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La Brisa Loca Hostel
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New York City, New York
1 review
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“Amazing time at La Brisa Loca”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Between the rooftop terrace, super fun bar, clean rooms and awesome staff, La Brisa Loca sets the bar high when it comes to hostel accommodations. It was an absolute blast staying at La Brisa Loca and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to go back or recommend it to a friend-- in fact, I have a friend staying there now! If you're going to Santa Marta and you're looking for a fun, young atmosphere right in the heart of the city, La Brisa Loca is, hands down, your best bet.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

I had a GREAT time at La Brisa Loca during a recent trip to Santa Marta - and would love to go back some day. It's super chill - full of lots of friendly travelers and equipped with comfortable accommodations. Whether you want to enjoy a few drinks in the bar, relax in the pool, or hang out on the rooftop patio in hammocks, La Brisa Loca has a little bit of everything. It's a perfect escape for travelers seeking relaxation or fun, and it's in an awesome location (walking distance to pretty much anything you'd need). The staff is super helpful and the bar food is delicious while affordable too.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Trujillo, Peru
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

From the moment we arrived at La Brisa Loca, we knew we were in for a good time. Handed a welcome beer immediately, we relaxed in the bar and cooled off from the breeze as we people-watched from the balcony above. La Brisa Loca offers everything you could want from a hostel- perfect location, friendly staff, a fun atomosphere, and helpful travel advice. No matter what you're looking for you'll find it at La Brisa Loca- whether you want to relax in a hammock on the beautiful rooftop patio, enjoy a great happy hour at the bar, splash around in the gorgeous pool in the center of the hostel, or befriend other travellers in the ample social spaces offered, you're guaranteed to have a blast.

The location is perfect, located in a prime spot to access local restaurants, bars, the waterfront, and navigate the city. The hostel is clean and secure, offering all the amenities you might need during your stay- computers, a kitchen, laundry service, a restaurant, and even a home gym on the roof! The social nature of the hostel makes it easy to meet other people, organize outings, and have a great time. The art and decorations add a personal touch to the hostel and make it one of the most unique and impressive hostels I've stayed at. Ven y diviertate!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

La Brisa Loca is a breath of fresh air when it comes to hostels. As soon as your enter the courtyard, take a look at the pool and look up at the flowers that adorn the hallways, you'll know that you've found an escape from the hustle and bustle of Santa Marta. I love that La Brisa Loca offers a social atmosphere in their bar, pool room, and swimming pool but balances this with a quiet TV room and relaxing rooftop terrace with hammocks. The rooms are clean and cool and the beds are firm. The bar also offers some delicious pub fare at affordable prices. Stay here and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and sister-in-law and I all stayed here for a few days and we loved it. I am not used to staying in hostels so I was afraid, but it ended up working out great because we cheated by renting out an entire room. It ended up costing about $50 a night for a giant room with a shower, bath, and AIR CON! This girl cannot handle a place with no air con... in May! All of the signs there are hilarious and the restaurants the owners' have are amazing and delicious.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

La Brisa Loca is a very good hostel, but could be great if it weren’t for a few seemingly small things.
All of the rooms surround a swimming pool, which is one of the best that I have seen in a hostel. Plenty of sun comes in from the open roof, and it is a great place to relax. At one end of the pool is a large common room/tv room, and the TV is angled such that it can be seen from the pool.Perfect!
Dorms are situated around the pool on the ground floor. All of them are spacious, and have a large security chest on the floor for storing even the largest rucksacks. The upper bunks also have shelves for storage, which is a nice touch. It’s best to avoid the dorm nearest to reception – all the staff sleep in the roofspace, and access is through this dorm. They tend to come in pretty late at night.
Bathrooms are very clean, and each lockable cubicle has a shower and a toilet, plus plenty of room to hang your clothes.
The hostel has a restaurant. The food is fairly good, though a little overpriced. There is a kitchen, but is woefully lacking in equipment. There are no plates, and very little cutlery available for use. The cynic in me would say that this is to make you more likely to dine in the restaurant.
On the roof, there is a home gym – weights bench, dumbbells, bar bells and a chin up bar. If you want to exercise, it’s best to do so early morning as it does get pretty hot up there. There’s also a seating area for chilling and sunbathing.
The bar is on the first floor and is excellent for a hostel bar. Every guest is given a free beer every night (this appears as a discount on your bill). There is a pool table, and a good atmosphere. On the downside, the bar is ludicrously expensive. 3000 pesos for a small beer is more than you would pay in one of the beachfront restuarants. You are not permitted to bring in your own alcohol.
Wifi is fast and reliable, and available throughout the building. There are three computers available for general use.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We loved this hostel!! It's super social, clean, fun and friendly. The rooftop is amazing, pool is super fun and the bar is a great place to chill and meet people and get an affordable meal. LOVED this place!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: La Brisa Loca Hostel
Address: Calle 14 #3-58 | Centro Historico, Santa Marta 23420, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 149 Specialty Lodging in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Created by two brothers, Ryan & Evan Doré, La Brisa Loca encompasses everything great they found in the best backpackers hostels around the world after years of traveling and research. This beautiful, centrally located hostel is in a two-story, 80 year-old neo-Republican mansion that has been meticulously restored and remodeled to both recreate the colonial charm of the historic building while providing a variety of amenities for the value conscious backpacker. ... more   less 
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