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“Amazing, Chilled Out and Charming” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostal Ruta Sur
Carrera 9 No.2--41 | Carrera 9 No.2--41, Cali 00, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Cali
Perth, Australia
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“Amazing, Chilled Out and Charming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This hostel is amazing - one of the best we've stayed in South America.

We turned up at the door without a booking on recommendation from another hostel owner who was full up. Claudia was an amazing host - we felt like we were guests in her home and the whole place had a chilled out vibe.

We had a fantastic breakfast in the morning which changed slightly each day but included eggs, fruits, bread, fresh juice and fresh coffee.

Its located in the heart of San Antonio - a really charismatic neighborhood and near some really great restaurants and the park.

The room was right at the back of the house near the rear courtyard and very quiet even given the guests were having breakfast outside - it just attracts quieter, nicer people.

We met up with some other friends there and even though they didn't stay at our hostel we're welcome to wait with us until our night bus - which was an exceptionally nice touch. Claudia called taxis for all of us and provided everyone with a place to keep their bags. Problems with the hostel (a noisy room fan) were fixed the next day.

I can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were supposed to stay 4 nights and in the end, we remained another 4 nights at Ruta Sur. The owner, Claudia instantly makes you feel right at home and will go out of her way in answering any questions you may have regarding Cali. The rooms are cosy, clean and have everything you may need, including TV and long warm showers. Claudia's assistant makes a great healthy breakfast every morning.
The location is in the heart of San Antonio, meters away from good restaurants and cafes. San Antonio is a safe neighborhood allowing you to walk freely during the night.

All in all, Ruta Sur is a charming little hotel where you can relax and feel right at home. Highly recommendable!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Hostel Ruta Sur is in the perfect location. It's very safe and is a short walk to the Rio, Iglesia de Emrita and the restaurants nearby are muy rico! The rooms are adorably decorated and clean. And Claudia is the friendliest hostess. 2 thumbs up :)

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We were positively surprised about this location in the old center of Cali. Very clean and cosy with comfortable beds. The Kitchen area is perfectly equipped and the eating area most appealing. The owner is very friendly and helpful with organising a taxi or every other need you have. Very good value, most recommendable!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is a superb place, really charming and comfortable in the charming area of San Antonio. Close to everything you would like, I spent hours just walking around the neighborhood and park which is seconds away.
The hostal is clean, affordable and so very comfortable. It has wonderful open air spaces where the beautiful sky pours in. However the best part of the place is the owner Claudia. She is an absolute delight and makes you feel like you are a guest in her home. She gave me great advice about Cali, she conversed with me so I could practice my spanish, and she makes sure that all the guests are having a comfortable stay.
I highly recommend Ruta Sur.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We missed our flight into Cali on the night that we were supposed to arrive, which meant that the driver from the hostel also didn't get to pick us up. We didn't manage to inform Claudia in time and couple of days after, when we got back from Timana and Popayan into Cali, we arrived at the doors at 11.30pm and Claudia was really kind to not blame us on missing the initial booking, and got us a really nice room with good hot showers, something that we really needed after a day of traveling. Room came with a clean toilet with good showers. Included was also a simple LCD TV which was not necessary but we definitely won't complain. The hostel is also in the nice part of the city - San Antonio, with good access to restaurants nearby. It helped that it was also a safer neighbourhood compared to other parts of the city. The garden was a really welcoming surprise in the morning, to enjoy your brekkie and sun. Will definitely stay there again on our next trip back.

Room Tip: Our room was beside the road, which can get a little noisy due to the late night crowd and traffic.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This hostel has it all.
It is an awesome place for backpackers or for couples. The location is in a really nice part of town with plenty of restaurants around and just a couple blocks away from all the Salsa clubs.
The beds are clean and comfortable, the showers have a lot of pressure and the water is scorching if you so choose.
The wifi works in the rooms but of course it's best in the courtyard where there are no obstructions.
The decor of the hostel is something that you would expect in a private residence where the owner does well for themselves and has a sense of style.
Upon request the food is amazing, authentic, and made with love.
The most important part of my stay is always the hospitality of the staff; the owner of the hostel is almost always there and she is so accommodating that it almost makes you feel bad. She goes out of her way and trays you as the most important guest. She is very knowledgable of the surroundings and will take time to give you a map and explain It in detail.
Claudia is a great host, the other Claudia that works with her is great as well and extremely friendly and hard working.
It's a great place to start your journey in Cali and you won't be disappointed with your stay!!!

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Carrera 9 No.2--41 | Carrera 9 No.2--41, Cali 00, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Valle del Cauca Department > Cali
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Ranked #9 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Cali
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Number of rooms: 6
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