Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias

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El Viajero Hostel Cartagena is in a relatively central location and would fit into the "party hostel" category. The hostel doesn't have any stand-out features and has an average atmosphere.

The Location

The majority of hostels in Cartegena are broadly located in either the historical centre or Getsemani. This hostel is located on the edge of the historical centre on a quiet street. There are a couple of shops around, but the main buzz of the historical centre is a five- to ten-minute walk away. This street does get quite quiet at night and the neighborhood feels relatively safe.

The airport is around thirty-minutes away and the main bus terminal is around thirty to sixty minutes depending on traffic. The port is around a fifteen-minute walk away. The hostel is not on one of the main streets, so taxi drivers may need some assistance with directions.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The road are relatively spacious and the dorms have fans in the room for the humid nights. The bunk beds are basic and sheets are provided for guests to make the bed themselves. The plug sockets are located away from most of the beds. The rooms face into a courtyard, but there is not too much noise coming in at night.

The bathrooms have cubicles and a shared sink area with a mirror. They are clean and well stocked, but are a walk away from most rooms. The showers are in a separate room and have a cold shower with ok water pressure. There are hooks to hang up clothes.

Common Spaces

There is seating by the main reception, but this is mostly empty except for breakfast. As you enter, there is a long and narrow, rectangular courtyard with deck chairs. The layout means there is a long line of them and so it is not particularly social.

The bar area of El Viajero is nice with a well-stocked bar and some seating. There is a courtyard area here as well where salsa classes are held. For a party hostel, the atmosphere is a bit lacking and there are more lively party hostels in Cartagena in better locations.

Summary

El Viajero Hostel has ok facilities and common spaces, but lacks the vibrant party atmosphere you'd expect from this kind of hostel.
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Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
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Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
Viajero Hostel Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias
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Sab
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-12-31

Better than I expected!

The staff here were quite happy to help or offer assistance when I required it. It is a high turnover hostel so I didn't expect to get red carpet service. The location is great. It is safe enough to walk around the old town. The air on in the rooms works from 6pm to 11am, there is another air conditioned TV room though if you can't handle the tropical heat. Wifi is good. Breakfast is ok, the cut fruit is great but you have to be quick to get it, cereal is average but hey, it will get you through to 10/11am. The bar prices are decent but my one complaint would be the bar chick. Her head is so far up her "you-know-what" she wouldn't know what day it is. I would have purchased more drinks there if she wasn't so arrogant and cocky. I could go on! They don't do much about people coming home and drinking on in the wee hours but a set of ear plugs will solve that. They can offer tours from the desk which is more secure than organising them through someone on the street. We had three nites here then came back for another after playa blanca. I would come back here again, but just avoid the mole at the bar!

Stuart
2014-12-08
Age 30 | Australia

Good

Ok, few bathrooms.

Sergio
2014-01-08
Age 22 | Colombia

Really good option in Cartagena

I found the El Viajero hostel a good place to stay. I found the staff very helpful especially Alex. The rooms and beds are perfect with lockers under each bed and a security box. the aircon is a great bonus to have in what seems to be an always hot Cartagena. enjoy.

Cho
2013-04-14

If you didn't have to check into El Viajero Cartagena Hostel, your first impressions would be of a really nice, clean hostel with a layout that looks a little like an American motel. Unfortunately, your first impression will instead be molded by a collection of the surliest employees in South America, seemingly handpicked for their poor customer service. Check-in alone takes so long you will probably have to pay for another night by the time you eventually get your keys.

The Location

The location of El Viajero, however, is fantastic. Right in the heart of the Old Town, it's a beautiful part of the city with great restaurants, sights, and nightlife all close by. The bus station is a taxi ride away, but this is the case if you want to stay anywhere worth staying in the city. The same goes for the port if you're heading off on a sailing trip to the San Blas or Panama.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The showers are really fantastic at this hostel. They're cool and refreshing without being shockingly freezing, perfect for the Caribbean climate; they have a large changing space; but most important of all for the forgetful backpacker is the fact they provide liquid shampoo in all the cubicles and soap in the toilets.

The bedrooms are also better than average; all have air conditioning, locks on the doors, and large lockers under the beds, as well as small electronic safes on the walls, and some of the best pillows you will encounter in a hostel. The beds themselves are pretty comfortable, too.

Common Spaces

El Viajero has a fantastic huge kitchen with all the amenities you could need next to a decent-sized dining area, which also contains the hostel's two internet computers. Nearby are two fridges full of reasonably priced beers and soft drinks; unfortunately, you do have deal with the receptionists to pay for these. For spirits and cocktails, a small bar is set up out in the courtyard, around which the bedrooms are centered. This courtyard provides a social area at night, which at times can attract a decent crowd from around Cartegena before people head off to the nightclubs and bars. The television room is quite a cool little place with a flat screen TV, sofas, and walls plastered with retro movie posters.

