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“Great hostel in a great location ”
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Hostal Real
Ranked #114 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
London, United Kingdom
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1,178 reviews
144 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
“Great hostel in a great location ”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here 5 nights and had a really pleasant experience. The rooms were clean (and they offered to clean them daily), the atmosphere in the hostel was cool, it is a 7 minutes walk to the old city, and it has good kitchen and WiFi facilities.

The owners were also very helpful when needing information.

I would definitely come back here

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are light and spacious. Staff are friendly and have a good local knowledge although hardly any english. The location for value is excellent (20, 000 pesos for room with toilet, shower and fan but no TV). Restaurants close by give some of the best eating/value in Cartagena.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

A pretty basic hostel. I stayed in a single room, ensuite, 5 nights. Good ceiling fan. The hostel got a little noisy in the early morning when a room near mine fired up its TV. The room was not cleaned the 5 days I stayed there. The two pillows had no give, they were like bricks. No chair in room. The staff was just so-so friendly. Plenty of restaurants nearby in Getsemani. Just an average hostel, nothing special.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Unless you like paying money for squalor avoid at all costs. The rooms and bathrooms were un cleaned, the door into the "private bathrooms" were see-through and he air conditioning was like sleeping next to a jet engine. There is nothing nice to say

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This lovely old building has potential but sadly it is in a bad state and filthy! The extended family all live there so all I can say is they have a very low level of cleanliness. The dorm is awful, the beds are horrible, it has no windows and the toilet area is very dirty and does not have a proper sealed door so you hear everything. The only thing going for it is that it is in a fairly quiet street.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2012

we stayed for 4 nights at this colonial house or hostel whatever. The owner and the personnel were very kind and helpful. Yet, they could not speak foreign languages, so you have to speak spanish or sign language :) to understand each other. Fortunately, I speak spanish, so it worked for me. We stayed in the room sin aire or without ac with private bathroom. The rooms are not good. we had to use the shared bathroom due to the problem in the room. Yet, we loved the building, good paintings on the wall, the house was historical, there were loros (parrots) and turtle in the patio. The staff was helpul serving coffe in the morning. The location is good for old town visit. However, you have to be careful especially in the late night, There were pimps and prostitutes in the neighbourhood.They kept our luggage free of charge when we went for playa blanca for two nights. Me gusta Colombia Me gusta cartagena me gusta hostal real. Gracias al dueno. saludos desde turquia

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights before checking out other hostels in the area. It was $45,000 COP for a private room for 2 with bathroom. We had heard that it was too hot to sleep without AC in Cartagena but we were fine in our room with the ceiling fan.

When we arrived (evening with no booking) the older guy was a bit strange, but other than his quirks all the staff seemed nice and helpful and it is a real family vibe with a toddler, grandma and a parrot living there.

The bathroom was clean but they had forgotten to put up a shower curtain the first night, fixed the next day.

The bed was fine, the room was smallish but had a closet which was handy.

After reading other reviews I realise now that there was a kitchen but when we asked it wasn't apparent. Probably my fault on the language front!

We didn't have any problems there, but there are other hostels in the area with a better vibe and breakfast for a similar price like Mamallena's and Hostel San Roque.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Real
Address: Calle 1a De La Magdalena No. 9-33, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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Ranked #114 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Number of rooms: 5
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