We had a walk around town to find a decent hostel and immediately liked Bay View, from the bright exterior to the huge and spotless pool and the perfect English speaking owner Santiago. Once in we got the feeling we were special, I imagine just like anyone else staying, and it felt great, especially after some of the treatment we had encountered previously.
The hostel is well situated within 5 minutes of the beach and the town. It has an airy spacious feeling with comfortable rooms and beds, a big TV room, good kitchen, Bar, free Book swap, good accessable wi-fi, breakfast is decent too, excellent common area partly shaded with a pool table and table soccer and an amazing pool (the best pool we have seen in any hostel). The staff do a great job of keeping everything clean, even down to the daily pool clean! The atmosphere is great, with plenty of chance to get to know the other guests as well as the likeable staff.
Santiago used to be a Diving instructor and is extremely knowledgable on the local dive shops, he even has an arrangement with Octopuss Diving (the best dive school in town), he doesn't push it though. The hostel is also reknown for it's Friday night parties, which are excellent, especially when Santiago puts the bar-b-que on, he even has live bands playing!
After a few days we had a quick look on here and were amazed to see some of the negative reviews, something must have changed as we spent quite a bit of time in the hostel (that dang pool) and saw everything was being run extremely professionally.
We ended up spending a week here and had a wonderful time, and should we ever return to Taganga we will definately stay here.
A couple of the dorms have aircon but the privates don't, but it didn't bother us as they have fans which do the job just fine.
Thanks Santiago and all your staff.
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