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“Great location, nice rooms”
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Casa Platypus
Ranked #98 of 268 Hotels in Bogota
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Perfect location for exploring La Candeleria district. Very helpful concierges, although not every reservation they made for our other explorations throughout Colombia panned out. Rooms (including bathrooms) are spotless. Awesome rooftop area for late-night glass of wine, Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

There are so many wonderful things we could say about Casa Platypus. Firstly, its location in La Candelaria is within easy walk of all tourist attractions in the old city. Secondly, the staff (especially Ramon) was extremely helpful, offering us cold drinks after a somewhat harrowing ride from the airport on the huge annual Day for Peace demonstration. Thirdly, the place is well-run: spotless, great breakfast and quiet (ask for an inside room). We highly recommend this reasonably priced Bogota hotel.

Room Tip: As for an inside room (yes, there is window to a courtyard) in the back for tranquility.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank EarlFlorida2
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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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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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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
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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
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank andyg_Can
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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.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Casa Platypus

Address: Carrera 3 No 16-28, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Best Value Hotel in Bogota
#36 Family Hotel in Bogota
#43 Romantic Hotel in Bogota
Price Range: $34 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Casa Platypus 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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