From the staff to the fact you get to stay in a mansion from the 70's, this is one of my favorite hostels. The rooms & bathrooms are clean yet basic for a good price range. The common areas are spacious and entertaining...pool, hammocks everywhere, ping pong table, huge flat screen and a cool bar. ;)
Gabe the owner knows a lot about the area so helped us plan some great mini trips to beaches, minca, ciudad perdida, etc. While I was there the hostel hosted an array of social events including tour of the mansion (owner, hidden tunnels, crazy stories, etc), party chiva bus, salsa night too!
The cook, Willy, is also awesome...so make sure to order at least one meal from him.
This is a great pick and comfortable place to stay while cruising around Santa Marta area!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Want to stay in an ex Cartel house?The Australian run Drop Bear Hostel is located in the most infamous cartel house of Santa Marta and in the most exclusive suburb, El Jardin. Come see the secrets of the house, hidden rooms, secret coded tiles, caletas (hiding spaces) and underground tunnels!The Drop Bear Hostel is perfectly placed for travellers, close to the city centre, musuems and transport to Tayrona, Taganga and Minca. We can also organise Lost City Treks and Scuba Licences.Located over 2000m2 there is plenty of room to chill out and relax. Sip a cocktail in the giant pool or in the authentic 80's cartel bar where Pablo Escobar once drunk with his buddies. Kick back in the stadium cinema room or cook up a storm in the huge kitchen.Join us for our Sunday BBQ's and Movie nights in our Pool Cinema. It's easy to stay at the Drop Bear and never leave. The Hostel is spacious, clean and kept cool by the Santa Marta breeze (La Brisa Loca) that rolls of the Sierra Nevada. ... more less
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