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El Viajero Cartagena Hostel Reviews

Calle 7 Infantes, Cartagena, Colombia

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2384 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Kitchen too small for so many guests.Staff was not enough at the reception. There was a queue every time i went there. But the worst was the security. I met a guy who got his tennis stolen. And another who left his shorts with the wallet inside during the night next to his bed. He also got it stolen. Anyone could enter from the outside and go to your room. Also, staff puts a sticker on your backpack in the luggage room but when i left no one checked if I was really taking mine...Avoid this place


Very well located, clean hostel. Safes are provided, though at busy periods people can walk in the door past reception unchecked. There is a really cool bar area, though it seems to stay quiet even on weekends. This is definitely a contender for best place to stay in Cartagena, it's amazing to walk out the door and already be on the poky streets of the walled city!


I am currently living in Barranquilla and plan to make many trips that pass through Cartagena. Because of the hospitality that I have received during my stay here at El Viajero I will make sure to always stay here. The receptionist welcome you with a huge smile and help you with directions where ever you may want to go. I extremly recomend this hostal.

  • 13th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Ok location, 10 minutes walking from the center, good breakfast, AC in the rooms, good WIFI, safes


One of the more sociable hostels you can choose - mainly due to a large number of people in a relatively small space. Dorms are aligned on either side of a central, open air, "street" with an array of seats provided outside each room. Such a design is good during the day yet at night noise can be a big issue. I guess it's just luck as to whether you encounter other guests who don't realise how much their voice travels at 2.00am. Would stay here again but would also be willing to try elsewhere.


The hostal chain El Viajero have nice things going for them. I stayed in El Viajero in Colonia, Uruguay too, beside Cartagena. I am sure the people behind the chain have the best of intentions. However, El Viajero staff (in both Colonia and Cartagena) are the worst I have ever experienced in my many stays in hostals. Very unfriendly. They treat you like you are cattle. They are being very arogant and seem more interested in theire own computer surfing then attending to their guest.


Staff here are excellent and really make the difference. Highly recommended.

  • 9th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


BIg hostel, a lot of good space, but too little integration among guests. Great staff, well located, near everything you need in Cartagena. I stayed in the mixed dorm - the bathroom was NEVER clean, smelling badly, even after complaints.


Big, very clean for typical backpacker place! Great location

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Overall: Stay here! Great location in old city, but walking distance to the crazier/dirtier Getsemani area. || Rooms: Our room was nice and clean. Bathrooms were clean, though showers get a little humid. || Security: Had electronic lock boxes in all rooms, great feature! Also padlock areas under beds for luggage. || Internet: Decently reliable wifi covering all common areas. || Other: Alex is the man!


I've marked down the hostel because our bathroom wasn't cleaned and quickly became an awful experience. The additional shared bathrooms helped though. The kitchen is good and breakfast generous. Most staff are good but not all are friendly. The lockers are great and beds comfy. Good activities too.

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