Swiss Hostal Martinik

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The Hostelz.com Review

Swiss Hostal Martinik is hidden away behind a small door on Carrera 4, but don't be confused by the scruffy, outdoor façade. Behind its wooden doors are a wealth of communal spaces and a friendly welcome by the staff.

The Location

Located in La Candelaria, Hostel Martinik is one of many hostels that are crammed into the scenic, old-town part of the city. From here you are five minutes' walk from the closest TransMilenio (bus) stop that will connect you to the rest of the city. All the major points of interest are within easy walking distance, with the Plaza Boliviar under ten minutes' walk away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are a reasonable size and are not too cramped when filled with large backpacks. The mattresses are decent and the warm covers help keep out that chilly Bogotá weather during the night. Unfortunately the small pillows have a plastic underlayer, which is a little uncomfortable.

Showers are clean. A sign in the bathroom advises that you can get hot water, but only if you sacrifice the pressure. True to its word, you can make the water warm, but the result is pressure that is little more than a dribble.

Common Spaces

Common spaces are plentiful; in the reception area are a TV, two communal computers, a hammock, and a number of seats where you can chill out or access one of the hostel's three Wi-Fi networks or meet fellow travelers. The free breakfast that consists of bread, jam, cereal, and coffee is served in this area until 11 a.m. daily. Strong metal lockers that can be secured by a padlock are also in this area. These are large enough to fit a normal daypack and you can ensure in their security as they are positioned next to the reception area, which is staffed twenty-four hours. Next door is a TV room again with a number of comfortable seats. There is another seating area on the second floor, with six comfy seats being placed around a table. The kitchen area is huge and also features a couple of tables.

Summary

Swiss Hostal Martinik is a middle of the road hostel in Bogotá. The free breakfast is a nice touch that you don't get in all the hostels in the local area, and the larger dorm rooms are very competitively priced.
by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2013-09-02
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Swiss Hostal Martinik" at Carrera 4 Numero 11-88.)

Location/Contact

Address
Carrera 4 Numero 11-88, La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
Coordinates
4.597357, -74.072218 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.hostalbogota.com
Telephone
+57 (1) 283 31 80
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Loud and uncomfortable in dorm
I am not sure about the other rooms, but dont stay in the 10 bed dorm! Plastic covers on thin squished mattresses made me feel like I was skiing down a mountain all night. There were two outlets for the whole room and it's right on the busiest street. I also got up four times between 12 and 4 to open the door for guests because the staff was not around and the bell rang 6-10 times. Common spaces and kitchen seem nice but I am not sticking around long enough to use them. People were loud starting at 7am and it's not that cheap either.
Anonymous
Age 27, usa
2016-06-23

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