Awesome hostel in Guate. Always felt safe, tasty pancake breakfast. The staff at the front desk, especially Pedro, are ridiculously awesome and friendly. The hostel is kept immaculate -- first place I've been to where I've walked into the bathroom and said "it smells great in here." The location is close to Parque Central and there's decent nightlife w/i walking distance. Big kitchen for preparing your meals. Stay here!
Staying at Dreamer is like staying at a resort, not a hostel. The pool and outdoor area is gorgeous and so relaxing. I definitely spent entire days lying in a hammock reading. The owners are Italian, so the food coming out of the kitchen is delicious. Try the lasagna. While it's a bit far from downtown Santa Marta, the cab rides are cheap. There's also a convenient mall nearby to get groceries or enjoy some daytime aircon. Highly recommended.
After all the great reviews about this hostel, I had really high hopes. Unfortunately, they weren't met. It's near the Sky Train but because none of the tourist sites are accessible by it, it's not as big a bonus as expected; we ended up having to cab or tuk tuk everywhere. There's not a real common area and the downstairs was really dirty; there was a McDonald's bag sitting there for our entire 4-night stay. Not easy to meet people, either. Do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere.. anywhere.
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