Blue Almond Hostel - San Andres, San Andrés

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Description

Only a 20-minute walk from the main beach at San Andres Island, Blue Almond Hostel offers budget accommodation with free WiFi and common facilities. The lounge features a Play Station 4 a 32 inch TV and an exchange library.

Diving and snorkeling activities can be booked on site. Bikes, golf cars and scooters can also be rented to explore the island. Additionally, we offer free surf boards and dive tanks for scuba certified guests that bring their own diving equipment.

Our rooms are all in different sizes, big enough to fit all the commodities you would need, there is a large communal kitchen with all facilities, appliances, crockery and cutlery available.

Our common area is a great place to chill out and meet fellow travelers with TV, Play Station 4, board games and a Bluetooth speaker, perfect for a lazy day after a scuba diving immersion, a surf trip or a night out. Our common areas are also the perfect spots to pre-drink and start out the night the right way.

What we have to offer:

-FREE Internet. (We know 1MBPS is bad, but is a lot in the island!)
-FREE luggage storage if you are going to Providencia.
-FREE lockers with electricity outlets inside (bring your own lock).
-FREE Scuba diving tanks for certified divers. (On request and limits apply)
-FREE surfboards (6,4 and 6,8).
-FREE coffee all day long.
-FREE popcorn every night.
-Family run hostel by locals with lots of insight information about the island.
-24 hour vending machine with cheap beer, SIM cards, sodas and snacks.
-You can bring your own alcohol as long as you share it with others.
-All in one Computer in living room running Linux with net access, webcam and DVD burning capabilities.
-No curfew. (you get two keys front door and your room).
-Video Surveillance.
-No outside visitors.
-Bathroom ratio is 1:4 (that means one full bathroom per every 4 persons)
-We supply all bed linens, pillows and towels and change them on request for reservations over 3 days.
-Rental of diving quality snorkel masks for only $15.000 for the Whole day! (+$5000 deposit that you get back)
-Bike rental. Only $35.000 COP the whole day!
-Boarding pass printing for only $2000.
-2 Mixed dorms (10 and 6 people).
-No bunk-beds in the 10 people dorm.
-3 bunk beds in the 6 bed dorm
-The possibility of late checkout (On request and only if reservations permit).

What we DON'T offer
-Breakfast.
-Hot showers.
-Air Conditioning.
-24 hour reception.
-Check ins past midnight

Location:
-1 minute walk from the ocean.
-22.5 seconds away from a convenience store.
-5 Minutes walk away from a medium size supermarket.
-5 minutes walk to Subway (the sandwich thing)
-1 Minute away from a paid gym and 5 mins away from a outdoor free gym.
-10 minute walk to downtown.
-21 minute walk to the main beach.
-1 minute walk to the San Luis bus route
-5 minute walk to the Loma Bus route which takes you to the West side of the island.
-6 minute taxi ride from the airport.

Facilities
-Small outdoor terraced Area with chairs.
-Fully equipped kitchen.(no Microwave, sorry).
-Book exchange library.
-Living room with 32 inch LCD TV with a whopping 4 channels, Play Station 4 and Netflix!.

We work very hard to have a very respectful and peaceful vibe without the crazy drunken atmosphere offered at other hostels in the island. Our goal is to make you feel like you own a home in the Caribbean and provide you with great social atmosphere, as well as giving you the opportunity to have a good sleep after a busy day of sightseeing the island, we have a strict quiet time of 11.59 PM, but we apply the 80-20 rule, which means that if 80% of the people staying at the hostel want to stay up partying then we move the quiet time accordingly.

After you book with us.
-You will receive a welcome email, in it there'll be a link to a Whatsapp group we created for guest to help coordinate events and activities.
-Send us your arrival time or flight number, that way we can match you with people arriving on the same flights and you can share a taxi.
-You will receive a self check in email, we suggest you fill all the information that way when you arrive to the hostel you check-in time will be faster.

Legal Stuff.
-Registro Nacional de Turismo: RNT29218
-The Blue Almond hostel is committed to enforce Law # 679 of 2001 in which prevents and counteracts the sexual and/or commercial exploitation of underage minors.

Location and Contact

Location

• The hostel is located in the residential area called 'Los Almendros' This is a medium size neighborhood built in the 70's by Dutch contractors using the sand taken out of the ocean to build the canal for big cargo ships.
• The exact address you should take a Taxi driver is: Barrio Los Almendros Manzana 4, casa 3 (frente a la antigua defensoria del pueblo).
• -A taxi from the airport should charge you $15.000 COP ($21.000 after 11.59 PM) all taxis in the island are safe.
• -A taxi from outside the airport should charge you between $7.000 to $10.000 COP depending on your negotiating skills and the amount of bags.
• -A bus cost $2.500 and runs every 45 minutes from 6 AM until 7 PM. Ask the driver to stop at the In Fitness Gym on the second entrance of 'Barrio Los Almendros'.
• -A Moto-taxi should charge you $2.500 to $3.000. We don't recommend taking this type of transportation.
• All these prices on the previous list are informative, make sure you agree to a price you feel comfortable paying before boarding any type of transportation.
• From the hostel is a 10 minute walk to downtown, 20 minutes to the main beach and about 25 to 30 minutes from the airport, for your own safety we highly suggest you not to walk from the airport at any time as you would have to walk through a dodgy neighborhood.

Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Parking

Pub Crawls

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

City Tours

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Gameroom

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

TV

Videogames

Breakfast

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 13:00 (1 PM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 2 nights

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: N/A

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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