Colombia’s second largest city, Cali is a gem-city for backpackers, that offers so much more than just salsa and nightclubs.

But it’s a big city, and there’s a ton of hostel choices.

Which is exactly why we put this list together of the 20 best hostels in Cali Colombia.

The Broke Backpacker’s Guide to the 20 Best Hostels in Cali is designed with one purpose – to help you find the best hostel in Cali for YOUR travel needs.

So whether you are looking to party like a rockstar, be chillin’ like a villain, or just find the cheapest bed available, our list of the best hostels in Cali will help you find the hostel that best fits your needs.

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Cali

Best Hostels in Cali
Cali is the salsa capitol of the world, and our list of the best hostels in Cali, Colombia will help you save some money!

Before you Book your Cali Hostel

This list will help you find a great hostel in Cali – we guarantee it! But here are a few things to keep in mind…

  • Location, location – While Colombia’s safety is rapidly improving, Cali can still be pretty rough around the edges. Don’t take a cab alone after 10pm, or if you do, make sure the cab driver sees that you have given the cab information to a friend. Or, to avoid this, try and book a hostel that is nearer to the sights you are interested in.
  • Freebies are awesome – Colombia as a whole has a great budget-travel scene, and many hostels offer plenty of freebies. Keep an eye out for free towels, city maps, walking tours, pub crawl or breakfast. These can add up quickly
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The 20 Best Hostels in Cali

If you’re backpacking Colombia and stopping over in Cali, you’re in for a treat. Since it’s a pretty big city, you can be sure to have many things to explore. For a bit of recharging during the night, stay at one of the best hostels in Cali. We’ve listed our favorites below.

Overall Best Hostel in Cali – The Pelican Larry

The Pelican Larry best hostels in Cali
Comfortable and well reviewed, Pelican Larry’s hosts tons of travelers and is our pick for one of the best hostels in Cali, Colombia
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

The Pelican Larry is the overall best hostel in Cali and you’re gonna love it! It’s hard to find a hostel that genuinely suits everyone but that’s why The Pelican Larry is the best hostel in Cali in 2020, because they cater for everyone in every way! They’ve super lovely, kindhearted staff make guests feel instantly at ease when they rock up at The Pelican Larry. The dorms are spacious, comfortable and bright. There are wonderful private rooms too, with ensuite bathrooms. There are plenty of communal areas to hang out in and meet fellow travellers. The garden and patio areas are cute space complete with hammocks and sun throughout the day. Whether you’re a rookie on the road or a well-seasoned backpacker you’ll love The Pelican Larry in Cali.

Caelum Hostel

Caelum Hostel best hostels in Cali
Just a 3 minute walk from some of the cities’ coolest bars, Caelum Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Cali, Colombia
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

Caelum Hostel is the best hostel in Cali if you’re keen to socialise and have plenty of time and space to chill too. Caelum is a super relaxed and incredibly welcoming youth hostel in Cali. You’ll find Caelum just a 3-minute walk from some of the city’s biggest and best bars, breweries and coffee shops. The dorm rooms are simple but clean, bright and comfy. It’s true that the Caelum Hostel team make you feel part of the family from the moment you arrive till the moment you leave. It’s the kinda place you’re always dreaming of when you’re gone!

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Cali – Colombian Home

Colombian Home best hostels in Cali
Free bachata classes, salsa classes, and Spanish lessons give you plenty of opportunities to meet other solo travelers
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Classes
  • Cafe Onsite

The best hostel for solo travellers in Cali is Colombian Home. If you want to find a whole new crew and learn a whole new set of skills you should move right into Colombian Home right now! Offering free salsa classes, bachata classes and Spanish lessons throughout the week solo travellers have the option to broaden their horizons in so many ways. Classes and lessons may seem way too serious but that’s why Colombian Home is the coolest hostel in Cali, it’s super laid back, fun and friendly! The outdoor hammock terrace is a popular hangout spot for the Colombian House crew!

Casa Blanca Hostel

Casa Blanca Hostel best hostels in Cali
Plenty of things to do and travelers to meet, Casa Blanca is one of the best hostels in Cali for solo travelers
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Casa Blanca is a top hostel in Cali ideal for solo travellers who are set on meeting, mingling and exploring. Located in the heart of new Cali city in the Santa Monica neighbourhood Casa Blanca makes it easy for solo travellers to connect with fellow travellers and locals too. They have a free salsa dance class for their guests, just the basic steps, nothing too intense. A great laugh and a must-do when in Cali. There is no curfew but there is quiet time after 11 pm which is much appreciated; always a good night’s sleep at Casa Blanca Hostel.

