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Carroll's Hostel Reviews

Calle 11 #4-120, Rodadero, Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Colombia

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93%

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61 Total Reviews
  • 95%Value For Money
  • 97%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 97%Facilities

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100%

The staff was great, very friendly and helpful whenever you need. The a/c room is awesome and has the best bathroom i've ever seen in hostels in one year travelling for sure. Everyday they clean up the room and if you say it's okay they even put your stuff together. Have no words to describe the atmosphere, met incredible people who always ended up coming back to the hostel, especially after tayrona natinal park. Swimming pool is great for relaxing... Don't miss home made arepas from Sara!

  • 18th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

A beautiful hostel with a friendly staff. Located in a huge former mansion, Carroll's features gorgeous landscape (2 big turtles roaming the grass), several patios, a pretty pool and nice common areas. The large kitchen lacks a toaster and blender, but has 2 refrigerators, a full stove, oven and microwave. One shared dorm has cold a/c, the other has beds with individual fans and lights. Private rooms available. Security camera at entrance. Close to shopping, buses and the beach. Recommended!


100%

Awesome swimming pool, bbq, facilities and staff. Fantastic dorm rooms with each bed having a light, power point, shelf and curtains to give you a nice private sleep - a backpackers dream ! Feels more like a resort than a hostel! Thanks to all the staff (especially our main man José for all his help). We have extended our stay by a week at this stage but may extend further. A must stay!


100%

This is a model for all hostels. Its is a safe part of Santa Marta only a few minutes walk from super markets, bars, restaurants and a really nice beach (tones better than downtown). An easy 10 minute bus ride to the historic center and then a welcome 10 minutes back out of the chaos. Staff and the rooms were great and clean. We stayed in a dorm on the first night and then a private on the 2ed which was large and even its own balcony. 100% recommended. Thanks for all you help Carroll's.


89%

The kitchen is well stocked and there are small lockers for your things. The air con in the dorm is arctic so you need to wear several extra layers in bed! It also went off at 5am rather than 8am...

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Thank you for staying with us and we are happy you enjoyed our facilities. We are sorry that the A/C in the dorm room was too cold for you. We have a 24 hour reception so if you had only informed us of this then we would have happily turned up the A/C for you. We have now increased the temperature in the dorm room for the comfort of future guests. As for the A/C turning off at 5am, this may have been a fellow guest turning it off as the room was so cold. Thanks again and happy travels

80%

This place has a lovely swimming pool, welcome in the heat and great communal areas. It also has a good kitchen to cook in. We stayed in a private room without bathroom, which was at the top of the house and very dark and small. The bathroom was at the bottom of the house so it was quite inconvenient. However, the dorms looked really nice so I would recommend this place if you stay in dorms. For a decent private room you may want to look elsewhere.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Thanks for staying with us and enjoying our hostel. We would like to point out that you reserved a private room with a bunk bed for your wife and yourself and this in now way reflects our other matrimonial rooms in which all of our past guests have been very happy with and speak highly of. Our description for the room in question reads "small private room with a bunk bed, A/C and shared bathroom." We are sorry you weren't happy with your booking and wish you a happy travels

80%

Really nice place, especially for a bit of a cilled atmosphere. It was quiet when we were there but still great. Staff were really helpful.


94%

Nice, chilled out hostel with staff that speak Spanish and English and are always happy to help you! Nice location outside of Santa Marta but near enough to be able to visit all the cool places in the area like Tayrona and Minca.


89%

So, the place is located in El Roduedero. Apart from a better beach than Santa Marta, there is not much to do around here. The Hostel itself however is beautiful. A really, really nice house, a great swimming pool (not that large, but still great), good chill areas and a great kitchen. Do expect to share the kitchen at dinner time with many other travellers.


97%

Beautiful, beautiful hostel near the Rodadero of Santa Marta. My breath was taken away when we arrived. The pool was gorgeous...every last detail in the dorm rooms was thought of... from individual shelving to privacy curtains! I loved it. I nearly legnthened my stay but I had a very tight schedule to adhere to. Definitely planning on hitting up this place again.


89%

Really nice place that used to be an ex Mafia bosses mansion. Staff were great and owner has good knowledge of local area and what to do. Dorm rooms were good and great design with curtains on each bed.


100%

This Hostel is right on the money! If you want a quite chilled relaxed vibe then this is it! The owner will go far and beyond to make sure your stay is like your at home. The manegers and cleaners are the best i've come across in South America, there always around but never do you notice them as they wont intervene in your space. Questions? they have alll the answers for you. Mind you the hostel its self is beautiful! Pool waiting for you to cool off, BBQ to cook up a storm and mingle. 10/10


74%

Nice pool and house, well equiped kitchen and grill area. Minus: it is forbidden to drink alcohol from outside... maid searched through our bags in the fridge and kidnapped two cans of beer we stored there, to take them to the beach. High sleepers seem to be very unstable, so you feel like being on a boat when the person above you climbs in. Take care: 8 dorm is with AC, 6 dorm has only fans.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi S.S thanks for your comment. We are happy you enjoyed your time here. We tell everyone on arrival that they can’t bring in outside liquor as we can lose our license over it. As always, we returned the drinks once you left for the beach. We sell our drinks at very reasonable prices and sometimes even cheaper than found at the supermarket. Our room descriptions are correctly labeled on H.W. All our beds are new and we have never had any complaints. Maybe the other guest was larger than normal

77%

Nice place, great rooms for the price (especially the deluxe private suite) but the location is too far from the action for us, it's not in Santa Marta at all.

  • 29th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi D.N thanks for your comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here but we don't understand what you mean we are not in Santa Marta. We are located in the safest neighborhood of the city just 10 minutes from downtown, the bus terminal and airport. Only 45 minutes from Tayrona park which is the same distance as all hostels in downtown Santa Marta. Of all locations in Santa Marta, Rodadero is one of the best that is within the city and is home to one of the best beaches in Colombia

97%

We stayed in a deluxe private room, which was spacious and the perfect temperature with the air conditioner. Definitely the best value for your money and a very convenient location (5 minutes from the beach, mall and restaurants). The common ares were small, but they had several small areas, so it was never too crowded. The pool was a nice break from the sand and they also had two cute turtles on the premises!


97%

A really beautiful hostel in a very nice area 10 mins out of santa marta. The pool is good along with the new pool bar. The staff are really friendly and want to help you enjoy your stay. And the beds in yhe dorms are one of the best i have come across with a private curtain around the bed, a lamp power socket and fan, perfect for a dorm room.


97%

Not in the main part of Santa Marta, next beach west in a quiet residential neighbourhood. 7-9 min walk from a very nice beach. Alan and Jessica (owners) were very knowledgable of the area (including Taganga and Tayrona NP) and made me feel very welcome. Lockers for valuables are available in the rooms. Bunks have curtains, individual fans (needed in the Carribean), charge point and lights. The pool area is terrific. English and Spanish spoken. A great hostel to chill. Stayed twice!


94%

very impressive hostel, it feels like your living in a mansion


94%

Super Friendly Hostel with a spacious double bed room, definitly a recommendation for everyone who does not want to stay in taganga but in rodadero.


97%

I don't have any compaints about this hostel. It was clean, it was friendly, laid-back, but also not entirely boring. It's only about 5 blocks from the beach in el rodadero so if you plan on hanging out in that area it's perfect. It's a 15 mil cab ride to Taganga so not too bad. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We had the private room w/out air conditioning but there's enough air through the windows and fans to keep it cool. I would definitely go back.


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