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Jodanga Backpackers Hostel
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Brisbane Australia
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25 reviews
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“Great place to relax”
Reviewed June 13, 2012 via mobile

We just stopped here for 1 night traveling through to asuncion from la Paz . We hired a double room (room #4) with ensuite shower which was brilliant. The pro,s and negatives of this place:

- very clean place
- awesome hot showers
- great breakfast
- pool is nice but the water was so cold don't expect to go swimming.
- can watch free DVD,s
- good security

Negatives
- location. Although the hostel website mentions its a 15 minute walk in fact it is much longer to the center.
- website mentions its a dollar into town but in fact it's 12-15 bolivianos which adds up if your doing several trips.
- bit rich that the book exchange requires 2 books for one book, obviously this is seen as a money making scheme.
- hostel is a bit exy, we paid 220 bolivianos for a double , this is quite a lot for Bolivia
- Internet is sporadic to say the least.

Other than this good place to bridge a trip if your traveling through and a good place to relax.

Cheers
Sjors

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Traditional hostel with lots of communal seating area and a nice, well stocked kitchen. We had a double room out the back which was small but comfortable. The place was very clean with helpful staff. There is only one communal shower room if you don't have an en suite which is also used by people from the dorms so can mean a bit of a wait. It is half hour walk out of town but don't let that put you off.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Jodanga is an awesome hostel to chill out and relax at...Santa Cruz doesn't really have much going on, so it's nice that you can hang out around in the pool, tv room, and patio with other travelers and have a drink or two. The staff is awesome, especially Nair. She was super helpful when my bus got canceled and I had to arrange to stay longer. She also had a ton of good suggestions of what to do around town, and always had a smile on her face (which is hard to come by often with hostel staff). All in all would stay again, and definitely recommend to other travelers.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

I was supposed to spend just 1 night in Santa Cruz but spent over 10 weeks here. The hostel is kept very clean, the staff are very friendly, Nair (receptionist) took me too many cool places and bars around Santa Cruz. If you have some spare time to have some fun, i would recommend a visit to Jodanga and let Nair show you where the partys at

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

I came to Santa Cruz only to use as a stepping stone to head north into the jungle, however found I couldn't leave. I had the best time at this hostel, it was clean, friendly, helpful and reasonably priced for Santa Cruz. The best part were the staff. Nair and Jhanisse made my time in Santa Cruz the best it could have possibly been, showed me around to local spots and gave me tonnes of insider info about the city. I was travelling alone, and the social atmosphere at the hostel, the open areas and pool turned into a home and I made some of my closest friends while overseas there. The best spot to stay if you really want to see the city and get to know it, or even just to relax for a day or two!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Had an absolutely fantastic time at Jodanga Backpackers, a two day stay turned into seven weeks! The staff are incredible especially Nair, who was such an angel to me! I definitely recommend staying here, as it really is the only place to stay in Santa Cruz. I just hope that everyone else has the same experience of Jodanga that I experienced!

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Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

This hostel is pretty much the only hostel in Santa Cruz which is probably why it gets away with its ridiculous prices for everything, including the most expensive beers in Santa Cruz! (you arent allowed to bring in your own alcohol) The location is crap, you have to get a taxi to go anywhere and the areas within walking distance are worth nothing more then the odd meal.
The owner is a nice bloke although he runs the place like a war camp, not really in a good way but the rest of the staff are sound.
The pool area is cool and is probably what keeps people here as is the multiple living areas and good dvd collection when the weather turns bad.
All in all overpriced hostel that is good enough but i only stayed here because I couldnt really find any other option in Santa Cruz.
I had fun here because of the other cool people i met here

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Jodanga Backpackers Hostel

Property: Jodanga Backpackers Hostel
Address: El Fuerte N0 1380 | Barrio Los Choferes, Santa Cruz 1380, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > Santa Cruz Department > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want a couple of days chilling in the sun by the pool this is the perfect hostel for you! Come visit our backpacker luxury.The hostel started in 2006 and has established a well-balanced between fun and relaxation. We go according to the guests staying, if you want to have fun and party, we organized BBQ's by the pool “all you can drink and eat” for everyone to meet and have a good time. If you want to rest and relax just watching movies or having a drink at the poolside bar you can also do so. We have years of experience running a confortable, secure and spotlessly clean place with lots of tourist information for your travel. We are not the cheapest place in Santa Cruz, but definitely the best one! ... more   less 
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