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ParkLife Hostel Popayan
Taipei, Taiwan
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great "Life"!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

Absolutely great hostel! Perfect location (just in the main plaza and next to the Cathedral!) and beautiful colonial building. Very relaxing and cosy. The staffs are very friendly and helpful. They know so well about the surroundings, not only the city itself but also other places nearby (for ex: San Agustin, Tierrdentro, the details of crossing border to Ecuador). It makes my trips so much easier. Definitely recommend it.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

One of the best hostels I´ve seen in South America. Gotta start with the staff, Borja, Lulu, Kieran (the owners) and Carlos (the guy who works nights) are so friendly, helpful, really went out of their way to help me, set up films for us in the film room, bring us beers, recommend places to eat, things to do, where I could get a birthday cake & candles for my girlfriend´s birthday, put a jar of flowers and a note in our room on the birthday. Amazing and more like fellow travellers than owners or landlords or whatever.

Then the location - right on the central Caldas plaza, by which I mean LITERALLY on it - the pláza is closed to cars so the noises are just people during the day (a pleasant murmuring hum), and nothing at night.

The rooms are a choice of 2 dorms, some budget privates without a view of the plaza, privates with a view of the plaza and one deluxe room with 2 huge windows onto the plaza and cathedral which must be, as they say, one of the best views in the city.

As I mentioned, you can watch films any time from 9am-9pm I think, they have an extensive collection. Kieran also let me take a load of music off his laptop to spruce up my iPod (though my headphones bust on the bus to Medellin.......). There´s a nice central communal area where people chill on their phones or reading books. Really nice overall vibe.

Oh, and there´s a cat called Sushi with a nice round face and a curious piercing gaze for all the girls who go fuzzy over cats.

Room Tip: The deluxe room with views is a great one for a night or two, the views really are lovely. You get a...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Turnhout, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

One of the nicest hostels we've stayed at. So we went back a second time on our way back.
It's a spacious building, nicely furnished with high ceilings and a stunning view over the main plaza. You have the choice between dorms, private rooms, with or without view. There are enough clean bathrooms available. There is also a big guest kitchen, fully equipped and clean.
The hostel was cleaned every day! (the bathroom floors even more) The communal area had big pillows on the floor and is an exellent place to chill out, use the free wifi and meet fellow travelers. In the back of the house is a little tv room with a 9 pm movie every day and a lot of dvd's to watch at your own request. Kieran, Borja and Luiza are the finishing touch to make your stay memorable. They are full of information about everything to see and do in and around Popayan. We definitely loved our stay! Popayan is a quiet and beautiful town.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This hostel is exactly in the middle of Popayan overlooking the central square. The place looks very nice inside and is quite clean. Also the staff are very helpful.
As an advice I would suggest not to book the more expensive double room with a view as it has some disadvantages - does not have its own bathroom (and the shared one is not that close) and due to the big windows facing the square there is a lot of light coming in which makes it not such a great place to sleep in.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

Big thanks to the staff here for a great stay in a very charming building (with an amazing location on the main square - great for people watching from the front rooms). Moreover, just to demonstrate how helpful and great the staff are, they even promptly arranged a courier for something we left behind so we had it within a couple of days, before flying out.

Thanks again - highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed in Parklife more then 2 weeks and had an excellent time. The view on the square is beautiful and it is surprisingly silent at night to have a good night sleep. The kitchen is excellent with all the necessary tools. Nice common area. The best thing is the staff, nice and welcoming, the owners and the volunteers! Thanks for an xcellent time.

Room Tip: Take the private rooms with view on the square you will not regret it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

excellent place, the staff is helpfull. They help us to plan our trip and all the activities around.
Good rooms, good communs, kitchen really clean and many things to do inside.
I recommend it especially for its location and value!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about ParkLife Hostel Popayan

Property: ParkLife Hostel Popayan
Address: Calle 5 6-19, Popayan, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Cauca Department > Popayan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Popayan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Parklife Hostal is a hostel that has opened its doors in May 2011 in the very center of colonial Popayan, Colombia. Our concept of accommodation is based on comfort, good music and a good service. Park Life is the perfect place to sit around a table with your new found friends and a good cup of Colombian coffee. The comfort and the spaciousness of our common areas turn Parklife into a favorite place for the "adventurers" that decide to come to Colombia. Getting to Park Life hostel is easy, very easy. You only have to ask for the Central Park which in Popayan is called Parque Caldas or the Cathedral. In fact it is a nice 12-15 minutes walk from the bus station. ... more   less 
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