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La Tortuga Hostel

Calle 9 No. 3- 116, Taganga, Santa Marta Municipality 470007 Colombia
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#8 of 101 Speciality lodging in Taganga
In a traditional neighborhood on the sunny Colombian Caribbean coast, La Tortuga Hostel inmerses you in the local athmosphere. Here you will make friends and enjoy cocktails on our rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of Taganga bay. In addition to offering accommodation, we also have PADI certified scuba diving staff that can show you the bautiful underwater world. La Tortuga adds something special to Taganga, making it more than just a jump off point from which to access Tayrona Park. This is a place where you´ll feel like staying, enjoying and relaxing. Just follow the turtle and welcome home!
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Rooftop bar
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Ocean view
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 88 out of 100
32Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
2Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Taylor K wrote a review Jul. 2020
Ottawa, Canada110 contributions33 helpful votes
This was a great hostel located just a short walk from the beach. The pool is very refreshing and the rooftop bar boasts great sunset views. It is a great spot to meet fellow travelers and a good place to chill. The rooms are a little tight, but they are very clean.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Laura wrote a review Dec. 2019
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We had an amazing diving experience in Tayrona's sea thanks to la tortuga crew. Our instructor was great, she taught us how to dive with patiente and love and had so much fun for a really good price. The place is really nice, full of love and good vibes.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
linilina wrote a review Mar. 2019
3 contributions
I stayed in La Tortuga with a group of friends, we loved the cool bamboo building with beautiful murals and our rooms were clean and comfortable. The rooftop bar has an amazing view of Taganga and it was a great place to have a drink, watch the sunset and make new friends. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful, they recommended us good places to eat and helped us booking activities around the area (like scuba diving and visiting the Tayrona) and made our trip more fun and easier. My friends and I are definitely going back!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Inspire61832058029 wrote a review Feb. 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed here for 4 nights and were more or less happy. First of all, the service is excellent - nice laundry service, beverages, kitchen to use which gets cleaned every day. We got a nice big room and enjoyed the hammock in front of it. The major disadvantage of this hostel is that it has a bar on the third floor which played music 3 out of 4 nights. On night even until 5am (Thursday) - very hard to sleep ...
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
La Guia Ctg wrote a review Feb. 2019
Cartagena, Colombia66 contributions3 helpful votes
My friend and I stayed in this hostel this past weekend, and it was one of the worst experiences ever. First, they put us in the wrong room (we booked the sea view, mini bar one) and the one they gave us had the view of the roof next door. I asked the front desk if they can switch us, since I noticed one sea view room was available. The receptionist was new and a little dismissive, and mentioned that he needed to talk to the owner. I mentioned that I could leave the key so he can switch our stuff and he mentioned he was not touching them, I said, fair enough. Since we only had one night there (Thank God) and got there around 4, I told him that we were going to explore and to please call me and let me know when we could switch. When we came back around 10, we asked if the room was ready,and the next receptionist rudely told us, that someone was there already, that they had called me (I had no missed calls) and that the guest was sleeping and they couldn't get the person out of the room. We were fine, let’s just move on. Then, when we checked the bed, it was full of hairs and dirty and the bathroom had no soap or hand towel. Additionally, someone tried to open our door around 10:00 pm, maybe someone got confused, but still very creepy for two girls traveling alone. Anyway, we kept rolling with the punches and decided to go and check out the rooftop. On the rooftop we saw the owner Mona and the receptionist, which were partying with other guests (including the guess that was supposedly sleeping in the room we wanted to switch to). The owner was apologetic about the room incident and offered me a beer, which I refused cause we were tired and my friend and I were not feeling all well, specially my friend. We decided to go back to our room around 11:00 pm to sleep and here is where our real ordeal started. The owner (visibly drunk) came knocking and said that she could switch us, but we already had our stuff out and I was not getting in a room where someone was already staying. I told her thanks, but that it was just too late. Now, the real fun was the music coming from the rooftop. It was so loud that we couldn't sleep at all, even with my earplugs on, I could clearly hear the music. They were laughing, yelling and playing Jenga (big blocks) and they kept on falling down, right above our room the whole night!. Mind you, this is a hostel made out of bamboo, so we could hear everything. We were ok....., hopefully, they will turn it off at a reasonable time. Nope!! They didn't turn it off until 4 AM!!! I know because I was up the whole time! Then they came down and kept on making more noises, laughing, until around 4:30/ 5:00 am! We then tried to sleep for at least two hours cause we really wanted to get the heck out, and around 6:00 am, we were woken up by this loud construction noise coming from the street right next to us!!! In summary, the owner didn't have any consideration with the guest and the neighbors, since she was partying up there the whole time. (I know cause I could hear her name ”Mona”, mentioned all night) and trust me the noise was extremely loud the whole night! My friend had food poisoning and had to go through all that, it was terrible! We couldn't wait to get out of there and it really tainted the memory of Taganga for us. It was a terrible experience and I will never go back to this hostel. You had been warned.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$23 - US$29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ColombiaMagdalena DepartmentSanta Marta MunicipalityTaganga
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Tortuga Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to La Tortuga Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (0.2 km) and Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Tortuga Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at La Tortuga Hostel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at La Tortuga Hostel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Tortuga Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Divanga Bar Restaurant, Cafe Bonsai, and Bitacora Restaurante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Tortuga Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does La Tortuga Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, La Tortuga Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is La Tortuga Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Taganga.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Tortuga Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to La Tortuga Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Paseo El Camellón (4.1 km), Centro Historico de Santa Marta (3.8 km), and Bahia de Santa Marta (4.1 km).
Does La Tortuga Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.