Casa Caracol, Cádiz

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Casa Caracol hostel is in a very old building, so it has many stairs leading up to the roof terrace, but it is full of character and charm.

The Location

The hostel Casa Caracol is tucked away down a little lane in the old part of the city of Cadiz. It is just a short walk from the main bus and train stations, and even though it is very close to many lively bars and restaurants, it is quiet during the night. It has a lovely social, familial atmosphere, and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is full of quirky little rooms and corridors, which are decorated with mosaics and mirrors. Bathrooms are scattered around (including an open-air toilet on the roof terrace).

There are two seven-bed dorms (one of these is female only), one six-bed dorm, and one four-bed dorm, plus three private rooms. The bunk beds are made of wood and are sturdy. They come with really nice duvets and feather pillows and are very comfortable. Deep lockers are underneath, but there is also plenty of floor space for storing your bags. The rooms are spacious and airy with air conditioning.

There are six shared bathrooms plus an en suite in one of the private rooms. All of the bathrooms are kept very clean. Most are large, and they have mirrors and hooks for your clothes, so that you don’t get everything wet when you shower.

Common Spaces

There is a cosy dining area where people tend to congregate, and where a free pancake breakfast is served every morning. Free tea and coffee are available all day in the well-equipped kitchen, which is free for guests to use. Great music is played here, but never so loud as to be a distraction if you are working. There is also a log burner for the colder winter months.

There is also a large lounge area with many chairs and sofas. They show films here; there is also a book- exchange section and a games corner. On the roof is a beautiful, open-air terrace with plants, hammocks, and that outside loo, plus one of the private bedrooms.

Computers are available in the hostel for guests to use and Wi-Fi is freely available throughout most of the hostel.

Staff are happy to keep an eye on your luggage if you check in or out early, and while reception is not manned around the clock, there is always a member of staff around and a security guy at night. The overall atmosphere is friendly and cosy, and often somebody will prepare a group meal for guests for a nominal fee. Beer and wine are also available for guests to buy.

Summary

You can hire bicycles at the hostel for a very reasonable price, and during the summer season at least, staff organise day trips. The hostel has a great family atmosphere in a fantastic area of the Old City of Cadiz.
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Jane Clements
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-06-06

Very last resort

There's better places. Here, the security is LOUSY. I entrusted my money belt to the reception staff and they put it in a "secure" drawer and told me the desk was always manned. I checked out and asked for the money belt, a 50 euro note was missing and replaced with a 20. I was in a hurry so couldn't argue my case to the (I'm sure) honest guy on the desk. I wrote to the boss by e-mail, later but was fobbed off. Just stay elsewhere! I concur that it's a dishonest hostel. Not worth a star.

Gee
2011-09-17
british

Better places to stay

Do your self a favour, stay at one of the new hostels that have opened in Cadiz. The latest reviews are misleading, if you want to earn 5 bucks they will pay you for a good but dishonest review.

Will
2011-02-21
England

Casa Caracol is a wicked little place stay there!!

Casa Caracol is a lovely hostel. the place is full of character, it is clean, and loads of fun. The brothel closed down next door over 2 years ago. There are doors to every room! Lockers for everyone, but the real draw is the vibe and the welcoming feel of the place it has heart and soul in a beautiful building and a fabulous roof terrace full of plants and hammocks. The mould is history as the roof has been repaired after the deluge in 2009. In the winter there is a wood burning stove so it is cosy. Check it out yourself!

Anonymous
2010-10-06
England

Surprising that this a business

When I arrived the receptionist continued talking with her friend on the phone for fifteen minutes while two other guests arrived. She explained that she had not talked to her friend for some time. Once they had caught up, she could not accept my fifty euro note, for a twenty-six euro charge, because she had no change. The hostel employs seven individuals to maintain thirty-two beds. One particularly pretension hippie resides on the couch in the common area in exchange for occasionally changing light bulbs. Most of these people are well meaning but have no business running a hostel, yet if you are traveling solo it might be the best way to meet young English speakers in Cadiz. However, your experience will be more hippie nomad abroad than andalucian. It is, I believe, the only hostel in Cadiz. but if you are not traveling alone it is highly recommended to stay in a pension for a comparable price.

