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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  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous 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 8.4

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 May 2022
    I really enjoyed El Rio. I loved swimming in the river, the food was good, the people were nice. Great little hostel tucked away but not too tucked away. Close to the main road but felt isolated. Definitely recommend.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    09 May 2022
    The views and the river is breathtaking, The food is good and the party's almost never stop, but El Río's true value it's the people, everyone from the staff to the volenteers to the passers bay that fell in love in the place and overstayed their booking is just so ecepting and loving of everyone, truly a unique atmosphere which like i never sew in all my travels
    Israel, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    02 May 2022
    We loved loved loved this place. I seriously couldn’t fault it. The food was banging, the vibe was banging and the people were banging. Tubing is definitely a must it was one of the highlights of our time there! We also loved the parties in the evening and they had some great djs playing. It was also super relaxing by the river in the day and I loved that they had a bakery you could get snacks from (I would recommend the brownies) and the el rio salad for lunch was my favourite.
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 10.0


    01 May 2022
    One of the best hostel I ever been... Such amazing vibes, parties everyday, really 'ice food at the restaurant... And the Rio... Mamaaaa
    France, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    20 Apr 2022
    Came to that place as a guest becuse many recomended to me as a "must go" place. Then I ended up voluntering for 2 months in this amazing place. Defenitly recomend to everyone who lile good vibes, good people, good nature and for sure the best party! The place was a magic and they treated me like family and I also felt as a part of family! Thank you everyone , its been a pleasure and I ll be back! Higly recomending!
    Czech Republic, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    20 Apr 2022
    Río hostel is the best hostel I stayed during my traveling (I’m traveling for 6 months already) It’s located in the jungle, you feel part of the nature, what’s better than that?!
    Israel, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    22 Apr 2022
    Really great hostel, my fave in Colombia so far. Super social and fun people. Parties most nights but they vary in size / quality. I didn’t mind though I don’t want a huge one every night and they are so fun that people come from Costeño for them! Only problems are the resteraunt is INSANELY EXPENSIVE, 35k per meal. Bring your own alcohol or you’ll leave bankrupt. Also no wifi except in the co working area which killed me. When hungover I need hammock wifi to survive. But amazing time here
    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
  • 6.0


    05 May 2022
    Great bakery. Expensive main menu. Not a place for solo backpackers. Really hard to meet people because of the scattered layout. Overhyped
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 5.1


    03 May 2022
    I loved this place, but the staff was so rude. I don't like writing bad reviews but the other people I met at the hostel and my own friends brought it up too. I'm wondering if it's a matter of management being shitty and making it difficult for employees/volunteers to be happy or if they're just full of themselves. Not the vibe anyone is looking for. I witnessed employees being rude to other people too. Super weird and immature behavior, projecting their negativity onto paying travelers, bummer.
    Canada, 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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