serate.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Lovely hostel. Great breakfast, helpful staff, spotless kitchen and bathrooms. Rooms very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Wifi only seemed to work in reception, which isn't really that big a deal, just a bit annoying.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Ruthjc80
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Boston, MA
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

A great option for budget travelers; rooms are clean and nicely decorated, the bathrooms are very new, and the staff is wonderfully chill and amicable in the way only nice ex-backpacker types can be.

A simple but delicious breakfast is included, which is a nice plus; one could get used to the slice of papaya and juice, freshly-fried eggs, bread, and outstanding coffee very quickly.

It is also walking distance from all the major sights in the candeleria (Museo del Oro, Museo de Botero, Puerta Falsa, Monserrate, etc), making for a time and money-saver.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Me and 3 friends travelled here over the holidays and have nothing but GREAT things to report. Extremely helpful staff with strong english skills and willing to do anything for you! They even organized a traditional meal for us for Christmas, delicious. If you are interested in a cheaper version they have a hostel up the street but spurge for the hotel its worth the few extra pesos!

Room Tip: It is a bit noisey on the first floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank andyg_Can
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Munich, Germany
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73 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

I love the Candelaria district of Bogotá with its colonial houses. The Casa Platypus, just off the conveniently located Parque de los Periodistas, is one them, so this means loads of atmosphere - and drafts from the windows and the roof...

Once you are inside, the friendly staff will make you feel at home right away. You can grab a free beer or water or help yourself to coffee or tea. The cozy front room reception doubles as lounge / internet access area (there are several up-to-date PCs plus printer!).

The buildings consists of two floors, so you might have to drag your bag up some narrow wooden stairs. All rooms face the courtyard and there is also a small roof-top terrace with nice views of the surrounding jumble of houses and the mountains. The rooms are all in tone with the colonial architecture so expect a smallish, sparsely furnished room. There is comfortable bed, a nightstand with reading light, possibly a little wardrobe and that´s it, but hey, that´s all you need, isn´t it? The bathrooms are modern and quite spacious, especially compared to the room itself. All rooms I saw had windows with blinds towards the courtyard. Due to the altitude (ca. 2700 m.a.s.l.) expect chilly nights and be prepared to feel drafts of cold air from the doors, windows or the roof. Yet with all the blankets you should manage to survive without frostbites (even I did, and I really don´t like the cold). But I guess you´ll really appreciate the piping hot water in the shower in the morning.

Breakfast is included and leaves nothing to be desired - cereals, bread, jam, yoghurt, juice, coffee, eggs and fruit. What more could you ask for?

The location is great, all the major attractions are within easy walking distance (which is quite safe to do during the day, at night however it´s highly advisable to stick to livelier streets and leave your valuables in the Casa Platypus) and there are several Transmilenio stops a few minutes away. The Candelaria district also is where many students go out, so expect a lot of noise from the party crowds at night and way into the morning (ear plugs might be a really good idea!).

If it weren´t for the noise and the drafts, the Casa Platypus would certainly receive five points, if only for the ever helpful staff. Anyway, if I go back to Bogotá, I´ll go back to the Casa Platypus!

Room Tip: The rooms on the ground floor and on the right hand side of the patio seem to be a bit less noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had a fantastic stay at Casa Platypus. When there was no availability in the dorm room, they didn't turn me away but just upgraded me to a small single! This was only the beginning of the hospitality I felt here at this hotel. The staff constantly assisted me with recommendations of where to eat, even going so far as in helping me call for pizza on one rainy evening! They also told me which buses to take when I was determined to see Northern Bogota and I would surely have gotten lost without their directions. They even had a stock of umbrellas to lend their guests!
I also had no idea that the hotel would be so easy to find and in such a safe spot of Candelaria. I felt I could walk around and always make it back to the hotel without problem. It's very close to the main sights of the area-Gold Museum, Botero, Bolivar Square and Monserrate. The room itself was very clean and cozy. The only negative of the entire experience was the sporadic shower head but it was constant hot water with pressure. The breakfast was great with fresh fruit, eggs, bread and juice tea or coffee.
There is a nice travel agency around the corner and up the hill called Bogotravel. They have great bike tours and speak English.
Thanks to all the staff at Casa Platypus for making my stay in Bogota relaxing and fun!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank travellerLP
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Chicago, IL
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36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Stayed there in a triple room in September. The room was cold and so I had to ask for an extra blanket. The skylights in the room were nice but they let a lot of light in so I woke up way before the alarm went off.
The staff was super helpful and it was great that they had a safe that we could use. Good location but on a busy street so it was a little loud at night. Also good that they took credit cards.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bovi
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Property: Casa Platypus
Address: Carrera 3 No 16-28, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Bogota
#43 Romantic Hotel in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Casa Platypus 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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