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 rent
Waterfall hikes
Sunrise hikes 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 8.7

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.1

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 Sep 2022
    Beautiful place, energy and love from the people there. What a wonderful place to enjoy nature and life.
    Colombia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    19 Sep 2022
    Great place, stayed here 5yrs ago for couple months and now came back and have been here for 3 months. food is outstanding and the soundsystem will make any music lover happy. ps. Patricia at the reception is the best!
    Finland, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    19 Sep 2022
    Go there, definitely go there ! Nice food, nice staff and nice partys. The hostel is clean and pretty. And you'll love that fresh lemonade they serve !
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    19 Sep 2022
    The best hostel i stayed so far😊 not is it only a great party hostel but it also has amazing charity foundation which helps local community in many different ways.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    19 Sep 2022
    Phenomenal spot - tasty food, unreal location by the river, good music and cocktails - how many hostels have espresso martinis?! Also a few nice activities on offer at the hostel and in the area
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    19 Sep 2022
    an incredible place, it is a paradise in the middle of the jungle, the party nights and the activities of the day make you feel that you do not want to leave this place. The staff is very friendly and they are always attentive to what you need
    Colombia, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    10 Sep 2022
    Such a beautiful location and perfect for meeting new people. The food was really good and the bakery is such a nice touch. Great for a party!
    Ireland, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    23 Sep 2022
    My favourite hostel ever! We had the best three days here, and absolutely loved the chill vibes in the day with the hammocks/river, and the party at night. The food was amazing, staff were great, and a particular highlight was the El Rio Foundation, through which we volunteered for a few hours one afternoon at a local children’s sports club. It was so much fun and so rewarding, and you could tell the children really loved it. I was so sad to leave!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    17 Sep 2022
    We enjoyed our time at El Rio. It is a beautiful place. But if you want to see a lot of South America on your trip, this probably isn't the place for you as you will most likely end up sitting around all day. It quite literally is in the middle of nowhere. That said, this is a party hostel and the parties are fun (be prepared for a lot of techno). We played a volleyball tournament for a bottle of rum which was a highlight - sadly we narrowly lost in the finals. The Mothership dorm is very cool.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    11 Sep 2022
    The restaurant is sensational, some of the best food I've eaten in colombia. It seems a little money thirsty that no food from outside is allowed though, as it's not cheap, eating 3 meals there a day is expensive. Some of the staff were a little strange, and had no problem serving people that pushed in the queue to be served. No wifi or data apart from in the co working section. Nothing to do really apart from the party in the evening.
    England, Female, 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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