Drop Bear Hostel

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Description

The Hostelz.com Review

Drop Bear Hostel, located in an old cartel mansion, has a lot of character. It's a nice place to relax, and an ideal base to visit the communities and attractions outside of Santa Marta.

The Location

This hostel is not located in the city center. It is five blocks away from a main road and a large supermarket, as well as a fruit store. The buses toward Tayrona and Palomino all travel along this road, making them very easy to access from the hostel. If traveling to Minca, the bus stop near the supermarket on Eleventh and Twelfth is a short cab ride away. The hostel is happy to hold your packs for you while you check out these and other areas.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms are very sizable and the bunk beds are wooden and fairly solid. All rooms have either fans or air conditioning, depending on price and preference. Some rooms may have broken lockers, but there are some intact smaller lockers available at the very least. The rooms themselves do not lock, but are located safely in the gated hostel building. En suite bathrooms are little aged, and the (cold-water-only) showers do lack pressure at certain times, however, they are incredibly spacious.

Common Spaces

The common areas at this hostel are some of the best around. The walls are decorated with graffiti and all kinds of quotes, and the areas are very extensive. There is a large Netflix and movie room with space to seat quite a few people. There is also a pool table, ping-pong table, and some beanbags here for those who aren't after a TV fix. This hostel has a well-maintained pool and a giant, swinging, square, mesh "hammock" where many people can relax.

Similarly there are many regular hammocks strung up on the second story, and the "third" story platform.
The bar and the kitchen are smaller but adequate, and there is a restaurant for those who don't wish to cook. The restaurant has decent meals at average prices, and also very affordable specials. There are also a few computers for all to use, and the Wi-Fi covers the whole hostel.

Summary

This hostel, while slightly isolated from downtown, makes for a very convenient stop in Santa Marta. It is relatively cheap, has a interesting history, and its layout and common areas are unique and comforting. If you plan to use Santa Marta as a base to explore from, this is a good option.
by sun&snow
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2015-11-13
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Drop Bear Hostel" at Carrera 21 con Calle 20, 36.)

Location/Contact

Address
Carrera 21 con Calle 20, 36, Barrio Jardin, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Coordinates
11.237071, -74.190552 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.dropbearhostel.com
Telephone
00573204635419
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How is Drop Bear Hostel rated on other websites?

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Hostelworld
(563 ratings)
87%
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HostelBookers
(40 ratings)
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Hostels.com
(3 ratings)
86%
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87%
72%
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Incredible space but a bit of a rip-off
The building is amazing, staff generally good, and rooms and all facilities incredible. Just a bit pricey and keen to get you on their overpriced tours.
Jon
Age 29, UK
2015-07-26
 
Spacious and secure with very relaxed atmosphere
Friendly and helpful people run Drop Bear. I was given lots of good advise, and slept very well in the private room I had hired. The bar played great music, and the drinks were very affordable. And the hostel kitchen (which was furnished with TWO sinks) also had a very good juice blender. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a small sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Santa Marta. Plus, as I arrived it coincided with the arrival of a puppy and a kitten. Both of which I'm sure will enjoy being petted by guests for years to come! DO stay here!
Eleanor
Age 34, Uk
2013-03-25

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