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“Fantastic - beyond relaxing and fun” 5 of 5 stars
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Drop Bear Hostel
Carrera 21, Calle 20 | Numero 36, Santa Marta, Colombia   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fantastic - beyond relaxing and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Recommended. Helpful, friendly, down to earth owners.

Great new hostel just opened in an old Cartel house - heaps of large breezy rooms, comfortable hammocks on the balcony that are so cheap (18000) considering the large common areas to chill in throughout the house. Swimming pool and deck chairs are great. Huge well equipt kitchen with tables to eat. Massive TV room with ok movie selection.

If you´re Aussie (or maybe even not) you`ll love the chilled aussie music playing throughout the hostel during the day from the bar.

Drinks in the bar and dorms perhaps overpriced for a hostel, but considering the size of the house and all the guest facilities (wifi, free computers with internet, travel advice/desk) I guess it`s justified. Maybe price will lower after hostel is established?

Stayed in hammocks (not too many mosquitos due to great breeze) and a private room (60,000) which was simple yet clean with good beds.

Solid walk to the beach and main square but location is close to supermarket and restaurants.

If you`re not keen on paying ridiculous amounts to stay in Taganga, stay here and get a cab there and back for the day/night (10,000 each way) - you`ll get a much better sleep and probably save money if you fill your cab.

Room Tip: Hammocks are cheap with a great breeze - if you want to sleep in hammocks on your trip these are pro...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Because of the holiday season it was hard to find a place in santa marta so we ended up in Drop Bear. (a new hostel) Its a funny location because it is just a very big house with a pool and nice relaxed people. (free internet on 2 computers) Also very helpfull to call a touroparator for you. (ciudad perdida)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

We were at the Drop Bear for only a couple of nights but would have loved to stay longer. The staff there were very friendly and would do what they could to make you feel welcome. The Australian owner was very cool.

The building was awesome. It used to be an old cartel house and looks amazing. And the pool is a must. The kitchen is very well stocked. No that's an understatement, the kitchin was the best I've seen in South America. And the Internet is good.

When we were there the hostal had only been open a couple of weeks. So there's still a bit that needs to be done around the place. But in a couple of months this will be one of the best hostals in Santa Marta.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I´m staying at the Drop Bear at the moment. It´s great! The staff here are very relaxed and accomodating and have made us feel welcome and relaxed. The building itself is fantastic. We spent last night swinging in hammocks nearby the swimming pool. The internet is free and there´s a very well stocked kitchen and massive fridge. Plus they stock Club Colombia, which is always a bonus.

There is so, so much space to relax and there´s plenty of shade or sun.

Excellent.

Room Tip: Get a hammock. You´ll have the breeze.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carrera 21, Calle 20 | Numero 36, Santa Marta, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience coastal Colombia and all that Santa Marta has to offer in the Australian Drop Bear Hostel. We are the central hub of Santa Marta for your day trips, treks and tours. Perfectly placed for easy access to the city centre, PARQUE TAYRONA, THE LOST CITY, DIVING, TAGANGA, PALOMINO AND MUCH MORE. As well as nearby supermarkets and ATMs. The hostel in extremely spacious with a restaurant, self-catered kitchen, massive TV/chill-out/games room, bar, gardens, over 20 hammocks and a giant pool. Not mention the most comfortable and clean beds in Santa Marta. So come join us for a cocktail, enjoy our daily activities like Monday Movie nights by the poolside cinema, Saturday night party buses, Thursday trivia and much more! ... more   less 
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