Let us, the Hostelgeeks, introduce the 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena, Colombia. This city is really on top of the hostel game. You can find many fantastic hostels, offering swimming pool, fun events, cool and clean dorms.
We’ve strived to find you the real deal, the 3 best hostels in Cartagna on offer, suitable for female and solo travellers, couples and backpackers.
In this backpacker guide we’ve included all the necessary information and handy links to make your booking easier and faster.
Cartagena is a tropical Caribbean paradise. This 16th-century old town offers cobbled streets, colourful buildings and beautiful Colombian beaches. It is on everyones bucketlist when backpacking Colombia.
All you need to add is a cool Cartagena hostel and you’re ready to go!
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
(+ who stays here)
(+ recommended type of traveler)
- best party hostels in Cartagena
- all top hostel on a map (with sights)
- Flights to Cartagena
Traveling around Colombia?
- Read our guide to the 3 best hostels in Medellin, Colombia
- the coolest place in Bogota, the Hobu Hostel
If you’re spending some time exploring this part of the world; check out all of our 5 Star Hostels in South & Central America.
Quick guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena
Are you ready to discover some amazing hostels, including a cool party hostel in Cartagena?
Alright, let’s waste no more time.
The 3 best hostels in Cartagena are…
- Bourbon St Hostel Boutique – best hostel for solo-travellers
- Republica Hostel – best pick for couples
- Be Lounge – best hostel for female solo-travellers
We picked these three hostels as they stand out due to their design, facilities and vibes.
We put all three accommodations and the major sights in Cartagena on the map. This way it is easier for you to understand locations. You will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique (pool party anyone?)
Welcome to the gorgeous little Bourbon St Boutique hostel.
This boutique hostel hosts a total of 42 guests, spread over 3 mixed dorm rooms of 12, 14 and 16 beds. This is for us on top of all the best hostels in Cartagena for solo-travellers.
Why? It is a small, yet sociable design that we think is wonderful for solo travellers in particular.
The decor has created a lovely warm, homely vibe throughout the accommodation. At the same time, you will find live music here, events organized such as halloween and a few more fun events every traveler loves.
What’s included in the rooms?
- Blackout curtains, 4 plugs + night light per bed
- Free Wi-Fi
- Air Conditioning
- Free breakfast
There is also a free breakfast on offer, as well as the use of a fully furnished kitchenette.
On the top floor is Bourbon St Bar-Restaurant where live music is regularly free to enjoy.
Good to know: guests at the hostel can enjoy 2 for 1 on meals in the restaurant. Yum!
Make new friends at the on-site swimming pool and attached bar or over a game of billar pool.
There is also a TV lounge and plenty of seating space throughout the building.
Reception is open 24-hours so there’s no need to worry about a curfew ruining your evening plans.
This hostel is found 100 yards from Bolivia Park and only a 15-minute drive from the airport.
Bourbon St Boutique hostel is the best hostel in Cartagena for:
- Solo Travellers
- Party animals
2. Republica Hostel (double bed dorms + social vibes)
We recommend Republica Hostel if architecture, food and history are your kinds of thing.
This is a pretty big hostel, with a total of 100 dorm room beds.
Don’t worry though; the maximum per room is 14.
This hostel is located in a stunning 3-story colonial building and has one of the largest courtyards in the entire Old City.
Along with the many dorms on offer, Republica also has two private rooms.
Good to know: the 10-bed dorm includes double beds as well as single!
Everyone can expect their own personal locker and linen included.
- Free breakfast and coffee
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Two bars on-site
- Swimming pool
- Rooftop deck with hot tub
- Two large lounge areas
Add the superb staff and you’re set for a wonderful experience, no doubt.
There are daily activities at this hostel, too.
On Mondays, the staff encourages one guest to cook a typical dish from their country to share together as a big family.
Wednesday is beach games and Saturday drinking games. The team is reallz creative when it comes to events. Keep an eye on the black board or simple ask the staff what is going during your stay.
We hope you’re ready to make lots of new friends!
Read: the unwritten rules at hostels to make life-time friends
What about the location, you might ask? Republica Hostel is located within the walls of the beautiful Old City.
This instantly sets the scene for an authentic Colombian experience.
