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“Hit & miss stay”
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Media Luna Hostel
Ranked #28 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
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“Hit & miss stay”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend & I stayed here for nearly a week. We stayed in the dorm because the private room was twice as expensive, COP100,000! We didn't have a problem because we met a lot of great people so it was nice to stay in a dorm for a change. Dorms are a bit like a white wash prison cell but otherwise all was good.
That's an awesome air conditioned tv room which was a great place to relax if the blaring Cartagena heat gets to much for you.
The pool was nice except ok our 3rd day they decided to start blaring out music all day long.
It wasn't necessary because everybody is normally really sociable so then you couldn't hear anybody. The music would be fine in the upstairs bar (if it were open any other day than Wednesday).
The "legendary" Wednesday night party was actually pretty awesome & we had a really great time but there weren't any other activities any other day of the week... odd for the biggest party hostel in Cartagena, the only sense of this you get is the amount of people trying to sell you Charlie (cocaine) on the street.
This sounds like a lot of criticism & there definitely is a bit of a confusion about what this place is trying to be but we did have a great time here & it was really nice just being able to chill out by the pool.
Recommended but doesn't live up to expectations

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Hey Ed S! Thanks for your review! We're happy you enjoyed the poolside ambience of the courtyard and sorry we messed up your relax time with loud music on your third day-- oops! Guess we were in a bit of a party mood here at front desk that day.. things are normally more mellow. Oops also for the description of the rooms as like whitewashed prison cells!! haha we were going more for fresh and clean-feeling.. The highceilings and all that white normally helps to make things feel slightly cooler as well (kindof essential in this heat). It sounds as though you managed to have a fun time socialising and meeting people and then hanging out at Wednesday´s party. This is what staying at Media Luna hostel is all about! Hopefully overall there were more hits than misses in your stay and you would recommend us to your friends. Happy travelling!
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I was told to stay in Media Luna in Cartagena since it was supposed to be a party hostal... It wasnt much of it but I enjoyed my stay anyways! The rooms are big and clean but hot (A/C wasnt available) but the pool was the perfect spot for the hungover hot mornings ... Make sure to be there on Wednesdays for this amazingly big party with live music and tons of interesting people to meet...
The terrace is also cool!! Very good experience so far my fellas :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Media Luna is a beautiful hostel and has a pool, which with the Cartagena heat is great! However, for $15 a night we were in a little room which was so hot every morning with just 1 fan, there's no breakfast and you can't bring your own alcohol. The staff were also not too helpful and the Internet literally never worked! We found ourselves across the road at mamallenas using their Internet and their staff helping us with tours and such, there are a lot of other, better value hostels in the same street which I would recommend staying at instead!

  • Stayed September 2013
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Hey Ecros92! Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay at Media Luna Hostel. We do appreciate your comments and we apologise the internet and customer service weren't up to scratch during your time with us. We are making efforts to improve both - unfortunately during peak times, the internet here is put under considerable strain. You are totally right about the Cartagena heat! We are adding in more fans and ofcourse our guests continue to enjoy using our resfreshing courtyard pool (the only one in hostels in Cartagena). We hope you loved your time in Cartagena!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is by far the best place to stay in Cartagena if your'e looking for a budget friendly place with a swimming pool, unbeatable location and a hip crowd.
Service is good, staff is super friendly and the Wednesday party nights are the best! great place to meet people if you are traveling on your own.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Hey Lobo! Thanks so much for your super comments about your stay at Media Luna. We loved that you wrote about it being a great place to meet people if you are travelling solo. We pride ourselves on fostering a fun and social atmosphere here (whilst still respecting guests desire to chill out and get a good night's sleep!) Hope to welcome you back soon!
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I stayed at Media Luna for over 2 weeks and I felt very settled here. The staff were very friendly and offered good advice on what beaches to go to, activities to do around the city and where to go out at night.

The rooms are very spacious and light, with lockers to keep your valuables safe. I found that the hostel was kept very clean, always keeping on track with cigarette butts, new bed sheets and fixing light bulbs. The pool was cleaned every night, only looking murky when guests went in with too much sun cream on. There are showers near the pool to rinse off before going into the pool.

The TV room is a god send. With 35 degree heat outside, this air conditioned room is a haven for when it gets unbearable. I found myself here most afternoons when there was the regular thunderstorm, watching movies. The kitchen is very well stocked and massive, with 2 big fridge/freezers and 2 hobs. The only thing it needs is an oven or microwave, just to re-heat any leftovers.

The patio area offers a social area for guests to drink and meet one another. On Mondays there is a BBQ and a 'pool party' - you cannot expect a huge party on this night, especially when the hostel is quiet. Some people complained that it wasn't such a good pool party, but they weren't wearing swimming trunks or willing to sit by the pool, which didn't create much of a party. So it all depends on the guests for this night, but the BBQ is always a success, with a great slab of meat.

