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
  • 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

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 8.5

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • 10.0


    04 Jun 2022
    El mejor hostel al que he ido. El staff súper amable, la fiesta buenísima y la comida deliciosa!!
    Colombia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    31 May 2022
    Excellent hostel - great food, great staff and great music. Definitely speak to activities man Luis about all the fun stuff they have on offer - obviously tubing but there are so many more activities! I’ll be back
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    26 May 2022
    This hostel is located a short moto ride from pretty much everything worth doing on the Santa Marta coast. You are 10-30 minutes from all the best beaches, a little over an hour to Minca, and just a couple hours from the start of the vast Guajira desert. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the area and everyone, right down to the owners is always willing to help you make your day, and trip, a truly memorable experience. Great daytime activities like tubing, volleyball and yoga.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    05 Jun 2022
    Ive been travelling for more than 2 months now and this is the best hostel i've been to. You have everything you need in this place. Its perfect for socializing , the cleaning service is very good , great place for nature lovers , the food is delicious , there are nice parties and activities and the entire staff is just amazing and fun to be around. The atmosphere that this place creates is unique and makes this place stand out. Ill be back.
    Israel, 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
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    28 May 2022
    Great atmosphere but dorm rooms are dark, dirty and very basic! WiFi is only available in one part of the hostel. There are flies everywhere (perhaps they could put bowls fly repellent around the hostel?)
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    27 May 2022
    It’s a young man’s game. Can’t keep up anymore. I walked in the bathroom and saw a guy doing coke off another guys ass! Food was great tho!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 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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