Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic 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

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.

Fun stuff on offer includes:
Daily yoga (Monday to Friday)
Tubing right from our doorstep
Horse riding
Paddle boarding
Motorbike hire
Bicycle hire
Bird watching
Dawn walks for sunrise over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Cacao and nature tours

In 2021, Rio Hostel became a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI), led by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read about our commitments here

We are also the very proud home of the Rio Foundation and you can volunteer with us every day in our local community through our educational, sporting and/or environmental programmes.
N.B - To fund our Foundation, which provides FREE, Fun, Inclusive and Impactful activities for 150+ local children every week, a $1.30 donation (COP$5,000) will be added to the bill of everyone who stays at El Rio. If you would like to remove it from your bill or you would like to donate more, please talk to reception.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    27 Jul 2022
    My favorite hostel in Colombia! Had the time of my life here, met the best people and had the best parties. Loads of activities to keep you entertain in the daytime - volley ball, table tennis, pool table, the foundation and tubing tubing tubing let’s gooooo! Special mention to the bakery with the best banoffee pie!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 Jul 2022
    Wow wow wow, what a hostel. Great parties, great food and great people (especially the bar staff). Definitely worth a visit if you are in Colombia. A 10/10 from me. Just make sure you budget in enough for the bakery, those banoffee pies will leave you wanting more.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    13 Jun 2022
    Rio hostel is the Best Hostel in the world. We had the best time. The parties are amazing and there´s also so much to do during the day. TUBING TUBING TUBING LETS GO!! Valencia Waterfall is very cool too. Also big shout out to Luis and Tejo tuesdays!! One day we also did some volunteering in the community with the Foundation. Ultimate Frisbee near the beach with 20+ local kids - so much FUN!! We will be back :)
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Jun 2022
    Soooo expensive but SO worth it! The most amazing hostel set up, so many cool activities and the parties are amazing!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    25 Jul 2022
    I Had a good stay at El Rio. We’d heard a lot of things from other travellers but it was well worth it. Handy for Tayrona and Palomino etc and there’s a lot to do from the hostel. We tubed, played volleyball and went to the beach. Tunes were good in the bar too
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    20 Jun 2022
    Rio hostel is one of the best all round hostels I've stayed in, the facilities are incredible including a pool table, volleyball and ping pong, they even have a bakery open until 1AM. I would recommend the banoffe pie. The hostel is clean and the food is great. Finally the staff are the best and so nice and helpful, it really feels like a big community here. They have many activities from tubing to sunrise hikes. They have a beautiful river right by the hostel which is perfect for a hot day.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    15 Jul 2022
    Really well designed, sociable hostel. Beautiful setting right on the river to swim/sunbathe. Activities on everyday eg. tubing/sunset hike made it easy to meet new people. The parties are fun with techno/house djs. Bear in mind music runs til late at night (stops at 1am at earliest - if there’s a bigger party it could go on all night) so you may not get much sleep! Comfy beds, the 8 man dorm stayed cool due to fans and an open wall. Food is okay. Staff are awesome! Hammock area great for naps!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    02 Jul 2022
    Pros-Very good party hostel, with great atmosphere -Really good food and an amazing bakery that stays open late -Spacious and clean private rooms Cons- Wifi only works in a small area of the hostel, no phone service -For a party hostel the music is awful. A deaf toddler could pick better tunes! Constant monotonous house music. I like house but theirs was so so poor. Zero imagination. Lazy DJ who couldn’t read the crowd. Such a shame because the set up is so good.
    Ireland, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    13 Jun 2022
    Great hostel and cool setting. Food was delicious as were drinks although slightly £. I stayed on a Monday and Tuesday and was gutted as there was no party on these nights. Be careful if you are planning to come for this as you’ll be disappointed. People did drink at the bar but the music stopped at 1 which seemed odd given people wanted to party. The hostel is known for partying so I think they should do this nightly. To help solo travellers there could be some more group events organised
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 5.4


    16 Jun 2022
    Might has been better before Drinks are overpriced, other known hostels nearby are more reasonably Dirt in the showers after 10AM „Coworking area“ advertised but no Wifi available for guests for half of my stay
    Germany, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games


  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Colombia

  • 2018

    2nd, Continent Winners Latin America

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