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Fatima Hostel
Ranked #39 of 311 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Reviewed June 7, 2013

The staff was nice and it was clean and confortable for the price. But travelling by myself I chose a Hostel that had many activities like tours during the day and parties at night.
Altought they had a board with many activities listed in the reception, once I asked about it, they said none of it was arranged by the Hostal. The zipaquirá tours were just a guy that takes you there for 80.000COPs, even if you there are only 2 people.
Everything around closes really early and there are no parties in the area (you have to go to zona rosa to find a pub or a club). The bar attached to the Hostel is nice, but always empty too.
I recommend finding a stay in zona rosa and going to Candelária during the day only.

Room Tip: If you are sensible about noise during late hours, just avoid the entire hostel.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Holaaa a todos y todas !!!

A little message to share you my enjoyment.
One month ago, I came from France (my native s country), and arrived in Colombia.
And now, i m so happy ; I have to share you what I think about this place, cause really, not only Colombia is a marvelous country that you have to know (different of every things that we can hear on television, with wonderful persons), but in more, this hostal, Fatima Hostal, is full of soul, of "good vibes".
After more than 2 weeks here in Fatima s Hostal, I can say that it s a perfect place if you go to Bogota.
Near of everythings (Magics Museums like the Gold s Museum, pedestrian avenue, incredibles places like the peak of Monserrate, in front of Santa Guadalupe, and near of every shops and supermarket without being invaded by them).
What s more to say ?
A great grand chef working with heart ; you have to taste ; nice restaurant and bar.
Really cheap, with lot of space and natural place to relax yourself.
And what s privilege to live as near of the Mountain, and to see her everyday.
I think you will love to live in this place, peaceful and empty of good energies.
You just have to be real, without any masks, and you will see.
Last but not the least : if you are searching heart, soul and faith, Colombia is for you, and this place particularly, with all her lovely persons.
You will remember it, you will remember them.

So, I just can say : enjoy it !D
And don t forget : you are not lonely, hoping for more love, for more soul in this world.
; )


Thibaud, un Frances enamorado de este pais.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Hosal Fatima has a great atmosphere and the staff are super friendly and helpful. The decor is beautiful. It is situated close to many bars and restaurants and if you´re feeling lazy and don´t want to go out, hang out in the bar or chill in the TV room. I would definately recommend spending a few days here while planning the rest of your visit in Columbia

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Quality control in Colombian HI-affiliated hostels is deficient and Fatima may be the worst example of this. This is a large place with rooms and dorms crammed into every corner. The vibe is distinctly bohemian which would be fine if it weren't for the serious shortcomings of the hostel: it is rundown, the kitchen is totally inadequate and dirty, power outlets are few, wi-fi is limited to the reception area and the lack of light is inexcusable at night. Guests will have to find entertainment other than reading after dark.

Far better options exist nearby.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I enjoyed my stay at the Fatima. The people who work there are friendly, and the attached restaurant has good food. I wouldn't mind a few more bathrooms, because sometimes there was a wait. They have a very nice common area, very large, and have a free breakfast with coffee in the morning. The guest kitchen needs more pots and pans. They could use more lockers, too. The lockers were all in use during my stay and I had to be a little bit paranoid about my stuff.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The price is right, but it was very hard to sleep. I stayed in a private room and it was next to the door. I wope up every time someone rang the bell and got in the hostel. They should try to keep the music and their voices down after let's say 1-2 am. But none of this happened. Many people complaint about the noise. They have wi-fi but the connection is very bad and could only use it near the reception. It's cheaper than other hostels but I would avoid it and stay in hostel Sue which is located around the block.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This Hostal is a huge colonial house with a bee hive of rooms. The greatist thing is the location because it's half a block from the "Market Plaza" and a small park. There are several stores on the corner, a small urban soccer park, a Farmers Market (inside the building) and if you walk up the hill a Plaza where Bogota was supposedly founded. It's called "El Chorro del Quevedo" and on weekends there are street performers and college students hanging out. There is a lady with a pushcart that sells THE BEST arepas you will find in Bogota. We hung out at the park and Plaza until midnight with little signs of street crime. You could smell marijuana everywhere but no real danger and lots of people still outside. Like any big city keep your wits about you and watch your pockets.
The hostal has a great inside patio with hammocks, lounge chairs, etc and a bar that can be accessed from the hostal or from the street. The beds all have two thick blankets and the bathrooms to the back (close to laundry room) have great hot water. Just leave the pressure low, the more you open the faucet the less heat you get. They make breakfast in the morning included free. We always went to the corner to buy bread at the bakery to supplement the eggs they made at the hostal. Staff was VERY friendly and allowed up to leave extra backpacks while we took a side trip. Warning: The house is very old and the floor boards creak. So if you have a downstairs room and the people above you come in late you can hear everything they say/do and the footsteps make the floor feel like it's falling in on you. The best room is on the Laundry room side and you have to go up a couple of steps to get in and it looks almost like a small "trailer" was installed inside the house. The second best room for sleeping is one inside a huge closed with just a curtain for a door. If we make it back to Bogota I would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Fatima Hostel

Address: Calle 14 No. 2-24, Bogota 111711, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bogota > La Candelaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 311 Specialty Lodging in Bogota
Price Range: $17 - $24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fatima Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fatima Hostel has more than 10 years of experience in backpacking tourism and it is one of the biggest hostels in Bogotá. We are attracted for the fruits that characterize our country and therefore, at breakfast time we offer fresh fruits and hot coffee accompanied by toast. Our hostel is characterized by searching experiential enjoyment of our guests, so we perform daily activities such as Karaoke, bingo, salsa class, etc. We also have a restaurant / bar open to the public, where we offer international food and parties with good vibes, which are formed in an intercultural environment. ... more   less 
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