The Hotel Santa Marta Real is in an excellent location—only 2-3 blocks to the main square or the beach. My room was small, but spotless. It had a modern look, with white walls and a tile floor. The bed had a down comforter. The hotel has air conditioning and an elevator. The restaurant on the 4th floor is open air, but under a roof overhang.
A friend stayed here when visiting Santa Marta. It is a small hotel in the historic district. It is quiet, clean, modern looking and reasonably priced. There is a nice view from up on top and there is a nice breeze. Parts of the year, you won't need the AC. The web site has useful video and photos of the establishment. You can find tourist information there and the owner can also give you suggestions. He is from Ireland and also has a farm near Bonda (a nearby town. You can see busetas with "Bonda" in the city). I haven't been to the farm but I have been to this area and it is beautiful. www.fincarios.com
This is a reasonably priced, comfortable location in the heart of the historic center. There are some dorm rooms that are less expensive (20-30000 COP) than a hotel room (40-100000 COP, depending on the season and AC usage). Check out their web site. I put that this is about average, but if you are looking for a quieter place than La Brisa Loca this is it and possibly a little cheaper.
The Solymar Hostal is a modern mid-range option in Santa Marta and after checking out some of the cheaper options on the darker side of town, it seemed very reasonable even if it was one of the more expensive rooms we had stayed in up to this point. There were no common areas and the rooms were a bit on the small side but it was very clean, with a comfortable bed with fresh clean sheets but oddly no blanket. The air-conditioning worked very well. So well in fact, we had to break out our sleeping bags to stay warm. Without the A/C the room was stuffy and a bit humid. The private bath was also modern and clean, something quite important when one of your party has a bad stomach which was the case during our stay.
It is only one block from the waterfront and in one of the nicer parts of town so exploring at night is not a problem and finding something to eat is easy and convenient. The front desk staff were helpful and not obtrusive. In a town like Santa Marta where tours are their bread and butter, this is a real blessing, especially if you are planning on finding just the right tour yourself. We left our extra gear with them twice when we did our tours and felt very comfortable that everything would be there on our return.
It was 60000 COP ($30) per night but that was with a slightly cheaper price due to our staying three nights. We wound up staying two other single nights in between our jaunts to Tayrona and Ciudad Perdida and they charged us the same on these occasions too.
very hospitable guesthouse..try to get the suite with balcony with view over the stunning river and rain-forest
excellent food (italian origin)
Hotel Sierra'a Sound offers comfortable ensuite and triple rooms with air- conditioning, private bathroom with warm water and a special decoration.
The river next to it invites to relax on the terrace and the restaurant, where you can enjoy fabulous local and international dishes, and to explore the natural surroundings
Hukumeizi is still in progress but wil become a little paradise at palomina beach near Tayrona national park
Hukuméizi Hotel has a privileged location on a Caribbean beach in the department of La Guajira. From there, one can observe the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. One can take a 15-minute walk along the beach to reach the mouth of the San Salvador River, or a half-hour stroll to the Palomino River, two rivers that flow down directly from the Sierra. Bathing in the fresh, clear and cold waters of the rivers is refreshing and comforting. There is a large mangrove swamp inhabited by wild life within the hotel premises, as well as a lake and fields planted with fruit trees.
good food, friendly service , nice privat cabanas
in a very beautiful area straight at beach, beautiful own garden
in real natural environment
take care of frogs and crabs going around in night time
I stayed a few nights at Casa Familiar, which is a cheap hotel with many rooms, both private and dorms. I did not book in advance. My room was small and simple but clean and there was a bathroom and a TV. For the room I paid 18 000 pesos per night (August 2008). At the hotel you can get good information about trips to Tyrona and Ciudad Perdida. And you can store your luggage in a room at the hotel while going to these places. For that they charge 2000 pesos. And there is a safe deposit for your valuables.
The hotel is situated one block from the Playa, three blocks from Plaza Bolivar and three blocks from Carrera 5 (from where buses are leaving for Taganga).
- Not many pros, but this is one of the cheapest options around
- There is an in-house restaurant with TVs
- Rather near to the coast / beach
- Beds are horribly hard and uncomfortable
- Rooms are dark and unkempt
- Toilets are quite disgusting
- I would suggest to look for another hostel somewhere else
Dorms: 7,000 Colombian pesos (2005)
Perfect... Just like Marquez and the GRINGO PALACE. steeped in history. The ORIGINAL backpackers hotel in Latin America. Best FOOD. Best People. GREAT STAFF> LAundry services superb...
All around our best trip... best eerything!!!
Guide trips, Scuba, GREAT FOOD... CHEAP.
Cool everything, CHEAP. cool. fun. for real backpackers. lightweights stay home
party atmosphere... but family friendly, all ages
This is a legendary packpackers hostel, which is always full of people travelling throughtout south-america. It's an interesting place where you can find many strange (or less strange) aquaintances and spend a great time drinking rum or aguardiente or smoking (usually illegal substances) on the roof or entertaining one or two of the representatives of the oldest profession in the world. There are especially lot of Israely tourists but also "on the road" people from all parts of the world. A great place to estanlish contacts and get aquaintances or just to have fun. The place is cheap (3000 pesos for a bed) and the owner is friendly. The food is ok and cheap and everybody is nice and helpful. The place is a true commune, and if you are not into all that world-traveller thing, then it's best to choose a more "neutral" place...
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