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“lovely hostel with super-friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Renacer Hostal

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Renacer Hostal
Ranked #2 of 76 Villa de Leyva B&B and Inns
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“lovely hostel with super-friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

I had a wonderful time at renacer from the moment i got there until the staff waved (and barked) me goodbye. The hostel is a little outside of town, but the beautiful setting in the countryside, the large community area with hammocks and the clean and functioning kitchen easily make up for the 15 minute walk. It's a very quiet area and I guess you could just hang around in the hostel for a few days if you need a break, although there many activities and sites to explore in and around Villa the Leyva. The best thing about this hostel in my opinion is the staff though - they were extremely friendly, helped me with everything, gave tips about things to do (and maps to get there) borrowed their private books and joined us in the evening for a sing-along. It's also a good spot to meet people if you're travelling solo. The only negative thing was the dorm bathroom, which wasn't exactly clean. The bathrooms of the other rooms are a lot better though (I showered there once because the dorm bathroom was occupied). Also, I wouldn't advise you to come here if you have problems with walking because taxis are not available in Villa de Leyva at night, or if you are afraid of dogs because there are some dogs on the way to the hostel and they can get a little aggressive. But for everybody else, this is the place to stay!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

The place is a bit outside of town offering nice views and lots of nature. I didn't mind my night walks back from town at all. The dorm is relatively spacious and clean. The shower was excellent and the best I had in a long time!! Beer prices are very reasonable while I enjoyed hanging out in the garden :) Staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Myself and 2 friends stayed in a dorm here for a few nights. The dorm was large, airy, comfortable with great views (a bit like a tree house structure). My friends had a few issues with their bed as they thought it smelled, although mine was fine.

Large outdoor kitchen area with hammocks was generally clean.

Plenty of trip options here and helpful staff. One walk starts right on the doorstep.

It's about 10 minutes to walk into town but this does give it a rural feel with lots of green space. When we were there the hostel paid the taxi fare from town on our arrival.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Bogota, Colombia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

We arrived at renacer guesthouse after a 14h bus trip.., needed to relax and have a good hot shower, indeed because when it's cloudy it's pretty cold in Villa de Leyva. I asked to the staff if there was hot water, answer "of course yes".

Well, I only got a very cold water and with no pressure. When I noticed it to the staff, they told me that yes since the day before, there is almost no water in the guesthouse but everything will be alright in a couple of hours. I asked them if they was sure of it, answer "of course yes". The day after, it was the same situation. We complained to the staff, and at first they denied it, that no there was hot water. Finally they checked and couldn't hide the reality. Apparently the guy from the reception found the situation funny and told me that cold water is the best for the body!

Well, the fact that there was no hot water wasn't so important, but most of all, it was the behaviour of the staff which made me leave.
In this case, I knew the situation wasn't their fault, but I would expect from a hostel to be more courteous and professional with the guest and at least, no deny the situation meanwhile they all know what was going on.

We asked for a discount as the price includes hot water, but no way.

What a shame because the house is very nice and the area quiet.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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ColombianHighlands, Propietario at Renacer Hostal, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
Every time when something is wrong in my place I feel so worried, because our goal is to do the best for our guests. So! I feel bad but at the same time I feel grateful with this kind of reviews and the idea of course is to take the best way to fix the problems immediately.

About the water problems unfortunately were not our fault, like you saw on the way to the hostel, many workers on the way were opening a hole on the ground for a new water pipeline for a suburb in town, more than half of Villa de Leyva were without water for the last two weeks, and of course we used only the water tanks and for that reason the pressure is not the same and is not enough to start the water heater, Fortunately all is ready and working fine!!!

But of course I can understand the feeling of the guest, specially by the response that the receptionist gave. We ready told to him and the rest of the staff and teach the polite way to answer and to explain the kind of troubles we have and to find the way to solve, for example to heat water and take it to guest. Sorry about for this inconvenient and I hope you can visit us again to see that all is working very well and I promise to give a good discount.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

Had a very pleasant stay in Renacer Hostel. The hostel is a 15 min walk out of town, but that get's you a very nice setting and amazing views from the rooms, especially the dorm above the kitchen. Very friendly owners who are happy to give advice. The place rents out bikes too, which is highly recommended.
Solid choice to meet other travelers, would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Bogota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

Loved the hostel - beautiful setting and clean, spacious rooms with a relaxed atmosphere. Staff were all so helpful and friendly, it made for a great time. Lots of other travellers, but it did not feel too busy. Close enough to town, but on the outskirts, so peaceful and great views across the valley.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

The best night sleep we had in Colombia. So quiet and comfortable. Location is a little out of the way. Though Villa de Leyva is very safe, it's a dark one mile walk back to the hostal. Staff we very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Renacer Hostal
Address: Avenida Carrera 10 # 21 | Via La Bañadera. Free taxi on arrival, Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Boyaca Department > Villa de Leyva
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 76 B&Bs / Inns in Villa de Leyva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This family home of 9 rooms is considered by backpackers as one of the most beautiful guest houses in South-America, it's located close to the Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Iguaque, just 1,200 meters from the Main Square (20 minutes walking, 5 minutes by car). Free taxi on arrival (Villa de Leyva's Bus terminal to the Hostel. With a 5.000m2 area, beautiful and extensive gardens, social areas full of hammocks and total tranquility. Fire places and bonfire area, peaceful places and ecological trails. Kitchen (free coffee & tea) pizza oven, BBQ, bio-pool, TV room and board games, restaurant (breakfast & dinner), caravan park and more!!! ... more   less 
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