As noted there are two hostals: Hostal Sue, at Calle 16 no. 2-55, and Hostal Sue Candelaria, at Carerra 3 no. 14-18. They are just a couple of blocks from each other, both just off Parque de los Periodistas in the crumbling, historic La Candelaria Centro.
I stayed at Hostal Sue, in a private room with shared bath (36,000 COP, or about $20 US/night). Hostal Sue is a friendly place, and it's easy to meet people there. Guests were mostly in their 20s and 30s, some South Americans, and quite a few Europeans and Australians. If you're in your 20s or 30s (in fact or at heart ;) and look most to lively evenings out, this is a great place for you. If you spend most of your time with daytime explorations and want to go to bed early and have lots of quiet, another place might be better - the nearby, similarly-priced Chocolate Hostel maybe.
There is wi-fi and the showers are hot. No breakfast.
The location of the hostal - I'm sure there will be varying opinions, depending on what people are used to. I thought the location was great, and felt totally safe there, walking around the neighborhood day and night, but I am from the big city. Obviously, whenever you are walking around a big city, anywhere, you want to be smart about it and look like you belong and know where you're going. I saw more security (all sorts of various types of police and military, many with dogs) and street sweepers than I have seen anywhere in the US, but also I got the feeling that they were there for the people, not to crack down on the people, as I have gotten the sense elsewhere. The streets are pretty lively, there are many universities in La Candelaria so the sidewalks are full of students many nights, talking, hanging around, drinking beers. Lots of opportunities for good, inexpensive food and beer, and the park is scenic. It's also quite easy to get around - inexpensive taxis, and the main bus lines go right through here.
If your main criteria are being in the middle of it and stretching your budget, Hostal Sue is a good choice for you.
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