The Best Hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia, for Budget Travellers and Backpackers

The Best Hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia, for Budget Travellers and Backpackers Santa Marta, Colombia
Santa Marta is a city in the Magdalena Department of Colombia's Costa Norte. Over the last decade, security has steadily been replacing the shadow of the Colombia's violent past. One destination in Colombia's northeast region is now attracting more international visitors, the coastal Caribbean area of Santa Marta. Established in 1525 by the Spanish as a base of conquest, Santa Marta sits at the foot of the world's highest coastal mountain range, the towering Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is South America's oldest European-founded town and the second most important colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. While many travelers complain about Santa Marta's horrible traffic and unsightly urban sprawl, the city holds a numerous amounts of great hotels, bars and restaurants and holds a few fantastic destinations nearby to which you can go during the daytime.
How much do hostels in Santa Marta cost?
Average Dorm Price $10 ($6 to $15)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $32 ($5 to $67)
Dorm Bed: COP32,000.00
Private Room: COP52,500.00
Overall Rating: 93%
If you are looking for a fun hostel with a relaxed atmosphere where you can rest, meet people, share a good conversation over a few drinks or just sunbath by the swimming pool, this is the perfect place for you. The Dreamer Hostel is the closest hostel to the Tayrona Park and Minca, a town of many tourist attractions and intends to fulfill every travellers' needs. The location allows easy access to all that Santa Marta has to offer and all the natural attraction of its surroundings, especially the Sierra Nevada mountains and the amazing Tayrona National Park. This makes the Dreamer Hostel an excellent base for discovering the city sights and its nightlife as well as the natural beauty and adventure activities the region has to offer. The hostel features a big garden, a swimming pool and there is a basketball court in front of the property. Nearby you will also find the Coelhos Bar, which opens every day, and an Italian restaurant, which makes delicious homemade pasta and opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those who like to make their own food, there is also a fully equipped kitchen opened all day, two dining areas, a BBQ and a nice TV lounge with cable TV and DVDs.The Dreamer Hostel has a wide range of accommodation from comfortable and spacious dorms to twin and double rooms ensuite and with air conditioning. The establishment provides information to travellers and organizes tours to the main attractions in the region like the Lost City or the dream destination of San Blas and Panama for those who want to continue travelling to central America. Towels included, free wifi, security lockers, laundry facilities, a book exchange, a pool table and luggage storage are also available.

CR 51, 26D-161 Los Trupillos de Mamatoco Diagonal 32, , Santa Marta, Colombia,
Dorm Bed: $9.20
Private Room: $15.63
Overall Rating: 85%
Come experience coastal Colombia and all that Santa Marta has to offer at the Drop Bear Hostel, a favorite for travelers to stay in the region. The hostel is very well located and offers easy access to the city center, the parque tayrona, the lost city, diving, taganga, palomino, minca and other attractions in the area as well as nearby supermarkets and ATMs. The hostel is extremely spacious with a restaurant, self-catered kitchen, massive lounge area with games and TV, bar, gardens with many hammocks and a giant pool not to mention the most clean rooms with comfortable beds in Santa Marta. The hostel has different room options including single and double private rooms with shared bathrooms as well as deluxe double private rooms ensuite. There are also mixed dorms of 4, 8 and 10 beds with private and shared bathrooms. You will also find that there are towels included, free wifi, security lockers, laundry facilities, a book exchange, a tours and travel desk and luggage storage at Drop Bear Hostel.

Carrera 21 Numero 20 36 Barrio Jardin , Santa Marta, Colombia,
Dorm Bed: COP30,000.00
Private Room: COP65,000.00
Overall Rating: 86%
La Villana Hostel believes in connecting travelers from around the world with new and rewarding authentic experiences in this region and with its people. Travelling is one of the best way to truly let go and and find a better version of yourself. Come stay at La Villana Hostel for a unique holiday in a beautiful colonial restored mansion in the historic center of the second oldest city of South America, Santa Marta. In addition to free breakfast, free wifi and towels included for each guests, La Villana Hostel has security lockers, a swimming pool, a large common room with cable TV, bicycle parking, a book exchange, self-catering facilities, an outdoor terrace with a BBQ, washing machine, bicycle hire, a restaurant and bar, and a games room with playstation and board games. Private rooms are for 2, 4 and 6 people and all have their private bathroom. If you have a smaller budget, you can also stay in a mixed or female dorm of 4, 8 or 16 beds.

calle17 No 3-70 , Santa Marta, Colombia,
Dorm Bed: $12.17
Private Room: $24.72
Overall Rating: 88%
Fatima beach is located in the historical center of Santa Marta, the gateway for trips into the Tayrona National Natural Park, multi-day guided treks to the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains and adventure sports such as diving for example. The beach is only five blocks from the hostel. They have 3 private rooms, 10 mixed dorms which have either 4, 6 or 8 beds. All rooms have air-conditioning and the dorms are spacious and provide each guest with a security locker to keep their belongings safe. The facilities include a 24 hours reception, laundry service, free Wi-Fi, towels included, equipped kitchen, computers, living room with TV, two Jacuzzis, a restaurant/bar and a breakfast included.

Calle 18 #05-66 , Santa Marta, Colombia,
Dorm Bed: $9.26
Private Room: $18.52
Overall Rating: 88%
Tiki Hut Santa Marta is located in a quiet and safe area with different gastronomical options available nearby. It is a two minutes walk to a shopping centre, and 3 minutes away from the historic center by bus (under USD$0.50) or by taxi (USD$2). The lovely staff is always happy to help you with anything you need whether it is providing you advice for you trip or booking tours in the region. Lost City trek tours, diving courses, bike rentals, kayaking, visits to remote and unknown beaches such as Bahia Concha, Granate, Lipe Beach and Punta Gloria and Tayrona sailing tours can be arranged at the front desk. Tiki Hut Santa Marta has three different types of dorms, three private rooms and private bathrooms as well as air conditioning for every room. Rooms at Tiki Hut Santa Marta are very spacious, dorms have large lockers and private rooms have a cable tv and security box. All guests also have access to a fully-equipped kitchen, a pool table, board games, a jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a breakfast included. Other amenities and services include free wifi, a book exchange, luggage storage, towels for hire, laundry facilities and a bar.

Calle 29 #13-59 , Santa Marta, Colombia,
Dorm Bed: COP40,000.00
Private Room: COP66,666.67
Overall Rating: 87%
Sit back and enjoy a unique experience at Hostel Masaya while soaking up the sun and the sea views. The staff at Masaya hostel is passionate about Colombia and travelling and aims to give you the opportunity to dive in the local experience. Hostel Masaya wants you to sample the local delights, enjoy the fabulous Colombian hospitality and take part in some unique cultural experiences. The hostel provides a great atmosphere for relaxation, whether it is by the pool, in one of the many quiet reading spot or by joining in one of the daily cultural activities. From learning Salsa to making your own empanadas, the establishment has something to involve every guest in discovering Colombia. Hostel Masaya is fully equipped with luxury private rooms, comfortable dorms with plugs, fans and lockers for every bed, 2 swimming pools, a cinema, a roof terrace bar with BBQ, a pool table, and free WiFi. Guests staying in private rooms have a free daily breakfast.

Calle 14 04-80 , Santa Marta, Colombia,
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