Musicology is a nice concept hostel. It is located a bit away from the bus and airport, but is in the heart of the Historical District and walking distance to many store, street markets, and open park areas.
(The police come in almost every night just to say hi and check in. They are hilarious too. The first night I saw them, without thinking, I said to the owner (the blond girl).. “OOOOO…YOU’RE IN TROUBLE!”, then was like ‘Oh, shit, am I in trouble now’? should I be messing with the cops in Colombia?’. Nope, the cops turned around and burst out laughing…then gave me a couple silly photos, like the one below.)
The hostel itself is extremely friendly. Bunk bed dorms are a bit compact, but have comfy beds and storage spaces you can lock under the beds (which have 2 pronged outlets inside each storage space so you can lock up your electronics while charging them). This gives you much more floor space and less crowding.
They offer free coffee all day (although the coffee is really only made once in the morning and by early afternoon is no longer hot, and you need to microwave it.) Also, the photos below ARE the kitchen. Its tiny. And the other room is just a small fridge. Don’t really plan on cooking yourself here. Or cooking any big meals.
They also offer free breakfast (fruit of the day and some breads and croissants with butter and jelly) and dinner at the bar (which is whatever they make that day. If you want vegetarian, you must ask early in the afternoon, and hope they remember to make it).
They also offer a small menu they can cook for you, but there is so much delicious food within a 5 min walk it is much more economical to just go buy food if you don’t want what they are serving for free.
There is also a grill downstairs in the back patio open area if you want to grill up some food.
There is a bar on the second floor and a TV room upstairs on the 3rd floor (which has a small TV,) with an adjoining room which is laid out with mats where you can stretch out, hangout, or nap. The 3rd floor TV/mat rooms are also the warmest place in the hostel (which doesn’t mean too much, the hostel is freezing).
(the bar area)
(upstairs TV and mat room areas)
The hostel is quite cold. Very cold. They do provide sheets and a blanket, but be ready to pile on sweatpants, jackets, a hat, and wool socks for bed. Each room is off an open air garden area, and these open air garden areas allow any remote heat to escape the rooms.
(All the door off this open air area are the rooms. There is nothing to keep the heat in the rooms. There are also a bunch of hammocks; but considering how much it rains in Bogota, the hammocks are almost always wet and unusable)
The big dorm room is the warmest of all the room for the sheer number of bodies sleeping in it at night (as long as the door stays shut).
There are a few bathrooms, ALL WITH HOT WATER. Which is really nice because it is very cold. Bogota is 2600 meters up (around 8000 feet) so an open air plan to a hostel allows the cold chill of Bogota in.
There is also free Wi-Fi, but be ready to wait. And wait. And wait. And get popped –off. Then wait some more. The hostel computers are faster (but still not that fast). In the big dorm room you really don’t get any Wi-Fi, but the bar has the best Wi-Fi of the whole area (that is where you will wait and wait for internet to load, so have a drink or 3, or play a game).
But the hostel does play some kick-ass music all day , have some games upstairs in the bar you can play, and the people who live and work there are really nice (there are a few people who barter work for board – so if you are interested you can always ask.)
I like the atmosphere and comfort of the place, but not the Wi-Fi and cold. (I hate being cold). I would recommend this hostel with caution, if you need good internet for uploading/downloading photos or like to be warmish – this hostel may not be for you. There are a few more in Bogota, but I did not check them out.
But if fast Wi-Fi isn’t a necessity, and you are one of those people who like the chill, you will love it here. The people made me like this place. It is very open and friendly. I hate cold, and need Wi-Fi for my photos, but despite that, I still enjoyed myself and the company I was in while here. laundry services are offered cheap, lots of free food is supplied, cheap drinks, free internet, and you can keep your bags after checkout with full use of services (bathrooms, bar, showers) until you leave (which is good because many people like to travel the overnight busses).
(Second floor open area off the bar, for playing games, or hanging out)
Musicology is a nice, friendly, little hostel. I just wish the hostel was warmer and the internet worked better.