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.

La Tortuga Hostel

Certificate of Excellence
Calle 9 # 3 - 116, Taganga 470007, Colombia
Hotel amenities
Book on
TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Booking.com to make your booking as easy as possible.
1 room 1 adult
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
La Tortuga Hostel
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

168 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Toronto
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The place is nice at first pass, but then you realize that the pool is pretty gross and tiny, the showerhead has been yanked off, the location isn't great, and that Taganga kinda sucks unless you're diving, or looking to score lots and lots of drugs. I did have a bad experience with them giving away my room. I will... More 

Helpful?
Thank Reza E
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

I planned to spend a week in Taganga and when I checked in the Nirvana hostel I wanted to leave the same day because of the dirtiness and lack of atmosphere . Luckily I found the Tortuga hostel that completely changed my mood. It's the only Caribbean looking building in Taganga , made with local bamboo and palm roof .... More 

Helpful?
Thank Marco A
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Great hostel for Taganga. The hostel is partly made of bamboo and has various places to relax: hammocks, a pool and a rooftop bar with an amazing view over the bay. Staff was one of the best on our trip. Welcoming, helpful and always smiling. Rooms are basic, but clean. Mattresses should be replaced (they were a little bit shaggy).... More 

Helpful?
Thank Joh4
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a really nice hostel. No more, no less. Nice pool, very nice owner, nice(ish) kitchen. The room is so so, but really ok. Was really annoying that when the pool was out of order, no one told us nothing, and after being out of order for full two days (half our stay) , I think they should have... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rotem Z
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here one night & left. Dirty bathrooms, fans broken so only blew on bottom bunks so boiling, dodgey part of town, and music till 2am in the middle of the week. Moved to other hostels which were cheaper and had AC. Nice staff but I think this hostel has just got lazy because they're in the guide books.

Helpful?
Thank ldbri
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

I stayed in one of he dorm rooms at La Tortuga in June 2015. Overall the hostel is pretty nice and definitely really clean. There is a nice rooftop terrace with a bar and some hammocks...this was key for Taganga heat. The location is a little bit far from the beach, about a 5-7 min walk. Taganga is pretty small... More 

Helpful?
Thank AGUNITED4
Mazatlan, Mexico
Level Contributor
69 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed having a pool, after coming from the South and loosing my tan this was a huge plus for me. There are hammocks almost everywhere and the staff were all helpful and nice. Special thanks to Alfredo at the reception for really being amazing, helpful and enjoying his job. The bartender Guido rocks, he's very knowledgeable about the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hostel_FunkyMonkey
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Really lovely hostel with a rustic look due to the awesome bamboo construction. Great roof top bar with views and excellent little pool to cool off in - a real bonus. Hostel was clean and was a nice place to chill with cooling breezes, hammocks and fans. It didn't necessarily feel the securest of places, but this was more Taganga... More 

Helpful?
Thank MorrisMinor8
Perth
Level Contributor
30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Had a week or so in Taganga as an alternative to The bustle of Santa Marta. As its only a 10 minute drive, all the of same attractions are available from there. Set back a couple of blocks from the clubs along the beach, la Tortuga has a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of budget accomodation. The beds are good, the... More 

Helpful?
Thank theStranded
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My favourite hostel in my Colombian trip! La Tortuga has one of the best sunset views overseeing the Tanganga Bay, with very clean rooms and welcoming social area to make you feel at home. I enjoyed La Tortuga so much that a 2-day stay became a 5-day stay! Their big open-air communal kitchen is a PLUS, you don't find many... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ade77
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

45 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (24)
Viewed
View from room (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Family/play areas (3)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (1)
Viewed
Other (14)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (21)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Family/play areas (3)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Other (12)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Taganga hotels
0.3 mi away
Hotel Bahia Taganga
Hotel Bahia Taganga
#5 of 12 in Taganga
4.0 of 5 stars 87 reviews
0.2 mi away
Hotel Casa D'mer Taganga
0.2 mi away
Hotel Kikuxtah
Hotel Kikuxtah
#3 of 12 in Taganga
4.5 of 5 stars 219 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Hostel Villa Mary
Hostel Villa Mary
#1 of 56 in Taganga
5.0 of 5 stars 87 reviews
0.4 mi away
La Casa de Felipe
La Casa de Felipe
#8 of 56 in Taganga
4.0 of 5 stars 286 reviews
0.2 mi away
Hostal Casa Jamaica
Hostal Casa Jamaica
#10 of 56 in Taganga
4.5 of 5 stars 38 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay