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“Nice hostel, friendly staff”
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Hotel Ambala
Ranked #248 of 266 Hotels in Bogota
Stockholm, Sweden
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Nice hostel, friendly staff”
Reviewed January 10, 2010

Hotel Ambala was our first stay upon arriving in Colombia. Having read in Lonely Planet that this was like a "capule hotel" we where very surprised that we hade two large beds and a normal size bathrooms. Ambala is situated in La Candelaria a lot of sights is just around the corner.

For the price you pay this its a cozy and friendly hotel. The staff dont talk spanish but with a little patience you can make yourself understood.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 14, 2009

We stayed at this hotel last july only bacause the taxi driver recommended it. We wanted to stay in "La Candelaria" area so we thought....ok lets go there.
Location: Very good. In the heart of the old part od the city. Walking distance to pretty much every single building and area of the old part of bogota.
Price: Decent. For what they offer.
Rooms: Clean but small. Just image a Queen bed with half a meter to each side of the bed. If you add bags... it gets tricky to walk around. We were un-lucky and our room was just above the kitchen. So we heard "every noise" from it.
Restaurant: It has a small restaurant. Very very cheap lunches and they are ok.
The hotel does not have a bar... so if you want to drink a beer you need to go to reception and ask for one of the very warm beers they have in the counter... Here is when the little fridge in the room becomes handy.
Will probably think 2 times if I wanted to stay in this hotel next time I visit Bogota....ok... 3 times..

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

We stayed one night in this hotel back in arch 2009. As it was our last night in Bogota, I got the best suite they had. The prices was about 200,000.00 COP. While the room was clean, it was very small for a suite. Many of the lamps had burnt out light bulbs and the television was on the fritz. The bed was good size but felt like sleeping on a concrete slab. The room did not have hot water either and I specifically asked if the room had hot water too. I was assured it did. There was some construction going on so we did not get to use the restaurant. The lobby of the hotel was beautiful and the staff was very polite and helpful. This hotel was only about a 10 minute cab ride to the El Dorado airport. Given that I had the best room the hotel offered and I felt like I was ripped off, I do not recommend this hotel. They did offer other rooms for around 60K to 100K COP

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

The Ambala is located in the historic La Candelaria District of Bogota. We stayed in the hotel for a total of 6 days on two occasions in January 2009. The rooms are small, but adequate with functional bath rooms. The beds are firm, very firm. The attached restaurant serves meals until around 10pm or when they decide to close...good food and reasonably priced.

The hotel staff notwithstanding the limited use of English does an excellent job of making guests feel welcome. The price of a double room (around USD 50) includes a free transfer from the airport and also includes a continental breakfast in the above mentioned restaurant.

I would recommend this hotel because of the bargain price, its location and friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are surprisingly quiet considering the location.

The downside is the hard beds and plastic covered mattresses.

  • Liked — Price and location
  • Disliked — Hard beds and plastic covered matresses.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ambala
Address: Carrera 5 No. 13-46, Bogota, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #248 of 266 Hotels in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ambala 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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