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“Disappointing...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostel Casa Blanca

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Hostel Casa Blanca
Ranked #80 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Ithaca, New York
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41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Disappointing...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

I came here based on the recommendation of some people I had met earlier on in my trip but I was very disappointed by my short stay here. I got a private room since I was sick and it was overpriced (compared to the hostel I ended up moving to). The bed sloped significantly towards the center and was pretty uncomfortable - I slept with my head at the foot of the bed. The staff wasn't very helpful. I had to try going down to the desk several times to get a towel and I was never told that there was coffee in the morning along other things about the hostel. Also, the walls were very thin. It's a hostel and I can wear earplugs to sleep and that's not a problem but you can clearly hear someone going to the bathroom beyond hearing the toilet flush or shower run. The hostel is quiet if you're not interested in partying and the common space is very nice.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank knk24
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Great little place, has a very unobtrusive vibe, kitchen facilities, hot shower, good internet and is safe.
Basic but decent, good value.
No food available here, but a lovely little panaderia across the street, a small shop a minute or 2 away and a big supermarket 5 mins walk away which closes at 9 except on Sunday when it closes as 8.30, get there about half an hour/15 mins before then though, that's when they close the doors!

Room Tip: Couples room which we saw was cabin like, dorm room was quiet, beds were hard, but I slept perfectly...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 000Lauren000
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Monterrey, México
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I like that they help a lot, allways cleaning, take care of everyone in the hostel, includes you on their celebrations, show you which places you can visit and Kate is allways available to help!!!! Is very niceeeeee!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Naturejoz
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Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

It is my third time in this place and each time I find it bigger and better. They have improved the place, the service, and all the activities. We even have a nice barbecue with other guest and really enjoy it. It is very close to train station and all the main attractive and turistic places you want to visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christian A
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Paris, France
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45 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Room was small but clean. Bed was ok (double room).
Staff was friendly and the structure is cute and clean. There were not a lot of people when we stayed there so it was quiet. Kitchen is big, wifi works, ping pong table... well i would recommand it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lauriiiita
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

It's a great stay for a great price in a very great location, I would recommend it its pretty chill !! Management is very helpful and friendly, to the negative reviews, people must understand to get along and that its hostel not a private hotel and we go there to have fun get away from it all and for the experience of a hostel itself !! This place is very chill and again can't beat the prices and the friendliness of the staff!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MooooMoooo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

In our four months travelling through Central and South America, this is the most dreadful hostel me and my boyfriend have stayed in. It actually has nearly ruined our visit to Medellin.

I write this in our tiny box room with paper thin walls, while the management, owners and seemingly permanent lodgers, who have captured the main common area directly outside our room, bang percussion instruments and bongos and song out of tune at the top of their voices.

It is now 7pm and this will go on until the early hours if they repeat other nights' efforts. Last night at 11, after hours of racket, I asked the owner when the music would go off (our room is directly next to the music area). He said "we turn it down at 11". I replied "it is 11." His response: "Er no, it's 10.58". Bare in mind this is the owner. I asked him to have some respect for his paying guests. He turned it down briefly only to turn it back up.

We are now leaving for the evening as we have been forced out and there is nowhere in the hostel where you can escape it. There are many paying guests, yet none can be seen while the racket is playing and when they are seen they look weary.

On top of this, the kitchen is severely lacking in utensils and other necessary items. The fridge is broken and there is one filthy ragged cloth to wash up with. There is a sign in the kitchen stating guests that do not wash up will be charged $10,000. If this is how they wish to enforce it then they must provide clean and plentiful washing up products.

I have never felt strongly enough to leave a negative review before, but this hostel really takes the biscuit.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RosieandAlan
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Hostel B, Manager at Hostel Casa Blanca, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
This people stay in one of the rooms closed to the bar and even though they did alot of noise with ther skype calls in the morning afecting other clients, she made a big deal for the evening music.
The funy thing is that mayority of the hostel was having a BBQ that night next the bar, but they wanted every body to be quiet. The music at the bar was until 11 pm after that the custumers can used there celulars to hear music in a normal volumen but this wasent enough for them....sory next time book in a hotel!
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Additional Information about Hostel Casa Blanca

Property: Hostel Casa Blanca
Address: Transversal 5a #45 256, Medellin, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Casa Blanca is one of the better and bigest hostels in Medellin, ideal for executives, couples, family groups, solo back packers, athetics and people looking for a nice and quiet place to relax. Located in the best area of el poblado Patio Bonito, offers our visitors a quiet ambiance in a safe and beautiful neigborhood. the hostel has a big private parking area and lot of extras: Pro Billar Table, Ping pong table, Dards, Basket ball court, Spanish classes, lockers, Garage, a full equipped kitchen, microwave, big patio with fruit trees and tanning deck and Bar-BQ, Plasma TV with 300 international channels, DVD, onward booking for all hostels in Colombia and much more..... Come and enjoy your time in Medellin, we are located close to the Zona Rosa of Medellin where the best night clubs, casinos and restaurants are. ... more   less 
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