Hosteltrail: "THE place to stay in Popayán" Top 5 Page for this destination Popayán Hotel Tip by richiecdisc

Popayán Hotels: 14 reviews and 27 photos

  a nice room at Hosteltrail
by richiecdisc

Though the majority of our accommodation choices in Colombia were small local hotels, we found ourselves using hostels towards the end of our trip. It was not a conscious decision, it was just the fact that we found some very good ones to patronize. The Plantation House in Salento and Cafe Totasky in Cali had both been great places and Hosteltrail sounded like a can't miss. Owned by a young Scottish couple who backpacked to and fell in love with the area, it is very customer-oriented and run very obviously by people who know what backpackers want. The building is modern and lacks the charm of an old colonial but it has all the mod-cons like wireless Internet as well as modern computers for pay-use for those without their laptops. Communal baths are kept spotless as is the whole facility. It has become THE place to stay in town and if you are looking to meet up with fellow travelers, this is the place. The common areas are comfy and they have beer for sale to loosen lips. Their best asset though is their wealth of information on places to eat, how to get around the area and what to see in town, all in English as well as Spanish. The owners are always on hand to give you suggestions aside from midday when they take a break and a local woman aptly runs the place (while cleaning it evidently!).

Unique Qualities: Our room was simple but nicely furnished and sans the florescent lighting common in South American cheapies. Unfortunately, it was on the street side of the building and there was some fairly major construction going on just outside so noisy during the day. There were signs apologizing for this but it was not as peaceful as hoped for, especially for D who was resting up a bit while not feeling so great. To make matters worse, prices had risen considerably since the edition of our guide, from 30,000 to 38,000 COP ($17). It isn't a lot of money but with the noise factor, I checked out Casa Familiar Turística in town since our guide said they were only 28,000. Their prices had remained the same and while the old colonial building was run by friendly locals and surely more authentic, the communal baths were equally old-fashioned and the overall privacy was not as high. It also seemed a bit cold temperature-wise and with D not feeling so great, we decided to stay put. It was a good thing as without the Hosteltrail owners, I would not have likely found La Fresca and their delectable empanadas de pipián!

Address: Carrera 11 No. 4-16
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Very close to the bus terminal and town so quite convenient. On the eastern side of town.
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Hostel

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 12, 2011
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