Summary

El Viajero may not be the biggest or liveliest hostel in Cartegena, but it is certainly one of the nicest. If you survive check-in and manage to minimalise contact with the gloomy staff, you could have a very pleasant stay here.

Sam Grocott
2011-12-01
England

Viajero Hostel Cartagena Reviews from the Web

Amazing staff, great social.

This is without a doubt one of the most caring and helpful hostels I have stayed at in my life. The staff are absolutely amazing and nothing is too much. I had so much trouble with a parcel stuck in customs and they were available 24hrs a day without question.

The hostel itself is an amazing space, perfect size and great facilities, they also appear to be cleaning constantly so everything is spotless! A/C is on whenever you want which is a saviour in Cartagena.

richardcawkill8283
2022-08-05

Really nice place in the old town close to all the places you want to visit in Cartagena. The rooms are spacious with a locker to store your stuff. The bathrooms are clean and have enough space. Overall, good place to stay.

xfreesen66
2022-07-30

Really good location beautiful hostel but the best part of the hostel is the amazing stuff everyone is so nice and want to help really good people

yuval97333738738
2022-07-30

Hostel had a great location in the walled city with loads nearby. There is a kitchen that you can use to cook, but it wasn't hugely well equipped. You can also buy food there in the evenings. Breakfast is not included with a dorm but is very cheap (12k pp) and nice. Dorm room was fine and had good AC, but the beds were a little rickety and music is played loud till about midnight but we slept fine. Also, each bed has a safe for passports and cash etc, which is great.

kittytucker
2022-07-28

Ive stayed in a Viajero in Bogota, which made me chose this one but this was quite the opposite. Mixed dorms are all with no key, everything is old and run down and dirty. Only upside is the location.

danysmorales3657
2022-07-20

Pros:

- great location

- Felt safe

- Included breakfast is good

- In-room AC works well (however they turn it off every day when you leave the room)

Cons:

- No wifi on first night (very slow/unusable wifi on remaining nights)

- Safe box & TV in room did not work

- LOTS of mosquitos in room

- They ask that you mop the showers after use (nobody does this so they are pretty dirty)

- Luggage storage is not locked, just an open closet that anyone can access at any time

- Staff werent the friendliest

halielawrence131766
2022-07-15

The Reception was always available and super kind! Especially Carlos :)

Also its a very social Hostel, with many activities, where I met many cool people.

fabioschramm4812
2022-07-11

The staff was super nice and the location in perfect. Highly recommended

albertocaparrosalvarez4845
2022-07-07

Good value hostel cleanliness an issue in bathrooms only one with a functioning lock in mens

matthewwjwillis181
2022-07-04

Pretty bad hostel, bad service and attitude from the staff, rooms too cold, no atmosphere, only good thing is the location. Other viajeros are great, this one i would avoid.

cesarhy97
2022-06-30

Hostel was fine, the aircon worked and the bed was fine. Facilities are quite poor, none of the showers had hot water, and weren't clean. Staff are friendly enough but I was checked into the wrong private room and then had staff come in with other guests trying to check them into my room while I was in bed which was a bit awkward. Much worse than other Viajeros so don't assume it'll be similar to others around the Americas.

simonxroberts3903
2022-06-29

This is one of the worst hostels I have ever stayed at. There are no indoor common spaces and as it rains a lot, everything is muddy and gross. I cant imagine using the shared restrooms or showers since they are practically outside. Our private suite was right by the bar area and it felt as we were in a club until 12:30 am since it was extremely loud. There were multiple bugs spiders and a lizard in our room. We checked out after the first day and found a much nicer hotel fof The same price

a3TPoC5Pty8oQB4b
2022-06-26

Really nice hostel in Cartagena where its very easy to meet people and make friends. Communal space is great for hanging out :) hostel is pretty big but its still quiet at night.

katherinemarycorcoran3427
2022-06-22

I had a great time staying at Viajero and would probably recommend it to my own friends! Hostel activities were fun, location was excellent, facilities were perfect for what I needed, and I enjoyed meeting the other people at the hostel. There's only one negative thing that stands out to me during my stay, which is a night where I talked to the front desk about staying a night in a private room. I thought it was all set up, only to find that it had never actually been booked for me.

evanrmiller3522
2022-06-21

Jesid fue el mejor anfitrin que cualquiera puede tener, fue amable, tenia muy buena energa, hacia excelentes recomendaciones y nos ayudaba en lo posible, muchas gracias y esperamos volver.

