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El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School Reviews

Carrera 5 No. 4 - 56, San Antonio, Cali, Colombia

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365 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Excellent Hostel. The Pool, The bar is GREAT, the FREE Salsa lessons. Circus acts 2 times a week. What more can you ask for??.......Cool vibe of the hostels staff. Very clean. Definitly will be coming back. I've been to El Viajero Cartagena and San Andres and they are all highly reccomended.


Best hostel i stayed in Colombia! Great atmosphere and nice staff. There's a refreshing pool. A must for dance lovers since you can have private and/or group salsa lessons in the hostel itsself. I can highly recommend this hostel!!


I especialy enjoyed the free Yoga lessons. The staff is awesome and they really work hard to make your stay as fun as possible.


Loved this place and Cali so much i ended up extending for 4 additional nights. The internet connection needs a serious imprevement, though.


the best el viajero in Colombia! really nice place and very nice and helpful staff. I loved it and hab a great time there!


Mixed age groups with a mixed vibe of chilled/party atmosphere. Beds in dorms all have plastic sheets on matfress but nobody bothered to wipe or clean these down and they were pretty filthy when we arrived. Pool is great as is the bar although not sure about the 'women cannot swim when on their period' rule...this is a bit old fashioned guys!! Breakfast was filling if you like sugary bread, cereal and yoghurt. Can't complain for free.


Great salsa and your lessons. Speak with Jonathan or Natalia for info.


Great Hostel!


Wifi didnt work for most of the time. Otherwise ok for one night or so.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Thank you so much for staying with us. We will fix the internet as fast as we can, we undertand the important it is for a traveller (Viajero!). Hope to see you back soon. Regards Margarita Regional Manager El viajero hostels Colombia


Booked two nights and stayed for 6. Take private salsa lessons, join the free group salsa class and then go out salsa-ing each night.. rinse and repeat ! Salsa is almost the only thing to do in Cali.


I have found a new home at this hostel. At least 3 times I asked for an extension of my stay. A lot of this has to do with the magical attraction of Cali, but equally the hostel itself couldn´t be more welcoming. Location, cleanliness and facilities are great, but above all this has to do with the staff. At this point I would especially like to mention Natalia and Anderson. You couldn´t find nicer people in the world. I´ll definitely come back the next time.


The wifi is not good at all and sometimes not available. Most staff and front desk workers were nice, Anderson was extremely friendly. Breakfast should be until 10:30 and have more variety. Kitchen utensils should be upgraded (a couple sharp cutting knives cannot be that expensive and is a reasonable request). More fridge space could also be useful. Having a second alternative to heat the water would be nice so warm showers could be available late night and early morning as well.

  • 28th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great hostel. Had a really good time. I wish they wouldn't close the pool/bar area at night cause Cali is a warm place and a night swim is really pleasent. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Must try the mojito from the bar. Anderson makes it best!! Will def recommend it.


El Viajero was am awesome value and a really nice hostel. The pool was a very nice touch to the layout.


All good. The skinny lady Short hair from The swimming pool could be nicer. Other than that all good.


My second time here. Before when it was an independent, Jovita's it was warmer and friendlier. Specific complaints poor kitchen facilities, insufficient cups, some cracked and grubby. Caters mainly to party set therefore a lot of noise even after the supposed quiet time. Breakfast uninteresting juice poor quality orange drink. Room clean enough and bed ok. Showers cold. Too few spaces to wash, shave and clean teeth. Wifi faded 50% of time and non existent in room. Pool fine. management poor.

  • 15th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


I'm only giving this a lower cleanliness rating because the people I was rooming with smelled! Next time I will definitely pay a little extra for a private. But viajero hostel was amazing. The pool and bar were great for mid day drinking! And the bartender tatiana was great company. Cali was great and viajero hostel is a big reason why.


El viajero hostel in cali is really recomendable! The atmosphere is great, the bar and the pool are cool and the free salsa lessons are a lot of fun! It's a very good place to stay, to meet tourists and locals.


nice hostel, nice atmosphere. quite a bummer that they close the bar and all the comunal areas at 11pm. you basically have to go to bed or go out, you can't just chill out.. cool hostel though, in the area there are cool and cheap restaurants and there's a alcohol-cigarette-laundry shop next door.


I don't really think this is a great hostel. I found the staff pretty rude and unhelpful, they all seemed to have a bit of a bad attitude. That wouldn't have been a huge problem though, but there were so many other things as well that just weren't great. The rooms are really nasty, hot, sweaty, sticky with minimum ventilation. There was one small fan attached to the wall in a dorm of 10 people, I slept absolutely awfully. The bathrooms were small and not the cleanest, and the showers filthy too.

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