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Calle Cochera de Hobo # 38 - 27, San Diego, 130001 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.6/10! (score from 164 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at El Genoves Hostal.
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Outdoor Pool (all year), Grounds
Food & Drink
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
From 2:00 PM
Until 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.
All adults are charged 100 % of the room stay per night per person when using existing beds.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
Based on 164 reviews
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Great little place, staff always willing to help.
Breakfast could be better.
(Andres) the front desk guy was super friendly, helpful and well informed on what to do
big bedroom was stinky. AC would only switch on after 10pm
Small new hostel with lots of potential in prime location in the walled city. Would go back again.
Great location, always felt safe. The hostel itself is in a beautiful structure, nice bathrooms. We stayed in a double on the 2nd floor and we had two balcony windows that looked into the hostel, right at the little pool. If you looked up, you can see the stars! Good AC - so important in Cartagena. The staff was friendly, honest and hard working. I'd recommend a private room at this location - no one bothers you. We were on our honeymoon and the staff left us flowers and chocolates in our room. Very nice gesture. :)
While not disgusting, the room could have been cleaned much better. There were dust bunnies by the night table and the shower glass needed a good scrub to remove the mildew. Also, maybe because it's a hostel, it attracts people who are willing to stay anywhere, including the lounge area by the entrance. At any given time, you'd walk in and see people passed out. There was no safebox in the private room we were in, so we locked up our valuables in our luggage. And lastly, there's no 'storage room' to hold your luggage if you need to keep it somewhere before you check in or after you check out - you just put it in a corner somewhere and pray for the best! But in all fairness, the staff monitors who enters the hostel and they keep track of luggage that's left out. It wouldn't be easy for someone to just walk in and steal anything.
Awesome hostel, such a community feel. Andrés at the desk cared so much that you had a good time. Amazing showers, good kitchen facilities, the pool was nice. It's social but not party.
When overbooked they sometimes try to charge people full price for couches/foldaway beds.
Clean and relatively peaceful hostel. Nice to have a pool to cool off in. Roof access is nice, but no shade (or shelter from the rain) up there. Air conditioning cools the four-bed dorm efficiently from 10 pm to 10 am, and room stays cool for a few hours longer if you have any reason to linger.
The beds are comfortable, but the sheets don't fit. You'll likely wake up on a bare mattress. Lobby tv is directly against the wall of the four-bed dorm, and it is on almost all the time. There is a window between the two dorm rooms, so even less privacy than expected.
Andreas. He was a fantastic member of staff who was very helpful with everything... He is the only reason why the above indicators aren't all poor!
Tulio!! Tulio is a member of staff who does night shifts. He is incredibly rude, doesn't speak a word of English, refused to clean the pool when numerous people requested. On one occasion I brought beer back into the hostel and was unaware of the policy that you cannot do this. Andreas mentioned that it would be ok this one time... Tulio demanded that I either drink all of the beer the night or he will take them out of the fridge and in the bin in the morning! One more thing... When Tulio is on night shift (sleeping in the hammock) you may find a number of items of food go missing. Mine and other travellers lost cheese, ham, bread, milk etc overnight on his watch. He doesn't own the place but certainly treats people like he does. I wouldn't go back purely because of him! Unfortunately this reflects poorly on the outstanding service we received from Andreas.
In the middle of centro historica, close the entrance and close to the ocean on the otherside. Stayed for a week while I was looking for a job, Andres the guy who works in the evening is very friendly and know a lot about the city (going out, meals, transportation, ect.)
I really loved my stay at El Genovés. I am already planning my next trip to Cartagena and I will certainly book my nights at El Genovés. What really makes this place so special are certainly the people who take care of it, because they all do their job really well. The staff at the desk is nice, very friendly, and always willing to help. As for being an hostel, I was particularly surprised and pleased with the care given to the cleanliness, and this thank to the restless señor Tullio. The beds are very comfortable and clean. The position of the hostel is great, just a few steps (5-7 minutes walk) from the city centre. The area felt safe and friendly. If you want a friendly, clean, quiet place to stay in Cartagena, you should definitely book at El Genovés!
