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“There is a special energy right when you walk in the front door”
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Anandamayi Hostel
Ranked #23 of 259 Speciality Lodging in Bogota
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“There is a special energy right when you walk in the front door”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

If you're looking for a tranquil place central to the historical area of Bogota, consider here. The historical architecture is simple and elegant and the kitchen has a nice set up for many people to cook at the same time or simply hang out and socialize. The rooms are simple, so if you need a special/luxury bed, this is not the place for you. To me, the owner is a key feature to the place. A gracious woman who obviously cares for her guests, she offers good advice and maintains a respectful, relaxed environment.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Anandamayi is probably the most tranquil and beautiful hostel I've ever stayed at. (It's more like a B&B or budget boutique hotel than your typical hostel in my opinion.)

I visited Bogota twice over a 2-week period. For my first visit, I chose another hostel that also receive 85%+ rating on Hostelworld.com as it's slightly cheaper. I didn't enjoy that experience at all, so for my second visit I chose Anandamayi. It turned out to be the best decision.

Anandamayi is located at a historical house in La Candelaria. It must have been recently renovated. (All of the hostels I stayed at in Columbia during this trip receive great ratings from travelers. But some of them feel so old that they literally fall apart!). The decorations are lovely and the rooms are very comfortable and clean. I don't normally spend much time at the hotel/hostel when I travel. But I ended up spending a good amount of time chilling at the hammock by the small water fountain in the courtyard.

All the ladies at the hostel are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is included and it's better than most free breakfast offered by other places. My only complain is that the shower is not hot enough.

All in all, if you are looking for a party house, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a peaceful place to escape the bustle of the metropolis, this is the perfect place.

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

This place is awesome. Run by some of the strongest women I've met in South America. They truly care about your well being. I had a weird circumstance happen to me while I was in bogota and they backed me up and stayed up with me until five in the morning making sure I was happy! This alone makes me recommend this place to anyone passing through bogota. The included breakfast is great and very social, and the all day tea and coffee is a super nice touch (certainly with bogota's chill)!
The only negative is its location. It's close to day time action like bike tours and museums, but at night there is NOTHING! No restaurants, very few bars unless you go up to plaza Concordia.. And even then walking around candeleria at night can be quite dangerous because it's super dark and with very little foot traffic! Keep this in mind as you'll be spending a lot of money on taxis to zona t, usaquen and chapinero!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights while I got my Brazilian visa sorted out. I stayed in the dorm, which had 14 beds I think, but it was so spacious, it didn't really feel like a dorm room of that size. They provided lots of blankets, and I was comfortable and warm despite the saggy mattress. The kitchen was lovely and the included a great breakfast. The all day teas (black, coca, green, etc) and coffee was an added bonus. Not sure what the wi fi was like, but they had 2 computers for guest use. The only problem was that it was slightly further away from any action which meant that walking back at night felt a little dangerous as there was no one around.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This hostel/guest house is located on the hills of the Candelaria district.
The set up: Three late 20 year olds beginning a two week excursion into Colombia. Arrived late Saturday night, and stayed for three nights altogether in a private room - although five beds were available in the room, so it could have been used as a shared dorm room.

LOCATION: Candelaria is the student district/old town. The Botero Museum is very close and free, and definitely worth a visit. The Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) is also close, but we never made it there. We took cabs mostly elsewhere for nightlife. Overall for three wild lads, didn't seem like the ideal location. Not the best options for food though Fulanitos is around the corner and has a great little roofdeck patio. We also went to this small french bakery up the street, which was decent, but had a good little outdoor patio as well.

PROS: Free wifi (two computer terminals), Free Tea, Hammocks, Two Courtyards, Kind Staff

CONS (for three wild lads): Had to be buzzed in and out every time we wanted to leave and come back, no alcohol allowed on premises, kids present and up early in the morning, hot water and water pressure were erratic, breakfast sub par (hard boiled eggs, bread)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

This was a nice break after the craziness of Medellin, however after the second night it felt like we had checked into rehab! Drinking is not permitted as well as smoking.
Tea is always available and the kitchen was good. Bathrooms very clean but hot water is temperamental. The staff are sometimes friendly but work extremely hard. Turned our room over everyday and kept everything very clean. The guests here are a mixed bag and some very odd people whilst we were staying! As for the one song on repeat as mentioned in another review... It does drive you mad!!!
I would suggest families or older people to come here but maybe not younger.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Smiths Falls, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hostel for the better part of a week. The moment I got there, something seemed off. It is a very dark and quiet hostel, to the point of literally being depressing. The staff are okay, but they were not too friendly.
The owner is a bit snobby and overbearing to her employees and guests, definitely an oddball. There was always one song on repeat the whole time I was there, almost drove me mad.
The wifi was very weak and would hardly work in my room.
Other than all this the beds were okay, washrooms were clean, and there was a nice garden in the back. For 30,000 COP I'm sure you can do much better.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Property: Anandamayi Hostel
Address: Calle 9 no 2-81 | Candelaria - Centro, Bogota 110321, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bogota > La Candelaria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #23 of 259 Speciality Lodging in Bogota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
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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