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Hostel El Encuentro Reviews

Vereda Quebrada Arriba, Guatape, Colombia

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47 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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Very friendly and helpful. Excellent view and nice setting.


The staff is very helpful and friendly. The place is very relaxing, very good to chill out with a lot of nature. The only problem in my opinion is the bed, very unconfortable.


Awesome location a bit out of town over looking the lake with La Piedra in the distance. Could have easily stayed here more days. The hostel is pretty small which makes it easy to meet people, but can feel a bit cramped.


Stayed in the 4-bed dorm. Although very small the spectacular view, good location, friendly and accommodating staff more than make up for it. Due to the small number of shared dorm rooms there isn't much chance to meet people if travelling alone but the staff are extremely friendly. Strongly recommend it.


I had a great stay here. I'm still staying 3 days past my reservation and don't know when I'll escape the charms of Hostel El Encuentro and Guatape in General. The view here is unbelievable, the town a paradise and there is lots to do. Rent a bike and ride through nature, a kayak and explore the countless lakes, climb the rock, trek to waterfalls. The hostel is comfortable, very social with an incredible staff who make you feel just like your at home with some awesome new frriends


El Encuentro is a very special hostel. It's slightly out of town (5-10 min walk) - but worth the walk. It feels really secluded and has an amazing view of the lake. The hostel is like a big house and is very welcoming. The kitchen is lovely and there are lots of places to sit and relax. The outside terrace with hammocks was a lovely place to sit and watch the sunset. We went for a cheap double and the room was a little dindgy with no windows, but it did have a small private bathroom.


The manager there GREG is outstanding.. speaks perfect English and Spanish.. Very good location and terrific views.. I would live there if I could..

  • 19th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


A great hostel in a beautiful location on the lake. Staff were great, the place was very chilled. I would recommend El Encuentro to anybody staying in guatape.


Spent 3 nights here and thought the staff was great and the location was beautiful. Some soap in the dorm rooms would be a nice addition but besides that I was thoroughly impressed with the staff's attention to customer service.


Booked this hostel based on its positive reviews and were not disappointed. We spent the extra and paid for a deluxe private room and the view was incredible- well worth it. The hostel is nicely located and the staff are all helpful and speak english. The hostel offers many activities and have a comprehensive information book that is very helpful. The only negative I can say is that the beds are extremely small, hard and thin. Would definitely recommend and stay again!!


Great views on the rock of Guatape! Little far out of town, make sure you have everything with you when you get there for the evening. Had a Great night there thanks to the staff and other guests!

  • 1st Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great chill out spot. Cracking view off the balcony.


I had a really lovely stay here. Not all rooms overlook the water but ours did so that was nice. The overall atmosphere is really pleasant, the staff are friendly, the location is excellent if you're looking for a bit of tranquility - which is the whole reason people come to this area. It doesn't take long at all to walk into town. Really liked my time at El Encuentro!


Nice view and great team. We really appreciated our stay at this hostel and would definately recommend it to any backpacker traveller.

  • 2nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


El Encuentro and Guatape were the highlight of my recent trip to Colombia. It was well worth the walk up the hill for a gorgeous view! The place was cozy, quiet and comfortable. All of the staff were friendly and willing to answer every question that we had. Wi-fi was available or you could pay to use their computer. Lots of hammocks, full kitchen, games and kayak and bike rental available also.

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