Its hard to fault Happy Buddha as it ticks all of the boxes for the needs of a backpacker. I was still a little ill after picking up a bug in Costa Rica and seeing off the worst of it @ Fulanos in Bogota, but Happy Buddha turned out to be a great way to get fully back to my usual self.
The staff were the highlight for me, incredibly helpful, friendly, and bi-lingual. The rooms were airy and clean and the common areas are really pleasant...the worn pool table provides a good source of a amusement and the fully functioning bar provides the opportunity for a decent drinking session should you so choose. I met a great group of fellow travelers, some that I travelled with thereafter and others that I am still in touch with online, the hostel certainly provides a good meeting spot.
The Poblado area is modern and safe and has everything locally that you could need, including an outdoor free gym (of sorts) just around the corner (if you don't mind working out with a group of shirtless locals), a Juan Valdez Café (my favourite coffee by a long way), plenty of decent restaurants, and the metro 15 minutes downhill (beware of the uphill trip on your return).
Not sure why I am not giving it the full five stars, I think I just need to distinguish between good experiences and unforgettable ones. Either way, you wont be disappointed staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a rare collection of art Happy Buddha is an expression; here you will encounter a brilliant mix of entertainment and serenity. Imagine a place that has a unique mix of hotel quality private rooms and spacious dorms designed for the modern traveler. Our staff has a thoughtful way of doing things that exceed our guest expectations. Our space inspires you to relax, engage, and party at your own pace. ... more less
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