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“Great colonial party hostel!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Brisa Loca
Calle 14 #3-58 | Centro Historico, Santa Marta 23420, Colombia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Austin, Texas
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great colonial party hostel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

I spent about a week at La Brisa Loca. I should say that I usually go for the party hostels and late loud parties dont bother me. So, it really reminded me of some of my other fav hostels in South America. The building was beautiful old colonial style, in the center of Santa Marta, maybe 5 minute walk to the beach (which isnt that great.) The food sold at the bar was great, the bar itself had reasonably priced drinks. Plus the bartenders are all backpackers, so I suppose that you may have variable results as far as service but when I was there it was perfect. The rooms were unremarkable, but functional in every way a dorm should be. I didnt go swimming in their little pool, but it was clean enough that I would have if I was hot enough. No complaints to be honest. I would stay there again when I return!

I used the hostel as a launch point before and after I went on the Cuidad Perdida trek. Everything went off without a hitch.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Was the worst hostel we stayed in Colombia, dont even waste your time in this area.Go straight to Taganga where you fell like your actually on a real holiday. Streets around the hostel are dangerous at night my mate had a kitchen knife pulled out on him for his shoes.Oh and dont go out if its raining it floods in the streets something BAD. Or risk getting stuck like we did for 5hrs in a crappy restraunt.
But the Hostel is filthy, there were human stains on my matress YUCK! The room smelt really bad. The famous bar everyone talks about has a boring atmosphere we drank till 2 in the morning one night and they told us to go to bed cause they had ran out of beer. The pool is ok but too warm and full of urine so once was enough. Bathrooms were dirty every time i had a shower. And 15yr old kids walk around with handguns late so you cant even go out ( even though there is no nightlife anyway) trust me go to Taganga 10 mins away over the hill and a whole world away from that dump.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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edore, Owner at La Brisa Loca, responded to this review, September 8, 2011
Its a shame that you enjoy tarnishing our name. The business and city I have worked so hard for doesn't deserve such slander.

I hope the lack of class in your review is apparent in other potential clients eyes. That they realize that our hostel doesn't smell, that the crystal clean pool is shaded and couldn't be cooler. That our bar is open no later than 2am as not to inconvenience guests trying to sleep. That you are comparing our hostel to a $100 a night business hotel that you hold so highly.
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Germany
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

The hostel is very peculiar and has very fun atmosphere. The rooms are a little bit too hot and the common bathrooms are a little bit dirty. The staff is amazing and you can really have an awesome time in the hostel. They also have an amazing restaurant next to the hostel, its a little bit expensive but DEFINETIVELY worth it. Incredible meet!
Also it is nice to go to the terrace to have some relaxation with the view of the church and a coctail or beer.
We had a really nice time, but maybe for people with problems to sleep with noise it wont be the best place. Love the pool!! If i go back to Santa Marta i'll definetively come back.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

Nice hostel, nice bar, nice pool, nice area, nice beach. Go there!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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valencia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

This is by far the best hostel i have stayed in. Ryan and Evan have done a terrific job. Dorm rooms are huge and cheap, it has a pool and the bathrooms are not shiny, but clean enough. We were on room 207 which is right besides the bar, so we took that as a divine sign and party like there was no tomorrow, bar supposedly closes at 11 PM, but by that they mean 2 AM. The beer and rum was cheap too and they have a pool table free of charge. We met many people and only stayed there for 2 nights. We will definitely come back

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

Got everything you want in hostel really. Decent food, great bar, pool, nice tv area, friendly staff, a welcome free beer, games, pool table and clean rooms. Really likes this hostel. Met quite a few backpackers who worked there for a bit.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

After a 24 hour travel day, I was happy to finally arrive at La Brisa Loca. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist named Carolina, who helped my girlfriend and I check in to our private suite, with a bathroom (small clean, air conditioned room). This is of course only one of the options available, as most of my fellow travelers chose between bigger or smaller dorms or with or without A/C starting at reasonable prices. After that we headed to the bar to get our complimentary "Clubs"(Club Colombia beers) The bar is really lively and fun (somtimes raging) with terraces overlooking the street, cool artwork, and a sweat attached pool room, all adorned with crazy artwork.

La Brisa is owned by two brothers from California, so there is a slightly American feel in the heart of Colombia, but defintely not in a bad way. As far as the people we met they were cool travelers from throughout South America (mostly Chile and Argentina) as well as a bunch Europeans, some Canucks, and even a few Aussies. All in all a diverse and lively crowd. The best part was chilling on the rooftop at sunset and into the night drinking beers, swapping stories, and meeting new people.

Some of the other ammenities and cool things include:
- cool old restored colonial building
- awesome bar where something is always happening
- great location
- easy transport to Rodadero, Taganga, Tayrona, Minca, and the "Lost City" trek
- cool and knoweledgable and super friendly bi-lingual staff
-air con and non air con rooms available for those on a tighter budget, also private suites
- large and comfortable tv room
- next to Agave Azul, the best Mexican food around
- 24 hr reception

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle 14 #3-58 | Centro Historico, Santa Marta 23420, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Created by two brothers, Ryan & Evan Doré, La Brisa Loca encompasses everything great they found in the best backpackers hostels around the world after years of traveling and research. This beautiful, centrally located hostel is in a two-story, 80 year-old neo-Republican mansion that has been meticulously restored and remodeled to both recreate the colonial charm of the historic building while providing a variety of amenities for the value conscious backpacker. ... more   less 
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