Hostel Trail



The Review

Hostel Trail is a relaxed, quiet hostel with a good ambience. Perhaps, for its capacity, it is a bit short on bathrooms and needs larger common areas, but all in all, it’s a nice place to stay.

The Location

Famous for its unsurpassed Colonial Quarter, with its beautiful buildings in mint condition, Popayán is an impressive city to discover and enjoy. Perhaps, less known is that because of its gastronomy, it's also a World Heritage Site. The city offers excellent cuisine and dining venues to relax after a day walking its memorable streets.

Located in a middle-class neighbourhood, more commercial than residential, the hostel is at an intersection of two busy avenues. There’s traffic noise between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and occasionally, it is carried into the rooms facing the streets. For a late riser, it's best to ask for a room in the back, preferably on the third floor. The hostel is a large modern building, in impeccable condition. The entrance corridor ends in a small sitting room. To the left are a locker and storage room and stairs to the second floor. This floor has a kitchen, three rooms, and a bathroom.

To the right, other stairs lead to an annex with a second and third floor. The second floor hosts the reception; two adjoining common areas; and a second kitchen, used by the staff to prepare paid breakfasts (which are a good value). Behind the reception are the stairs to the third floor, where a small common space, private rooms, and a bathroom are located.

The furnishings are comfortable and inviting. The decoration is nicely done, with good taste, and mostly with travel motifs. In general, the ambience is easy going and cheerful. Illumination and ventilation throughout the hostel is very good.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Two dorms with eight beds in double-bed bunks and a private room are on the lefthand side of the second floor. There's only two power points for each room, and neither lockers nor night-lights. One dorm includes a bathroom, while the other shares the external bathroom with the private. The other annex holds the remaining eleven private rooms. Eight share the only close-by bathroom. All include wooden shutters to reduce the street noise.

Bathrooms are cleaned during the day and are moderately clean. Showers have electric heaters, so the pressure is low. Shared bathrooms are scarce and at times overwhelmed.

Common Spaces

The ground floor has a medium-sized quiet space for up to seven guests with two sofas (an individual and a double), a table for four, and four power points. The table doubles as the dining area, which the kitchen lacks.
The adjoining room contains eighteen small lockers, for the guests in dorms. There’s also a free storage area for baggage.

The kitchen is upstairs. It’s a small, one-meal-at-a-time area, and is occasionally overcrowded. Quite basically equipped, it’s set-up for preparing simple meals. The kitchen is cleaned in early mornings and kept clean by the guests.

In front of the reception, there’s a dining table for four. This is also used for the people that pay for breakfast. The adjoining room has a capacity for ten people. It includes a table for four, another for three, a single sofa, and a double. This is a nice, quiet area for reading or connecting to the internet; it's nicely furnished and decorated. Books for exchange are found here.

On the third floor, there’s a computer with a double sofa to the side. The laundry is at the back. Clothes can be washed by hand here, but there’s no place to hang them to dry.


The owners, who attend the hostel personally, offer plenty of info on traveling. The hostel is best if you stay in a private with a bathroom and don’t require a kitchen.
by edudelcorral Staff Reviewer
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Street view
Downstairs lounge and stairs to reception
Second floor lounge
Computers & 3rd. floor lounge
Third floor
Eight bed dorm with bathroom
2nd floor shared bathroom


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Trail" at Carerra 11 No. 4-16.)


Carerra 11 No. 4-16, Popayán, Colombia
2.443508, -76.610169 (accuracy not guaranteed)
314 696 0805
+44 (0)700 608 4544
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84% Guest Reviews

We really enjoyed staying here!
Comfortable, clean, and quiet rooms. helpful staff.
Great people, great bed, great value.
Age 25, UK
Hostel Trail is a great place to stay while visiting the lovely white town of Popayan. It´s well looked after and clean and has dorms and private rooms available and good facilities. The Location Hostel Trail is located on the edge of the old colonial section of the city about a five-minute walk from the centre. It´s easy to reach all the sites in the city by foot and there are a good selection of restaurants close by -- the hostel has a good map with all the important points of the city marked, and some restaurants. You can walk to the hostel from the bus stop but it´s a bit of a way and a complicated. The roads around the hostel are quite busy and noisy at night. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms at Hostel Trail are nice and clean. The beds are comfortable and some of the privates have cupboard space. They have nice big windows and the rooms are light and airy. The only complaint about the rooms is that they are noisy. The window shutters block out the sound from the street but all noise from inside the hostel is clearly heard in the rooms -- light sleepers beware. The bathrooms are nice and clean too with good showers. Common Spaces There are some nice common spaces for the guests to use. The reception area has a book exchange, lots of information about the surrounding areas, and a couple of tables. There are also some tables on the ground floor for eating meals. The comfortable lounge has a large TV and a wide selection of movies to watch. There are lockers to store your goods and some have power points! The reception is open twenty-four hours and there are drinks for sale as well as free coffee. Three computers are for the internet but there is a internet cafe next door that is cheaper. The kitchen is small but we think it has most of the things you´ll need, it looks like it needs a bit of a clean but isn´t too bad. Summary It´s a nice place to spend a day or two while exploring the area and there is a lot of information to keep you up to date. It´s relaxed but doesn´t have much of a vibe and is clean, well looked after, and has a good location.
Mark Hosking
(South Africa)

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