Quiet, clean, great bathrooms. Staff went above and beyond to help make travel arrangements and give us information on the city.
The staff are amazing and very helpfull! Te location ia great just among all the good reataurants and beautifull streets! Its very quiet and pleasant To be there!
The receptionist Andres was such a nice guy and so helpful. The swimming pool, in spite of being small, was a gift in such hot weather.
The man who was working there in the night shift wasnt very nice and answered the door at night as if I was bothering his sleep.
El Genoves is a very friendly place in one of the cutest streets of Cartagena. It's really laid back, with very friendly staff. You can really see the love that is put in the hostel. A nice place for backpackers, but the double room is also definitely recommendable for couples or families.
This place is clean, affordable, and the location is unbeatable. But the best part of our experience was Andres, the new reception guy, who was incredibly helpful in our efforts to plan a trip out to Playa Blanca. He didn't do it just because it was his job, but because he genuinely likes helping people. That's the kind of experience that keeps bringing customers back. If you are reading this review, Andres, you're welcome to come visit us in DC anytime. Thanks again!
My only one gripe with the place was their policy to switch on the a/c was only between 10 pm and 10 am. Cartagena is ridiculously hot and humid, so we were sweating our butts off for most of the day. Other than that, great place to stay!
It has a perfect location, the same street of hotels that cost U$180,00 per night and include a nice swimming pool. The reception guy is friendly and really helpful! He woke up to call me a cab at 5am and also gave me good ideas about what to do in Cartagena! Travelers from Europe, Australia and North America are common there! It was a nice surprise to me!
Perfect location in the center of the old town. Nice and helpful staff. Very nice to have the pool, even though it was very small.
The room has air conditioning, but the one unit for a 12 bed dorm didn't really keep it cool. It is also only on from 10pm to 10am, so there is no cool place to relax during the day.
Location - that's pretty much the only good thing about this hostel. However I don't recommend it, there are tons of much better hostels around it, even 4-5 stars good hotels for the same price.
We stayed at the 3 beds room - Too expensive for what they offer - Pictures are deceiving (trust me) - Wifi is poor at least you're on the first floor near the front desk - Air conditioning definitively does not work well (it's old) and doesn't get cold enough for a city like Cartagena - We stayed for three nights and the room was never cleaned! - The swimming pool is tiny and not much used for it is located right in the middle of where everybody passes by, the kitchen, and the first floor rooms. - There's only one small table to have breakfast for the whole hostel - No microwave!!! - The customer service is awful, the young guy with green/blue eyes is not kind at all and does know nothing about what to do in Cartagena, tours in the city or directions; not to mention he doesn't resolve anything. Don't recommend it at all.
The moment I arrived, I was told there is no bed at all because some not-in-time website update. I don't know if it's true. But I have not received any email notification or phone call before. The receptionist recommand a nearby hostal and disappear, turns out the hostal is not good and I need to move again the next day.
The location and interior design is nice.
The staff seems to be tired of tourists, not very friendly and helpful. Confusion, whom get's free breakfast (private rooms). Little space for breakfast (one table).
Cleanliness, breakfast, quiet, beautiful.
The place io beautiful and the only hostal with a pool in the center!
The staff were alright, but the bathrooms ran out of toilet paper everyday and we're not filled, they were quite filthy even though they were beautiful.
Just the fact they don't let the air condition on after 10 A.M. And Cartagena is incredibly hot!
The hostal is in a great location, very clean and reliable wifi. The staff is great and it is really helpful that one of the receptionists speaks english so that anglophone travellers are able to communicate. The staff are also very friendly, accommodating, and helpful. Overall a great place to stay while in Cartagena!
The location, room amenities , and cleanliness are impeccable. Wifi is very reliable provided your room in located on the bottom floor. Breakfast is very basic (coffee, toast and jam, cereal and milk), but it is all you really need.
The staff can, at times, be abrasive. The guardian doesn't speak english so it can be difficult to communicate any needs you may have.
Loved the pool and the relaxed atmosphere it was in a good location also
the beds where the only bad point and only because as someone who is tall I found it uncomfortable to try and sit up on them without banging my head the bunks where just too low
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