Colombia has been enjoying a backpacker traveler boom for years now, and Bogotá has answered their call with a wide variety of hostels for the budget-minded. There is something for everyone, ranging from bare-bones amenities, to more upscale boutique, to outright party hostels. Whether you are traveling solo, with a friend, or a group, these hostels are the best in the city.
Best All-Around Hostels
Hostal Sue Candelaria
‘Sue’ comes from the old Chibcha language meaning ‘traveller.’ Run by backpackers, for backpackers, they are serious about showing you the best Colombian experience possible. With a free breakfast, inexpensive drinks at the hostel bar, a communal kitchen and daily activities, this is one of the highest rated hostels in the city.
The Cranky Croc Hostel
This is arguably the highest rated and most reviewed hostel in Bogotá, according to Hostelworld and Booking.com. Thousands of backpackers and budget travelers have walked through these doors and walked out with a hearty thumbs up! It’s located in the historical center of the city, with the most popular landmarks just steps away. They offer free continental breakfast and you will find a TV room, a computer room, guest kitchen, outdoor patios and a café/bar area with fireplace. Walking tours can also be arranged.
Chapinero Hills Hostal
Ideally located in Chapeniro, with its trendy cultural spaces and diversity, discover Bogotá’s museums, theatres, plazas and variety of restaurants and bars. The hostel itself offers free breakfast (made by chef Cesar) and a kitchen for preparing your own meals. The friendly hostel staff will give you excellent tips on how to spend your day.
Also located in Chapeniro, and in the heart of Zona G (aka foodie central), the property features a terrace, a snack bar, laundry facilities, luggage storage and a common lounge area. A common kitchen is also available. Friendly staff will happily point you in the direction of some great places to explore and most notably, great places to eat! The area is quiet, clean and safe for walking around, with mostly business and private residences nearby.
Casa Bellavista Hostel
One of the best hostels in La Candelaria, it is a renovated colonial house turned hostel, with a wonderful friendly vibe. And ideal location for exploring the city, with nearby cafes, theaters, museums and galleries. It is even Instagram-worthy, with a continually changing façade of artistic graffiti. It is next to the Plazoleta de Quevedo and a safe area with craft shops and artistic center. They offer free continental breakfast, as well.
Located in the Quinta Camacho, here you will find the charm of old Colombia mixed with lively neighborhoods and great nightlife. This hostel is particularly homey, with a little more of a private vibe than most other hostels in Colombia, with their cozy private rooms. There are still common areas for socializing, with an outdoor terrace to enjoy. Hire a bike from this hostel and explore the city.
Fernweh Photography Hostel
For backpackers with an affinity for the arts, this is the perfect place in Bogotá to stay. The property has its own photography gallery, where guests can enjoy showings of travel photography to get inspired. All photos are up for sale, so if the spirit moves you, it would make for an incredible souvenir. The common area has a fire pit, perfect for meeting up with other travelers over a cozy fire.
The Best Party Hostels in Bogotá
Located on a lively street in Bogotá’s hipster neighborhood of Quinta Camaco and housed in a beautiful old red-brick mansion, this hostel is famous for its nightlife. They have regular live music events, which draw not only backpackers, but locals looking for that great party. This hostel is also located near one of Bogotá’s best craft-beer pubs, El Mono Bandito, and a popular alternative music venue, Matik Matik.
With a welcoming vibe, the hostel’s restaurant/bar hosts regular parties for not only its guests, but for the general public. This is the perfect opportunity to meet locals and get an authentic Colombian experience. With its location right in city center, the Fatima is close to all of the highlights around town. They even give salsa lessons!
Botanico Hostel Bogotá
With a terrace, a tropical garden, a TV room with fireplace and free breakfast, this isn’t your average party hostel, but a full-service accommodation. Set in a gorgeous colonial house, it has amazing views of the city, and the terrace hosts all the parties, where people from all over the world come together. Not only is this a great party hostel, it is also great for solo travelers.
The Best Backpacker Hostels for Solo Travelers in Bogotá
Republica Hostel Bogotá
Come relax at this welcoming hostel with yoga classes and stream room! There is also free breakfast, with a wonderful terrace to enjoy it on. Located in the foodie district of Zona G, live like a local and explore all of the delectable restaurants, coffee shops, and of course, Bogotá’s famous nightlife. Friendly staff will give you the best tips on exploring the area. And after a long day of sightseeing, relax at the bar and chat with other travelers.
Located in the historic La Candelaria and close to major sites in the city, this is the hostel with a friendly vibe and perfect for the solo traveler to meet other travelers and locals. Immerse yourself in Colombian culture with their salsa and Spanish classes. They offer free breakfast, with hammocks outside for lounging. They even have a spa service, where you can book a massage, a manicure, pedicure or haircut right on the property!
Masaya Hostel Bogotá
Also in the La Candelaria district is this cozy property, giving you a wonderful immersion into Columbian culture. Lounge on a hammock with a book, take salsa classes, enjoy live music, then relax in the evening at the restaurant/bar. This is a traditional colonial house, with three outside common areas for socializing with other guests.