During the week, the roof top terrace bar opens. This is a lovely area at night, providing a fantastic view of the old city and the lit up skyline of the business district. It is fantastic for when there is a lightening storm over the sea. The bartender was really friendly and great fun, playing music other than Regeton and Salsa, providing a different vibe from the rest of Cartagena's bars. The only thing that they need on the terrace is a better seating area, other than the sun loungers, as these can be a little uncomfortable. A chair and table is a lot more sociable.

On Wednesday this area is packed, as well as the middle bar, where there is a live band and DJ, attracting locals and other travellers. The cost of entrance for non-guests is 10,000. It is definitely worth extending your trip to stay for this night.

There is a Mexican restaurant part of the hostel, which serves Burritos, Tacos, Quesedillas and fresh fruit juices. The food here is addictive, and if you walk past and smell what's cooking, it's very hard to not pop in.

The location is great, placed on the busy Calle Media Luna, where you will always find something to do. There are a number of bars and cafes, and Plaza Trinidad which is a great place to sit with a beer and enjoy the street entertainment. Only 5 minutes down the road it the Clock Tower of the centro historico. Here you explore within the walls and catch the sunset at Cafe del Mar. Also the Castillo San Fillippe is a 15 minutes walk.

Overall, I found that the staff were lovely and when there were more people in the hostel, it created a bigger atmosphere. It is very easy to get stuck in this hostel as the patio area and pool provides a great place to chill, and when feeling lazy in the heat, you'll never want to leave.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thanks Sophia for your amazingly thorough comments! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here. You definitely seemed to make the most of everything on offer! Hope to see you back here soon!
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I've been twice to Media Luna, first time around on holidays with friends and, second, I had to do some work in the area. The staff is SO kind and helpful. The building is BEAUTIFUL. Great facilities (even a pool to dip your feet into) ping-pong and great terrace with 360 view of the whole city. Easy to move around, safe and also better if you want to go out at night (all near by) and cheaper to eat in the area than within the wall. Party on Wed is amazing. Asado on Monday, both times I had an argentine do it - so perfect! I saw some comments on cleanliness, there is staff wondering around all day making sure things a clean. Its all white - amazed at how clean they can keep it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thanks CecileS310 for your comments. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and took advantage of our Monday meat-fest bbq and fun Wednesday night party. Hope to see you back in Cartagena soon!
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Hostel itself is in a great location, staff at reception desk nice enough.

Swimming pool is a massive bonus in the Cartagena heat, although it was pretty dirty in the time that we were there. The patio area in the centre of all the rooms is pretty beautiful with hammocks and palm trees.

The room sizes were great with the massive ceilings, made it feel really spacious - unfortunately the heat when we were there was just too much and their poor attempt at fans didn't do the trick. This place would benefit massively from installing air conditioning, I sure as hell would have paid extra for it so that I could have had a decent night's sleep!

Bathrooms pretty standard. Went for a stroll up to explore and discovered the unused bar upstairs - not sure why it wasn't open in the middle of summer, but would have loved to see that in action, definitely would have enticed us to stick around the hostel more during our stay.

Go up and see the roof terrace, it's peaceful and beautiful when the heat gets too much.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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MediaLuna247, Manager at Media Luna Hostel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Hey lydiakc thanks for the review. We are happy you enjoyed our courtyard pool, our location, our beautiful patio with hammocks, the large high-ceiling rooms, and peaceful terrace (how amazing are the views?!) You stayed in the middle of the hottest time of year so we can appreciate it must have been sometimes uncomfortably hot for you. We've had a number of consultants tell us that, unfortunately, airconditioning the rooms isn´t a possibility. But we are installing more fans in the rooms now. Thanks also for the comments about the bar. We agree that it is an awesome big bar that is totally underutilised.. we are open every night but during quieter months it is still a bit of a hidden secret. We are making efforts to promote it more now. Thanks again! Hope to see you back in Cartagena soon
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Property: Media Luna Hostel
Address: Calle Media Luna 10-46, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Media Luna Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mango..como estar en casaHostal exclusivo con capacidad máxima para 11 personasAmbiente íntimo y tranquilo por su ubicación privilegiada y la capacidad limitada de pasajeros.Cuenta con tres habitaciones, con capacidad máxima para cuatro personas.Habitaciones con baño compartido y baño privado.Cuenta con áreas comunes , sala de estar, living, comedor y terraza.Cocina abierta para uso de pasajerosAcceso wifi incluido en la tarifaServicio de aseo y toallas de baño incluido en la tarifaDesayuno incluido en la tarifaServicio de lavandería ... more   less 
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