3 Best Hostels in Cartagena de Indias (Location is Key and our Favorite Food!)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 Cartagena on offer, suitable for female and solo travellers, couples and backpackers.

The location is soooo important. So please read this to avoid disappointments!

The 3 best hostels in Cartagena de India are…

  1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique – best hostel for solo-travellers
  2. Republica Hostel – best pick for female solo-travellers
  3. Life is Good Hostel in Getsemani – best for backpackers

In this backpacker guide we’ve included all the necessary information and handy links to make your booking easier and faster.

We have actually spent 2 full weeks in Cartagena.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Read: complete guide to the best hostels in Colombia – with itinerary

Cartagena is a tropical Caribbean paradise. This 16th-century old town offers cobbled streets, colourful buildings and beautiful Colombian beaches. It is on everyone’s bucket list 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?

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Quick guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena

Average price for a bed: Quite pricey for Colombian standards, yet a budget option. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 15€-25€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Private rooms cost $40 – $80.

If you can, try to avoid high season in Cartagena, which is from Christmas to mid/end of January. After this, prices will drop again.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Safety in Cartagena: Unfortunately there’s a lot of pick-pocketing in Cartagena. There is little violent crime in this city, compared to other cities like Santa Marta. But, it is possible; this is Colombia.

You can walk at night from the old town to Bocagrande and Getsemani. We did this four times. Yet, a taxi ride is cheap anyways, around $3.

Getting around Cartagena: Walk! It is by far the easiest. The old town is quite small and you are at max 10 minutes in Getsemani, the backpacker area. You can take a cab to the airport for around $5. A free walking tour is also much better than a bike tour in the old town in our opinion.

Best Hostel Location: Basically there are three districts you can consider for staying in Cartagena. Old Town, Bocagrande and Getsemani. I highly recommend to stay in the Old Town because at night it is more quiet than Getsemani.

  1. Bocagrande has all the tall buildings and the beaches.
    There are many good restaurants and bars. Yet, from the touristic point of view, it is nothing special.
  2. The Old Town is absolutely spectacular.
    Walking around here, it feels like a time machine back to Sevilla in the 17th century. I recommend to walk early as the city gets packed from 10am onwards. At night, it is safe place to stay in Cartagena too. Other than cities like Barcelona or Rome, staying in the very heart of the city is a good idea. Why? Because there is usually no loud music and party. This brings us to…
  3. Getsemani!
    The nightlife area and creative artsy spot. Come here for the night, it is AWESOME! Lots of street art, street musicians, bars, restaurants, you name it. This is where the party takes place. Get a beer on the street and enjoy and dance a bit. That being said, avoid  staying in a street with loud music. Easier said than done. Below I list all the hostels that are not in the loud area.

Check also the map.

More tips for Cartagena: As I spent 2 weeks in this city, I did a lot of activities. Find below all my tips for things to do in Cartagena and things you need to know before you come here.

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Are you ready to discover some amazing hostels, including a cool party hostel in Cartagena? Alright, let’s waste no more time.

  1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique – best hostel for solo-travellers
  2. Republica Hostel – best pick for female solo-travellers
  3. Life is Good Hostel in Getsemani – best for backpacker

We picked these three hostels as they stand out due to their design, facilities and vibes. These three hostels are located in the Old town and Getsemani.

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.

Book Bourbon Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Where to stay in Cartagena? St Bourbon hostel

What’s included in the rooms?

  • Linen
  • Blackout curtains, 4 plugs + night light per bed
  • Lockers
  • Free WiFi
  • 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!

Feeling sociable?

Make new friends at the on-site swimming pool and attached bar or over a game of billiard 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
Book Bourbon Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bourbon St Boutique one of the Best Hostels in Cartagena

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!

Book Republica here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostels in Cartagena with private rooms and dorms

Best hostels in Cartagena with nice dorms and private rooms

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Everyone can expect their own personal locker and linen included.

What else:

  • 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 really 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. For me, this is the best location in all the city.

Republica Hostel is the best hostel in Cartagena for:

  • Couples
  • Social butterflies
Book Republica here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

3. Life Is Good Hostel (Getsemani)

#3 on our list comes the Life Is Good Hostel, the best hostel in Getsemani for Backpackers.

It is one of the cheaper hostels and still offers perks. First of all, let us tell you about its location.

Life Is Good Hostel is located in Getsemani, the backpacker area.

