I saw a poster for Jovitas in another hostel and then checked out the reviews. Other than a few negatives, this place looked amazing, so I called and reserved a dorm bed. I arrived, checked in, and then it was all downhill from there. They forgot to mention that the whole place is undergoing renovations except for the entrance garden and a couple of dorm rooms. No gym, no running water in the filthy kitchen, a refrigerator that barely works, and very few places to sit because everything is torn up. In fact, one of the few lounge chairs broke when I sat on it and I'm not a very big guy. The lockers are nice sized, but a conventional padlock won't fit them leaving you to rent a smaller one from them. The beds only have one bottom sheet and mine had sand and dirt in it from the last user and the pillow was covered with hair!!! It's warm in Cali so I can understand not needing another sheet, but DIRTY sheets are unacceptable. The showers need repair too - the first I entered had a broken latch, the second didn't have warm water, and finally the third was decent. I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody unless you like paying for crap and being awakened at 7am by jackhammers outside your door.
Just to give you an idea, the next day I found La Pinta Boogaloo a short walk away and paid a buck more for an amazing hostel that includes a pool, breakfast, use of nearly gourmet kitchen, and an impeccable grounds and over-the-top helpful staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jovita’s is a positively energizing experience. In fact, you won’t want to leave and you’ll most definitely want to return.Why? Because Jovita’s hostel welcomes you into the caleño culture. It’s the best place to enjoy the caleño spirit with the kindness and friendship of caleños , salsa culture and latin fiesta.Jovita’s Hostel is a huge house with very comfortable space, gardens, internet and TV lounge with 24-hour home theatre, game room, mini bar, and many more surprises!!!JOVITA’S HOSTEL, THE BEST PLACE TO ENJOY THE CALEÑO SPIRIT WITH FRIENDLY CALEÑOS, SALSA CULTURE AND LATIN FIESTA!ADRIANA, CECILIA, DIDIER, KATY and CARLOS are always willing to share the great Caleño heart and show our guests the most important salsa bars, the fantastic local food, the Caleño-salsa culture, the permanent and unique culturalevents for free as well as other outdoor activities in beautiful and natural settings. Most important of these being the Caleño people.We are the only hostel in Colombia that offers professional SALSA and LATIN DANCE classes with world champion salsa instruction (SON DE LUZ) and also professional yoga classes (ISHKA YOGA), FOR FREE!!But we still have more FOR FREE!!!!:Mini Bar; Gym, Games Zone, 24 hours Internet and Wi-Fi, 24 hours 42″ TV with Home Theatre!!!, Conferences about salsa culture and Guided tours to the best salsa bars.Jovita’s Hostel is centrally located in the quiet, safe, historic BARRIO SAN ANTONIO, recognized as one of the most diverse areas in Cali. It is the perfect place to chill out while meeting the warm and friendly local people in its parks, restaurants and at the best cafés.We are within walking distance from Cali’s hottest night life: Barrio El Peñon, Alameda, Granada and La Sexta (Zona Rosa), plus numerous bars like TIN TIN DEO, cafés and restaurants.Jovita´s Hostel is a few blocks from Cali’s historical centre, with museums, churches, cultural attractions and places for leisure. Close by is the trail to “El Cerro de Las Tres Cruces” (the hill with the three crosses), a challenging and popular climb, with a summit which offers a spectacular view of Cali. We are located only one block from the famous “Calle Quinta” (Fifth Street) and very close to thePASCUAL GUERRERO SOCCER STADIUM.Jovita’s Hostel is comfortable, clean and safe with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.WHY GUESTS LOVE TO STAY AT JOVITA’S HOSTEL…..BECAUSE*. Katy and Carlos, the owners, are from Cali and personally attend to offering anauthentic experience in Cali.*. We love our city and we love sharing its culture with tourists, which is the reason we opened the hostel.*. We love to serve our guests as if they were our own family.*. If you have just arrived in Colombia we can help you plan your travel to optimize your time and expenses!!!*. We are located in San Antonio, the traditional, central and preferred neighborhood in Cali which is only a few steps from the best restaurants, cafés and salsa bars.*. Sandra, Cecilia and Didier, our staff, pamper, care for and treat our guests as if they were in their own homes.*. We love “salsa” culture and want to share it with you.*. We have agreements with some of the best schools of salsa and yoga in Colombia for the benefit of our guests.*. We offer the best and most complete service for our guests.*. and we definitely have the best prices!!!!! ... more less