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Hostel Santander Aleman

Hostel Santander Aleman
Calle 12 #7-63, San Gil, Santander
316.316.4876
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Overview: Bogota's Kozii Hostel is located in a charming and safe part of Chapinero known as Quinta Camacho. It's a superb location for exploring all Bogota has to offer: you're half way in between the museums, history, and cultural attractions to the south in el Centro and la Candelaria, and the financial, dining, and entertainment centers to the north on Calle 72, Zona Rosa, Parque 93, and Usaquen. And to make things even better, you're just three blocks from the Flores Transmilenio stop, and steps from la 7 (Carrera 7), la 11, and la 15/17, where you can catch a bus to anywhere in the city.

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Neighborhood: It's a safe neighborhood with many pleasant attractions in its own right, including the stunning Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, el Campin stadium, where Bogota's powerhouse Millonarios and Santa Fe teams play (in the Liga Postobon), and the upscale dining district Zona G, which was recently given a stellar review by Conde Nast Traveler.

How to Get There: If you're arriving at Bogota's El Dorado International Airport, a taxi should be about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and will most likely cost around $25.000. If you arrive to Bogota via la Terminal (Bogota's main bus terminal), the time and cost are slightly less. However, remember that as with all transportation in Bogota, it depends on traffic. From 6am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm, expect to hit significant traffic jams.

Management/Staff: Kozii Hostel is the brainchild of Claudia, a Bogota-native who wanted to provide an alternative to the party hostel scene you largely find downtown in la Candelaria. It's a great addition to lodging options in Bogota: It's got dormitories to accommodate backpackers, but also features several beautifully decorated private rooms. It's a great option for solo travelers, couples, and backpackers alike. Even business travelers looking for proximity to Calle 72 (Bogota's financial center) will feel at home here.

The staff is top-notch, and always ready to greet you at the door with a smile. 

Rooms: Kozii Hostel offers guests six room choices, all delightfully named after different plants.

Shared Rooms: Upstairs you'll find the wonderful Cherry Tree dormitory, with its lovely polished wood ceiling; it sleeps 12 guests in bunkbeds. There's the Caracoli room with space for 4 guests in 2 bunkbeds, and the Bamboo, which features three single beds.

Private Rooms: If you're looking for a little luxury, try the Dandelion room, equipped with a private bath, spacious closet, cable TV, and a specatcular view of the cordillera (mountain range) east of Bogota. There's also the Almond room, the hostel's most private, which features the best view, and its own private bathroom as well. Or, if you're looking for a shared private room, the Eucalyptus is your best bet. It has one double bed and one single bed, so it's perfect for group travelers, especially if you're a group of three traveling together.

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Amenities: Hostel Kozii is competitively priced with hotels in the area, but if offers special guest amenities that you won't find in a hotel.

There is a wonderful kitchen for guest use, with a refrigerator, microwave, rangetop stove, oven, and coffee maker. It's equipped with fine dishes, cutlery, utensils, and pots and pans. Unlike in many hostel kitchens (with few amenities), you can actually cook a nice meal here in comfort. Plus, there is a Carulla (high-end supermarket) just a few minutes walk away on Calle 70 with late hours (open til 11pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends). 

Breakfast is included in the price, and it's served daily from 7am to 10am. Help yourself to fruit, croissants, butter and jam, and coffee and/or tea. You'll enjoy your breakfast in a bar area in the courtyard which features a large skylight overhead.

Claudia is currently working on a second floor terrace which should be completed soon, and you'll certainly enjoy the hanging gardens and lush vines and foliage that line the inviting patio area out back.

There is a spacious TV lounge with cable, PlayStation 3 (which can also be used as a DVD player), and comfortable chairs. There's also an indoor dining area, where you can enoy the meals you've prepared.

There are two computers available for guest use in the lobby, free of charge.

Bicycles are available at economical prices for guest rental: It's just $35.000 per day, or $30.000 on Sundays, when Bogota comes alive for the "Ciclovia", when la Septima (Carrera 7) is closed off to car traffic, and Bogota turns into a bicycling/roller-blading/jogging paradise!

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Conclusion: So if you're looking for a centrally located, safe, and hospitable location, Kozii Hostel is your best bet. It's easy to get to anywhere in the city (whether you're heading south to La Candelaria/Centro or north to Calle 72/Zona Rosa/Parque 93/Usaquen), and the staff will make you feel right at home. It's competitively priced, and it's a got a cozy, family-oriented atmosphere. It's not a party hostel, but if you want to party, you've got numerous options within walking distance.

Kozii Hostel comes highly recommended by Colombia Backpacking!

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