Yet, it is on a quiet street. This is very important! If you choose a hostel without checking the exact location, you might end up at a super loud place with loud music and party until the wee hours.

The main party square, the “Holy Trinity Square” (in Spanish: “Plaza de la Santísima Trinidad”) is just a 2 minutes walk up the street. Come here for a drink at night.

Just 5 minutes from here you find our favorite café and brunch place, the Stepping Stone Café. This café supports local communities in the area with little or no help from the government.

They also hire only handicapped people to give them a stable income. I absolutely love this place. Besides the social effort, the food and café is also fantastic and still affordable.

Back to Life is Good Hostel, they also run their own events and even cooking classes. Their roof top terrace might be my highlight. They have a small Jacuzzi on their roof top and lots of hammocks to chill and kick back.

Rooms come with Air Conditioning, which is important, really. Make sure you ask if the AC works in your room!

What else?! Well, the usual stuff all great backpacker hostels offer: Laundry service, 24 hour reception, great team with cool tips on things to do. WiFi is quick as a bunny and they also have board games in case you hit a rainy day.

As for the rooms, you can choose between private rooms (twin beds and double rooms) as well as dorms. For dorms they have everything from 4-bed dorms to 10 bed mixed dorms max.

So again, personally I feel the location of being inside the Old Town is better. BUT, this is only me being picky.

Both this exact and quiet location of Life Is Good Hostel and the Old Town is great. In fact, it only takes you a 5 minute walk to enter the old town.

I do not want to sound like a broken record, but it is cheaper here…

Book Life Is Good Hostel here

Compare prices at: Hostelworld | Booking.com

Roof Top Terrace at Life Is Good HostelCommon Area at Life Is Good Hostel Cheaper Hostels in Cartagena: Life is a good is a great option! Top location of Life Is Good Hostel in Getsemani

Life is Good Hostel in Cartagena de Indias

Best Party Hostels in Cartagena de Indias

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?

  1. Wonderland Hostel Cartagena
  2. El Viajero
  3. Hostel Mamallena

Let us explain why Wonderland Hostel Cartagena 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 this Wonderland party 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.

Perfecto!

Book Wonderland here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best party hostel in Cartagena, Wonderland

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 Viajero Cartagena 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.

Book El Viajero here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

El Viarjero Party Hostel in Cartagena, Columbia

If you are looking for the backpacker hostel in Cartagena, Colombia…

Let us tell you why Hostel Mamallena Cartagena should be also on your list.

They may not consider themselves a party hostel but they know how to party and provide a great backpacking experience.

This hostel has great and plenty of space to chill and make some friends.

Choose from:

El patio or El bar

The bar opens until 2 am and has great deals like 2 for 1 on drinks. Anyone after Happy Hour?!

They have a bar, but they still let you bring your own alcohol into the hostel.

Drinks are very cheap but if you want anyone to visit you at this hostel, they have no problem letting your friends inside either.

Everyone is so welcome, even the animals! They own a very friendly dog and a cat. This place is so homie, they really make you feel at home here.

But if you are on you way to somewhere else, they can help you with that as well. At this hostel you can book your trips to Playa Blanca, Santa Marta/Taganga and boats to Panama if that’s where you are heading.

This backpacker’s hostel in Cartagena brings a lot of value to your visit.

So think no more!

Book Mamallena Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best backpacker hostel in Cartagena, Colombia. Best backpacker hostel in Cartagena, Colombia.

More Hostels worth a mention

Cartagena is doing their hostel game right. There is many boutique hostels in Cartagena and picking only 3 was not easy, really.

Yet, we always only recommend three for you. After all, this is all you need. You do not need me to tell you 17 hostels; this is pointless. I simply give you the absolute top ones and you make your final choice.

That being said, I want to mention a few more that are worth it for you to know. Especially in high season in December and January Cartagena hostels can be sold out easily. It is a good idea to have a backup.

  • Be Lounge Hostel (Old Town)

Be Lounge (relax like a royal)

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 Cartagena 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.

Read: 7 Pros and 4 cons of female dorms

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 will 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.

Book Be Lounge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Where to stay in Cartagena for solo travelers? Be Lounge

A few extras to be aware of:

  • Free WiFi 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?

In the heart of the Old town and nearby Bourbon Hostel. 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 and sloths.

