My friends and I have just returned from a weekend in Cali where we stayed at La Pinta Boogaloo. We found a pleasant hostel, with friendly staff and a nice pool. The room was a little tatty and could have used some work to fix the minor problems - the doors that didn't quite close properly, the sinks that didn't drain properly and the stuffy smell in the closet.
The staff could not have been friendlier and more welcoming, helping us with anything that we asked for. The breakfast that was included was basic but for a small price we ate delicious eggs and arepas. The food on offer throughout the rest of the day was very limited.
We stayed in a private triple that overlooked the pool. It was spacious and haad comfy beds, but the noise at night was quite a lot as people seemed to like to use the pool in the very early hours of the morning when they had returned from a night out. I think that the rooms on the other side of the house would be quieter.
The location is good and is only a short taxi ride to the areas with the bars and restaurants. All the taxi drivers that we had found the hostel with no problems.
Overall this is a nice hostel, but needs a little TLC to make it a great one.
- 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