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El Rio Hostel

Km. 49 Troncal del Caribe, Buritaca , Santa Marta, Colombia
Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Winner of Hostelworld's Best Hostel In Colombia 2018 and Second in Latin America!

10 minutes from the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) pickup point

25 minutes from Tayrona National Park (Zaino / Cañaveral entrance)

We offer accommodation in hammocks (our 18 bed dorm), each of which comes fully equipped with a pillow, blanket, power point, locker and mosquito net. We also have three 6 bed dorms, all en-suite, two with air-con, plus the 12 bed fan cooled dorm. Our private rooms come in the form of 7 gorgeous cabañas, each with a double size bed (that can be made into twins if needed!), safes and blankets.

Our hostel is set right in the middle of a stunning jungle, whilst some of Colombia’s best beaches are just a 30 minute walk away, we can organise surf board rentals and lessons with our friends down at All Good Surf, plus Palomino is just up the road.

At the hostel we have a ping pong table, a basketball net, a volleyball court and probably the best bar in South America, serving up cool mora gin & tonics, maracuya vodka soda’s and more. We’ve been known to host the odd party on the weekends - check the social calendar on our website for more information!

Fun stuff on offer includes:
Tubing right from our doorstep
Horse riding
Bicycle hire
Bird watching
Hiking
Dawn walks for sunrise over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
A cacao tour

We have no wifi - prepare to disconnect!

See you by the river.

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Fri 17 Aug 2018 - Mon 20 Aug 2018 Change
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Room Summary

Fri 17th August 2018 - Mon 20th August 2018

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 9.1


Latest Reviews

  • 9.7

    Superb

    09 Aug 2018
    You have to stay at this hostel, it is a right of passage! It is a beautiful secluded paradise next to a lovely river where you can swim and tan. The food is great and good value. There is no WiFi so it is super sociable although it is mostly English people fair warning! We had the best few days, but book ahead, it fills up!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    06 Aug 2018
    Overrated, but definitely good. Tubing, sunrise hike were both excellent. Fun place, great if you want to detach from 'travel mode'. I stayed 4 nights which was too much, I'd suggest 2. HUGE issue is the illness going around. Over 50% (!) of people I met there became ill during or justafter their stay. They excuse themselves by saying it's a normal bug going around, however other hostels (notably without kitchens) don't have such a shockingly high rate of illness. My theory, it's their kitchen.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9

    Good

    07 Aug 2018
    The facilities (the bar, the chill out hammocks, the community dining style) were perfect and made it easy to meet people. But I do think this masked the fact that the accommodation was below average despite it not being cheap! I was in a ‘deluxe’ 6 bed dorm, one of the more expensive options. The shower barely worked and the bunk beds swayed/wobbled every time (I was on top bunk). The hostel gets away with providing below average accomodation based on its party reputation. Ok for 2 nights max.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 2.0

    Rating

    12 Aug 2018
    I do not understand why this place is the best in Columbia. Very dirty, mud and sand everywhere in the room and everyone is falling sick there. The hostel is telling me that it is a bug going around the area but that is not possible as we stayed in 2 hostels close to El Rio and everyone was fine. Only in El Rio people were falling sick and no one knows why. It is very strange. Very dirty place. Never go there.
    Belgium, Male, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
Entertainment
  • Board Games

Awards

  • 2018

    2nd, Continent Winners Latin America

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Colombia

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Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Pet Friendly
  • Taxes Included

Things to Note

El Rio Hostel Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Check in from 14:00 to 21:00 .
Check out from 08:00 to 12:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
Taxes included.

General:-
We do not accept customers younger than 18 years of age.

Breakfast included, a basic breakfast of cereal, toast and marmalade is included, with optional extras (eggs, bacon etc)

No curfew.
Pet friendly.
Reception is open from 8am-9pm


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