Book Be Lounge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Cozy vibes at Be Lounge, one of the best hostels in Cartagena, Colombia

Dorm at the best hostel in Cartagena for solo female travellers, Be Lounge

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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Things to know before you go to Cartagena

Let me give you a few more things I think you should know before coming here. This will help you to plan a bit better and might add a few things to your list you haven’t considered yet.

Old Town – Magical, but…

I absolutely love the old town of Cartagena. It is soooo beautiful.

That being said, there is a lot of cons here. The city can be super packed from 10am on. Prices are high, no, very high compared to the rest of Colombia. Many people only enjoy 1 day here and move on. As a budget traveler, this is the better option. With a limited budget, only stay 1 night at one of the hostels in Old town Cartagena and take a bus up north to Palomino.

We woke up early and wandered the old town at 7:30am. It was empty. Not even a café was open and there we no cars. This is the best time to take photos and enjoy its beauty.

The street vendors can be quite annoying too. The ladies dressed up in their beautiful yellow and colorful dresses constantly try to charge high prices. However, always keep a smile and negotiate. You should totally get your photo with one of the ladies.

One more thing you should be aware of. The square of Plaza de los Coches with the Clock Tower Monument, is the main square basically. When sun sets, you will notice many beautiful women looking for work here – if you know what I mean. It is a safe area though. Nothing to worry about, just be aware.

Old Town Cartagena de Indias

Freedom of choice - street art in getsemani

Sunset Walk at the City Walls

One of my highlights was watching the sunset form the city walls. Go to the Western side of the wall, facing the ocean. There is also a bar called “Café del Mar”. I added it to the map.

Obviously, you will need to be here ahead of time. There are not too many tables.

Bocagrande District

As a tourist, it makes not much sense to stay in Bocagrande unless you are a family. It feels more like a district to actually live, but not to see anything special.

The beaches in Bocagrande and Cartagena Area are not great anyways.

The sand is dark and super busy. the vibes are great though. If you want to have a drink, go to the beach and mingle. This is always fun. There is a lot of music and dancing going on.

Much more lively than in Spain or Italy for instance.

Bocagrande District; Beach and high buildings

Getsemani and Nightlife

In terms of nightlife with bars and music, I would also go to Getsemani and not the old town. Good thing is, they are only a 5 minute walk away from each other.

Getsemani is the backpacker area, I already mentioned this. There are many hostels, bars, restaurants, clubs.

The main square would be Holy Trinity Square.

You can even have drinks at the street with music. When we visited, there was even street musicians and dancers performing. It was great! This is also the cheaper area to get a drink and go out.

Backpacker District in Getsemani, Cartagena

Backpacker District in Getsemani, Cartagena

Street Art at Holy Trinity Square in Getsemani, Cartagena

Street Art at Holy Trinity Square in Getsemani, Cartagena

Party Bus, Chiva Rumberas

Yes, FUN! The Chiva Bus in Cartagena is worth the money. At night, you will see many party buses driving around with people dancing and loud music. It is quite a fun experience, and cheap too.

Here is a video for you to get an idea.

Cheap Food in Cartagena

You will find many good places to eat here. You find everything from Pizza to Chinese food and of course local Arepas and street food.

My favorite places for cheap food in Getsemani were:

  • Restaurante Coroncoro – super local food and cheap!
  • Cafe Stepping Stone – best for Brunch! They work with handicapped people and support the local communities. COME HERE, perfect food and coffee!!!!
  • El Arsenal: The Rum Box – for fish and posh dinner. Okay, NOT cheap, but worth a night to splurge. You can try many types of rum
  • Basilica Pizzería Cafe: Great pizza in Getsemani
  • Abacus Books and Coffee – cool café and library for a coffee and snacks
  • Restaurante Vegetariano Girasoles: Cheap daily menus; even non-vegetarians will love their local food.

I added all my suggestions to the map below.

Stepping Stone Café in Getsemani

Kite Surfing Hostel

Personally, I started Kite Surfing in Mayapo, near Riohacha in the North of Colombia.

From Cartagena on you can actually do kitesurfing as well.

Near Cartagena there is the Zion Beach House, directly at the beach “Playa Manzanillo”.

You can either stay at their hostel or you can arrange with them a pickup from Cartagena. They have a daily bus running to bring people from Cartagena to their beach for kite surfing.

You see, you can then sleep in Cartagena and go kite surfing during the day. Pretty cool.

The bus ride takes around 30 minutes.

