Best Areas to Stay in Bogotá, Colombia

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Where to stay in Bogotá – A guide to the Colombian capital

Bogotá is not only the beating heart of Colombia but also the most important cultural hub in the country and the best meeting place for business.

The capital of Colombia and the Department of Cundinamarca have a cold mountain climate, with an average temperature of 14°C (57°F). It always rains between March and May and from October to November.

Bogotá’s main gateway is El Dorado International Airport and, although Bogota lacks a metro system, it has public transport that includes the Transmilenio (an express urban bus system with exclusive lanes), taxis, minibusses and buses.

Bogota has enough cultural proposals to have a great time.

If you are wondering what is the best area to stay in Bogotá, you should know that this should not be a concern, as there are several safe and lively areas to stay in town.

Chapinero is the best area central area to stay in Bogota. This is where most of the nightlife and leisure of the Colombian capital can be found(See Chapinero accommodation).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Bogota.

The best areas to stay in Bogotá

Our favorite area: Chapinero

Chapinero is formed by several neighborhoods: Zona Rosa or Zona T, famous for its party scene, Great Chapinero, popular for its footwear and leather retailers, and the Financial Zone, where the business-style hotel network is.

This neighborhood is located between Usaquén and Teusaquillo. To the north, it joins the La Calera (Usaquén) highway and to the west, Caracas Avenue separates it from Teusaquillo, both neighborhoods are upper and upper-middle class.

The main attractions of Chapinero are Zona T, Parque 93, Teatro Libre and the beautiful Andean rocky mountains to the east.

In Chapinero, finding a place to eat or stay is never hard, as it has good restaurants, especially in the area known as the G zone or “gourmet” area.

The accommodation in Chapinero adapts to all costs, although being a very central and well-connected area, its hotels tend to be pricier than in more southern neighborhoods.

Chapinero is considered the best area to stay in Bogotá.

Where to stay in Bogotá - Chapinero

Where to stay in Bogotá – Chapinero

Accommodation in Chapinero - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Chapinero – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Good public transport
  • Lots of shopping areas
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Lots of hotels
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Good area for business travelers

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Saint Simon

Hotel Saint Simon is located in the pink area of Bogotá, 2 blocks from the Andino and Atlantis shopping centers. It offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet.

from US$49
Budget

Alojamiento Bogotá

Accommodation Bogota is located in Bogotá, 1.9 km from T Zone. Free WiFi access is available. El Campin Coliseum is 2.1 km away, El Campin Stadium is 2.2 km and Cici Water Park is 4.2 km away. Monserrate Hill is 4.3 km away.

from US$22
Luxurious

Casa Dann Carlton Hotel & SPA

Located in an impressive building, Casa Dann Carlton Hotel & SPA offers an indoor pool, spa facilities, a fitness center and a restaurant. Parque de la 93 is a 5-minute walk away. Free WiFi and free private parking are also available.

from US$109
 

 

 

Zona T (Zona Rosa)

Although it is technically part of Chapinero, it deserves special mention as one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bogotá.

The T Zone of Bogotá is the neighborhood where the Colombian upper-class lives and plays. It has great commercial activity and it’s lively both during the day and night. At night it transforms into a big boulevard.

Zona T is located on 82nd Street with Carrera 13, and it can be reached by means of the different public and private transport lines from any point in the city.

The Zone T area of Bogotá or Zona Rosa boasts several 4 and 5-star hotels and some cheaper alternatives as well.

Zona Rosa is preferred by young people due to its party vibe, but it is also a place for luxury shopping and great restaurants.

Due to its popularity, Zona Rosa enjoys a high level of security. Therefore it could be said that zone T is one of the safest neighborhoods to stay in Bogotá.

