At the edge of La Candelaria, Casa Platypus has the feel of a boutique hotel with some extra amenities that are more like a hostel, such as a communal kitchen, a book exchange, and a roof terrace filled with guests exchanging travel tales. The colonial building features simple, smallish rooms with creaky wood floors and private bathrooms. Owner Germán Escobar is a world traveler with a wealth of information about what to do in Bogotá.