The Santa Andria is within walking distance. A paradisical beach on Isla Barú is also wonderfully close by. In a nutshell, the location is really great and many sights are in walking-distance. A top choice, really!
Republica Hostel is the best hostel in Cartagena for:
- Social butterflies
3. Be Lounge (relax like a royal)
Let us talk about the #3 on this list of the absolute best hostels here in Cartagena. This one is also a really great choice, you will see.
Ever wondered what a 400-year-old-colonial house renovated into a modern, minimalist hostel would look like?
Welcome to Be Lounge Hostel.
The clever blend of old and new offers a cosy, unique hostel in the heart of Cartagena.
Dorm lovers will be pleased: choose between 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10-bed dorms.
This includes a 10-bed Female dorm.
The reception is open 24-hours. We know this is important to you, and also to us. It adds some security and obviously you can check-in when you arrive late. Just make sure you let the hostel know when you arrive. That always helps.
The friendly staff speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and love offering their guests tips and tricks about the area. So just ask! They have also a map on the reception to show you the main sights in the city.
Make sure you also ask about walking tours and the events going on inside the hostel.
A few extras to be aware of:
- Free Wi-Fi available
- Breakfast included
- Terrace surrounding rooms (2nd floor)
- Book exchange
- Shared kitchen
As for relaxing after a day of exploration?
Choose between the seating area in your room, a terrace, the bar and restaurant, garden and the sun deck area. You’re really spoilt for choice, it would seem.
It is a really social place, easy to connect thanks to the many different areas.
What about the location of Be Lounge? This great hostel is located just a 2-minute walk from Palace of the Inquisition. Other nearby interests include Cartagena’s Walls and Bolivar Park. Have a look on our map we created below for more details.
Be Lounge is the best hostel in Cartagena for:
- Female Travellers
- Solo travellers
Best Party Hostels in Cartagena
It was actually a little too easy for us to find you an amazing party hostel in Cartagena. The city is known amongst party backpackers for wild nights out. So, what are the best party hostels in Cartagena?
Let us explain why Wonderland Party Hostel had to be our number one.
During the day the staff encourages you to join free dance classes. Learn how to dance Salsa, Bachata and Champeta like a local. Fun guaranteed!
Grab a free bike and explore the city or join one of the many activities put on by the Wonderland Hostel.
In the evening, head to the on-site bar – open to the public as well as guests.
The bar closes at midnight so those who want to sleep, can actually get a rest. But if your party is only getting started; continue it in the Old Town with the rest of the crew. They know the best places to party in Cartagena until the sun rises.
After a crazy night fill up on your free breakfast and Colombian coffee.
The only thing left to do is to relax on the quietest beach in the area, close by to the hostel. Have a look on our map below to find more details.
OK OK so we gave in and decided to include another Cartagena party hostel option. You can thank us later.
Option two is the energetic El Viajero Hostel.
Here you can also enjoy free dance lessons, plus many more activities in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Enjoy a drink in the colonial-style courtyard and relax on the nearby beach after a big night with new friends. We think WONDERLAND Hostel is a tick better since you can relax on the swimming pool.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Cartagena. They all expired already and we would not give you discount codes that are not valid anymore.
Yet, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
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Map of the 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena and Sights
So here it is, the magical map. The useful map of all the hostel locations and cool sights, just for you.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Playa blanca (beach)
- Bazurto Market
- Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
- Ciudad Amurallada
We do totally recommend taking a mud bath at Totumo Volcano!
Check out: cool article by Globe Trottor Girls on 6 things they don’t tell you about Totumo Volcano.
Flights to Cartagena?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over the world, including Cartagena, Cuba and more.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search.
Just draw a circle over Central America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our full review of Kiwi.
Over to you
We hope we’ve helped you to choose the best hostel in Cartagena. We gave you the 3 best hostels in Cartagena, two best parts hostels and finally a huge detailed map.
Perhaps you’ve already stayed in one of them? As always, drop us a comment below with your stories, questions and anecdotes.
Any questions, doubts?
We want to make this guide as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.
Therefore, do not be shy, please. Write your questions below in the comments and we will get back to you rapido rapido.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget!
We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
Also, we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by.
We share with you exclusively places we recommend to our best friends and family!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Cartagena!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
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Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries