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Golden Elephant Hostel
San Diego, California
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“Golden elephant is golden!!”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Diego is the warmest and friendliest host anyone could have as a traveler in Colombia. He strives for everyone to be comfortable with full knowledge of the beautiful surroundings Alejandria has to offer. Go tubbing down the river with breath taking views or a treck to near by enchanting waterfalls. Trust amigo diego to guide you along the way. The hostel is based on sustainable resources for art and furniture. A very clean and colorful hostel to call home. I wanted to stay forever!! Thanks Diego.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

3/26/2014

LOCATION:
Beautiful Colombian countryside located 3 hours by bus outside of Medellin and 1 hour from Guatapé. A very small town! Hostel is located 10 minute walk from town center. Very safe.

ACTIVITIES:
Hiking to countless large waterfalls (some you can repel), horseback riding, tube riding, biking, natural pools, and i believe you can even visit a coffee farm.

ACCOMMODATION:
Maybe 10 rooms, some dorm style. Beds are clean. Spacious Tv room with nice pool table and billiards. Kitchen. Small bartop. Deck and patio for great views of countryside. A very clean and tidy hostel overall. Also, it is a green friendly hostel so watch where you throw your recyclables.

NIGHTLIFE:
Certainly some attractive women around, but as it is a small town don't expect much.

HOST:
Can't say enough good things about Diego. He speaks English and Spanish fluently. A charming dude with knowledge of the surrounding area and a great guide with heaps of positivity and patience.

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As always, please be respectful of the locals and their land. Enjoy!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Scotland, Canada
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Diego and his father took care of us like we were family..the funky diy themed hostel is kept super clean and the hot showers and warm beds keep you nice and cozy. Horseback riding through the most incredible scenery on our way to a breath taking waterfall will be one of my favorite memories in colombia! Right behind our tubing trip through the mountains which conveniently ends at the base of the hostel. Our 3 days of bliss in alejandria were filled with laughs, great food, great people and most of all great memories...i cant wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Medellin, Colombia
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3 reviews
Reviewed March 25, 2014

I couldn't recommend this place more!

Despite having lived in Colombia for almost 3 years I hand never heard of Alejandria until a friend showed my pictures of the place and the hostel.

With the inspiration of how good it looked, I went with 2 other friends and we stayed in the 3 bedroom dorm.

The place is so beautiful and Diego who owns it makes sure that you do and see everything you want to.

We did a hike to a waterfall and the tubing, both activities included beautiful scenery and were great fun!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

This place is awesome, a sweet getaway from the typical tourist route where you can unwind and get back to nature. The hostel is surrounded by beautiful landscape with rivers, waterfalls, other fincas and mountains. Well thought out and well run, the Golden Elephant Hostel has everything you need and more (including a pool table and huge chill out area with hammock). Diego is a really great host/owner who makes sure you experience in Alejandria the best, showing all the great spots to go do and see. He also has a sweet tubing and bridge jumping package which was really something different, a definite "must do" in a town which is a must see!

Room Tip: Anything, they are all very reasonably priced, 15 000 a dorm 32 000 for a private.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Diegos place is great,, right o the edge of the river,, and walking distance to center of town,, and surrounded by mountains and fresh air,, Diego is a great host.. he arranged horseback riding, and took us to the departure place on the river where we floated about a mile down back to the house.. this place is greatly recommended ....im sure i wil be back soon!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Was only planning in staying a couple nights and ended up staying longer because there was a lot to absorb here and everything was so cheap. Beautiful river and waterfall hikes, tubing, fun little town, wa really a good time.

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Additional Information about Golden Elephant Hostel

Property: Golden Elephant Hostel
Address: Calle 23 Casa Azul Marino Carretera Alejandria - Guatape, Alejandria, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Alejandria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Alejandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Golden Elephant Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Golden Elephant Hostel is located in the small, quiet, traditional town of Alexandria just 1 hour from Guatape (peñon de Guatape) and 3 hours from the city of Medellin. Ideal to rest, relax and escape the noise and pollution of the city. It has rich basins and stunning natural landscapes, allowing our guest to participate in a wide range of healthy, and enjoyable activities. ... more   less 
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