Musicology Hostel




The Review

Many hostels are thematic and their motifs often relate to the surroundings; Musicology Hostel has built on the theme of modern music in general, and the decoration of common spaces and rooms as well as the bar represents the different genres of contemporary music like punk rock, metal, jazz, and blues.

The Location

The location of the hostel is in the downtown centre of Bogota City, only a few blocks from the main square or Plaza Bolivar, the cathedral, and the main government buildings. The area is chock full of cafés, museums, restaurants, bars, and almost anything you might need. The hostel is an immense Colonial building with double-height ceilings over six feet high, which impart a feeling of spaciousness to the hostel’s common areas and rooms.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Most of the rooms are shared dorms, and they are all quite large and spacious. The different dorm options are for twelve-, eight-, or four-person rooms, equipped with double-bed bunks. Two dorms (four- and twelve-person) offer en suite bathrooms, while the other three (four-, eight-, and twelve-person), offer shared bathroom facilities.

The beds have comfortable mattresses and pillows, which are in good condition, and warm bedclothes (a must in Bogota’s rather cold nights). Also available in the rooms are large, backpack-size lockers and few electric plug-ins.

The two private rooms are double-bed rooms. One of them offers an en suite bathroom and the other has a shared facility. The former is being remodeled and promises to be quite cheery and interesting, and hopefully the other will at some time be renovated as well.

Shared bathrooms have hot-water showers. But they are a bit dark, and the cleanliness could certainly be improved upon.

Common Spaces

The hostel offers five common areas. A large TV room and computers are available next to the lobby facing the street. The reception lobby and a space next to the kitchen are both large patio/courtyards. They both have a few tables, and in the case of the kitchen annex, hammocks to sit around and chill. The kitchen is a bit basic and dark, but you can get by for cooking simple meals.

The bar and lounge area are the back of the house and quite well isolated from the rest of the premises. After six o’clock, they offer beers, cocktails, and assorted drinks. Prices are steep (more or less double than the neighborhood bars), so it makes sense to take advantage of the happy hour or go out for a drink (the historical centre has many bars, especially the university quarter area). The sound system here is excellent and is their pride and joy. Fortunately, the bar is in the back and the sound does not carry into the rooms.


In general, and maybe in part due to the huge indoor spaces, the house feels a bit uninviting and isolated, lacking that warm and welcoming atmosphere most hostels offer. Cleanliness is a bit neglected and that also adds to the overall impression of neglect. The hostel is going through a remodeling and the new look might change substantially.

The included breakfast is not included at all, but available for a price. Still, it is announced as included and that’s a misleading issue. What the hostel does have to offer is a good street location, right in the heart of the historical centre, and easy access to the city transport and the downtown area.
by edudelcorral Staff Reviewer
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Street view
Kithcen/ Common area
Hostel bar view
Bar deco
Four bed dorm
Dorm's bathroom


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Musicology Hostel" at Calle 9 # 3 - 71 candelaria.)


Calle 9 # 3 - 71 candelaria, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
4.614875, -74.101630 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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79% Guest Reviews

Best hostel in Bogota
It's not overly-sterile but it's homey, lived in, and a lot of fun. Some of the nicest people (both long- and short-term guests), friendly and knowledgeable traveler staff, plenty of places to hang out, and decent food at somewhat-reasonable prices if you're lazy (the kitchen is a bit minimal). Ended up staying longer than intended and met tons of awesome people.
Age 29, UK
Noisy, dirty, questionable staff
The whole place does not have a very clean feeling. The room was well below average with an uncomfortable bed. It was noisy through most of the night. The TV room does not even have any furniture, only some mats on the floor. The staff tried to short change me twice, maybe coincidental? There are many other hostels in Bogota of the same price range with better value.
Age 38
Reasonably priced with cool hangout areas
Happy hour drink prices are great. The staff members are very helpful and great to hang out with in the evenings.
Great Staff, great location, great time
The people and the staff really made the trip. Bogota wouldn't have been the same had they not taken the time to show us the best parts of the city. Definitely will be back again.
Edgar Lorete
Beer and food is too expensive for a hostel
Beer and food is too expensive for a hostel.
Very nice
Very nice hostel located in la candelaria, new firm beds, friendly staff, and spotlessly clean. Makes sure you play giant jenga at the upstairs bar! If only the beer wasnt so expensive it would be five-star!

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