We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 11 Guatape accommodations

Hostel El Encuentro

2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   Vereda Quebrada Arriba, Guatape, Colombia
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Hostel El Encuentro to your Saves list
Hostel El Encuentro
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kingy26 London, United Kingdom
  • Reviews (60)
  • Photos (34)
  • Amenities
  • Room tips (11)
  • More
Write a Review

60 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed three nights over a weekend, so we got the Sunday night for free and had the most relaxing stay in beautiful Guatape. The views from the window are amazing and the location is great - on the edge of the small town but with an unparalleled view of the lakes. It is also at the starting point of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Our room was a double with private bathroom and a lake view. As others describe, El Encuentro has quite a few things going for it. The views are certainly a big plus, as is location, particularly if you wish to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the town and still be a short walk away from the main... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
90 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We (couple, 41 & 50) stayed at El Cuentro Hostel for three nights in April 2014. We paid $44 a night for a private room with bathroom. We stayed during Semana Santa (Easter Week) and reserved late, so the only room available had two sets of bunkbeds. It was very crowded and had just one window. Mosquitos can be a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

A quiet hostel with scenic views 5-10 minutes away from the pueblo. I stayed in the apartment, which has a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable bathroom with a hot shower. Greg, the owner is very friendly. The hostel rents bikes and kayaks to explore the lake and the surroundings. Take the bike trail up to the Peñol rock!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bregenz, Austria
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was there for some days and I want to delete it out of my memory. The only reason to spend some time in this hostel is the nice view. But the rest is not to recommend. The buildings are decaysed. The beds are very very little. The double bed is like a big single bed in europe. When showering... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
hostelelencuentro, Owner at Hostel El Encuentro, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to us and we make great efforts to ensure that all of our customers have a great experience. We strongly disagree with your contention that we do not pay attention to cleanliness or maintenance. We are aware that some... More

Santa Marta, Colombia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with my boyfriend and our friend for two nights, but would have liked to have stayed a lot longer. the place was beautiful and well kept, and has a gorgeous view from the balcony. it has a peaceful, very relaxed vibe. The staff were also wonderful. Gregory, the owner, was friendly and helpful and fun to hang... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This place is far from town and not very convenient. There are cheaper places right in town for a lot cheaper. The walls are paper thin. The owner was smug, although his staff was ok. The kitchen is too small and dirty. The room I booked is not what I got. I believe the owner puts pictures of his room... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
hostelelencuentro, Owner at Hostel El Encuentro, responded to this review

Dear Jim C., I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us at Hostel El Encuentro. We take pride in ensuring that all of our guests have a great experience, and we are constantly striving to improve our facilities and services, and we therefore welcome all constructive criticism that will help us to achieve that goal.... More

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

i stayed at the Hostel for a few weeks in July/august 2013, I loved being there, it's close enough to the town of Guatape to walk to, plus it offers full use of the kitchen including fresh water and refrigerator space, outside of some maintenance issues (that you will encounter in Colombia anyway) I would really recommend it for any... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

It was really good to visit this place. Greg and his staff were very welcoming and helpful. Nice coffee and good kitchen, The location is amazing. The dam was low so we could not kayak but just walking around is an excellent choice. Thanks!

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
41 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful setting overlooking one of the arteries of the lake Good information provided about the area Very well equipped, clean but small kitchen Rooms were pretty average. Good size but not comfortable & the bathroom in our room was tiny. However the shower was decent temperature Overall a nice place to stay just outside Guatape Tip - you can walk... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Hostel El Encuentro, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Hostel El Encuentro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hostel El Encuentro

Address: Vereda Quebrada Arriba, Guatape, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Guatape
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostel El Encuentro 2.5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Booking.com, HostelBookers, Tingo, BookingOdigeoWL and HostelWorld so you can book your Hostel El Encuentro reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

34 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (30)
Pool/beach area (3)
Room/suite (4)
Hotel & grounds (4)
View from room (3)
Dining (1)
Family/play areas (2)
Other (13)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (5)
Room/suite (1)
Pool/beach area (1)
View from room (1)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (1)


Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hostel El Encuentro is a small eco-hostel / hotel offering resort-like luxury at backpacker’s prices. Situated on a spacious private peninsula overlooking the town of Guatapé, its gorgeous lake, and the famous El Peñon rock, our hostel offers guests the chance to get away from the noise and pollution of city life, while still enjoying easily walkable access to the town and the many attractions and activities in the area. We offer:Deluxe Private Rooms with Private Baths and Amazing Lake Views4-Person Shared Dormitories, Private Lake Access and Swimming Area, Full Bar and Restaurant On-Site Camping Area and Deluxe Tent Rentals (including full-size air mattresses, sheets, blankets, & lanterns)Fully-Equipped Kitchen, Free Wireless Internet Access, On-Site Spa/Massage Center, BBQ and Campfire Areas, Lounge Area with Large Flat Screen TV and DVD Library, English-Language Book Exchange Yoga/Meditation Area with free use of mats, Free use of our row boat, Mountain Bike and Fishing Gear Rentals, Sailboat trips and courses on the lake, On-Site Tour Agency: Colombia Eco Tours, Hammocks throughout the property. Spanish and Salsa Classes24 hr Hot Water, Free tea, coffee, and local phone calls, Washing Machine, Board Games, Environmental Education Center/Library, Advanced Chemical-free Water Filtration System, Special Rates for Groups up to 40 people, Volunteer and Partnering Opportunities. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

See which rooms travelers prefer