The first thing one notices about 82 Hostel, a unique hostel located near Bogotá’s swanky and upscale Zona Rosa/Zona T, are the colorful potted plants that lead up to the door. As I stepped out of the car, weary from a day of international travel, the grand entrance put a smile on my face and made me feel like an important guest. This feeling was echoed when I met the friendly and helpful staff, willing to help my rusty high school Spanish, recommend restaurants and provide public transport information.
I found 82 Hostel to be remarkably clean and well maintained. Guest rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and all other common areas are cleaned daily, swept and scrubbed. There is a TV room with a seating area and big screen TV, a small library area with books left by previous travelers, a computer, and a modern kitchen located on the bottom floor of the 82 Hostel as well as a wonderful enclosed rooftop area on the top floor. This is a perfect place to catch up on emails, relax in the hammock or play rana, the Colombian version of Toad in the Hole. Or, simply sit and admire the small flower garden that borders the rooftop as you plan your time in Bogotá.
There is no bar on the property (though you can purchase beer, water and other beverages from the reception area) but why would you need one when some of the best bars and restaurants in Bogotá are only a few blocks away? Zona Rosa/Zona T is renown for its upscale shopping, nightlife and variety of delicious restaurants – including the downtown location of the famous Andres Carne de Res, Andres D.C. Be sure to come hungry and leave plenty of room in your suitcase for shopping in this stylish corner of Colombia’s capital!
Because the partying is done off campus the hostel itself stays pretty quiet which is nice for the working traveler, like myself. It also makes it possible to have a “quiet night in,” so to speak. There is a small market/convenience store just around the corner where guests can purchase food and then prepare in the hostel kitchen. There is also a selection of small cafes, restaurants and food kiosks on the same block as 82 Hostel.
82 Hostel is located a couple of blocks from Bogotá’s extremely efficient (albeit difficult to decipher) public transport system: Transmileno. Be sure to check with the helpful 82 Hostel staff member about which bus number to take/transfer to before heading to the station. From here you can explore all of Bogotá, as well as the surrounding areas.
Other than its fun décor and atmosphere, its location is what makes 82 Hostel unique. Visitors have access to an up and coming part of Bogotá as well as access to the city center with its proximity to both Zona Rosa/Zona T and the bus.
I was happy to be the guest of 82 Hostel in April 2014. All opinions are my own.