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Navi Mumbai, India
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location was one of the things I was impressed with. Its located closer to the Bus Terminal as well the main square. Staff are friendly and knowledgable. They helped me to book my bus to San Agustin. The room was spotless. I found Hostel Trail to be the best place for a sound sleep after a day filled with...

Thank Backpackways
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant place to stay. Owners are on site and very helpful. Lots and lots of info on various tours and independent travel in the area. Good location. Close to bus station and centre The place can lack in atmosphere.

Thank mrmurphster
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We booked one night here for New Years Eve on our way to San Agustin. We stayed in an upstairs private double room. It was spacious, comfortable, warm and very clean. The bathrooms and common areas were spotless. Showers were hot. The information boards were briliant. Free tea and coffee in the morning was great. Kitchen was well stocked and...

Thank AngePegram
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

It's clean and set up pretty well. Just seems way too much money for what you get. Pretty lousy internet in the room, lots of road noise. We have stayed in cheap hotels for a third of the price that have been better. Good location, close to the main square.

Thank sulli421
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I would recommend thinking twice before booking a room at hostel Trail. The owners were really lovely, and Popayan Tours affiliated with the hostel runs some good activities, however the hostel was the worst that we stayed in in Colombia. I had read previous reviews about the traffic noise in the rooms before we arrived, but thought that they have...

Thank Jessie R
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The hostel is very bright and inviting. The owners are friendly and very helpful. It is about a 5 minute walk to the main square and about an 8 minute walk to the bus station, so great location. The kitchen facilities were good - has toaster, microwave and blender. We were in a private room with shared bathroom, there was...

Thank emmaemccarthy
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This review is entirely negative. I am writing this directly to point out flaws in this hostel that any hostel owner should know (they should know their customers) and provide to their guests. Below are all basic requirements that the hostel missed the mark on. 1. ONLY TWO ELECTRICAL SOCKETS in the eight person room. For those who want to...

Thank Lezulee
Tony C, Owner at HostelTrail Popayan, responded to this review

Hi Lezulee, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed about our infrastructure, we've spent many years developing the Hosteltrail to meet the needs of today's backpackers and it's unfortunate you feel we've let you down. I just wanted to clear up a couple of points that your raised - first off, we have two separate internet connections and a number...

Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely time in popayan, the friendly host introduced us to good restaurants, gave excellent information regarding the best activities around! He even helped us planning our next destination! Just go there, you'll love it!

Thank Pim S
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I struggled a little with the layout of the place as it is hinged around two opposing staircases. However, if you're happy to climb up and down these flights a fair few times then you will get on well enough here! The staff are friendly, especially the lovely lady in the kitchen. Breakfast costs extra but is well worth it....

Thank AnnaMation
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights on route from Columbia to Ecuador. 10 min walk from the bus terminal and close to the historic centre. No taxi was needed. Clean, tidy hostel, staff were friendly with some English. Showers warmish, but don't bank on it being warm. The road noise from this hostel was very loud, it was hard to...

1Thank Jed P

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Scottish-run HostelTrail opened its doors in July 2007 to offer budget accommodation and up-to-date advice for travelers visiting Colombia as well as acting as the South American base for the Latin American Hostel Network. With several years of experience managing hostels both in Europe and in South America, Tony Clark & Kim Macphee have kitted out this new hostel with everything a backpacker could want during their stay in Popayan. The Hostel Trail has a total of 35 beds, including a 8-bed en-suite dorm room with balconies overlooking the colonial street as well as single, double and twin rooms all with and without private bathroom. All private rooms are decorated with photography from around South America and have hand-made duvets. The private rooms also have custom-made shutters on the windows to ensure a quiet (and dark) nights sleep.- Free WIFI- 3 computers with SuperFast Internet (Headphones, Cameras & SKYPE)- 24 hour access.- Dorms & Private Rooms (with and without bathroom)- European-style duvets & reading lamps in all private rooms- Laundry Facilities (24hr budget service & 4hr Express service)- Bike Hire (they are really good bikes too!)- Free lockers with built in power supply for charging laptops.- Self-Catering Kitchen (with fridge, gas cooker, blender & small oven)- TV room with More than 150 DVDs and 32 inch Flatscreen TV- International Calls at 500 Pesos p/m- Book Shop - we buy and sell English Books (over 150 imported titles!)- Book Exchange & Reference library- A selection of cold beers, soft drinks, water for sale- Locally brewed beers on sale (Red, Blonde & Black beers)- Wednesday night is Curry night (with veggie option too!)- Free luggage store- Courtyard patio area- Free coffee in the mornings- Downhill Biking Tours to the thermal pools. (Popayan's most popular tour!)- Coffee Tours & Horseriding tours.- Downloadable info-guides for your ipod or laptop.- 5 mins walk from the main square & 8 mins from the bus station! ... more   less 

Additional Information about HostelTrail Popayan

Address: Carrera 11 No. 4-16 | Centro Historico, Popayan, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Cauca Department > Popayan
Price Range: $13 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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“room 8 is big but has street noise, for less street noise ask for room on the other side or the sister hostel caracal”
 of 5 bubbles lorneinvan, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Choose a room that has windows to carrera 11, not calle 4 they are much quieter”
 of 5 bubbles GlobalTraveller81, 3 May 2015 | Read review
“To floor is quietest.”
 of 5 bubbles U7032AQpeterw, 5 Mar 2015 | Read review
“As this is written, Room 7 has a TV and DVD player purchased privately and left behind by a previous guest, and there is an extensive free DVD library in the communal TV room. There is only one room lacking a window to the street. Try to avoid it. There are frequent rainbows in Popayan, at least in January.”
 of 5 bubbles novato1953, 22 Jan 2015 | Read review
“For two people, Room 11 was nice for us.”
 of 5 bubbles 499MichaelA499, 17 Jan 2015 | Read review
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