aw7CSret1xpHlV1T
2022-06-17

Everything was fantastic, no complain . if i comeback to Cartagena, i will be back there.

gerardogato2692
2022-06-12

It is the biggest hostel I have been into. The have a bar, inside of a patio which is inside of another patio.

juanmfm951212
2022-06-11

Really badly located in Santa Marta, however the city isn't worth visiting. In Santa Marta you can't get a reasonable standard of food and it's a very dirty city. I would skip this and go straight up the coast.

henrybeasley5638
2022-06-07

All the Viajeros are great places - I've been to a couple now. What will determine how you feel about it is the vibe. You get mostly younger Europeans at these places because they're more centered around modern amenities, a bar, etc. I enjoy them for a little bit, but I also like the smaller, more authentic feeling ones occasionally. Bedrooms and bathrooms are always kept nice at Viajeros. Pro tip: if you book on their website directly, you'll get a significantly cheaper rate.

dbarton3021018
2022-06-04

I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The hostel is located in the historical Centro area. Such an easy walk to everything. Also, the grounds around around the hostel is clean and inviting. The bartender makes the most amazing drinks. I had a private room, which was amazing. They have lots of showers and bathrooms. The kitchen is has a a lot of traffic which is good bc we all used the kitchen. The staff is what made very memorable.

tweetyd5
2022-05-27

Description

Cartagena's walled city is the pride of Colombia, this is where you will find Viajero Cartagena. Located in a unique colonial house in a colorful street full of flowers, balconies and near nature-filled plazas a couple blocks away.

Stay in shared dorms (some are female only) or, if you prefer, in private bedrooms. Start your day like any Colombian would, enjoying a hot cup of coffee with fresh fruit and more. Wander through the city, discover great restaurants in a laid-back town, and keep in mind, our bar opens at four, and our FREE DAILY ACTIVITIES such as salsa and dance lessons, or live music, start shortly after that! Join the fun, get ready to go dancing to authentic Latino clubs or to bars with electronic music!

Welcome to our traveler community! Don't forget to check out our other hostels in Colombia: Medelli­n, Bogota, Cali, Salento, San Andres Island, Santa Marta and Tayrona; in Uruguay: Colonia, Montevideo and Pedrera; in Argentina: Buenos Aires; in Mexico: Sayulita and in USA: Miami


Viajero Cartagena Hostel.

HOUSE RULES!

Check-in: 14:00 - 23:00
Check-out: before 11:00

*Note: We have a luggage room at reception, you may store your personal items in case you arrive before check-in time or leave after check-out time.

*Taxes: Colombian citizens and foreigners with Colombian residency must pay taxes (IVA): 19%. This tax does not appear on the final rate of the reservation.

*All guests must be 18 years or older.

*No pets are allowed.

*Cancellation policy: if your reservation is in a shared dorm, you have up to 48 hours before arrival to cancel your reservation. If your reservation is in a private room, you have up to 72 hours to do the cancelation. After that time you'll be charged to your credit card the first night of your reservation.

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit or debit card. (This property may pre-authorize your card before arrival).

Breakfast is included in private rooms ONLY.

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Location and Contact

Location

• FROM THE AIRPORT:
• -By taxi: you can take a taxi from the airport, it cost $12,000 colombian pesos (4USD) and it only takes 10 minutes to arrive to el Viajero Cartagena (please tell to the taxi driver that our hostel is located in 'Calle 7 de los infantes')
• By bus: Walk a block in front of the airport, take a 'Metrocar' or 'VehiTrans' bus, it cost 1,900 colombian pesos (less than a dollar), it takes 25 minutes, tell the driver thaht you leave in the India Catalina monument, walk down one block to the wall, turn right until you reach the Exito Supermarket in San Diego and go straight one block and a half to Calle de los 7 infantes.
• FROM THE BUS STATION:
• By taxi: If you take a taxi, it will cost $25,000 colombian pesos (8 USD), it take at least 40 minutes to arrive to our hostel.
• By bus: From the terminal you hace to take a 'Metrocar' bus, it cost $1,900 colombian pesos (less than a dollar) it takes one hour and fifteen minutes,tell the driver thaht you leave in the India Catalina monument, walk down one block to the wall, turn right until you reach the Exito Supermarket in San Diego and go straight one block and a half to Calle de los 7 infantes.

Map

Map

Address: Calle 38, Calle 7 Infantes 9-45, Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena), Colombia

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Website

Website Viajero Hostel Cartagena Cartagena de Indias viajerohostels.com/en/
Phone Number: (+575) 6602598
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Towels

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Bar

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Evening Entertainment

Kitchen

Laundry

Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

TV

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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