You will be staying in a rustic ancient building that lacks the entire spectrum of modern amenities. The staff are (by the owner's policy) single mothers who travel from the south of Bogotá to have a job, and they don't speak English well. The hostel is in the Calle 9 in the Candelaria, which means you have to take a taxi back at night.
That said, if you can handle the lack of toasty heat at all times, the need to speak some level of Spanish with the staff and the taxi drivers, the lack of 20-year-old partiers, etc., this is just such a gem. The building is so peaceful, and lovingly and carefully maintained, with two interior patios with flowers, hummingbirds, and hammocks, a rear garden, and so much light flooding in through the ceilings and patios. There is a comfortable kitchen and common room with old oven that tends to draw the occupants together (I got into great conversations while there). The women who work there are so sweet, and the people who stayed there were calm and open while I was there. I personally loved wrapping up in a wool shawl and sitting outside in the hammock, and I didn't mind being the generator of my own heat under wool blankets, but that's my type. And finally, most importantly, I felt completely safe and at ease - which in Bogotá is vital.
- 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