Candela & Chocolate Hostel Reviews
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Nice hostel, the guy on reception put up with my limited Spanish and tried his best to help. The gate is kept locked at all times so felt very safe as it is only a small hostel. Free drink and snack on arrival which was a nice treat. Only down side is the rooms can get pretty hot at night, but for the price you can't complain.
Very friendly staff, a cat and a dog, good breakfast (coffee, cereals with fruit, toasts), clean bathroom, and greeting juice with waffles.
Nice bug dorms, good lockers, good kitchen, just a bit hot at night with no air con or windows, there is a fan though
The hostel is nice. I would not say the best hostel ever but they are doing a good job. They really care to ensure the place itself is safe, although downtown Santa Marta is sketchy after 10PM. Take care especially if you're on your own.
I stayed there for only one night. This is really nice hostel to stay. They have everything that you need. They also take care of my backpack for 3 days while visiting Tayrona.
Candelara and Chocolate was what we were looking for. Close to the beach, easy walk to cheap buses (that took us to other beaches like Rodadero, Taganga, etc), and very affordable. The free breakfast was coffee, toast, and fruits with granola--so it is small! But it's something. The area surrounding the hostel can be dangerous--but just don't walk alone with money out, or flash money at all and you will be fine. Common sense!
Despite the less than salubrious exterior, Hostal Candela & Chocolate is a great place to stay in Santa Marta. The staff are helpful and friendly and the breakfasts are tasty. IThere is a nice courtyard for relaxing in and the city's main nightlife and restaurant etc are a few blocks away. It's basic but more than adequate. Recommended.
We enjoyed this place a lot!!! Thanks for everything!
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 25-30
- (1 review)
Respectable and quiet hostel. Great services, clean bathroom, breakfast in the mornings were lovely. Free storage of bags for up to 6 days was a nice touch too.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
staff was friendly and really courteous, good value for money. I recommend this hostel
This hostel is super hot. There really isn't a breeze that comes in so it's more humid than outside. It's quite uncomfortable to hang out in. But if you can handle that and a more rundown building, then the stay for the location. You're close to laundry (great resource after trekking the lost city) by the beach, souvenir shopping, street food, exito, the nice resturants and bar scene (I recommend getting an arepa from Lulo) and by carrera 5 where you can take the 15 min bus to taganga.
Staff were really helpful, and the drink and buiscuit on arrival were a nice touch!!! We stayed in a 6 bed mixed dorm- had its own bathroom which meant no queuing! I liked that each had gad it's own lockable chest to store valuables. Stored our bags for free whilst we went to the national park. Nice and quiet hostel the beds could have been more comfortable but it's a cheap stay so this was expected! Is definitely go back again!
The staff here were absolutely awful. I wish we stayed at the La Briza Loca nearby. Staff were rude and very unhelpful. Made my friend pay up before I arrived forcing her to withdraw cash at the cashpoint incurring a fee even though the booking was in my name. I arrived 6 hours late as the bus broke down and they wouldn't let her even wait in the hostel until I got there to check in. We were not allowed in other dorms and were not put together. Place wasn't that clean and atmosphere bland.
This is a great hostel if you want to relax. Close to the beach, family atmosphere, very comfortable beds, good breakfast. Security was great; staff had to let you in and each bed had lockers for storage. Place was kept clean, even with the animals, and the staff were very kind.
Its a small hostel with a nice staff and in comparision to other places it is cheap. The only thing that matters is, that there are no A/C in the rooms
Great hostel if you want to have a quiet and relaxing stay
The staff was very welcoming. It's a very chill little hostel. Very good to place to rest for the night before going to the cuidad perdida trek or tyrona. Breakfast in the morning was very good also :)
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Great hostel for the small price you pay. Nice staff. Good breakfast. Dog. Cat. Kitten. Tortoise. What more could you ask for?
The staff were organized and helpful, easy check in. I liked that the dorm had some single beds, not just bunks; So there was no ladder and no top bunk cramp or noise. The pets were cute as; The growly security dog, lil kitten and a turtle. Probably the biggest security I have seen at a hostel, edging on being like a jail. Breakfast was really yum and more than expected. A bath towel was included, no extra hire fee. Very good stay for the price. I wish that I had more time there.