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El Viajero Cartagena Hostel Reviews

Calle 7 Infantes, Cartagena, Colombia

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3299 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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We stayed for two days. One -the wifi didn't work till the last night at 10pm. There are computers, but they are slower then a sloth crossing a road and really hinders us in making future plans. Two -the staff, not all, but most were so unfriendly, cold and unhelpful, if we asked a question we were looked at strangely and then given the shortest answer possible. Three -your desk ? What your desk ? There is a book of tours to do and back to number one, no one to help. Four -bathrooms yuck!


This hostel is a pretty great place for meeting cool people. The location is great too in the heart of the old town in Cartagena. The staff is not helpful though and it's definitely not the cleanest hostel I've been too. I met a lot of great people here though so I would recommend it. Also AC is a major plus.


You have to make your own beds here which isn't a big deal, but the staff unmade and took away my sheets 3 days in a row. So making a top bunk in the boiling heat every day was pretty annoying. They also over booked the room and tried sorting it out at 1.30am, turning the lights on and waking everyone up. And then on the last day to top it all off they told us the wrong meet point for the walking tour. In summary the staff are completely useless.....


A very centrally located hostel in the old centre! It is he best place to stay and at this place it is very easy to meet other travelers. The staff is friendly and lot's of facilities (including wifi), however I have been to hostels were you get more value for your money. The reason is that the hostel is very big and therefore not personal. Nonetheless, in terms of location and security this hostel is really good!


Generally it was very good and people were very nice and helpful. A bit expensive for what it had but I think we were paying for the location.

  • 23rd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The Hostel had a good atmosphere, and the staff could help you out with any queries or events

  • 21st May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • jose_moses4864
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


There are worse places yes. But just don't expect the place to be clean. Dirty place, with cockroaches too. There's also always something broken. Some of the staff is nice, others are just there. They don't really all seem like they care much. The atmosphere is good. Nice and chill, and always a party somewhere outside. So it's perfect. The fact that they have AC (that's only on after dark) is a big plus. Really the biggest issues are the cleanliness and the maintenance of the facilities.


The bathroom in my room frequently did not function. I was unable to shower or use the toilet the entire time I stayed there. The staff were kind but the bathroom was a significant problem.


Great location but that was it. The staff weren't that friendly. The breakfast was a JOKE. They put it out at 7am and the cold milk soon turns to warm as no one changed it. There was no knife to spend our toast. The internet didn't work and to top it off on the first day there was no running water for 1-2hrs


Wifi did not work in my dorm, excellent hostel.


Nicely located in the old town of Cartagena, the hostel present all the features that a globetrotter needs for its stay, including nightlife activities in the hostel. nice people, nice atmosphere.


We booked a private two person room but were instead given a double bed with two bunk beds... aka not the room we reserved that also happened to be directly next to the bar. The windows had slits so it felt like everyone was in the room with us. Music never turned off at midnight as expected. Water was cold, limited, and turned off without warning. People were nice, good activities, but AC was only allowed to be on past 6pm and the heat/humidity was overwhelming.

  • 11th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This was the best hostel I have ever stayed at. The setting is so nice and social, as well as comfortable. I had a private room and it was perfect. Each person at the hostel has a security box to use. The bar area is very social each night. Located near many restaurants, and in the old city. Staff is really friendly and responsive.


Great staff, rooms are very nice, and great location. Would recommend.


Its very far from the cartagena beach and the actual city, its like 30 min walking to "boca grande" beach, but its also in the middle of "old town" and there is a supermarket 2 blocks away, buses, boats 5 minutes away, that how you go to other places o BARU, san andres etc. and 10 minutes away from the airport.


Nice common area, bar and activities, but the rooms are not worth the money and the dorm rooms are very cold, sine the aircon is regulated by the staff

  • 7th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


this is kinda big hostel, where look 100 people can stay. Each room has security locker just for your passport/ cash, so it is relatively safe. Dont expect breakfast. it is just fruit and bread.


This place is a humdinger. Met some people with bed bug bites though, which is not a ripper.


Definitely a party hostel. If this is what you are looking for then it is great. If you are trying to have a more quiet night this is not the place. Lots of fun people to meet and a good bar. The best thing they offer is salsa and bachata classes!!


Very over priced hostel. The staff and location are the positives. rooms are not very clean, and the mattress protector wasn't changed or cleaned between guests. toilet doors were broken and didn't lock. breakfast was very poor. showers were cold. kitchen was okay.

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