hostel review: tomate cafe hostel, guatapé

Double room with private bathroom - $40,000 COP, 5th - 7th March


There really isn't one in Tomate Café Hostel. When it's raining the only place for guests to congregate in is the kitchen, which nobody did during our stay. This was fine for us, as we could hang out in our room together, but it would probably be quite lonely for a single traveller.



If you're not planning on staying lake-side, then Tomaté is in an excellent location, right on the main plaza and close to all the colourful zocalos or the malecon. Lots of restaurants, bars and shops are nearby whilst the bus stop to Medellin is a two minute walk away. 


best thing

There was a slight mix-up when we were shown to our room meaning that we were placed in a more expensive one than we had reserved. When the manager became aware of this, we were allowed to remain in the room for the same price as the one we had booked, which was really good of him. 


worst thing

Despite the initial good deed and their responsiveness on e-mail when we were enquiring about accommodation, during the remainder of our stay we found the staff weren't too friendly.


value for money

Given that accommodation is quite pricey in Colombia, $40,000 for a double with shared bathroom was a good deal. Some people may not like it due to there being no natural light, but we could tolerate this for a couple nights. Had we paid the real price ($50,000) however, given that we were not on the lake, and the facilities were not brilliant, we may not have felt like it was such good value for money.


recommended for

Couples or groups of friends looking for somewhere central and cheaper to stay in Guatapé than on the lake.



Wifi, decent kitchen, free coffee in the mornings, English spoken by some staff, Spanish classes offered, outdoor area, two gorgeous cats.


top tip

Be sure to check out a few rooms as some are much better than others.


rating: 6


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