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Reviews of Explora Hostels

Hostel | Calle 12c 3-19, Bogota, Colombia 11001

86.9% Overall Rating

47 out of 50 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/02/2014)

Raja Taunk thinks…

"Compared to other hostels in the Area like cranky crocs and Su candeleria, this one is much nicer. The rooms are minimal but immaculately clean. The beds were comfortable and the showers were hot and…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Laundry service
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 21.63
  • Breakfast USD 2.70
  • Towel USD 0.81

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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86.9%

Overall Rating

47 out of 50 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Explora Hostels'

Atmosphere
79.2%
Location
93.6%
Facilities
84.0%
Cleanliness
81.6%
Staff
92.0%
Value
89.6%
Safety
88.0%
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77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

16 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Bathrooms were cleaned regularly, helpful staff, good location

Disliked: When other guests are noisy outside it's very easy to hear in the room, plastic sheet over matress (in doulbe room) makes for sweaty nights, very small kitchen, only window is out to the floor, so you have to keep the curtain closed or everybody can see right in

91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Raja Taunk

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

26 February 2014 Raja would recommend this property

Liked: Compared to other hostels in the Area like cranky crocs and Su candeleria, this one is much nicer. The rooms are minimal but immaculately clean. The beds were comfortable and the showers were hot and strong. The staff is friendly. And this place is perfect quiet to sleep in. There are hammocks and. Common era to meet travelers, but this is not a place to party. The beer/breakfast was impressively cheap as well. The location is ideal as there are no bars on the block so you can get a great night of sleep. I imagine there is no party hostel in bogota as it is new to the tourist circuit.

Disliked: It was quiet.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

15 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, good location and options of private rooms with washrooms

Disliked: That you couldn't bring your own alcohol in without a bottling fee, and the wifi was intermittent to the point of non-existent in the rooms

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Mateja Juri?

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

24 November 2013 Mateja would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness and very kind assistance of the staff

Disliked: Mateja left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

22 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The bedrooms at the front of the building were lovely and spacious, and it had a nice seating area at the back.

Disliked: The first bedroom we were put in was internal and small, not that nice as it got a bit warm.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sophie Trew

Alone

Work / volunteering

13 November 2013 Sophie would recommend this property

Liked: Explora is a fun and friendly hostel in a perfect location in La Candelaria+ one of the cheapest!!

Disliked: Sophie left no negative feedback.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

05 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was a nice welcome,good breakfast,friendly staff,basic but nice rooms

Disliked: nobody could speak any english,dirty kitchen without any proper equipment, a lot off noise in the morning, rooms without window and cold

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Work / volunteering

03 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hot showers, fast internet.

Disliked: The bathrooms had no toilet paper for hours. No towels.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

19 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great staff, good location

Disliked: you have to go to the street to smoke, not good in the night, lot of shady people in this city.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

05 April 2013

Liked: it is a place well situated in the middle of the old part of Bogota called Candelaria

Disliked: the personal is friendly, meet interesting guests too

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

20 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked it.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Catherine Boyd

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

18 March 2013 Catherine would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, nice and clean. The staff were friendly, my friend was sick and one staff member spent a long time calling around to find an appropriate doctor for her to visit.

Disliked: Catherine left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice hostel. Easy to meet people even though it is not a party hostel. Clean bathrooms and dorms . Showers are nice and hot. Location is excellent right in the heart of Candelaria. Staff could speak some english and was helpfull but not especially friendly

Disliked: Breakfast is not included.. The one you can buy is cheap but wasnt so good ( mostly what you typically get in Colombia- cardboard toasts with oily eggs) . They dont organize activities for the people who stay there, you would have to ask somewhere else. They have a bar but hostel remains very quiet, not so much of a party place.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

22 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness and helpfulness of the staff good location at centro historico

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

yukiko kojima

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

11 February 2013 yukiko would recommend this property

Liked: The receptionists are so nice and helpful! They speak english but some are not so good so it helps to know spanish but it is not neccesary.

Disliked: the rooms are cold at this time but it´s not the property´s fault... just didn´t think it would be really cold, so bring warm sleeping clothes.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

LIza Naysmith

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

11 February 2013 LIza would recommend this property

Liked: I had a really great stay at Explora Hostel! I had to keep booking additional nights at short notice but it was never a problem. The staff always went above and beyond to make sure I was happy and comfortable. The hostel had a really friendly, social vibe and is in the perfect location. I'd recommend it to anyone as a great, safe and fun place to stay whilst in Bogota!

Disliked: Nothing.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, good location, everything new

Disliked: not as social as other hostels. the common area in the backyard gets freezing cold at night

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Lukas Eddy

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

24 January 2013 Lukas would recommend this property

Liked: It's right in the heart of La Candelaría, staff are young, enthusiastic and usually helpful (several are backpackers themselves who are from other countries and are working there for only 1-2 months at a time, so they may not know everything about Colombia), and there's a good common area and several hammocks. Lockers are under the beds.

Disliked: Kitchen is pretty tiny. Also, the bathrooms are cleaned regularly, but the floors always seem to be wet. The road outside can be a little loud in the morning.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

19 November 2012

Liked: Helpful staff. Quiet hostel

Disliked: We stayed in 2 different double rooms, the first had sheets which were not big enough for the bed. The second had an ensuite but was damp and had visible mould growing up the walls which could have been wiped off easily. Also not enough male bathrooms for the number of rooms. Very very slow wifi.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was perfect! the staff were so friendly and helpfull, it was a pleasure to stay there and thats why I stayed more nights. The hostel were clean and very welcoming, they served breakfast (someone cook your eggs just the way you like it). I would recomend this place to anybody that go to Bogota, Colombia! :)

Disliked: it was really cold in there.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jozefa fruytier

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 October 2012 Jozefa would recommend this property

Liked: I had à wonderful stay in explora hostel. They are really very friendly and always ready to help you. Very clean, Nice hot water the whole day. Nice places to seat. Good breakfast. Free wifi and its working very fast. Nice patio with plants. I made already a new reservation for end december.

Disliked: Nothing

100.0%
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Luis Morales

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

26 September 2012 Luis would recommend this property

Liked: Very confrotable rooms, great place to hang out, nice staff and excellent bathrooms (finally some hot water!!!!!!)

Disliked: Nothing

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Margaret Child D

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 September 2012 Margaret would recommend this property

Liked: I loved the people, the place is extremely clean and well mantained! The new bar is awesome! Defintely a place to stay in Bogota

Disliked: Margaret left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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Lina Camacho

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

10 September 2012 Lina would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing place! The hostel is brand new so everything is pretty clean and neat. After I checked inn I walked around La Candelaria to see how the other hostels looked like and I can assure you that Explora is by far the best one in town. Friendly and helpful staff, the rooms are really clean, with comfortable beds and useful blankets. Nice and clean bathrooms with hot water and decent water pressure. The breakfast is great and the location too, plenty of nice places around. Without doubt is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed at. I'll be back for sure.

Disliked: Nothing.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

30 August 2012

Liked: + The rooms are quite newly renovated. + The hot shower works even with decent water pressure.

Disliked: - Dishonest personal. - No privacy in the room. - Very few space (one chair and a small table) for your stuff. - Unfriendly service personal for breakfast.

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