Colombian Hostel Reviews

Santa Marta Dreamer Hostel:  $10 – $36 Dorms & Private Rooms Available

The Dreamer is everything you want from a hostel, it has great rooms with comfortable beds, the friendliest staff we’ve come across, it has a pool table, volleyball net and daily activities and themed nights, it also has good food and a great vibe. the bar stays open until around midnight so you can catch an early night if you want to and theres plenty to do nearby. 9/10

Palomino Dreamer Hostel: $10 – $36 Dorms & Private Rooms Available

Very similar to the other Dreamer hostel in Santa Marta but right on the beach, it has a pool which i would recommend going in rather than the sea because the current is very strong and dangerous. the food here is also good and they also have a bar and pool table but there is no party vibe at all. the walk to the hostel is quite long but you can get a moto taxi for 3000 cop (roughly $1) which is very fun and saves a lot of time. Free Wifi. 8/10

Camping At Tayrona National Park:  $7.50 Camping In A Tent (Hammocks Also Available)

Not the most glamorous place we have stayed, the tents were so hot and they had a really thin foam underlay. lots of bugs which you can probably expect but the park itself is beautiful. they had showers and toilets which weren’t the cleanest we have seen on our trip. there is a shop/restaurant where you can buy food but it takes a very long time. our pot noodles took 45 minutes. 3/10

Cartagena Media Luna Hostel: $15.50 For Dorms – Private Rooms Available

Great hostel in terms of size, friendly staff, good bar and party vibe, but cartagena is HOT and the rooms have no air conditioning so as you can guess its very uncomfortable to sleep in these conditions. every Wednesday they have a big party with live band and DJ which is great. Media Luna also has a small pool which is good to jump in to cool off so i would recommend this hostel to the younger backpackers who are up for a party, not so great for couples and older people. Free WiFi 7/10 

Cartagena Mamallena Hostel: $11 – $77  Dorms & Private rooms Available

Mamallena is opposite to Media Luna – it has aircon and the vibe is much more chilled, its cheaper and you can just go to media luna at night to party. i would recommend staying here over Media Luna, They have lots of board games you can play and you can also book your Mud Volcano tour from these guys for $15. Free Wifi and good beds – our dorm also had its own bathroom and lockers. 8/10

Playa Blanca Parador Cabanas: $12 – $15.50 Per Person Per Night 

Great location 10 yards from the beach, The best view you can ask for. they also have a bar which sells food and drinks, the toilets are kept clean you wash and flush with a bucket of water. Very comfortable double bedswith clean sheets, mosquito nets and good pillows. more expensive rooms have a fan and plug sockets to charge devices. These looked a lot better than some other places to stay on Playa Blanca and its location is second to none. would definitely recommend  this for couples. Dont expect gourmet food anywhere on playa blanca. 9/10

Medellin Casa Kiwi: $12 – $25 Dorms & Private Rooms Available

Very large hostel, easy to get lost with all its stairways and lots of floors, good roof terrace with dipping pool. Casa Kiwi also has a bar, pool table and a good kitchen and great movie room. Private rooms were good and had a fan. Showers were probably the best we have had so far, very hot and powerful. there is a Exito shop opposite if you need to buy anything. bike & pablo escabar tours are organised by the hostel. 7/10 

Guatape Rock a Town Hostel: $7 For Dorms Per Night

Now this hostel is a hard one to explain because my first thoughts were not great, however once you meet the hostel owner Camillio, you understand that this is not a normal hostel. It is a very relaxed place with very little going for it. The beds are the most uncomfortable we had slept in and there is zero vibe at this place. Somehow though it became one of our favourites. The things we loved were the fact that you could smoke up with the owner who we quickly became bezzies with. It had a cool roof terrace that you could watch fireflies from. Camillios film collection was second to none and it was so quiet with only two other couples staying there. Do not go to this hostel if you are expecting great kitchen facilities and a bbq on the roof terrace. Do go if you want a couple of nights of a free smoke and a movie marathon with the friendliest, funniest guy in the world. WE LOVE CAMILLO (although i am definitely spelling his name wrong). He is selling up soon though so HURRY. 6/10 for the hostel 10/10 for the owner.

Rio Claro: $30 – $46 Per Night Private Rooms In The Tree Tops

Rio Claro is a nature reserve where you can do anything from camping to staying in rooms in the main activities centre near the restaurant to the most expensive cabanas in the jungle. I would only stay in the most expensive as you really won’t feel like you are in the jungle otherwise. So if you are on a budget, just save some cash and do one night here. Its a must and one of my favourite adventures in Colombia. The cabanas are open to the elements with only a sheer curtain between you and the jungle wildlife. You also have a balcony the otherside of the curtain to sit and watch as the storms creeps in and the lightning strikes. Very cool. 8/10

Manizales Kumanday Hostel: $13 – $20 Private Rooms & Dorms Available

Now this was one of my favourite hostels. More so for the facilities that i had been missing. The showers were hot and powerful. The beds rivalled our bed at home and the coffee was bloody delicious. The lady that makes breakfast and cleans is the cutest and if you say coffee mui bien she will make you another at any time of day. The staff here do not speak a word of english but are so friendly you always work out a way of communicating. They were so friendly they waved us off for crying out loud. This place has a great kitchen which we cooked up a storm in and both the dorms and private rooms are perfect. Must stay here if you are passing through Manizales. We had initially planned on staying at the mountain hostel opposite as this gets more advertisement but I recommend giving this little gem a try. Look after the little man.

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