The Dreamer Hostel, Santa Marta

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The Dreamer Hostel offers a great stay whilst in Santa Marta. Though it's outside the historical center, this hostel has excellent facilities and is the gateway to activities outside of Santa Marta, such as Tayrona National Park.

The Location

The hostel is located in the suburbs of Santa Marta, only a five-minute cab ride away from the transport terminal. Whilst downtown Santa Marta may take slightly longer to get to via cab/bus (fifteen minutes), The Dreamer Hostel is located closer toward Tayrona National Park, which makes it well placed toward the more-visited tourist attractions nearby.

There is a large mall within walking distance (five minutes), so you can pick up food from a supermarket, and the mall even has fast-food outlets and a cinema as well as all the major Colombian banks and ATMs.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a mixture of dorms with fans, air-conditioned dorms, and private rooms. The dorm beds have decent mattresses, but the bed is a bit flimsy to climb, meaning it can shake when other people are getting into the upper or lower bunk. The rooms are quite clean and tidy and all rooms have lockers that you can use if you supply your own lock. The air conditioning is controlled by the staff, so it is turned on and off at certain times. The fan rooms only have ceiling fans, which is ok for those on the top bunk; those on lower bunks tend not to get the circulation of the air as much, which could make for an uncomfortable night's sleep.

The bathrooms are separated into male and female bathrooms and have two cold showers for use. They are cleaned regularly, and whilst it might not seem enough, there is never a queue to use the shower or toilets.

Common Spaces

All the rooms face a central courtyard that features a swimming pool, bar, and chill-out area. There is also a restaurant which provides food for reasonable prices and there is a kitchen upstairs for those who wish to cook themselves. Free coffee and tea is provided throughout the day.

The bar provides a great space to socialise and has a free pool table for use. The hostel puts on activities and is certainly a fun place to be. However as the bar is open until midnight and plays loud music, it isn't easy to get to sleep before then if you are a light sleeper.

The only downside about the common space is that the Wi-Fi is slow and only available here. There were many times when Wi-Fi was unusable in the evening, perhaps due to many guests using the internet at the same time.


The Dreamer Hostel is a great space that has everything you need. In fact, it's easy to not even leave the hostel some days, due to everything supplied in the hostel. Whilst it does make a great base for Santa Marta, it is not close to the historical centre, meaning you have to rely more on the hostel. However, it's a great environment to meet people and is constantly full of backpackers.
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Davehockey Staff Reviewer
Published on Jun 7, 2017


If you are looking for a fun hostel with a relaxed atmosphere where you can rest, meet people, have a drink or just sunbath by our swimming pool... This is it.
VOTED BEST HOSTEL IN COLOMBIA 2014, The Dreamer is the CLOSEST hostel to TAYRONA PARK and Minca, two of the most important attractions, our hostel is a magical place, different from all the other hostels as it is the only one in town purpose-built to fulfill travellers needs.

Cancellation policy: 24 hrs on the arrival date
Check in from 2 pm

Our location allows easy access to all that Santa Marta has to offer and all the natural attraction of its surroundings. In particular the Sierra Nevada mountains and the amazing Tayrona National Park (we are the closest point!)

This makes us an excellent base for discovering the city sights and its nightlife as well as the natural beauty and adventure activities we can offer you.

Some facilities that ours adventurers loves:

Big garden and swimming pool, Basketball court in front of the hostel.
The Coelhos Bar open every day, pool table, Italian restaurant (homemade pasta) open for breakfast, lunch and dinners;

For those who likes to make their own food we have a fully equipped kitchen open all day, 2 dining areas, BBQ and a nice TV lounge with Cable TV and DVD; Check in is open 24 hours and Internet is free!!

We also offer a wide range of accommodation from comfortable and spacious dorm to twin and double room in suite (air con available)

We provide info and organize tours to the main attraction in the region like the Lost City or the dream destination of San Blas and Panama for those who want to continue travelling to central America.

If you are looking for a unique Santa Marta experience come and stay with us.

Location and Contact


• The hostel is a 5 minutes taxi ride from bus station, cost 7000 pesos ( around 2 dollars)
• The bus stop to the amazing Parque Tayrona is accross the street and very cheap pubblic transport to Quebrada Valencia, Minca, Rodadero and Taganga are just 2 blocks away from the hostel.



Address: Carrera 51 # 26 D -161 Diagonal, 32. Los Trupillos (Mamatoco), Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Distance to city center: 3.33 km

The Dreamer Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website The Dreamer Hostel Santa Marta (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +57 5 4333264
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment






Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Table Tennis

Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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