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It was great:) Very clean, updated, with a great staff. I couldn't have asked for more. Loved the location as well :)
If you are looking for a good, solid, no-frills stay slap-bang in the middle of the Historical Centre then you really need to look no further than the Genovese. Its a small family-run hostel and the folks there work tirelessly to keep the place in shape. The big draw (and the big bonus) is the kidney-shaped wallowing pool and the rooftop terrace - both huge plusses in a city that can get really hot and humid. Good value for money. Recommended.
This is a pretty little hostel in a historic building in a nice section of Cartagena. However, I found the dorm quite cramped, stuffy and dark. Air con is pretty weak and the door doesn't close properly so it remains pretty hot all night (I was in the dorm nearest to reception). Cleaning could be better, sheets don't stay on the beds and I believe a friend and I received bed bug bites when staying there for a few days. This place is expensive and in my opinion, not worth the $$.
I really enjoyed this place, it does have it's downsides though... Not much atmosphere or communal area. Pool is nice but a bit small. Breakfast is basic. Location is excellent, kitchen well stocked. Very helpful staff!
This is a okay place to stay, low key type. Great location. Andres the guy in the front is very useful, as for his fellow co-workers I cant say the same, they weren't very friendly. There is wifi but they don't have computers for you to use, nor do they have laundry onsite for those of you who are traveling for long periods of time.
Clean hostel with a friendly staff and small nice pool. Also a small rooftop teracce was fun for relaxing. Only one bathroom for ladies, though. You'll find plenty of restaurants and bars just around te corner. Recommend it for sure!
In general a lovely hostel. Good organized, rooms are big and clean, friendly and helpful staff and a nice rooftop!
Andres on reception is amazing, so helpful and welcoming! Its a small hostel, so not one that's great for socialising or meeting people, but it's good enough for a short time in Cartagena! The only thing I would say is that they only turn the air con on at 10pm, so if you want to nap during the day or go to bed early, it's too hot for that! Otherwise, great little place!
Loved our stay here! Made all the better thanks to the super friendly and helpful Colombia/honourary Irishman Andres at the front counter. Great location in a beautiful city.
This hostel is situated at the edge of the Old Town. it's peaceful and the staff is extremely helpful. I went back even when I switched accommodations (my friends were in town and we rented an apartment in Bocagrande) and they remembered me and helped me book a tour!
Fantastic hostel. A pool and open plaza make for a very relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. Talk to Andres up front - nicest guy ever and will point you towards good food, bars, and help with negotiating with local vendors!
It's worth staying here just to meet and have the help of the most pleasant staff. Andres is amazing and will help you with anything you need and readily available. Located on such a beautiful street in Cartagena!There's nothing negative I could say about this place, it really is wonderful!
Perfect location, walking distance to great bars and restaurant. The staff is really friendly and helpfull, Andres goes beyond his ways to help and find the answer to any question asked. The rooftop is a plus. The only negative factor is the breakfast (toast, jam and cornflakes), Eventhough the coffee tastes good. Overall a great place to stay
Great location on a fairly quiet street. Staff were really helpful with booking tours, local information etc. Some cool bars right nearby as well (a Cuban cigar bar on the corner, and a Russian bar in the square at the end of the street). Would definitely stay here again.
Amazing location within the old walled city! Helpful staff and lovely clean rooms.
nice swimming pool. excellent location near everithing there is to see.
This hostel is in a great location on one of the prettiest streets in Cartagena, in between 2 popular plazas with lots of shops, restaurants and bars, and very close to the wall. The staff are so friendly and helpful- I was there over my birthday, Andres brought me a beer and a cake complete with a candle and singing "happy birthday"- was so thoughtful to make my day special while travelling alone so far from home. Mattress was very comfortable, a/c and fan kept it cool. Bathroom was clean.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
Great location and really nice chilled atmosphere. It's not a party hostel but easy to meet people to party with if you want. Comfy dorm beds with lockers. Quiet :-) Andres on reception is so helpful, informative and lovely. Breakfast is just toast and cereal. Could use more power points in dorm. But excellent hostel, I'll be going back after Carnaval
Andres was a welcoming guide to Cartagena and to Colombia!; I couldn't imagine a nicer desk manager. The lobby had plenty of character without going over the top, and Plaza San Diego is perfectly located.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Hostel was clean, comfortable and equipped with A/C. Location was central to many destinations within Cartagena.