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Hostel Santander Aleman Terrace Vista
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“great quality/price”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

cosy hostel/hotel in San Gil, central location, great staff. Stunning roof terrace. Can arrange all activities you want and explain you everything you want to know. Absolutely recommendable to book your stay at this place for tourists.

no AC but ventilator is OK in San Gil.

Price is great for what you get. We had an excellent time here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We loved the location of this hostel, the super friendly staff (Ivan is the best!), and the cleanliness. It's in the heart of San Gil so it's a little noisy, but in my opinion if we wanted quiet we would have picked a hotel in the countryside nearby.

Location: it is just 2 blocks from the Parque (the main square), and located on the SAME block as the local bus station. Since you'll likely be taking local buses to various other nearby towns (Barichara, Guane, Pinchote, Curiti, etc...) it couldn't be any more convenient to grab the bus or just walk down to ask what time the next bus is.

Staff/Amenities: despite the lack of English speaking capability, the staff was very friendly and you can pretty much book any kind of adventure through the hostel (rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, paragliding, etc...) We shopped around a bit but the deals you get at the hostel seem to be the same as anywhere else, so it's very convenient to be able to do that. The rooftop terrace truly is a delight - I spent many early mornings reading in the hammock while my husband slept in. One night we bought groceries and cooked in the kitchen and had dinner on the terrace - it was lovely.

Cleanliness: I didn't see a single cockroach, which for a tropical area says a lot. We had a double room with private bathroom. It was medium-sized, just perfect since we weren't here to spend hours in the bedroom, and comfortable. Our windows faced the inside courtyard so it wasn't as noisy as some of the rooms on the outside, but with ear plugs I am sure you can sleep fine in those rooms too.

The only drawback was that no one spoke English, but of course that was also the fun part. There is still more tourism business from Colombians themselves than from foreigners, from what we were told, so things aren't necessarily set up for foreigners but that is about the San Gil area in general, not this hostel in particular. They don't call it the Land of Adventure for nothing!

Room Tip: The rooms facing the courtyard are more quiet, but a bit more warm because the windows are really sm...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Berlin
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This hostel is a real beauty. The design is well picked, the dorm is big and comfortable and the bathroom to the dorm is clean and has hot water. The biggest asset of the hostel is the terrace, from which you have a great view over San Gil and get to enjoy the evening sun. There is some sport equipment to do excercises, a fully equipped kitchen and internet - so travellers are not lacking anything. Why did I stay there only 1 night? I was the only guest in the hostel - which is probably nice for couples, but I was looking for some more conversation. But if there had been other guest, I would definitely had stayed longer. As it is like I said, a beautiful and quiet place and the perfect base for exploring San Gil and around.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Really lovely helpful staff - my Spanish is poor but they really helped me out. Hotel is good location (just make sure taxi takes you to correct one - they have another hotel with a similar name - minus the terrace). My only suggestion is definitely try to get a room that isn't next to the road. It is next to a really busy noisy road which made it impossible to sleep. Free internet. Nice roof terrace. Recommend doing the Camino Real walk - just get the bus to Barrichara. The hotel is right next to the local bus terminal. Its only about 5 pesos in a taxi from the big bus terminal (to catch buses to Santa Marta etc).

Room Tip: Ask for one AWAY from the road.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Heverlee, Belgium
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We headed to this place after some recommendations earlier during our trip. No disappointment: We had a very pleasant stay, prices were good for the great and friendly service.
Good location and helpful staff to help you organise the trips you want for correct price.
Definitely would recommend this place to other budget travellers that want value for their money.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach
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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Loved their service. The staff is very helpful and sweet.
This is a great place to stay. Centrally located just across the local bus terminal from where you can visit some of the sights of the area.
Tours are offered and organized as well



  • Stayed March 2013
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gracielala
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We got a nice room for a good price compared to other places in San Gil. The location is great. It is only a bout a block from the main plaza and a block from where the buses depart. What really stood out here was the staff. As soon as we check in they gave us a map and gave us lots of idea on what to do and where to go during our stay. Most hostels dont tell you unless you ask. I wish other places did the same!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Santander Aleman Terrace Vista
Address: Carrera 10 15 - 07, San Gil 684031, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Santander Department > San Gil
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 47 Specialty Lodging in San Gil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel is located in the heart of San Gil, two blocks from the cathedral and the main park with comfortable rooms and bedrooms with private bathrooms, international cable TV, hot water 24 hours, hammock area, Wifi, a beautiful view of the terrace which has table ping-pong, breakfast, guest kitchen, exercise machine, familiar atmosphere. We are waiting for you to enjoy a new concept of relaxation. "YOUR HOUSE IN SAN GIL" In the Santander Aleman Hostel for your convenience, you can coordinate and enjoy the different activities and extreme sports on offer in the region with the best low prices, professional guides, transportation and insurance. ... more   less 
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