Hostel The Wizard
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Hostel The Wizard

Playa Blanca Sector la Motica, Isla Baru 130017 Colombia
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#3 of 9 hostels in Isla Baru
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quaint
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available

Location

Playa Blanca Sector la Motica, Isla Baru 130017 Colombia
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 37 out of 100
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Rafael Nunez Airport
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AsliHanGedik wrote a review Dec 2022
Frankfurt, Germany214 contributions88 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
the cabanas are straight on the beach. On white sands. is a dream to sleep and wake up there. David helps for all and is an amazing manager.
view, cats, dogs, friendly people.
Value for money is excellent
fresh food.
i came by private boat and David and all staff helped me from there on
of course is a hostel. so the bathroom and WC are shared. But they keep it very clean. You only need to use a bucket in WC and there is no electricity or flush. Is very basic but is special for people who needs that. for me was perfect. I needed being away like that.
from 10 to 16 gets so touristy. Too many people coming in and out. massage ladies constantly grabbing you. But ones boats goes back to Cartagena, you have the white sandy beach for yourself!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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gabrielle wrote a review Nov 2021
Bronx, New York126 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me be clear We did not stay at this hostel ! We came for drinks and a chill vibe on Baru away from the crowds and tourist. It’s a little bit of a walk on the beach but it’s so beautiful there you don’t even mind the commute.

The bar itself is so pretty and colorful. The bartenders are super nice and attentive. They do not under pour so be ready!

Would definitely return!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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michael m wrote a review Feb 2016
14 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and a few friends wandered down to playa Blanca with no expectation and stumbled upon the wizard. The price was fair the food was good and they could speak English. The wifi worked and you can't beat the beach. Hammocks had bug nets and overall a great place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Yanna wrote a review Jan 2020
15 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately, we did not enjoy our stay at Wizard Hostel. The hostel is very basic, which was fine for us but the facilities are also old and not well maintained. The toilets have no flushes (use buckets) and the showers have only water from little water canister, which are filled at around 6.30pm (I guess that's typical for Playa Blanca, but we just want to mention it).
However the worst was, that there were bed bugs - A LOT OF THEM! The first night we were not sure that our bites came from bed bugs, but after the second night we moved to another room, which eventually was even worse. Bed bugs were everywhere: on the ground, matraze, pillow, mosquito net!!! So me and my friend we decided to sleep outside on the beach, which was fine but not what we paid for of cause. In the morning, I approached the owner/worker and she refused that there are any bed bugs. I also asked her to pay us back the last night but she wouldn't agree and even worse she did not even apologise! Pity, that we will remember playa Blanca with that experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dillon W wrote a review Feb 2016
Orlando, Florida4 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had an amazing time with Tim, Marcella, and their two sons Miguel and Daniel at the wizard hostel in playa Blanca. I'd recommend it to anyone if their looking for a great spot to crash on the beach! We slept in the hammocks but the cabanas looks great! Amazing food as well! Thanks guys!
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Entvan wrote a review Dec 2018
Brno, Czech Republic8 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Probably the best looking place on the beach. Colorful and cozy. We were told they have internet - yes, but only when they want to turn it on. Which is almost never. But honestly, this wasn't a problem at all. Not like we expected WiFi in an off-grid place like this. It is just sad that they show and sell you all this stuff which is not even there. First morning we wanted to have breakfast, and even tho their breakfast costs as anywhere else and more, that was not supposed to even be called breakfast or food. I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich. I literally got 2 toasts (not toasted) and a ham inside. When I asked where is the cheese, he said he didn't have cheese so he did not put any in. Really mean not to have said that before. Also fresh juice not fresh at all, they will give you mostly water+sugar. Eggs - nope. It was AN egg. And a piece of not toasted toast.
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Date of stay: December 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Clare R wrote a review Nov 2017
London, United Kingdom101 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to stay for the night. Owners very helpful and friendly, warned us about the massage ladies and sellers. cansp eak a little English. Food great. Cocktails and juices great too. They did not charge extra for use of hammocks, as some hostel do. Toilets clean. Fans in room and mosquito nets.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tara Lengyel wrote a review Feb 2022
Paris, France81 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved the Wizard so much. Colorful, affordable, great beach front. We actually found it because we first took a bed next door (with yellow sun beds) and the prices were OUTRAGEOUS. We migrated to the wizard and could get 4 drinks for the same price and one next door. The vibe was so happy and relaxed, the bartender was cool and the food was really good ! FORGET THE OTHER PLACES IN BARÚ this is the spot! Thank you for saving the day in BARÚ
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid the spots around they are insanely expensive.
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Sophie H wrote a review Aug 2019
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the nicer hostels on Playa Blanca, we found The Wizard to be a sanctuary from the craziness of some of the other places on the beach. We spent two nights here and enjoyed our stay. The staff were very kind - particularly when I became unwell. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Leo V wrote a review Jul 2019
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We came across this place and were attracted by the beautiful bar, hammocks and chill atmosphere. The price was good compared to others, HOWEVER, we rented a room for 4 people and were deeply dissapointed.
Our room didn't have enough pillows or blankets for everyone. We were happy to see they had mosquito nets but were horrified to see that on top of them lay an army of dead insects and mice droppings!!!! What is worse, at night it rained and one of the beds got soaked! When we told the staff, they shrugged their shoulders and said that it was normal with a palm roof. We were also woken up by a horrible stench.
Breakfast was also dissapointing, more like a small bite that was cold, the toast was soggy and were only offered coffee of cafe au lait. Did not dare drink my coffee as the milk had shifted.
They offer wifi, but after check in warned us that there is a limit on the number of users and it only worked sporadically.
The staff did not make us feel welcome, as they spent most of their time socializing or relaxing on the swings.
All in all a very disappointing experience!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tara Lengyel wrote a tip Feb 2022
Paris, France81 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the spots around they are insanely expensive."
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hutsonl14 wrote a tip May 2016
Chicago, Illinois121 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room facing the beach - but I think all of the rooms have this!"
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LOCATION
ColombiaBolivar DepartmentCartagena DistrictIsla Baru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostel The Wizard
Which popular attractions are close to Hostel The Wizard?
Nearby attractions include Aviario Nacional de Colombia (1.0 miles), Playa Puntilla (1.0 miles), and Banana Beach (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostel The Wizard?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hostel The Wizard?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hostel The Wizard?
Conveniently located restaurants include Playa Surf, El Paraiso de Adan, and Restaurant Barú Playa Eco Beach Resort.
Are pets allowed at Hostel The Wizard?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Hostel The Wizard accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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