The owner of the Geo Hostel has done well on the location front. On the same road as favorite nightlife hangouts such as
On the same road as popular bars such as El Social, next door to a plethora of restaurants (including Lenteja Express) and a hop, skip and a jump from Parque Lleras, the address of the hostel is hard to beat.
The exterior has plants adorned with outdoor tables and parasols while the entrance lobby is more of a cross between a designer shop and boutique hotel.
As you head up the small stairs, you enter a hostel and the more familiar sight of rooms with bunk beds reveals itself.
The rooms are fine, clean and modern. Each room has a digital code to unlock the door. There are lockers and a bathroom inside the room.
The double bunk beds look like the standard ones you see across the globe, and there are no views from the dorms given they’re on the ground floor.
The hostel has three levels. The first floor has the aforementioned 8-bed dorms, and the layout is relatively cosy. There is a small indoor patio, alongside a well-equipped kitchen.
The second floor features private rooms. This has an altogether more hotel feel to it with TV’s inside the rooms, a modern design and large double beds.
There are double-paned windows to cut down on the noise in the street-facing rooms. This is important as I imagine there is a lot of noise given the central location.
There are a couple of nice touches, with a little nook home to a funky looking seating arrangement and a small choice of books, as well two computers (free for use) for those travellers who have somehow lost their iPhones, tablets or laptops. God forbid.
The big surprise/advantage of the hostel is the third floor or terrace. It is infinitely more spacious than the rest of the hostel and is a completely open plan.
Guests can play table tennis or use the lounge area with TV/Playstation and board games.
The terrace has some artificial grass with chaise lounges and views over the city. So now hostels have terraces with comfortable space for sunbathers. Who knew?
In total there are four dorms and four private rooms, so the hostel is on the smaller side. The ambience is relaxed, and purposefully so.
The owners decided to not have a bar to make sure that it is a more “familiar” vibe and not a party atmosphere, however with its proximity to the nightlife, it isn’t a remote getaway and will be sure to attract those keen on sampling the nearby bars and clubs.
The cost of the rooms is reasonable with dorms at 27,000 pesos ($11) per person per night and private rooms starting from 90,000 pesos ($36) for the room. A family room with double bed and double bunk bed is 150,000 pesos ($60).
Wi-Fi is included, as is breakfast that includes an arepa, eggs and cereals.
All your tours to the usual tourist destinations, Santa Fe and Guatape, can be booked from the friendly and welcoming reception.
Although the downstairs dorms make it feel a bit compact, the terrace is a great lounging area and the hostel will be a good choice for those who want to be close to the action, without going all out on the party side.
All photos are courtesy of Geo Hostel, except the exterior shot, which is by David Lee.