hostel review: hostal reforma, colima

$250 per night, private with shared bathroom, 29th July 2014


Although this is marketed as a hostel, the lack of kitchen (there was one, but it was locked behind iron bars at all times) and other backpackers means this had much more of a guest house feel.



Given the location of Colima's bus station, any hostel is out of the way for an overnight stay in the city. That said, this hostel was within walking distance to a number of tiendas, restaurants and within a relatively quiet and safe area.


Best thing

The social area in the form of a central courtyard is a nice place to catch up on e-mails etc.

Worst thing

The lady that works on reception was damn right rude. We don't expect all hostel managers/workers to embrace the fake face of American customer service, but it costs nothing to smile and be polite. Getting any information was like pulling teeth and she left us feeling like she'd rather not have to spend her time dealing with customers – this was particularly odd considering how few guests were staying there!

Additionally, the stagnant water in the bathrooms means that they have a significant mosquito problem.

Value for money

On arrival, we were told that the cheapest double was $380 pesos. It was only after a little bartering that we were able to secure a single room with double bed and an extra person subsidy for $250. At the original price, this hostel would have been very poor value for money and it has increased its prices considerably from those advertised last year.

Recommended for

This is a hostel purely recommended for those who just need a place to crash for the night.

Top tip

Do question the price quoted, they may not give you the cheapest room to begin with.


Wi-fi, hot showers, 24-hour security, social area, drinks and snacks sold at reception, computers for guests.

Rating: 6


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