Book Zion Beach Hostel here

Yoga and Kite Surfing with Zion Beach Hostel

Isla Rosario, Isla Grande and your Hostel Choice

For sure you might have heard of this island already. It is on ALL the lists covering the best things to do in Cartagena.

Now, it is super worth it. It is wonderful!

However, my recommendation would be not only to come as a day trip. It takes you 1.5 hours one way on a speed boat. The island is small, but has enough to discover to spend here 2 cozy days.

You will need to stay at Secreto Hostel at Isla Rosario. We spent here 2 nights.

You can join their tours such as:

  • snorkelling at the Pablo Escobar Boat at Isla Rosario
  • diving
  • Bioluminescent Plankton Tour (this depends on the weather conditions!!)

On Isla Rosario you can also eat at the other hotels, chill at the pool at Secreto Hostel, relax at the beaches and visit the famous Pablo Escobar villa. It is said, it was not his villa at all, but it attracts people. Either way, we went there. It is a very impressive, old building with some serious damage. Great to take photos!

Read our full review of Secreto Hostel here.

How to get to Isla Rosario? Book Secreto Hostel online with Hostelworld (the only way!). You cannot go there without a reservation and it is usually sold out quickly. After your booking, write them an email about the boat connection. They will give you instructions on where you can get the boat, the terminal is near the old town.

They will tell you the time and price and which company.

Important: Do not fall for the laziest scam ever. The price was 50 pesos per person. The lady on the pier told us 50 pesos as well. The price for 2 people would be then 110 pesos. Well…not in my world?!

She tried this with every single one, and actually many people we asked fell for this…Just tell the lady 50 pesos times twice is 100…not 110.

Book Secreto Hostel here

Secreto Hostel in Isla Rosario

Pablo Escobar Villa at Isla Rosario - or is it?

Pablo Escobar Villa at Isla Rosario – or is it?

Playa Blanca…worth it?

I make this one short: Do not come here if you do not like crowded places.

Personally, I do not understand why someone would enjoy a day trip to Playa Blanca. It is expensive, crowded and so on. Yes, the beach itself is very nice but that’s about it.

Skip this experience and swap it for Isla Rosario. You will have a much better time!

Judge for yourself. Here is a video to get an idea.

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 (not worth it on our opinion!)
  • Bazurto Market
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Ciudad Amurallada (Old Town)
  • Isla Rosario
  • Sunset spot
  • all my favorite cafés
  • places to eat
  • bus terminal to Santa Marta and boat terminal to Isla Rosario

I highlighted the three districts:

  • Old Town  – Green
  • Getsemani – Orange
  • Bocagrande – Purple

(You can activate and deactivate the different layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.) Please zoom in for details and zoom out to see the kitesurfing hostel and the islands in the area.

Best Hostels in Cartagena FAQs

If you are not sure about where to start, here the answer to your most asked questions

What are the best hostels in Cartagena?

If you are looking for the best hostels in Cartagena, check this guide with our top 3 we recommend for you

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Best hostels in Cartagena for solo travellers?

If we have to choose one hostel from this guide for solo travellers, we do recommend you to check the Bourbon house Hostel,

It is a small and cosy hostel in Cartagena, Colombia. Yet sociable design that we think is wonderful for solo travellers in particular.

Bogota or Cartagena which city I should visit?

Cartagena is much more beautiful, Bogotá not so much. Bogotá is a cool city, but I would always choose Cartagena.

Cartagena has the sea, islands nearby and it’s walled city. As a tourist, Cartagena is much better to visit than Bogotá. Bogotá has the Salt Cathedral and other sights nearby.

We recommend to read our full guide best hostels in Bogota for more information.

Best Photo Spots in Getsemani

Flights to Cartagena?

Cartagena is so well connected. In fact, you can even fly in from USA and Europe directly. Just check your options. We also took a flight from Cartagena to San Andres, the island in the far North. Flights cost here around $25, if you prebook.

Cartagena is also well connected with the rest of Colombia. You can get direct flights from Bogotá, Medellin and so on. The Airport in Cartagena is quite central. You can either take a bus, a cheap cab ride or organize an airport pick up with your hostel. I just took a cab outside the terminal, and it was around $5 to get to Bocagrande.

We enjoy Omio.com and 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.

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Over to you

We hope we’ve helped you to choose the best hostel in Cartagena, Colombia. We gave you the 3 best hostels in Cartagena, two best party 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.

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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.

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