Dan McLeod
2009-03-14
Canada

nice and warm atmosphere, nothing to complain. sure, if you want to sleep quietly at night and take great showers, it's definitely the wrong place. you'll meet long queues for the shower, and people coming back home early in the morning (like in all hostels of this type?). forget planning your evening with strict appointments. in contrary, make sure to forget the time and change your life on low-fire. then you'll meet many backpackers from all over the world, all with their own stories to tell. dinner parties on the roof, or chilled guitar music as well as friendly stuff. furthermore, it's a safe place for your luggage. I also had the impression that it's a clean place.

olita de frankfurt
2006-09-08

I met friendly people and this place has a nice relaxed vibe. The one aspect I would warn other females about is the owner. On first meeting him he was nice enough, friendly and down to earth, when it became apparent I wasn't interested in seeing his bedroom (yes he took us to his house, how friendly) or travelling south with him for a few days he became extremely rude. I'm sure his heart is in the right place and he means no harm.

Annonymous
2006-05-05

As I made my way through Spain (about fifteen hostels in thirteen locations) I was shocked to find out that this is by far the worst hostel I came across. They take away your passport as a "deposit" for the key. That's insane. In a worst case scenario that's the only thing I would need to get back home, I can lose everything, even my credit card, the embassy will get me back. And talking about the credit card, how am I supposed to pay with my credit card in Spain without the passport? The breakfast consists of Muesli and something to drink. Although this is not

unusual in Spanish private hostels (meaning a youth hostel that doesn't

belong to the REAJ), this is a joke. You could at least provide some slices of toast. I went to an REAJ hostel in Alicante which was eight Euros a day during low season and had the one of the best breakfasts including lots of bacon, cheese, cake, all that good stuff. Although there are other hostel chains like the Home hostels where (at least in some of them) you don't get breakfast at all it's just ridiculous to have a hostel posing with free breakfast that consists of something that costs them almost nothing at all. At least try to make it less obvious. Better bring your earplugs (some industry earplugs attenuating the noise a lot). In case you want to sleep at night you would either need them or drink until you're in a coma. The hostel is loud and I mean loud at night.

Unfortunately there's no way to protect you from the noise in the hostel

as the design of the rooms is quite "open," meaning you can't shut off the noise. You're supposed to put all your used toilet paper in a bin and not to flush it down the toilet. Although there are areas in Europe where this is necessary, I'm not doing that in Spain, no way. Gross. There are three showers (actually it's four if you count the one on the roof), one of them (first floor) sort of improvised in the middle of the bathroom meaning that if someone wants to use the toilet after someone took a shower the whole bathroom will most likely still be flooded and will immediately get dirty if the person about to use the bathroom is wearing shoes. Sometimes it looks clean, most of the time it feels dirty. Well if you belong the the strange kind of people that go to Spain to actually

speak Spanish I'm sorry to tell you that -- just like in a ton of hostels that don't belong to REAJ -- the staff is struggling hard to have a conversation with you as the official hostel language is English. Unfortunately hostels like that are starting to make me hate English and I'm only writing this rating in English to share my impression with other tourists that want to go to Cdiz and consider this hostel one of the few possibilites to stay there. I'm from Germany and surprise surprise, in Germany we don't speak English officially. In Germany we speak German, I'm pretty sure in England and the US (for example) they speak English and -- I'm deeply sorry -- in Spain you have to be able to speak Spanish, at least working in a hostel. It seems the team is

changing quickly all the time as many lost souls wandering the earth are

occasionally working at the hostel to save a few bucks and get have a

place to sleep.

Andreas Rathmann
2006-04-16

Ignore all the comments before; there are no dirty sheets here currently as the staff work really hard to make this place nice for everyone. Yes, indeed, I know because they've roped me into helping too. There's no bed-bug problem either, and I've never been kept awake by the brothel next door. The place next door is more like an old-blokes Irish boozer in Cork and there's no need to be intimidated by it. The only risk of embarrassment here, is getting humped by Che the dog, but he's way more attractive than the fille de joie next door.

nickgonewalkabout@yahoo.co.uk
2005-12-24

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Casa Caracol Reviews from the Web

Probably one of the best hostels I have been to. I love the friendly vibe, they organize dinners and events on their rooftop, they make a great breakfast, I like their sustainable approach. Just felt great ! I will be back ! :)

laravinaccia915226
2022-07-22

Such a welcoming environment! They made pancakes for us for breakfast and the yoga class on the beach was so lovely! definitely would stay here again

wiesesadie3270
2022-07-16

This was a very hippy hostel.

