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WHERE TO STAY IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

Where to stay in Bogota

Where is the best place to stay in Bogota?

Bogota is Colombia’s cultural capital, a busy metropolis surrounded by the peaks of the Andes. In this vibrant city, you’ll be treated to colourful local cuisine as well as a series of beautiful colonial buildings which have been transformed into shops, bars and hotels. Visit the Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica for some stunning Colombia artworks. Head to the Ciclovia on a Saturday, when the city’s roads are closed off so that cyclists, joggers and dog walkers can enjoy the streets. Take a stroll around the beautiful Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis, or hike up Mount Monserrate for stunning views of the city.

 

When it comes to where to stay in Bogota, there is one place that stands out: Zona Rosa neighbourhood. This is the Tijuana of Bogota, the place to party. In these blocks, almost every building, every entrance you see will lead to a nightclub, a bar, or a coffee place. There are few places in Bogota where you can be this social. Salsa, EDM, rock, reggaeton, etc. You are almost guaranteed to find a place that will cater to your needs in the massive list that comprehends over 100 options.

BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN BOGOTA
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Excelsior
Cra. 14 #86a-96
43€ - 48$
Hotel   Avg price
Celebrities Suites
Calle 74, 10-33
71€ - 80$
Cite Hotel
Carrera 15, 88-10
83€ - 93$
NH Bogota Boheme Royal
Cl. 82 #12-35,
84€ - 94$
Hotel   Avg price
Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia
Carrera 13, 85-80
158€ - 177$

 

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Zona Rosa, the best area to stay in Bogota

(Party, Safety, Upscale)

 

zona rosa BogotaThe whole of Zona Rosa seems to encompass what’s knows as “La T”, which is the name given to the T shape street where most pubs are located. It is a common sight to see passersby at all times of the day, since not only pubs but also boutiques and restaurants occupy this very popular area. It is here that you will see a lot of activity during times such as halloween, St Patricks or whenever Colombian football team plays.

 

However, it is not all perfection; even expats are known to complain about the high prices in this ever-alive area. You will find high prices for everything basic or non-basic if this is where you want to live or even spend a few weeks. Once you think about how beautiful the buildings are, how safe it can be and how close the Andino and Atlantis malls are; you will know that it is worth your money.

 

It is widely considered to be a safe area, the streets are very secure the police patrol around the area 24/7. Transport wise, you might struggle a bit depending on where you would like to go, most mainstream areas are close and there are many buses. However, it's not surrounded by main avenues as some other mentioned areas.

 

 

Hotels in Zona Rosa

 

Other areas to stay in Bogota

Chapinero

(Young People, Nightlife, LGBTI, Restaurants)

 

chapinero BogotaThis 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

 

 

 

La Candelaria

(Culture, Tradition, Backpackers, Arts)

 

la candelaria BogotaTradition, 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

 

 

 

Usaquen

(Tradition, Town, Handcrafts, Medical, Upscale)

 

usaquen BogotaUsaquen 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

 

 

 

Teusaquillo

(Downtown, Party, Transportation, Lofts)

 

teusaquillo BogotaAn 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

 

 

 

El Chico

(Upscale, Family, Transportation, Safety, Restaurants)

 

el chico BogotaWhen 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

 

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