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The Cranky Croc Hostel Reviews

Calle 12d No. 3-46, La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia

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705 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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One of the best hostels I stayed in during a 5 month trip to South America. Great facilities and atmosphere. The staff are the best thing about the place.


Great hostel, great staff, great location, have stayed here several times in the past and I will be back again!


Loved the Cranky Croc. What surprised me the most was the cleanliness of the bathrooms/showers. They are cleaned every 3 hours. The staff was great and handled a couple of situations in a very friendly way. Would definitely stay there again.

  • 14th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I absolutely loved my time at Cranky Croc. I stayed 8 nights. It's in a perfect location, so close to markets, the metro, buses, the main plaza, bars, restaurants and shops. The staff are all so, so helpful, friendly and happy. The staff make the hostel feel so homely and make you feel so welcome - Andy, Jenny, Marcella and Miriam. Brilliant people. Great wifi everywhere and so clean. Constant hot water and dorms are so comfy. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Bogota.


The bathrooms and showers are plentiful, brand new, clean and fancy. The mattresses are comfy, but the wooden bunk beds squeak and wobble like none other, every time someone in your bunk room turns over, it's loud enough to wake everyone. The eating area was the main hangout, plenty of people to meet. They're under construction, looks like they're adding bunks and bathrooms to the second floor. Hopefully they plan to clean up the back hang out area, it's basically just a storage area.


Good atmosphere. Clean toilets/showers.


Very nice hostel, one of our favourites!!! Location is good, rooms are super tidy thanks to the hard working cleaners, rest of the place is clean and comfy is well, beds are the most comfortable we've had in Colombia, staff is very helpfull and kind, there's a cute cat and a nice dog, etc etc etc :-) The Crazy Mongolian eatery across the street is suberb as well!


This place is great! In fact this is my second stay here. They showers and toilets are shiny and new, and even though the bunks are a bit creaky they are still really comfortable. The staff are helpful with bus times and even arranged a driver to get me to the bus station. Meals aren't included but they have a restaurant open for breakfast and dinner and they sell cheap beers. I've always met awesome friends here too, can't wait for my third visit next month!


The owner is doing renovations on the hostel and the new bathrooms are incredible!! Big clean hot showers! The communal kitchen is great with all utensils you would need. Comfortable beds. Situated in a brilliant location too!

  • 1st Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Large hostel with a good atmosphere. Lots to keep you entertained (pool, basketball, ping pong, tv lounge) as well as a bar and loads of information for activities to do in Medellin. It's about 15 mins walk from Parque Lleras, but means you can get some sleep if you don't want to party all night, but are close to the action if you do. Highly recommended!


I stayed one night, staff helpful, atmosphere pretty good.. The only thing that let it down for me was the building work currently taking place as I was tried from flights and need to sleep during the day..


The new bathrooms are fabulous - best in any hostel I've stayed in!


Fantastic Hostel!!!! Andy and all of his staff and incredibly helpful and friendly, its social, clean, good beds/showers, and no stupid rules like most hostels have in Colombia, by far the best in the country! Rob


An awesome place with awesome staff - just so helpful. Don't hesitate - stay at the Cranky Croc.

  • 10th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Good hostel ideally located in Candelaria, with really good cheap restaurants nearby (especially The Crazy Mongolian right across the road). The staff are very friendly and helpful and its a good place to meet people. Food is ok but fairly basic to be honest. The main criticism is that the place gets seriously COLD at nighttime and the dorms arent that well heated! Bogota is generally cold at night so a lot of places get affected, but the cold did take away from my stay a bit.


very good, well run hostel. staff were very helpful and nice and the owner was a nice guy, always making effort to talk with all guest and making sure theryre ok. hostel was ridiculously clean, even with some small building works going on. def recommend

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