Day 209: Bogota, Colombia
So I don’t really write hostel reviews on this site, I’ve seen the good, bad and ugly and have never felt the need to share other than a very early post to reassure loved ones that hostels are a great place to stay.
But in Colombia I stayed in 3 memorable hostels that don’t receive much attention as they aren’t party hostels and I wanted to share them for those that may travel to Colombia.
I’ve been telling all the travelers I meet and finally I just decided if I felt so strongly about it I should write a post.
Tostaky’s was part of the reason I stayed so long in Cali. Vinz, the owner, is from France and runs a very clean hostel.
There are only about 15 beds total, 4 in a dorm and the rest in rooms for really low prices. I moved to a private room after being in the dorm for a week and really loved it there.
- Vinz has a fantastic music selection
- Locals often drop by and will often take you out with them dancing if you want to learn to salsa
- Two kitchens are in the hostel and both are fully equipped, I was in heaven
While everyone stays at Plantation House, La Serrana has been noticed because a visiting chef was creating 10 course meals.
Although Chef Joseph has moved onto the coast I still recommend this hostel. About a ten minute walk out of town on a farm and reminds me of a large farmhouse and is so comforting that I spent one afternoon just curled up on the couch reading.
Although it’s a bit chilly, I had no problem getting another blanket.
- Awe-inspiring views of the country-side
- Real furniture, they don’t cheap out on big comfortable furniture that begs you to laze around all day
Luis, the hostel owner, is actually the reason I decided to write this post as his hostel is not full and it really should be. I found Casa Bella Vista while walking through the Canderlaria.
It’s only been open for 3 months and as I was reading the hostel sign Luis invited me in for a tour and offered a desperately needed map of the city.
There was no hard sell, he just showed me around and the next day I moved in.With two small dorm rooms it’s perfect for people who want to chill out.
- In the heart of the Candelaria
- Police are generally stationed only a few feet outside its doors.
- If you’re looking for somewhere good but cheap to eat, Luis has great recommendations