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“Oh the air-conditioning!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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El Viajero Cartagena Hostel
Calle 7 Infantes 9-45, Cartagena 130018, Colombia   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Oh the air-conditioning!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Oh the air-conditioning, ohhhh the air-conditioning!!! Bliss! A pool would make this place near perfect, but you can't expect everything right!! Great location. Breakfast is fine. Friendly helpful staff and good wifi. That's most based covered well.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brasilia, DF
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Great atmosphere and structure. The beds are fine and so is the breakfast. No problems with the showers and bathrooms neither. The water is "cold", but you'll see that this is not a problem at all (the town in veeeeery hot!).
The staff is OK and always available to give infos about places to visit and stuff like that. There's only one guy there that ain't very friendly...
The location is also good, inside the old city (the most historic part of it).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed at El Viajero for 6 nights in August and found it to be nowhere near as much a 'party hostel' as we'd expected. The main area around reception and the dining/lounge area were fairly loud at most times of day, but the rooms further away from the front were fairly quiet. It's a good place to meet people too. Staying in dorms you always expect that people will come and go at different times of day and night, but that's pretty normal. Air con in the room too and for me, that's must in Cartagena! Beds comfortable. Staff mostly very helpful and breakfast included is a big bonus. Bread, cereal, cake, orange, tea, coffee, hot chocolate.

Room Tip: It's quieter up the back so rooms 7 and 8 if you're staying in a dorm are up the back.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

El viajero isn't a fancy hostel like some places in cartagena but the vibe is great, the employees are friendly and helpful (they all speak English and know the area very well) and there's AC! Its a real easy place to meet people and the included breakfast is nice in the morning, plus with two TVs everyone's happy (specially when something like the Olympics are on )

p.s did I mention all the dorms have AC?

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slovenia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

it's one of the best hostels I've stayed in, amazing courtyard with sunchairs, open showers, very big rooms with an excellent AC (in every room!), free breakfast (juice, coffee, tea, cereals, bread, butter, jam, cake). the only thing is that the staff is kind of arrogant, sometimes you need to wait several minutes in front of the reception before you get attendet, even if they don't have other people there, also they seem like they don't really have time to answer you questions because the facebook photos on the computer are much more important :)
another thing is music and concerts...i love music and it's a great place to make a small concert, but starting at 10 PM?
seems that they are a little too convinced in themselves and act like this...pity, it's such a great place...

Room Tip: all of the rooms have AC and when there's music, it's heard in every room
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bogota, Colombia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Tipical chain hostel where the staff does not want to help for anything.
You have to pay upfront for your whole stay, and they are not willing to make any changes or help you in anyway afterwards.
It was also the most expensive hostel I stayed at so far. There was air conditionning but it was put on very high, and I woke up freezing during the night.
There are far better ones to stay at in Cartagena.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

+ Location is good, rooms clean and beds nice. - Blasting pop/reggaeton music in the shared central area, despite the fact that few of the guests appeared to be interested. I understand the appeal of offering entertainment, but the small size of the guesthouse makes bringing in a large sound system a bit overkill. Couldn't hear myself think until after midnight when the dj finally stopped. Bathrooms were dirty, staff was generally apathetic. Also, charged 5,000 pesos to "rent" a towel for the day. I left after one night and found several similarly priced hostels nearby that offered better value and sleep.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Viajero Cartagena Hostel

Address: Calle 7 Infantes 9-45, Cartagena 130018, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located inside the famous Cartagena's old walled city and only a few blocks away from the well known Fernandez de La Madrid Square and from the main attractions of Cartagena de Indias. Surrounded of Museums, Squares, Artisan, Bars, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and it’s nightlife! We offer you the best service in the best location. We are the only hostel in Cartagena with breakfast included in the rate and the only one with air conditioning in all the rooms. In a Spanish colonial house style, just as all the old walled city, we have everything you need: shared and private rooms, kitchen, common areas with TV & DVD, internet area and free WI-FI all day. ... more   less 
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