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“Really Good Price and Service”
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Columba Hostel
Reviewed May 4, 2013

It's a really nice place! I recommend ask for a room away from the lobby because it has music until 1:00 am! It is an awesome hostel, with breakfast, tv room and a lot of bathrooms! The hostel is in the downtown so everything is close to there!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I stayed here a few weeks back, while the girls on reception were absolutely lovely and wonderful, the owner was an absolute nightmare!! im not going to go into the cold showers,bed bugs and miserable breakfasts etc.. but rather my awful experience. The owner of this hostel is dishonest and as dodgy as they come!! the housekeeper cleaned up my bed 40 minutes prior to checkout time while i was eating breakfast. (all my belongings were on my bed!) she put my memory card reader, lock and my iphone in the wash. she admitted to the lock and reader as i made her look in the washing machine and fished them out!, but once i realised my iphone was also in the wash, a few minutes later she had sneaked it back in to the room, soaking wet!!! there was video proof and also people in my room to back me up and still the owner did not take responsibilty! hes a massive tightass and would not compensate me for his housekeepers mistake!!! i would never ever reccommend anyone to stay here. if you do, guard your belongings with your life! as a very frequent traveller, my iphone meant to the world to me, keeping in touch with family, and taking photos etc. to have something like this happen that was not my fault and not being compensated is awful. not only did i lose an iphone at this hostel but 7 months worth of travel memories!! be warned!! do yourself a favour and go down the road where they are friendly, honest and fun!!

Room Tip: do not stay here!!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I've been there in 5 times in I think is the best place if you want to know people from differents countries and hang out to restaurants, pubs and clubs because is located in a central area and close to the Valparaíso and other beaches. The staff is very kind. You should go there.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Thank panchitah
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I couldnt be happier that Im leaving this hostel tomorrow. Booked for 3 nights, but I wish I hadnt stayed any. Staff didnt help in anything, the bathrooms were dirty, the showers were cold, I stayed for a month in Santiago without any bugs problem and as soon as I slept in Kalagens bed, I got bugs bites and itches everythere. Another girl from my room and some other guys had the same problem. On New Years Eve they ran out of water, so it was completely chaos. They have 12 beds rooms, but only 6 lockers work, people got robbed (not only one). We bought food and put it in the fridge, on the next day it wasnt there. We talked to the guy in the reception and he answered "there is nothing we can do". I wouldnt recommend this hostel even to my worst enemy. Nothing was good, excpet for the ladies from the kitchen, that tried to help us when we had no food left on the fridge.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank tatafg4
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I had an amazing time at Kalagen Hostel in March of this year. My friend and i planned on staying for 2 nights and stayed for 4! The staff were wonderful! Rooms are clean and groovy and the hostel is very well set up and equipped. There are organised bbqs and activities to get the guests involved and the staff also took us out on the town to local bars. If you go to Viña del Mar, you must stay at this hostel.! Thanks Christian! We had an amazing time!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Katrina M
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Hostel Kalagen and loved it! The rooms were clean, the staff was friendly and informative and the atmosphere was great. There's a nice lounge with a big screen tv and a variety of movies to choose from and watch for free! We highly recommend it and can't wait to go again when we return to Vina Del Mar!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank Strausia
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Kalagen is by far the coolest place to stay in Viña/Valparaiso. Great location, friendly staff and lots of activities to do.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Pablo C
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Address: Calle Valparaiso 618, Vina del Mar, Chile (Formerly Kalagen Hostel)
Location: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Vina del Mar
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Vina del Mar
Price Range: $26 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Columba Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Columba Hostell has been created to fill a growing need for lodging in Vina del Mar, motivated by the large number of persons visiting the city or on their way to other parts of Chile.Viña del Mar, is recognized as the tourist capital of Chile and as the 'Garden City' for being surrounded by large green areas.Along with providing accommodation in the center of Vina del Mar, with all the necessary amenities to make your stay something pleasant, we are able to offer a series of tours and activities that will make your stay more complete by orienting you with respect to local attractions and the country.The hostel has 17 rooms, 3 of which are rooms with private bathroom. It offers shared rooms and doubles, triples and quadruples private rooms.Columba Hostel offers common areas like the lounge, where you can enjoy the library as well as computers with Internet and Wi-Fi.The dining room accommodates 30 people, and all the guests have the possibility to use the kitchen and a food processing room, full equipped.Services offered are:Internet access.Computers with headphones and microphones .Wifi in all rooms .Accept Fully equipped kitchen.Food preparation room .Dining rooms with TV .Multipurpose RoomLaundry. Sheets and blankets at no charge. Towel RentalVending machines for coffee and drinks. Lockers in each room. Safe luggage roomHot water 24 hrs. Library Phone Free Movies on DVD Board Games Book ExchangeTourism Information. Sales of tours and transfers. No restrictions on time of arrival24 Hrs ReceptionPlease note:Check in time: 14pmCheck out time: 12pmBreakfast Included. Taxes Included. ... more   less 
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