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Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia

2-star2 stars
Calle Media Luna No 10-35CartagenaBolivarColombia, (02) 8228 1927

City-center hostel within walking distance of Puerta del Reloj
  • Free WiFi in lobby
Great location
Fantastic service
Complaints about WiFi
More comfort would be nice
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From 166 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia

from A$15
  • Single Room (with air)
  • Double Room
  • Standard Twin Room (with Air Conditioning)
  • Triple Room (with fan)
  • Triple Room
  • Double Room (with fan)
  • Shared Dormitory (with Air Conditioning- 5 people)
  • Bed in shared dormitory 4 beds

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 24 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10:30 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • One child (5 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • Parents must have child's birth certificate and photo ID *

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas



  • Airport shuttle *


  • No parking

Other information

  • Resort fee included
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
Be entertained
  • 18-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping

Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia’s small print

Also known as

  • Hostal Marlin
  • Hostal Marlin Cartagena
  • Hostal Marlin Hostel
  • Hostal Marlin Hostel Cartagena


If you are traveling with a child your property may require you to present the following documents: Parents traveling into Colombia with a child under 18 may be required to present the child's birth certificate and photo ID (passport for foreign visitors) upon check-in. If a relative or legal guardian is traveling into Colombia with the child, that relative or legal guardian may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by both parents and a copy of both parents' ID. If only one parent is traveling into Colombia with the child, that parent may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by the other parent. Visitors who plan to travel with children should consult with a Colombian consulate office prior to travel for further guidance.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • The national sales tax (19%) is charged upon check-out to citizens of Colombia regardless of length of stay and to foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. Foreigners on a tourist visa are exempt from this tax. Furthermore, the tax may apply per room when the room is shared by a taxable and a nontaxable guest.

The charges below are included in the total price displayed:

  • Resort fee

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of COP 30000 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia


  • In Cartagena Walled City
  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle - 9 min walk
  • Puerta del Reloj - 18 min walk
  • San Pedro Claver Church and Convent - 22 min walk
  • San Roque Church - 1 min walk
  • Trinidad Square - 3 min walk
  • Santisima Trinidad Church - 3 min walk
  • Ciudad Movil Cultural Center - 3 min walk

Getting around

  • Cartagena (CTG-Rafael Nunez Intl.) - 15 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Good 7.0 From 32 reviews

Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia
Not comfortable at all
We got a basic double room here, and it was so small and the bed took up so much space that we could barely fit ourselves + luggage into it! Being backpackers, we don't even have that much stuff. There were decorative holes in the walls near the ceiling, presumably for air flow, but they mostly let in mosquitos that ate us throughout the night. The staff, though friendly, also didn't always seem to know what was going on, making it hard to extend our reservation or even get information about the city. Maybe it was a language barrier, but we both speak Spanish and haven't had this issue at other hotels/hostels.
A Traveller, us3 night romance trip
Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia
Stay away from this neighborhood! For your safety
The woman at the front desk was wonderful. They let you leave your key at the front desk when you go out, that should have been a clue to how unsafe the neighborhood is. Our mattress was at least as old as the beautiful antique headboard it was attached to. There is no hot water, the bathroom is so small you have to sit sideways on the toilet. The walls have mildew all over them and somehow the Wi-Fi only works in the 105 degree lobby. Once you step outside the hotel you are immediately set upon by the relentless swarms of human vultures who follow you, insisting that buy their hats, tours, and drugs. The streets are Full of taxis, each one honking at you as they go by, trying to give you a ride. The amount of harassment was overwhelming. Our first trip out of the hotel my husband had his pocket picked. The police are corrupt and threatened to throw my husband in jail for a made up charge if we didn't pay them 2,000,000 pesos! We were able to talk then down to 700,000, but only because I was crying and people were starting to stare. Stay away from this neighborhood! Please learn from our disastrous stay.
A Traveller, us4 night romance trip
Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia
Very Good8.0
Overall is good
Staff are very friendly and helpful. The neighborhood has many restaurants, one travel agency, markets and it is quite close to the castle. Disadvantages are the bathroom conditions: area so small and the toilet doesn't work we'll
Ruiliang, us3 night trip with friends
Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia
Very Good8.0
Cartagena 2015
Cartagena is beautiful city. If you like warm weather it is a place to be
kerry, us1 night romance trip
Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia
OK for the price
It was very basic, tiny room. There was no space to use the toilet, had to sit on the side. We had to ask for towels and soap for the room. Convenient location to visit the Wall City. Reasonably clean.
Jana, us1 night romance trip

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Hostal Marlin, Cartagena, Colombia

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