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Hostel El Encuentro

2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   Vereda Quebrada Arriba, Guatape, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
IberianTraveler2014 San Francisco, California
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  • 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
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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located about 10-15 minutes from the center (a good exercise), hostel el Encuentro is a quiet, gorgeous and "magical" place with very reasonable rates for what you get. I spent 6 nights there in mid-July and each morning I felt like waking up in paradise with view of a horse grazing on the hills that drop down to a tributary... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great hostel, but it is a hostel not a resort as some other reviewers have said. The accommodations are basic and the beds are not really comfortable, but that is to be expected in a hostel. The location is perfect - we had a window overlooking the lake and felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, yet it's... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This hostel has an amazing view over the lakes and the big rock. You can do the hike up the rock from here and they have many other activities, we did a very nice hike to the waterfalls. Guided by the staff from the hostel. The staff is so friendly, helpfull and they really make the nice atmosphere in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

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

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Bogota, Colombia
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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San Jose, California
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90 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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

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Madrid, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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!

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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

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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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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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

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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

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Address: Vereda Quebrada Arriba, Guatape, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Guatape
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostel El Encuentro 2.5*
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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 
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