I loved this hostel from the moment i arrived. It is so charming and delightful. The pictures on the website are totally accurate and may even stop short of doing the place justice. There are three lovely courtyards filled with plants, trees, flowers, and ponds. There are hammocks enough for all. The kitchen doubles as the indoor common area where there is a wood burning stove and a computer, free hot beverages, and tables. (The kitchen is nice and warm on the chilly nights.) there is free wifi and board games and a tv (though no one used it while i was there).
I stayed in one of the private rooms, which was simple, but entirely adequate, with a good bed and extra blankets and a tv. There are plenty or shared washrooms so there was never a wait and the showers always had hot water.
The location in Candelaria is great, on a quiet street and walking distance to all of the Candelaria sights and the central areas. Contrary to what others have said, i didn't find the neighborhood dangerous feeling and was out every night walking alone (and i'm a girl). Just use your common sense.
The only downside to the hostel (and it is a minor one) is that the breakfast is a bit...meh. Not bad, just not much to it, but there is good, cheap food everywhere to be had.
I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anandamayi is a very comfortable and inexpensive Hostel & Hotel in the most beautiful colonial house in la Candelaria old town. It has 3 poetic and colourful patios with hammocks and geraniums; a wonderful ancient garden with waterfalls, fish ponds and incredibly friendly hummingbirds; Nice and clean rooms and an attic from where you can see the sunrise behind Private Monserrate and hear the bells from the old churches and cathedral; and at sunset, the martial band when they change the guard at the presidential palace which is just around the corner. Anandamayi can lodge 27 people.' love all, serve all' are it's aims.All museums, theatres and major attractions like the Quinta de Bolivar, Monserrate Sanctuary, the Botero Museum, Gold Museum, Luis Angel Arango library, colonial churches and historical monuments are within walking distance. On week-ends you can join ecological trekking groups that follow the ancient Indian roads: lots of Sun, exercise and beautiful scenery. You can enjoy the super location of this safe and drugs-free place and yet you will be surprised at how quiet it is inside, and how friendly and homely the atmosphere is. Writers, painters and poets often stay for a long time. Price includes:A very good continental breakfast, taxes, linen and towels, hot water, free wireless, safe box, luggage storage, laundry service, common room with cable TV and lots of good films, a superb garden, good books, good vib, the possibility to cook your own food like in your own home, and take a very good rest and sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anandamayi Hotel Bogota