A beautiful mansion on a hill in the Bellavista barrio of Cali. A few maintenance problems still need to be addressed because it is a new facility like the air conditioner unit that wasn't hooked up yet. But in Cali, the climate is very mild and air conditioning is not a high priority like in more hot and humid areas of the tropics. Mosquitoes are always a problem in the tropics, so don't forget to pack repellent. The Green Saman is named after the large shade tree in the front and is a very relaxing walled in secure environment with an excellent back yard patio and bar area with picnic tables for dining. Breakfeast is included in the room charge, the hot cheese bread called almohabanas (pillow puffs) with the fine Colombian coffee is really a very special treat. Dinner is prepared by the owner who is an excellent fourth generation chef from Barcelona, Spain trained in Switzerland. If you are into haute cuisine that is healthy and nutritious you will be pleasently surprized and satisfied with the dinner offerings at the Green Saman, definitely worth the price of the dinner meal. Wet and dry saunas in the back, a yoga room and swimming pool and sunbathing patio areas and hammocks under the mango fruit tree surrounded by tropical flowers with gentle background music make for a relaxed, safe, and secure location to enjoy companionship and comraderie with fellow travellers, mostly from Europe, and Australia. An above average accommodation that is a real gem for the more sophisticated and savvy, discerning traveler in Cali, Colombia. When you check in and meet the owner and chef, Miguel, please tell him you read my review and that he was highly recommended for his cooking from "su alteza" Felipe! It is an inside password that he will appreciate very much! Have fun kids!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Green Saman - Colombian Gastronomic Sanctuary, Backpacker's Paradise, Yoga, Music and Cultural Centre. Cali's newest hostel, opened in October 2011, is located within a beautiful garden in the safe neighbourhood of Bellavista in the hills of the city of Cali. Although just a few minutes from the city centre and the bus terminal, our relaxing location is also the base for hikes to the mountains and the many forms of extreme sports available here in the Valle de Cauca. As backpackers or former backpackers ourselves we think we have everything here you would want from a hostel with our location and service making us one of the best hostels in South America. We will let you judge for yourself though, we can offer you; activities and extreme sports organized every say of the week (paragliding, horse riding, rafting, kite surfing, kite buggy, bungee jumping etc), swimming pool and outdoor bar, sauna, Turkish bath, a former Michelin star chef running our kitchen, free gourmet breakfast, terrace bar, indoor cafe, big screen sports, a beautiful garden setting (where we grow our own food to cook for you), hand-built brand new beds, HOT showers, en-suite rooms with Jacuzzi, free yoga, free salsa classes. And if there is anything you want not listed above, let us know and we will organize it for you. The Green Saman is bringing about a revolution in the South America backpacking experience, come and join us. ... more less