The three best hostels in Colombia

Hostel dorm room

Day 209: Bogota, Colombia

So I don’t really write hostel reviews on this site, I’ve seen the good, bad and ugly and have never felt the need to share other than a very early post to reassure loved ones that hostels are a great place to stay.

But in Colombia I stayed in 3 memorable hostels that don’t receive much attention as they aren’t party hostels and I wanted to share them for those that may travel to Colombia.

I’ve been telling all the travelers I meet and finally I just decided if I felt so strongly about it I should write a post.

Double bed in a room

Tostaky’s – Cali

Tostaky’s was part of the reason I stayed so long in Cali. Vinz, the owner, is from France and runs a very clean hostel.

There are only about 15 beds total, 4 in a dorm and the rest in rooms for really low prices. I moved to a private room after being in the dorm for a week and really loved it there.

Bonus points:
- Vinz has a fantastic music selection
- Locals often drop by and will often take you out with them dancing if you want to learn to salsa
- Two kitchens are in the hostel and both are fully equipped, I was in heaven

 

Chef Joseph at La Serrana hostel

La Serrana – Salento

While everyone stays at Plantation House, La Serrana has been noticed because a visiting chef was creating 10 course meals.

Although Chef Joseph has moved onto the coast I still recommend this hostel. About a ten minute walk out of town on a farm and reminds me of a large farmhouse and is so comforting that I spent one afternoon just curled up on the couch reading.

Although it’s a bit chilly, I had no problem getting another blanket.

Bonus points:
- Awe-inspiring views of the country-side
- Real furniture, they don’t cheap out on big comfortable furniture that begs you to laze around all day

Casa Bella Vista Hostel

Casa Bella Vista – Bogota

Luis, the hostel owner, is actually the reason I decided to write this post as his hostel is not full and it really should be. I found Casa Bella Vista while walking through the Canderlaria.

It’s only been open for 3 months and as I was reading the hostel sign Luis invited me in for a tour and offered a desperately needed map of the city.

There was no hard sell, he just showed me around and the next day I moved in.With two small dorm rooms it’s perfect for people who want to chill out.

Bonus points:
- In the heart of the Candelaria
- Police are generally stationed only a few feet outside its doors.
- If you’re looking for somewhere good but cheap to eat, Luis has great recommendations

 

Comments

  1. says

    Great recommendations. We had a few places we loved while in Colombia as well. The people are just so friendly and welcoming, and that makes such a massive difference in how I view a place. It can really just put it over the top, as it seems it did here with you. Thanks for the recommendations.
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  2. says

    Always enjoy reading your articles and reviews. These places look very nice. I think it’s great for you to share this information with travelers. I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but I do know that the quality can really vary.

  3. says

    i have stayed in about a billion hostels over my time, and can i say that these look WAY too good. where is the mould dripping down the walls, the empty bottles of cheap rum and the overflowing toilets? ha.
    i do find it weird that some of the best ones arent full. i think the dreaded lp has a bit of a role in that. good work on getting these ones out there!
    cheers.
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  4. Ayngelina says

    @Michael

    I think because in South America hostels are a fairly new phenomena so they are built with modern conveniences in mind.

  5. says

    I didn’t stay at La Serrana as I hadn’t heard about it before but I did meet someone in town who was staying there and it sounded so nice I decided to take a walk out to see it. Very nice indeed.

    I am also glad you found a great place in Bogotá as I heard mostly stories of disappointment for most of the “highly rated” hostels in that city.
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  6. says

    I met Chef Joseph in Medellin, amazing chef! Also stayed in Bella Vista over Christmas. I had trouble in Bogota, but Luis was amazingly friendly and helpful.

  7. says

    Thanks Ayngelina!
    I’ll be in Colombia soon and I had bookmarked this page.
    Also looking forward to cross from Panama’ to Colombia by boat as you did, -1 day to go I’m soooo excited!!!! :)

    • Ayngelina says

      So happy to hear this. I just heard back from a couple that went to Tostaky’s and said it was the best hostel of their vacation so I’m happy it’s still as good as I remembered.

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