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Reviewed December 14, 2017

Galeria Isla Hostel is part of a community of 7 hostels which share a bar and a small pool. The hostel looks like a house where you feel home. You can go wherever you want on this island.

The staff is very nice and very helpful, we had some issues with the boat and they help us until finding a solution.

Room tip: Choose on of the hostels of Paraiso secreto
Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Juliette C
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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Cool colonial house always with the perfect temp even without AC for the perfect nap.

The bar and food in the place are really good and if you want the best bar beach is borabora at 5 min walk or a virgin beach with docks at 25 min around beautifull forest roads .

You must go for the kayak at sunset and the lagoon at night .

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank simonv312
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Reviewed October 27, 2017

it is an amazing place to relax! more hide than other Islas del Rosario, less confusion, less tourism. wonderful place!! i met there amazing people, and i will come back for sure.

you have to visit them!

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank Gonçalo F
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

We stayed for two nights at Galeria Hostel on Isla Grande, and wished we could've stayed for longer. Time seemed to stand still and the disconnection was medicinal.

Carlos, the Galeria host, was waiting for us when we got off the boat and his beaming smile and warm welcome at reception set a wonderful tone. He helped to carry our bags and showed us to the house and room, plus he also escorted us to and from Pola, a nearby restaurant and mini beach. Awesome friendly service.

Hosts and volunteers popped in and out frequently, always saying hello, asking how we were doing, and making recommendations around the island.

One of 7-8 hostels in the Paraiso Secreto complex which share a pool, bar and kitchen, each house has its own character and feel. The Galeria house is breezy, fresh and clean. With stunning white and blue decor, it has new bathrooms recently installed (one nearing completion when we were there). There's plenty of space to lounge in hammocks or 'day beds' in the dining room and on the verandah, and the mood was relaxed, friendly and mellow.

As it's an eco hostel and an island, you need to be prepared to go with the flow: electricity comes on twice a day (overnight and lunchtime), hot and humid (use the beach and fans to cool down), and water is somewhat limited, and dependant on electricity to refill the tank --but you're never waiting long.

Meals at the on-site restaurant are pricey for Colombia but adequate. There's a kitchen if you wish to cook and you can buy supplies at the local "village". Bonus points for having filtered water on tap.

What to bring and expect:
- mosquito repellant
- adept hands to tuck in your mosquito net
- your own towel(s)
- Snacks and goodies (will be cheaper than on island)
- Pack lightly - it's hot so you'll wear limited clothes
- To reach the island, they recommend Mary Cruz Tours (40,000 COP there / 55,000 back)

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank jjessa
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

As an island, Isla grande is nothing special and fairly overpriced due to the closeness to Cartagena. If you have the option, go to Santa Marta for Tayrona or further up the north east coast of Colombia.

In terms of this hostel specifically:
Pros: fairly clean hostel, has a decent kitchen which you could cook in, working fridge, and filtered water tap. Beds in the dorm are comfortable, and the social areas are well decorated and quite comfortable.

Cons: Overpriced, but the entire area is like this. The staff are pretty useless here, it's run by "volunteers" and the don't seem to do anything but show people where to sleep then get back to sitting around in the common areas doing nothing and playing guitars. The cleaning is done by a local person, so clearly volunteering to clean is beneath them. Dorms beds very difficult to get into due to bad staircases, bathrooms unclean and always had wet floors, water in the hostel runs out regularly, making hygiene an issue. The hostel is in the centre of an area with multiple hostels which share the same bar, reception and beach area, which are mainly overpriced and not that great, the food particularly is not good.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank 998henryl
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