Recommended area to stay in Bogotá - Zona T

Recommended area to stay in Bogotá – Zona T

Accommodation in Zona T - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Zona T – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Pedestrianized
  • Safe area to stay
  • Good restaurants
  • Great for shopping
  • Boutique hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Virrey Park

Virrey Park Hotel is located in Bogotá, 300 meters from the popular T area. It houses a restaurant and offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with cable TV. The rooms are spacious and combine a modern design with classic furniture.

from US$59
Budget

Top Tours Accomodations

Top Tours Accomodations is located in Bogotá. Area T is 500 meters away. Free WiFi is available. The accommodation has a TV and towels. Top Tours Accomodations is 2.9 km from El Campin Coliseum and 10 km from El Dorado International Airport.

from US$29
Luxurious

NH Bogota Boheme Royal

NH Royal La Boheme is located in Zona Rosa de Bogotá, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Andino and El Retiro shopping centers. It offers elegant rooms, a business center, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi.

from US$98
 

 

 

Old Town (La Candelaria)

La Candelaria is located between Carreras 7 and 8, and streets 10 and 11, right in the heart of Bogotá.

It preserves a colonial style and was declared a Historical Interest Site. It boasts museums, theaters, and pedestrianized streets.

La Candelaria is a strategic point within the city since it is where most of the public and private transport connects.

La Candelaria is home to Plaza de Bolívar, the Gold, Colonial, Florero, Botero, and La Moneda museums, as well as theaters, the Torre Colpatria viewpoint, the Monserrat hill, and the National Capitol.

Travelers from all over the world choose to stay in Bogotá in the La Candelaria neighborhood because among its steep streets full of charm there is a wide range of hotels and hostels, restaurants and cafes that show an alternative and bohemian side to the city.

If you choose to stay at La Candelaria, you should know that it is not the safest neighborhood to stay in Bogotá and that caution is advised in its streets, particularly at night.

Best areas to stay in Bogotá - La Candelaria

Best areas to stay in Bogotá – La Candelaria

Accommodation in La Candelaria - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in La Candelaria – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Great historical value
  • Bohemian atmosphere
  • Charming streets
  • Tourist attractions
  • World-class museums
  • Budget hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Regina

Hotel Regina is located in the magnificent historic center of Bogotá. This modern hotel is located just 150 meters from the Gold Museum. The rooms are elegantly decorated and feature cable TV, a safe and a private bathroom.

from US$52
Budget

Arche Noah Boutique Hostel

Featuring a rooftop terrace, Arche Noah Boutique Hostel is located in Bogotá, a 4-minute walk from Plaza de Bolívar. The hostel has a shared lounge and is close to several places of interest, such as the Luis Ángel Arango Library and the Casa del Florero. Monserrate Hill is 3.5 km away and Corferias is 4.2 km away.

from US$29
Luxurious

The Orchids

Located in La Candelaria, the historic center of Bogotá, The Orchids offers rooms with an iPod docking station and luxurious décor. Free WiFi access is available and El Dorado International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

from US$169
 

 

 

Usaquén & Chicó (North Bogotá)

Usaquén is located in the far north area of Bogotá, between streets 100 and 240, its narrow cobbled streets are full of local shops selling handicrafts, bars, and elegant restaurants.

In Usaquén, the Mercado Las Pulgas on Sundays boasts a collection of antiques, gastronomy, sweets and live music. It is a local favorite for Bogotanos and tourists alike.

This is also where upscale shopping centers such as Unicentro, Santa Ana or Santa Bárbara are located.

As Usaquén is quite visited, it has a good bus service.

This area enjoys a great hotel offer, with several three and four-star properties. As prices in Bogota tend to be higher the farther north you go, Usaquen and Chicó can be pricey but exclusive and nice.

The north of Bogotá is a safe area day and night and moving through its streets should not represent a major problem.

