We made a reservation at this hostel after reading the good reviews in the LP Colombia guide (2012 edition) and I think we made the right decision.
Slightly over-priced but centrally located in Candelaria. Really clean rooms, shared bathrooms and common areas. Warm blankets are provided and they even offered us hot water bags.
Our room had its own TV and CD-Rom player, and they even left a tiny mosquito repellent by the bed.
Some improvements must be done though:
a) Every time we wanted to leave the hostel, we had to wait for someone of the staff to come and open the main door. The same procedure had to be done when we wanted to get in.
I know that, for security reasons, they prefer keeping the main door closed most of the time. But that can be solved with a rather cheap mechanism where guests can dial a code which can be easily changed every day.
b) Our room (number two) had a big window on the roof with no curtain. At 6 a.m. there was light coming through it, and sleeping was impossible.
c) No proper directions were giving in their website. They assume that you are going to take a taxi to reach the hostel but, if you travel on a budget (as we did), we got there by public transport. I can not give any information about reaching from El Dorado airport, but this is the easiest way to get to Anandamayi if you're coming from La Terminal: Take any 'colectivo' (small shared buses) from the main exit of Módulo #5 with the following signs on it: GERMANIA, KR. 4 (KR. 4 means Carrera 4). This small van goes all the way down Avenida El Dorado to the centre of Bogotá.. Ask the driver to stop at 'Intersección Carrera 4 con Calle 9'. That stop it's just a few blocks away from your final destination. Good luck!
- 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