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Carrera 11, Numero 17 - 49, Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality 470004 Colombia
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#1 of 386 Speciality lodging in Santa Marta
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Cacao Hostel is the best hostel in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, Our rooms are dorms with A/C, Free Wifi, open patio with Swimming pool, chill out areas with hammock, Bar, fully equipped Kitchen, 24 hours reception, free coffee, breakfast service, laundry service and experienced tour operator. It’s time to relax and get a lot of energy before you go to Tayrona Park or The Lost City. Cacao Hostel is located 10 minutes walking to the beach. And only 5 minutes walking from the bars and restaurants area near to the city center. Also is the closes hostel to the local market, bus stops to go to Tayrona Park, Palomino and Minca departs. Cacao Hostel has 4 dorms with Air Conditioning, 2 private rooms, one with Air/Con and another with ceiling fan, that means 36 happy backpackers. All our rooms are very spacious, have a great light, private and shared bathrooms and bunk beds with a special design thinking in the comfort of you.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese


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Lewy wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
An amazing hostel to act as a base for trips to Minca, Tayrona park etc and near the market to buy cheap groceries. The dorms were large and the air con was perfect, especially for the climate in Santa Marta! The pool was a great way to cool off and meet people. The staff were also so friendly, helpful and speak basically native-level English so no language barrier. Special shoutout to Andres on night reception! He was so helpful and gave me so much advice on Santa Marta and helped me plan my trip, kudos! Would defintiely reccommend and stay again
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Ella wrote a review Nov 2019
6 contributions
This was my favorite hostel of our month long trip to Colombia. The rooms were perfectly clean, the A/C was great, and there is a nice outdoor area with hammocks and a swimming pool. And it's also an amazing price! All the staff that I met there spoke English, and they helped us get a taxi at 3am to the airport. Leticia was especially helpful and even let us use their printer to print our boarding passes. I would definitely recommend staying here if you're in Santa Marta! One downside: I wouldn't recommend using their laundry service. A few of our clothes came back with bleach stains on them.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Václav T wrote a review Oct 2019
Pilsen, Czech Republic65 contributions14 helpful votes
Hostal is a great place to stay, positives that stand s for pointing out: from begining, easy and practical communication through whatsapp location is close to center but outside the rush rooms clean (rooms I ve seen including mine has a window) inside area hamacas, pool, bar (from backpackers point of view luxury more then you need) for friendly price Skilled, friendly and really helpfull staff, special thanks to Mishelle, who helped a lot with all questions including trips, local streetfood, and hints to enjoy the time.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Matt wrote a review Sep 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom1 contribution
Great hostel for a short stay in Santa Marta. Burgers, pizza, darts and a pool perfect for chilling after hiking to the beaches in Tayrona. Leticia on reception helped with all our queries when we arrived!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Steffen507 wrote a review Sep 2019
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I had two great stays at this hostel. Both trips were for one day before and after a week-long trip further up the coast. The rooms are clean, the free breakfast is good and the staff is super friendly, especially Michelle at the reception!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
US$19 - US$31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ColombiaMagdalena DepartmentSanta Marta MunicipalitySanta Marta
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cacao Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Cacao Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Mundo Marino (0.1 km), Nabusimake (0.3 km), and Ocean Mall (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cacao Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Cacao Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cacao Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cacao Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Little Ouzo, Dorito Xpress, and Gogreen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cacao Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Cacao Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cacao Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cacao Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan.
Are there any historical sites close to Cacao Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Paseo El Camellón (0.7 km), Centro Historico de Santa Marta (0.7 km), and Alcaldia de Santa Marta (5.5 km).