I was a bit fearful of Colombia and instead had a fantastic time due to this hostel and the people who stay there and work there. Besides looking like something out of "Travel and Leisure" ( the owner is a Colombian artist), I met fascinating people who have since become friends. This is NOT a party hostel and is filled with older (over 25) travels. I met an American who worked at the U.S. Venezuelan Embassy, a Swiss woman who worked for Amnesty International, an Argentinian couple ( an union worker and taxi driver), an Indian doctor with his family from Texas, a psychology professor from California and more. The women who worked there were kind and helpful. It took a bit for them to warm up, but as said earlier, they do! This place is extremely well-run and organized and never mind reasonable. Enjoy your stay.
P.S. You are told not to walk around at night and take taxis instead. Ask them as to what they advise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anandamayi is a very comfortable and inexpensive Hostel & Hotel in the most beautiful colonial house in la Candelaria old town. It has 3 poetic and colourful patios with hammocks and geraniums; a wonderful ancient garden with waterfalls, fish ponds and incredibly friendly hummingbirds; Nice and clean rooms and an attic from where you can see the sunrise behind Private Monserrate and hear the bells from the old churches and cathedral; and at sunset, the martial band when they change the guard at the presidential palace which is just around the corner. Anandamayi can lodge 27 people.' love all, serve all' are it's aims.All museums, theatres and major attractions like the Quinta de Bolivar, Monserrate Sanctuary, the Botero Museum, Gold Museum, Luis Angel Arango library, colonial churches and historical monuments are within walking distance. On week-ends you can join ecological trekking groups that follow the ancient Indian roads: lots of Sun, exercise and beautiful scenery. You can enjoy the super location of this safe and drugs-free place and yet you will be surprised at how quiet it is inside, and how friendly and homely the atmosphere is. Writers, painters and poets often stay for a long time. Price includes:A very good continental breakfast, taxes, linen and towels, hot water, free wireless, safe box, luggage storage, laundry service, common room with cable TV and lots of good films, a superb garden, good books, good vib, the possibility to cook your own food like in your own home, and take a very good rest and sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anandamayi Hotel Bogota