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“Nice, Safe & Clean” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hostal La Candelaria Bogota

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Hostal La Candelaria Bogota
Ranked #36 of 200 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Atlanta, Georgia
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54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice, Safe & Clean”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The room and in the inside are nicely decorated and VERY CLEAN. And you feel safe, knowing you are surrounded by a pretty bad neighborhood
It does not have the trashy backpacker style of some places... It is more business like
The bedding is a little bit cheap...but ok
Some doors showed they were forced the entry and one of the windows did not lock (but the bars prevented any entries)
The employees were nice but not ready to do the extra mile when the internet went down.
The neighborhood is very exotic, but dangerous at night.. better take a taxi to go from one block to the other...It is ok during the daytime and you are close to downtown Bogota... The area has a lot of homeless, i have never seen as many homeless in my whole life of traveler (40 countries)... even guatemala city (where i had been) had less poor people.
The price was reasonable $20...

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank frenchexpatriate
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San Francisco
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This was my first stop in Bogota and I felt very safe. The rooms, bathrooms and common areas were very clean and comfy. I reserved a private room that listed a double bed in the photos and description so I was surprised that I was placed in a room with bunk beds. However, I had the whole room to myself as promised.

I'm not giving this 5 stars because of two reasons. First, the beds were not very comfortable. After staying at other hostels they seem to be around the average but not great. Second, there were cats making a LOT of noise, maybe at the property next door, alllllllllllll night long. Even earplugs couldn't block all the sound. I ended up moving to a new place because of these two things although I hope that the cat issue was just temporary.

The staff was friendly and helpful and the place was very secure as they only let people in who are actually staying there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank nomadjim
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Very clean, pleasant place. Staff was extraordinarily helpful. Location good, not far from historic sites. There's a good vibe with the guests, but it isn't like a backpackers' dorm. Street feels desolate at night, but I had no bad experiences.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Michelle C
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Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I stayed here for just over a month in June/July 2012 while I studied Spanish at a nearby school. I absolutely loved it! It's clean, comfortable, safe and provides really friendly service. It's not a party hostel, in fact I'm not sure I'd call it a hostel at all as there are only private rooms, no dorm rooms. But if you want a place where you can still get some sleep and also be in a perfect location close to everything - this is it!
A big thanks to Orlando and all the staff for making sure I had a lovely stay. Particular thanks to the lady who works most nights.... it was always a pleasure to come home to a happy, smiling and helpful person :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank ATraveller16
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Cracow
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Descent hostel im Candelaria district. Beds were clean. It is easy though to miss that place since the sign is not visible enough.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank emilygoesworld
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New York
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80 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

Based on what we saw in the other hostels in the area, it is a cleaner and nicer one but a bit more expensive - we paid 80,000 pesos ($40) for two of us in a room with private bathroom while most others cost about 55,000 pesos ($27.50) for doubles with a private bathroom. The room was very nice and clean but as is probably the case with the rest of the hostels in the area, your room is as quiet as the courtyard it faces with people that occupy that courtyard at the moment. When no one was there, we could not hear a thing in aour room. When others congregated, listened the music and smoked, we "joined" them virtually and without our consent. Still, we would recommend this hostel but keep in mind that you will be provided with an 8:00 am wake up call by the receptionist girl who arrives to work and drives her motorcicle every morning into the courtyard.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank alexm262
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Leeds
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

OK, it's cheap, but seriously this is not in a good area. In fact it's that bad that a lot of taxis refused to take us there at night, and once you're back there, you're stuck.
Bogota is generally a fairly safe place but not around la Candelaria. As for the hostal, their command of English is fairly non-existent, so they completely screwed up my booking, which meant that instead of the apartment I thought we had booked we had two unsatisfactory rooms, one of which didn't have its own bathroom.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank frankylee
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Property: Hostal La Candelaria Bogota
Address: Calle 16 No. 2-38, Bogota 111711, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 200 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer to you a new hostel for tourists who visit our city and prefer to stay in the historic downtown of Bogota, close to all tourist places.La Candelaria hostel is diferent to others hostels in the zone because we take a family, quiet and safe atmosphere. We offer to you more space and comfort than other hostels and our cost is very good for you. ... more   less 
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