The 7 best hostels in Cartagena

The 7 best hostels in Cartagena

How to find the best hostels in Cartagena for your trip

The Caribbean city of Cartagena is the colourful paradise you need: a perfect mix of culture, history, beautiful architecture and stunning beaches (with many palm trees, of course!). It is definitely A MUST in your Colombia backpacking trip. And if you want to find a beautiful place to sleep in paradise which isn’t too pricey… You are in the right place!

Most of the best hostels in Cartagena are close to the main attractions, which include lovely cobbled streets with colourful houses, the Castle of San Felipe, the Palace of Inquisition and the amazing Clock Tower in the door to the historic centre. Discover the colonial architecture while enjoying a nice sea breeze.

There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Cartagena, which will make your stay even more pleasant. However, if you travel a bit further, you will enjoy of incredible, breath-taking, golden shores with turquoise shiny water. After a great day of adventures and falling in love with this amazing country, what could be better than heading somewhere you feel 100% at home?

We have selected YOUR favourite hostels in Cartagena* and categorised so that you can find exactly what you are looking for. Say good bye to uncomfortable times when you are the only one who wants to party hard (or the opposite) and start to REALLY enjoy your hostel. Here’s the ultimate guide to find the best hostels in Cartagena!

*According to our users’ reviews.

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Cartagena for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Cartagena for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Cartagena
  4. Best hostels in Cartagena with private rooms
  5. Best beach hostels in Cartagena
  6. Best of the rest hostels in Cartagena

Best hostels in Cartagena for solo travellers

Hostel Mamallena

With colourful street inspired art and cheap dorm beds, this is the perfect hostel to network with fellow backpackers. To do so, enjoy their social space on the patio, where there’s always someone to talk to. There is also a bar where they prepare amazing mojitos, though, if you’re not feeling fancy, you can bring your own alcohol!

Book now in Hostel Mamallena!

Best hostels in Cartagena - Hostel Mamallena

Address: 10-47 Calle Media Luna, Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

☕️ Amazing Colombian coffee

🍹 Bar + BYOD (bring your own drinks)

🎲 Board Games

📆 The hostel events

📍 Getsemani Neighbourhood

Best hostels in Cartagena for couples

Selina Cartagena

In the words of one guest, “this charming hostel feels more like a boutique than a hostel”. It is the perfect place to enjoy your partner’s company in a lovely bright-coloured room. There’s also a pool on the rooftop, which helps fight the Colombian heat (they say it’s especially strong in this hostel’s private rooms! 🔥).

Book now in Selina Cartagena!

Best hostels in Cartagena - Selina Cartagena

Best hostels in Cartagena - Selina Cartagena pool

Address: Calle Larga N0. 8b-148, Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

☕️ Amazing Colombian coffee

🌴 Swimming pool

🚲 Bicycle hire

🎲 Board games and pool table

📍 Getsemani Neighbourhood

Best party hostels in Cartagena

El Viajero Cartagena

The hostel is located inside the walled city, one of areas with the wildest nightlife in Cartagena. With free salsa and bachata lessons every night and a bar open till late, we know where this is going! Don’t worry, the free buffet breakfast with fresh Caribbean fruit will help you cure that hangover 😉.

Book now in El Viajero!

Best hostels in Cartagena - El Viajero Cartagena

Adress: Calle 7 Infantes, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

🥑 Free breakfast with fresh Caribbean fruit and Colombian coffee

📚 Book exchange

🍹 Bar

💃 Dancing lessons

🍔 BBQ

📍 San Diego Neighbourhood

Best hostels in Cartagena with private rooms

The Clock Hostels and Suites

If you’re looking for privacy, this is THE place to stay in Cartagena. Absolutely all the beds are double and have curtains and wooden walls for privacy. According to the guests’ reviews, this is a unique place, with a very interesting and different concept. Oh! And there’s a jacuzzi and free breakfast.

Book now in The Clock Hostel!

 

Best hostels in Cartagena - The Clock Hostels and Suites

Best hostels in Cartagena - The Clock Hostels and Suites pool

Address: Centro Calle Roman 5-30, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

🥑 Free breakfast with fresh Caribbean fruit and Colombian coffee

😍 The whole hostel concept and decoration

🍹 Bar

🛁 Jacuzzi

🎲 Board games

📍 Crespo Neighbourhood

Best beach hostels in Cartagena

Stamp Hostel

Looking for those beach vibes in your hostel? Well, good news: we have found them. The Stamp Hostel has a great ocean view from their terrace, and it is only 2 minutes away from it! To feel like you are at the beach without leaving the hostel, the hammocks and the wicker chairs do the trick (the infinity pool also helps).

Book now in the Stamp Hostel!

Best hostels in Cartagena - Stamp Hostel

Address: Carretera 4 No. 3-10, Manzanillo del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

🥑 Free breakfast with fresh Caribbean fruit and Colombian coffee

😍 The views from the terrace. And the terrace itself.

🌴 Infinity pool

🍔 BBQ

📍 Manzanillo del Mar, a lovely beach town 15 minutes walking away from Cartagena

Best of the rest hostels in Cartagena

Republica Hostel Cartagena

Fun and relaxing would be the perfect description for this amazing hostel. The rooms are facing the courtyard, which has a gorgeous blue swimming pool. The interior design of this hostel is simple but on point: white walls with blue details and tile floors, featuring beautiful green plants in every other corner. There is a bar and a lounge area on the ground floor, but it’s on the rooftop where they play the coolest hits at night!

Book now in Republica Hostel Cartagena!

Best hostels in Cartagena - Republica Hostel Cartagena

 

Best hostels in Cartagena - Republica Hostel Cartagena kitchenAddress: Calle segunda de Badillo #36 – 45, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

😍 The colonial building and the interior design

🌴 Courtyard with swimming pool

🍹 TWO bars

🎉 Rooftop terrace

📍 Historical Centre

Casa del Pozo Boutique Hostel

This colourful hostel, right in the centre of Cartagena, is the perfect place to meet new people in a wonderful atmosphere. The beautiful dorms, with curtains in every bed and personal lockers and USB plugins, offer you the comfort, privacy and security you need.

In Casa del Pozo there’s an amazing bar where they prepare incredible food and outstanding cocktails. Oh! And a lovely breakfast is included in the price.

Book now in Casa del Pozo Boutique Hostel!

Best hostels in Cartagena - Casa del Pozo Boutique Hostel

Best hostels in Cartagena - Casa del Pozo Boutique Hostel at night

Address: Carrera 10 #25-95, Calle del Pozo, Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the hostel:

❤️ Caring staff

🥑 Free breakfast with fresh Caribbean fruit and Colombian coffee

🌴 Swimming pool

🍹 Bar

😎 Late check-out

📍 Getsemani Neighbourhood

We hope with this list you can find a hostel in Cartagena that meets all of your expectations. Have you been to any of them? What did you think? Write it on the comments!

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