A President's former residence, I'm sure this place was cool once, but no longer. The staff were rude/apathetic, the key rarely worked in locks, we were charged $5 extra to check in 3-4 hrs early when they had plenty of room, the pool was ice cold, there is NOTHING around the hostel outside, and they don't have a functioning bar or restaurant of any kind as advertised (they try and send you to another hostel Pangea 3 kms down the road). The place feels dead. Don't book here. Go with a brand.
Excellent stay overall. Rick was awesome. Place had good decor, new wood furnishing/walls. Great door locks & shower water pressure. Amazing location, close to grocery stores, bus and cafes. Huge communal kitchen and TV area. Lots of choices of tours. A few complaints: shower never got hot, rooms were drafty with thin blankets , and bed sheets were small so they kept coming off. Free breakfast was served starting at 7am but every tour group or bus departed before 6:30am. Overall, good stay.
Huge old mansion perfectly located. Their staff are very friendly and super helpful and the price is very reasonable. Maria by the way is a superstar. Only downside is one staying in room one or two it is a very large room with many beds and people in and out every night. Ask for a 4 bed dorm. Overall very clean, 24/7 desk staff, great wifi connection, AC in the rooms, and an abundance of private bathrooms and shower rooms in the hallway.