Best districts to stay in Bogotá - Usaquén & Chicó

Best districts to stay in Bogotá – Usaquén & Chicó

Accommodation in Unsaquén & Chicó - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Unsaquén & Chicó – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Safest area to stay in Bogota
  • Luxury hotels
  • Charming little streets
  • Connected by Transmilenio
  • Markets
  • Shopping and nightlife

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Lancaster House

Lancaster House offers elegant 1 and 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Some suites have a private terrace. The property has free WiFi, 2 restaurants, gym, sauna, 7 event rooms, 24 hour security and underground parking.

from US$54
Budget

Rua Hostels – Bogota

Rua 116 is located in Usaquén, Bogotá, 1.4 km from Unicentro Shopping Mall and 3.8 km from T Zone. It has a bar. The rooms are equipped with private bathroom with shower. Some rooms have a flat-screen TV. The Rua 116 offers free WiFi.

from US$30
Luxurious

NH Collection Royal Hacienda

The NH Collection Royal Hacienda is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Bogotá. It houses a spa, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a gym. Private parking and WiFi are available free of charge.

from US$149
 

 

 

Teusaquillo

Teusaquillo is located in the geographic center of the city, between streets 32 to 37 and Caracas Avenue, to the northwest of the historic center.

It is the settlement of Bogota’s middle class.

Teusaquillo is surrounded by green areas with facades that show different stages of the history of the city, This was one of the most elegant neighborhoods of the city.
 
The most representative places of Teusaquillo are the Universidad Nacional Campus, Simón Bolívar Park, Campín Stadium and the Virgilio Barco Library.

It has public service routes for minibusses and Transmilenio, which connect it to other neighborhoods in the city.

Teusaquillo is near the historic center and Chapinero and has hotels and hostels at affordable rates to suit all tastes and budgets.

This district also hosts the Corferias congress complex, making it an excellent area to stay in Bogotá for business.

Where to stay in Bogotá - Teusaquillo

Where to stay in Bogotá – Teusaquillo

Accommodation in Teusaquillo - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Teusaquillo – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Very central area
  • Corferias fairgrounds
  • Universidad Nacional

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Grand plaza

Hotel Grand plaza offers accommodation in Bogotá and features free WiFi, a fitness center and terrace. Free private parking is provided. Some rooms have a seating area. All rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

from US$59
Budget

Blue House Corferias

Blue House Corferias is located in Bogotá, 300 meters from Corferias International Exhibition Center. Blue House Corferias offers rooms with a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

from US$29
Luxurious

Wyndham Bogota Art

This charming hotel in Bogotá is just 10 minutes’ drive from El Dorado International Airport and features a bar and a restaurant with international cuisine. The Wyndham has a fitness center and free WiFi.

from US$88
 

 

 

Centro Internacional (Financial District)

Bogota’s Financial District hosts bank headquarters, office towers, business centers and the Colombian Stock Exchange.

Centro Internacional is located between Candelaria North and Chapinero South.

Right in the heart of Bogotá, the Financial District has modern infrastructure, plazas, pedestrian streets, restaurants, universities and a shopping center

Centro Internacional attracts many tourists and business visitors, as the area is home to many business-style and international chain hotels.

The International Center offers great hotels to stay in Bogotá.

If you decide to stay in this area of Bogotá, keep in mind that, as in La Candelaria, it is advisable to be extra careful at night, particularly in isolated, dark areas.

Best area to stay in Bogota for business travelers - Centro Internacional

Best area to stay in Bogota for business travelers – Centro Internacional

Accommodation in  Centro Internacional - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Centro Internacional – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bogotá:

  • Very central area
  • Financial District
  • Business-style accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Centro Internacional

Hotel Centro Internacional offers elegantly designed accommodation in the center of Bogotá, just 14 km from El Dorado International Airport. It has parking and Wi-Fi, both for free.

from US$44
Budget

Hotel Casa Sabelle

Hotel Casa Sabelle is located just 5 minutes’ walk from the national park, in the center of Bogotá. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and minibar, as well as free parking. The National Museum is 5 minutes away on foot.

from US$23
Luxurious

Hotel Tequendama Bogotá

Hotel Tequendama Bogotá is located in Bogotá and has spa facilities, an indoor pool and a mini golf course. This luxury hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a variety of gourmet options. It is just a 5-minute walk from the commercial area of San Martín.

from US$88
 

 

 

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