There’s no shortage of swimming pools – each hostel has one. And that goes too for social vibes and relaxing spaces.
Santa Marta is your gateway to top sites in Colombia, pristine beaches and scuba diving opportunities. From here it’s an easy trip to Tayrona National Natural Park.
For those in search of the best party hostel Santa Marta has to offer, keep scrolling. We’ve got you covered!
- Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero – perfect for solo travellers & couples
- Casa Avelina Hostal – great for older travellers
- Republica Hostel – top pick for female solo travellers
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
Looking for 5 star hostels? Sadly there isn’t one in Santa Marta.
However, just down the road in Palomino you can find the impressive Casa del Pavo Real.
Make sure to also have a look at our complete guide to the 43 best hostels in Colombia.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Santa Marta
- best hostels in Santa Marta for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Santa Marta
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Santa Marta
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Santa Marta cost 6€ – 9€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 10€ up to 62€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Santa Marta
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Santa Marta.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero
The story goes that this old villa was once owned by the Colombian cartel. Once abandoned, Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero transformed in to an instagrammable hostel.
Located in the safest area of the city, El Rodadero, you can wind down with ease.
It’s really not very hard and won’t take long once you dip your feet in to the pool with a glass of wine!
Need more reasons to stay? Well, okay, we needed a reason to show off the amenities:
- Pool side bar
- TV room & lounge
- Hammocks dotted around
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Helpful advice & tour info
- Nightly social calendar (trivia night, sangria party)
By now you might have guessed that party is on the menu. The bar and pool were a giveaway, right?
Sure, you’re encouraged to have a good time. But what’s good is that Calle 11 is close-by to great nightclubs and bars. So enjoy the 2 for 1 happy hour cocktails, and then move the party to town.
That way non party animals can rest in peace, and you’ll appreciate the quiet setting when you return!
And boy will you enjoy flopping down on the bed. Air-conditioning, privacy curtains and a personal light create a spot-on experience.
Privates range from superior suite and a garden double, to basic single and budget double options.
If you prefer sharing, choose between 6, 8 and 10-bed rooms all of which have an en-suite bathroom.
Location: A few minutes away from 3 of Santa Marta’s best beaches. Once again, Rodadero is the safest neighbourhood in Santa Marta.
This is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta for
- Solo travellers
2. Casa Avelina Hostal
Casa Avelina Hostal offers an eclectic accommodation that has serious respect for community and environment.
Avelina means ‘small bird,’ chosen to pay tribute to the natural wealth of birds in Colombia. Their conscious efforts see that 49 solar panels provide a large percentage of the daily energy.
Get ready for graffiti, warmth and entertainment.
Certainly the #1 choice for sloths looking to veg out in beautiful spaces. Make use of the:
- Outdoor pool
- Ample indoor & outdoor seating
- Games room
- On-site restaurant
For the more active travellers; grab a free bike and explore on two wheels.
Breakfast isn’t included, but it can be enjoyed for a small cost. There’s yummy coffee on offer, too.
There’s a mix of private and shared rooms at Casa Avelina.
They’re all incredibly bright and spacious, with that all important air conditioning and privacy curtain thrown in.
Dorm beds act as little ‘containers of privacy’ with everything you need to feel at home.
Location: A 15-minute walk from downtown and 5-minutes from the main bus station. A supermarket and Tayrona park are also a 5-minute walk.
This is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta for
- Older travellers
3. Republica Hostel
Immerse in the local life and culture of Santa Marta during your stay at Republica Hostel.
The centrepiece of this accommodation is a lovely pool, quite literally in the middle of the property.
Furthermore, you will find a neat on-site bar playing great music to set the mood.
As the reception is open 24 hours a day, friendly staff are at hand to welcome you at whatever time of the day you arrive. They’re very knowledgeable, too.
Staying on the weekend? Excellent!
Make sure you have your favourite swimsuit at the ready for the pool party.
Note that you might have a tough decision when it comes to choosing which room to sleep in.
There are so many options…
- 6, 8, 14 and 16-bed mixed dorms
- Deluxe double room
- Superior double private
Both of the private options come with an en-suite.
Opt for a shared room and be surprised by the amount of privacy that can be enjoyed behind your curtain. Plugs, a light and locker is included.
Location: 3-minute walk from the ocean boardwalk of Parque Simon Bolivar. There are many bars and restaurants surrounding the hostel.
This is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta for
- Female solo travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Santa Marta?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Santa Marta.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Santa Marta
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Santa Marta for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Santa Marta for solo-travellers?
Well if you stay at The Dreamer Hostel, you may feel you’ve accidentally stumbled in to a hotel.
Swimming, sunshine and snoozing is the motto of this beautiful hostel.
Take a Spanish lesson and improve your ‘hola’, before heading to the Coelhos Bar for a refreshing drink.
Get chatting with other travellers at Mexican Night and laugh a lot as you try your feet at salsa and afro-latin dance classes.
The terraced garden and hammock is an ideal place to chill if you want to wind down by yourself.
On the other hand, the pool and on-site restaurant are good places to meet others.
End the day in either a shared dorm or private room. Either way you won’t be disappointed.
Location: The airport is a 20-minute drive, and the train station a 5-minute drive. The immediate area doesn’t offer a great deal, so we suggest taking a taxi to nearby Rodadero.
Best Party Hostels in Santa Marta
So dear reader, did you notice that so far all of the best hostels in Santa Marta have a pool AND bar?!
No doubt the party animals noticed this before anything else.
With that in mind, you could say that every hostel in this list is great for a party. And you wouldn’t be wrong.
Therefore, choose between our top 3 or have a look at yet another party hostel option below.
Alongside yet another pool and in-house bar, Masaya Hostel Santa Marta also offers live music, free yoga and dance classes.
Oh wait sorry, there are two pools here, not one! Not to mention a rooftop terrace and BBQ area.
Hang out in the games centre or wind down with a movie in the cinema room. Grab a coffee from the cafe and swing mindlessly in a hammock. The choice is yours!
Location: just a 7-minute stroll to Parque de Los Novios – a hub of bars, clubs and restaurants.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Casa Avelina Hostal: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Republica Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Masaya Hostel Santa Marta: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- The Dreamer Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Santa Marta best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Santa Marta. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Santa Marta hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
- Playa Rodadero
- Tairona Gold Museum – Casa de la Aduana
- Playa Grande, Taganga
- Simon Bolivar Park
- Cathedral Basilica of Santa Marta
- Parque de Los Novios
- Cerro Ziruma
(View full map in a new window here)
Flights to Santa Marta?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Santa Marta.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Santa Marta.
Remember: there are 43 awesome hostels in Colombia to choose from
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Over to you
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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.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart 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