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Where to Stay in Bogota?
For a taste of Bogotá’s colonial past, head to the central La Candelaria district where you will find narrow cobbled streets, historic squares and beautiful churches.
This atmospheric area is home to a range of accommodation options, from cheap hotels and hostels to more luxurious townhouse hotels. This is also the city’s university district and there are many popular sights and museums nearby.
Highlights of the historic district include the city’s main square (the Plaza de Bolivar), which is home to the Catedral Primada. There is a large concentration of budget accommodation in La Candelaria.
Northern Bogotá is also a very popular area to stay in. Many of the city’s high-end boutique offerings are located here. This more upmarket area is full of shops, bars, restaurants and nightspots.
Zona Rosa has plenty of malls, restaurants and bars, while Zona G is home to some of the city’s finest restaurants. The area around Parque de la 93, also in northern Bogotá has some appealing restaurants and fashionable nightclubs.
Bogota Accommodation Options
Accommodation in Bogotá ranges from very basic - and accordingly cheap – hotels, to five-star chain and boutique hotels.
For backpackers and travellers on a shoestring there is a very good selection of hostels. Facilities at these vary, but many have shared bathrooms and some offer shared kitchen facilities.
For those wishing to self cater, it is also possible to rent apartments in Bogotá.
Those with a few more pesos to spend could try one of Bogotá’s high-end options. These range from international chains and first-rate business hotels, to more unique boutique options.
Bogota Hotel Recommendations?
For sumptuous public areas and luxurious rooms with flat-screen televisions and WiFi, you could try the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia which is located in northern Bogotá.
The Casa Medina, also in the north, is another luxurious option. Rooms are elegant and the restaurant has a reputation for fine food.
In La Candelaria, the Abadia Colonial is situated in a traditional building with a pleasant, leafy courtyard.
Transport in Bogota
Bogotá's El Dorado International Airport is approximately 13kms from the city centre. Taxis, buses and colectivos (small buses) serve the airport. It is advisable to take only registered taxis and to book them over the telephone once in the city. Alternatively, Bogotá has a bus rapid transit system and there are also many privately owned buses in operation.