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The Dreamer Reviews

Playa Donaire, Palomino beach area, Palomino, Colombia

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92%

Rating
282 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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69%

Nice big room but for a single person who had to pay for a double room, I found it quite expensive.


91%

The Dreamer in Palomino was an absolute dream! The overall staff and volunteers who man the bar were great! Super friendly and accommodating! The location was great because it was very close the beach. Food and happy hour were good. The only con is they neglect to share info about other bus providers that would take you straight to Cartagena. There is a direct bus (Marsol - 311 6013467) a 5-7 min moto bike ride from hotel that will take you to Cartagena for 70,000 pesos. Well worth the money!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, thanks for your nice review! we are so happy you enjoyed our facilities in particular the restaurant. Also all the staff was informed about your nice words on them. Regarding the bus ride you mention it looks overpriced for us as you can go to Cartagena for almost half price with the same trasportation system. Hope to see you again soon in Palomino

100%

An amazing place! Kids friendly, great view but not crowded, amazing food... I could continue

  • 14th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Traveller, Thank you very much for your nice words, we are so happy you loved the hostel! we have 6.000 sqm of tropical gardens at your disposal with private exit to our fantastic beach. Also we thank you for your nice words about the quality of the food served here. Hope to see you again soon.

83%

I loved staying at dreamer palomino, I was made to feel welcome. The food was correct and made loveingly, the bar staff made lovely cocktails. Toilet door didn't lock in my dorm, so I had a vulnerable first meeting with the cleaning lady, but nevertheless we remained firm friends for the rest of the week.

  • 13th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


89%

Very nice, pretty hostel by the beach. Dorms are big enough and the beds are comfortable. there are lockers in each room. The restaurant and the bar are very nice and the food is good. It's a pretty clean hostel in general (rooms and bathrooms). Staff are friendly and helpful. There is a nice swimming pool with lots of bed to chill around the pool. Really enjoyed my stay there and recommend this hostel if you want to stay in Palomino.


94%

We stayed at the dreamer for 6 nights. Our room was very nice and clean. Housekeeping came in every day. The social areas we great. The breakfast buffet had lots of fresh fruit and eggs. The food at their restaurant had huge servings and was very tasty. On the down side, the pool had gotten fairly dirty near the end of our stay. They went to "clean" it one day and it didn't help much. The second time seemed to work. Overall we had a great time here! We will continue to recommend it.


89%

Almost a replica of The Dreamer in Santa Marta but with a more spread out resort vibe. Excellent pool table and cool volleyball field. nice big pool. You lose a few points for cleanliness, just pave the walk ways to the rooms it would minimise all the sand on the floor and bathrooms. Nobody washes there feet in the little wash pools!. And value for money 3500 for a 4% Aguila! Beer happy hour? Por favor. Staff do well! Enjoy your stay!


54%

Dream turned into nightmare? We were not satisfied by staying in Dreamer. Firstly they overbooked, so the private double room we reserved 1 week ahead wasn't available. We had to stay in a dorm for a night. They offered us a room in 'the hostel' next door for half the price (the room was half as nice) & 1 free breakfast Later we found out it was the staff housing. They did not clean the room (in 3 days!). Staff was lazy and slow. Last night we got food poisoning from the restaurant. Bye Dreamer!

  • 5th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

Right on the beach and a nice pool. The breakfast in the morning is really good. A proper guest kitchen would be nice and extra toilets and showers for the dorm guests.


83%

The Hostel should add a common kitchen area for visitors to use, just like in many other hostels. A stove, pots, pans, dishes, and a refrigerator. Here there is none. The menu is limited, making long stays boring to be eating the same thing every day. A beautiful place to stay tho, and very close to the beach. (50m) A very LONG wait in line at checkout (20 mins).. But was sorted quickly when it was our turn... Please speed up!! Friendly staff!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Costumer, thanks for your review! we are happy you enjoyed Palomino and our beach! Guest kitchens in the hostels of Palomino are usualy open BBQ spaces, we do have a very nice area for visitors to cook, we have plenty of stoves but you have to ask for it as the area is in the open garden and for cleaning reasons we keep it away. Our staff is always able to help with this! we'll try to do check out faster!! thanks again and hope to see you again veryyy soon!!

91%

Amazing hostel to hang out in, which you'll need if staying in palomino where there isn't a real city to do anything other than then the beach. Downfall was the WiFi wasn't working for a few days because of its secluded location which made lounging less inviting. You're still hours away from some of tayrona ' s famous beaches and 2 hours from Santa marta. I'd stay here the night before trekking to the lost city or right after as long as you bring your bags to the entrance of ciudad perdida.


89%

I loved the whole atmosphere of the place. Not only it's facilities are nice, comfortable and inviting, the staff is very professional and friendly. They are willing to help out when needed and with great attitude. It's location close the beach gives you the option of a chilled night in the hostel or the party night in Palomino. I got to meet really cool people in a multicultural atmosphere. Even the owner was making sure we were happy! A bit pricey, but worth it.


80%

I really loved the Dreamer – I booked for 7 days but ended up staying 17. The staff were really nice, the rooms clean, the beach beautiful, and the pool was great to cool off. This place is owned and run by italians – so the pizza and the pastas at the restaurant are great. It could be even better if the deck chairs around the pool were comfortable (they’re not) and if the music were a bit more relaxed during the day and during dinner – for those hours, it was a bit too clubby.


97%

We stayed at the dreamers during christmas. It was a good choice for the holidays. Overall we enjoyed our time very much. We stayed Most of the time by the pool. The food at the restaurant was delicious. We would definitely go back!


91%

Really nice staff! Very helpfull! Really nice hostel!


100%

Just do not change anything ! This is heaven on Earth, with the most wonderful staff ever. Super, great Job, keep it up !


89%

Great location, relaxed atmosphere, seems more to be a hotel than a hostel :). Little bit expensive but worth the money.

  • 15th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Highly recommended! 50 meters to the amazing beach, a pool in the center of the beautiful garden, a beach volleyball field and a pool table. The perfect place to chill out! The staff was really nice and helpful, ask them for "tubing" on the close by river, it's amazing! Remember to take enough cash, the next atm is about 25 minutes away by mototaxi. The hostel accepts Credit card, but for activities and stuff, you'll need some cash!


71%

The atmosphere is too "gringo", and although I understand that most of their clients are foreigners, they should try to show a little bit more of local customs. In the bar the music is always british or American, is a shame because if you want to hear vallenato or typical music it is not possible. The guys at the bar are not locals, so they just play their music regardless of whether there are local tourists.

  • 12th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Pool area is pretty epic and the upstairs outdoor kitchen and tv area is great. About 5km from downtown Santa Marta but there are cheap colectivos all the time and if youre heading to Tayrona, Palomino etc. its super easy to catch the bus from Dreamer. Giant supermarket 5 mins away too.


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