After reading the reviews before visiting Santa Marta we didn't consider this hostel at all, but when we did a walk through on hostels, we gave Miramar a go. We got a private room with bathroom and air-conditioning for $30,000 COP - if we had just used the fan it would have been $23,000.
This is half the price of all other private rooms available, except perhaps at Casa Familar which had fairly nice cheap rooms without AC.
The room and bathroom were clean but the mattress on the bed was comfy enough but very old. They spray this weird smelling stuff in the room between guests which nearly had us move out and between that and the reviews we saw here about lice etc. our minds drove us crazy the first night!
But after that first bit, we stayed and enjoyed our time there! We were in Santa Marta for 4 weeks and stayed at Miramar for 2 weeks.
The food is ok for the price & juices are great
Definitely try the lunch special fried fish
All the staff were extremely fun and lovely and a bit mad! We had a real laugh with the woman who cooks. There is the younger guy who is less friendly but he wasn't a problem for us.
Laundry service is ridiculously cheap - the old cleaning lady is mad as a hatter and we think permanently on the sauce! But catch her eye and you can't help but have a good moment.
Wifi is strong and reliable (you need to let them know if you want it on overnight)
Main pro: It's crazy cheap to stay there.
Mattresses are old and our room had a funny smell for the first day
Rooms are small and the building is old
The sheets were thin and no top sheet (seems to be common in Colombia)
Bathrooms are as basic as a bathroom can get
If you run out of loo paper, the cleaning ladies don't seem to pick it up, so you have to ask reception
The street has character! I wouldn't want to walk in this street at night by myself as a woman but as a couple it was fine.
This place would suit long term travellers who have seen it all. The only reason you would stay here is that it is really cheap. If you are doing short term travel and have the cash then go somewhere else, but if you just need a cheap place to base yourself then check it out.
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