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Swiss Hostal Martinik Reviews

Carrera 4 # 11-88, Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia

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384 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Overall this is a good hostel right in the middle of bogota. The showers are nice and hot and the wifi is good. The main downfalls are that the beds in the 10 bed dorm aren't that comfy and it can get quite cold at night and the buzzer is right next to one of the rooms, so can wt quite noisy at night. Some of the staff dong speak much English but will try and help you anyway. Reception is 24 hours which is great if you have a late flight. Overall a pretty good hostel, nice and relaxed.


good location, helpfull staff and friendly hosteldog!


Lockers are unfortunately quite small, not even accepting an average-sized daypack. Perfectly hot showers, very dedicated and nice owner, well located in the old town district Candelaria perfect for sightseeing. The only good club in the area (otherwise go to zona T) is Candelario and just around two corners. Breakfast is basic but ok. The hostel is quiet and offers also private rooms (and a guest/good friend can be brought for a reasonable surcharge if they provide their passport, too).


Located in La Candelaria, within walking distance to major attarctions. Staff are eager to give advice and suggestions. Atmosphere in the public area was good too. Sleeping quality was very good. Wi-fi was the best during my short trip to Colombia.


Only stayed one night but no complaints- lockers, functioning wifi, helpful staff and in a good location for all the main sites in la candelaria


Beds and pillows were very uncomfortable. 10 bed dorm very noisy with road noise. Showers were small and often cold. No atmosphere at all - very quiet and boring.

  • 1st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Hostal was okay. The dorm room smelled and needed to be aired out. The guy when we were checking in was helpful enough. I think it lacked a bit of atmosphere.


This hostel is okay, but really lacks an atmosphere. Almost felt like you are staying in a library-no one talks louder than a whisper. Staff clearly hate their job, very moody and not very helpful in regards to answering basic questions about Bogotá (like how to get to the bus station). The hostel is generally just cold, in temperature and atmosphere. Beds were terrible, felt like we were sleeping on a mattress of plastic bags. Worst sleep I've had in a while. The showers had hot water though!


I would not recommend this hostel. My bed was very uncomfortable and similar and the pillow was as hard as a rock, making my night there uncomfortable and getting very little sleep. One staff member was rude to a male guest when he used the woman's restroom (all restrooms are the same, just a toilet stall) when all other restrooms were occupied. During breakfast there is a large bin of cereal for people to spoon out of, and this staff member was grabbing the cereal with hands.


Inviting & welcoming hostel, lots of friendly people about. Pretty quiet and relaxed which was ideal for us! Central location, lots of bars and restaurants around. Only small issue was the hostal next door playing loud music until 8am! Would recommend this hostel!


We stayed here a number of times while traveling around. Great hostel , clean , friendly , kitchen as everything you need and sweet little bobby the dog!


Great hostel and breakfast. Nice kitchen and common room areas. Well worth a visit . Front rooms (1&2) get a lot of street noise so book the back rooms if you are a light sleeper


They published they accept credit card, but upon payment they lied its broken, then said it already covered all credit card payments for the month (it was only the 6th). After arguing for some time that we didnt have cash they talked to the owners and the machine magically started working again. They decided to charge us an extra 7% which never happened in other hostels.


Good hostel in a good location. Staff was very kind and helpful. Great luggage storage option for leaving your big bags for as long as needed.


Good location in la candelaria, unfortunately the staff was somewhat distant and it could get noisy at night. You get what you pay for. Good kitchen.


The Colombian staff are all very helpful and nice, facilities are pretty good but the beds are awful! Plastic pillows and matresses? So horrible! Also our room was pretty cold and next to the road so was quite loud, it's ok for a couple of nights though


Basic but very adequate hostel in the heart of La Candelaria. Excellent value for money. Everything's walkable. Good wifi and hotwater. Breakfast included. Lockers for valuables; laundry service on site. Mostly quiet – not a party hostel (quiet requested later in the evening). Great security. Very clean. What mostly makes the place are the owners and staff: very pleasant and helpful. For a very inexpensive stay in the heart of the historic center – highly recommended.


The Martinik works very well. The people that works in the hostel are very kind anda helpfull in anything you need.


Location is perfect! Staff is friendly and helpful, the Kitchen is quite good, they have lots of suggestions for stuff to do, wifi works great, common room areas are plenty and comfy. If you're a light sleeper the 10 bed dorm might not be the best idea though. It's a good room but you'll hear quite a bit of noise from the busy street out side.


Staff and the owner are fabulous. Couldn't do enough to help me. Great location and easy for taxis to find. Friendly chilled atmosphere. You can bring your own alcohol on site too! Novelty! Great facilities including large kitchen with unlimited free coffee and they even give you a towel. It's one of the cheapest hostels in South America. All round fantastic. Made some great memories and friends here. Well worth staying! Griff

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