Best places to stay in Colombia: Cranky Croc, Bogota

Finding a good place to stay is always tricky. You’re never quite sure what to expect, so in a bid to help visitors to Colombia we’re starting a new feature to cast some light on picking the best hostels or hotels. This week it’s Bogota’s Crank Croc.

Beautifully restored: The Cranky Croc

Beautifully restored: The Cranky Croc

The Cranky Croc hostel is an Australian run hostel in La Candelaria Bogotá, close to all the main tourist sites and cool bars. Its owner Andy tells us the hostel is a great place to relax and explore Bogotá and its surroundings, featuring very comfortable beds complete with duvets, reading lamp, backpack size locker with its own power outlet, various social spaces, bar and café, lots of bathrooms with steaming high pressure hot water.


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Telephone: 342 2438 or 314 427 5299

Address: Calle 15 No. 3-46 La Candelaria

Features: 7 private rooms, 38 beds in dorms (Prices – Private shared bath $46,000 for 1 person, $30,000 per person 2-4 people, Private with bath $56,000 for 1 person, $35,000 per person 2-4 people, dorm beds $20,000)

Aimed at: Backpackers, couples and small families



Why should a traveller stay at your hostel?

For the great vibe, facilities and separate social/sleeping area…. you can party and sleep!

What is Colombia’s best kept secret?

The Pacific coast, great waves, hardly anyone else on them and empty beaches.

If you only had 24hrs to spend in Colombia, what would you do?

Extend…. but if that’s not possible then spend a day in Bogotá, see a museum, go to a park, go up Montserrate, go out to the theatre then onto a bar/club and dance salsa.

What’s your best tip for a first time visitor to Colombia?

Bring clothing for all climates, learn Spanish and get out and mix with the locals.

How has travel in Colombia changed in the last 5 years?

Tourism has exploded, major road works and increased security has opened many opportunities to travel.

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