Up a couple of flights of steep steps, a pink wall with a Doctor Whoish owl. Cross the threshold and like it or lump it Adolfo has welcomed you into the family. An instantly avuncular gentleman, an arm around your shoulder already. Don't be freaked out, he means well, if a tad tactile for some perhaps. A cheery colourful place, more gaudy than Gaudi maybe, bright and airy dorm with not a bunk in sight, which allows at least the illusion of space. The terrace makes the most of the elevated position for views, munch breakfast prepared by a doting Adolfo, plot your next move. This is the hilly district of San Antonio. Take a short scramble up to the church at the top of the park for even better sweeping vistas. San Ant's got a pleasing Bohemian feel. From the hostel, walk down to the river, various bakeries, food stops & cafes en route, and you'll be in gato heaven: fantastic photo opportunities. I don't think there's anywhere else on the planet with so many diverse sculptures of pusscats. And nearby is a short line of mostly hole-in-the-wall bars & takeaways, good for casually hanging out of an evening with some beers, watch some football with the locals, much prefer to overpriced glitz in Granada district. Jekyll & Hyde city, Cali. On Saturday night, a mile along the river was Absolutely Buzzing with street entertainment, Salsa pouring on the sizzling sauce, infectious energy. This is what Cali's about. Sunday was a challenge to find a minimarket open. Pero Bravo Encuentro.…
I felt really lucky to have found Hostel Encuentro in Cali. I have been travelling around Latin America for many months having stayed at a lot of different hostel but not even one amounted to this one. Adolfo, the owner, is an incredible man who makes you feel like you're part of his family. I met a lot of very cool people there who made my stay amazing. Whenever you need any help, there is someone available. Also, through Adolfo, I got into contact with a salsa teacher who is a professional dancer and taught me super well! Compared to teachers in Salsa schools around Cali it was a lot cheaper as well. If you guys plan on going to Cali and if you fancy learning Salsa, this Hostel Encuentro is the one to go to. Thanks guys!
Like everywhere in Cali, the owners make you feel so welcomed and comfortable. The breakfast is great and the view is spectacular. The rooms are nice and everything was perfect. It is not the cheapest place but it is also quite exceptional so that makes sense.
I have booked a night in this hostel and stayed 10 days! Such a nice atmosphere, couldn’t leave. Thank you Adolfo, he made my stay like home. Here you will never fill alone, always you will be surrounded with great people and lovely staff:) I definitely would recommend this place to stay for any term.
Having travelled 4 months over Colombia this hostel left a lasting impression. Adolfo the owner and all the staff are the sweetest and most attentive, always making sure all is well and super clean. The inc breakfast is delicious and they always prepare something different and tasty daily. El Encuentro is a grand family!