Other areas to stay in Bogota
(Young People, Nightlife, LGBTI, Restaurants)
This is a beautiful residential area, but there is so much more than that. You will be close to transmilenio and the mighty 7th street (restaurants, downtown fairs, universities, night clubs). You will have it all here, a lot of partying, the chilled live music bars, the private lounges, and so on.
Ohh, and did we mention Zona G?, literally just a few blocks from Chapinero you will find many of the absolute bests restaurants in the city. When it comes to balance, you will have most of the things in this area. Transportation can be difficult at times, but when you consider that you have it all here, do you really need it that much?
This is one of the most gay-friendly areas in the city, there is even an area known as Chapigay, where you will find plenty of places that cater to the queer community.
Hotels in Chapinero
(Culture, Tradition, Backpackers, Arts)
Tradition, hostels, expats, bars, coffee, street art and so on. Have you noticed how in most big cities the hostels are located in the most cultural and enigmatic areas? Well, this is no different. Candelaria proudly hosts a vast number of hostels, cute and family-owned small cafes and it is the heart of downtown and one of the main spots in the city.
You will see the most classical architecture, handcrafts, and authentic Bogota culture. Bogota city was founded here, and the famous “Chorro de Quevedo” is considered its exact place.
Prices are low and fair, transportation is relatively easy, being so close to transmilenio. However, consider that you will be on the southern part of the city and therefore many places will be a long route away. It does admittedly feel overcrowded at times and the crime is an ever-present threat, but if you want tradition mixed with safety and a beautiful area look no further than..
Hotels in La Candelaria
(Tradition, Town, Handcrafts, Medical, Upscale)
Usaquen is a charming place on its own, pretty much a small town in the middle of Bogota; you will see the church just in front of the main plaza, as is mandatory in a vast majority of towns in the Country.
This was an independent town that got absorbed by Bogota’s massive growth, which is why you will be able to see typical architecture surrounded by much more modern massive office buildings. Here you will see storytellers, jugglers, and a seemingly endless array of handcraft stalls, especially on a Sunday.
Nevertheless, there is much more than that in here, the area is surrounded by medical centres, which should definitely cater to the older potential expats in the city. The area is filled with great restaurants, but in the rare case that you can´t find the food you are craving, you will find Santa Barbara mall just next (a personal favourite), a mix of classic architecture and modern options make this mace of a mall a great place to hang out.
Transportation wise, you will be sitting on the 7th street (mentioned above), which should connect you to most places in the city. It is, admittedly on the most eastern part of the city, which might translate into long buses to connect to many areas, such as the airport or the bus terminal (both located in one of the most western parts of the city).
Hotels in Usaquen
(Downtown, Party, Transportation, Lofts)
An area commonly (and surprisingly) overlooked. Here you will find the beautiful Centro Internacional, a few blocks of the fanciest small apartments. If you are looking to find the ultimate loft for singles, you should find it here.
Transportation is top notch. Transmilenio, main streets, bus options, and fast avenues are all in the mix, if you want the ease of movement, this should be a strong candidate.
But why settle just for that? When the Macarena (amazing restaurants and cafes), Candelaria, and Chapinero area are this close? When (possibly) the best underground party area lies just blocks away? When the “Parque Nacional” and many museums stand so close?
Some parts, especially in the southern part, might be close to dangerous areas, but given the number of people that gather here, you are not likely to find yourself at a bad spot and at the wrong time.
Hotels in Teusaquillo
(Upscale, Family, Transportation, Safety, Restaurants)
When it comes to being close to the financial and office hubs of Bogota, you will struggle to find an option as solid as Chico neighbourhood. Not only does it easily connect to some of the major traffic arteries of the city, but it also stands on its own as a lovely place to live.
Multiple residential buildings, parks and an international restaurant offer will be living proof of why Chico neighbourhood justifies the higher living cost that you are expected to find, in comparison to the rest of the city.
This is a safe area, one where you should not have issues. However, it is worth mentioning that whilst being so close to the massive party area (comprehended roughly between streets 76 to 95 and avenues 11 to 15) this also creates the opportunity for thieves to approach those heading home after partying.
Although not as close as some of the other mentioned areas, you are not far from some important malls, such as Andino, Floresta and Santa Barbara.
Hotels in El Chico