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Carroll's Hostel Reviews

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

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93%

Rating
67 Total Reviews
  • 96%Value For Money
  • 96%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 95%Cleanliness
  • 97%Facilities

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89%

New place and defintely a great value for money. There are individual lights and charging plugs AT EACH BED in the dorm. Place was clean and very nice. Was a 1 million $ mansión before being converted to a hostel. They have option for AC in some dorms (not all) and have a pool (which was great)


91%

A second stay at Carroll's, just as great as the first. Romeo the turtle is a huge flirt and fun to hang out with around the sparkling pool. The staff and owner are friendly and helpful. The kitchen is huge but still lacks a toaster and blender... big locking spaces in the dorms for backpacks would be a plus, but there are lockers and large closets in this former private home. The back dormitory shower door is flimsy... but the shower is large and clean. Overall Carroll's is great. Recommended!


91%

All Excellent

  • 26th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

It's a good hostel in a great location....and the staff are very helpful.


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!


97%

BEST HOSTEL EVER. Awesome pool and outdoor area. 8 bed dorm looks like it used to be the master suite of this villa and has a spacious and sparkling clean bathroom. There wasn't that much to see in Santa Marta, and the beach in Rodadero wasn't anything special, so we spent a lot of time hanging out by the pool.


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!


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