Everything was OK, my biggest complaint is I found the rooms to be way too warm (they keep the AC on 26 degrees which is too high for me). I couldn't even sleep with a sheet, but I understand that some people on the bottom bunks were actually cold with the AC blowing directly on them. Just a warning to come prepared as you might be very hot or freezing depending on where your bunk is in the room.

jdangelo1400
2022-07-12

Great place. Made by backpackers for backpackers!

dwulffraat1705
2022-07-11

Great hostel to chill / meet people. Great vibe. Everywhere is walkable. Not far from the beach. The market is a good place to start the night. Plenty of good bars / restaurants nearby.

alexwroels9385
2022-07-10

This was my favorite hostal by far. Lovely people. Super location. Awesome accommodation. Wonderful vibes!

chelsearanelle1422
2022-07-01

This was a wonderful hostal. Family environment. The staff were lovely. So much community. Definitely stay here! Cant wait to come back

chelsearanelle1422
2022-06-29

Good peeps! Staff was friendly in a great location we had a great stay!

jamnatys2516
2022-06-20

Friendly staff. Great location.

ollittel8400
2022-06-15

Great hostel, amazing staff and good communal vibe in this rather small (thats a positive!) and not at all intimidating hostel

Karolkrochmal863
2022-06-08

Staff were super friendly here and made for great company on a night out! When I first arrived there wasn't too much of an atmosphere, but things really picked up over the weekend. I loved the rooftop bar. The kitchen seems to be a bit dirty though. I often saw lots of flys around.

tarake
2022-05-31

Lovely relaxed atmosphere and great kitchen.

aislingkfarren2881
2022-05-22

Amazing atmosphere - everyone is so friendly and the staff really make an effort to bring everyone together. There are family meals most evenings and free breakfast every day. Lots of organised activities. Location is great - near the beach and town centre and only 5 mins from the train/bus station. Hostel is gorgeous - lots of communal spaces including a rooftop terrace. Only downside is there isnt much privacy in the bedrooms and only one bathroom in each room (for up to 8 people). Overall its fab -

rosiedonson4467
2022-05-06

Excelente location and very helpful people. It's also has a very friendly atmosphere and activities to get to know each other!! Totally recommended

marakougioni1797
2022-05-04

Great hostel! Very friendly and helpful staff and volunteers, beautiful building, great location, nice beds, nice kitchen, good prices. A very good hostel for exploring cadiz and spending time with other travellers.

bjornstenson1693
2022-05-02

Really awesome staff, location, and general great ambiance.

aloovnsQerkzXh5V
2022-04-24

Casa los Piratas

Friendly and helpful staff

Separate from the Caracol, squatter chic, a bit smelly.

jasdev_sekhon
2022-04-23

Loved this Hotel!! Beautifully designed, so many cosy nooks to hang out. Eating/communal area is bright and lovely, really brings people together. Beds are very bright and clean and cosy. The most social hostel I've been in, so easy to get to know other travellers. Great location too few minutes walking to the beach. Options to do yoga and surf lessons etc

laraleftie1491
2022-04-22

Another excellent stay at Casa Caracol. It's a fantastic hostel in a characterful building with a beautiful roof terrace. The staff were friendly and there's even a hostel Whatsapp group you're invited to join to coordinate plans such as yoga sessions and group dinners. The beds are really comfortable and well-equipped with small and large lockers, mirrors, and plug sockets. Really convenient location 5 minutes from the train station and 5 from the beach. Definitely stay here

Anonymous
2022-04-19

The location was nice, friendly staff I liked it!

Ksiaspo9612
2022-04-17

Description

The Caracol is a relaxed, friendly place near the beach with the idea of chill built in. Small and cozy, we offer a shared kitchen and common area that's often full of travelers reveling into the nights. There is a plant filled roof terrace with hammocks to swing away the siesta or to sleep under the stars. There is free internet, wifi and breaky. There is no lock out or curfew.
Coming to relax or to dance most people reserve for a day or two and stay for a week!

Location and Contact

Location

Look at the web site for the map. Otherwise go to the plaza san Juan de Dios stand looking at the ayuntamiento building ( the building with the arches and greco roman pillars, if you are right in front of this building to your left will be calle Sopranis, go down Sopranis and Suarez de Salazar is your second on the left. Look for Number 4, double blue doors with a yellow snail and casa caracol written on them.

Map

Map

Address: Calle Suárez de Salazar 4, Cádiz (Cadiz), Andalusia, Spain

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Website

Website Casa Caracol Cádiz www.caracolcasa.com
Phone Number: (34) 956-26-11-66
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Female Solo Traveller

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Towels

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Bar

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Table Tennis

Walking Tours

Yoga Classes

Airport Pickup

Credit Card Payments

Parking

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 10:00-15:00, 17:00-01:00

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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