Best Party Hostel in Cali – El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School

El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School best hostels in Cali
Cali loves to party,and El Viajero’s bar and pool make it the best party hostel in Cali, Colombia
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Activities

The best hostel party in Cali is El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School. With a swimming pool, bar and plenty of communal areas El Viajero make it super easy for nomads to meet, mingle and party hard. If you’re not blessed with rhythm worry not, you’re not obliged to join in any salsa classes, but why not give it a go? You’re all in the same boat and a salsa class is a great way for party people to break the ice! In terms of entertainment, El Viajero is killing it! They’ve teamed up with Circo para todos Foundation to run circus shows each week, on top of live music and party nights!

Sunflower Hostel

Sunflower Hostel best hostels in Cali
More of a chill-party vibe is you like a few cold beers and a BBQ – Sunflower Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

Sunflower Hostel is a great Cali backpackers hostel for travellers who love those chilled out party feels. Not a rowdy kinda party place but the kinda party that grows from the early evening well into the early hours with cold beers, BBQs and acoustic guitars. Sunflower is a much-loved youth hostel in Cali that is simple yet homely. Tucked away in the lovely San Fernando neighbourhood you’re surrounded by trees and parklands, the perfect place to practice your salsa skills, making it one of the best hostels in Cali!

Best Cheap Hostel in Cali – La Pinta Boogaloo

La Pinta Boogaloo best hostels in Cali
Plenty of value, La Pinta is a great budget accommodation option in Cali
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite

Free breakfast, free salsa classes, swimming pool and a happy hour at the bar every night, it’s easy to understand why La Pinta Boogaloo is the best cheap hostel in Cali. Let’s take a sec to appreciate the name, La Pinta Boogaloo; the coolest hostel in Cali by name alone! A bit of a gem, it’s rare to find a cheap hostel that has such great facilities (hello outdoor pool!), so many freebies while being clean, safe and genuinely happy. La Pinta Boogaloo is a real treat. The dorms are a bit compact if truth be told, but with a bar and cafe, cosy hammock area, huge garden and guest kitchen to chill in, you only need to be in the dorm to sleep!

Lulos Hostal Boutique

Lulos Hostal Boutique best hostels in Cali
Lulos Hostal has low prices and a cool location – great budget hostel in Cali, Colombia
  • $
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Lulos Hostal Boutique is the best budget hostel in Cali for sure. It’s rare to find a boutique style hostel for such a reasonable price and they do offer great value for money. Set in the quaint, traditional neighbourhood of San Antonio Lulos gives you a taste of authentic Cali. As a highly recommended hostel in Cali Lulos is an intimate affair, they have just three dorms and one private room. Ideal for travellers who like homely, low key kinda place or for couples who want a private room for a great rate, which is why it’s one of the best hostels in Cali.

Best Hostel for Couples in Cali – Drop Bear Hostel

Drop Bear Hostel best hostels in Cali
One of the best hostels in Cali for all travelers, we recommend Drop Bear especially for couples due to great private rooms
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Tour
  • Cafe Onsite

The best hostel for couples in Cali is Drop Bear Hostel, it’s just lovely it’s as simple as that! Offering lovers a free breakfast, free city tour and use of not one but two Netflix TV rooms Drop Bear is the complete package! Drop Bear can arrange yoga classes and salsa classes. What better way to reignite those romantic feels than with a fun and frisky salsa class with your partner! After the excitement of the classes and city tour, couples can relax and unwind in the Drop Bear Hostel jacuzzi! The beer garden and outdoor terrace is the place to meet other travellers in the evenings.

Ruta Sur

Ruta Sur best hostels in Cali
Top notch private ensuite rooms make Ruta Sur one of the best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Ruta Sur is on of th best hostels in Cali and super ideal for couples. With a great selection of private ensuite rooms, couples love the positive and relaxed vibes at Ruta Sur. If you and your SO are looking for a chilled out, friendly hostel free from intense party feels you’ll feel right at home at Ruta Sur. Being a highly recommended hostel in Cali the team are keen to keep up their good name. The Ruta Sur staff are super helpful and will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. If you’ve got a late flight out of Cali just let them know, they’re cool if you hang around after you’ve checked out.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cali – RollinKeepers

RollinKeepers best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Bar Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

RollinKeepers is the best hostel for digital nomads in Cali for sure. Whether you like to work at the bar, in a hammock or even in bed you can do it all at RollinKeepers as the WiFi reaches everywhere! Hosts Daniela and Augustine are super welcoming and understanding. They make you feel right at home and have created a youth hostel in Cali ideal for digital nomads. With a communal kitchen, laundry facilities and a TV lounge complete with Netflix RollinKeepers is perfect for digital nomads who are seeking a true home from home in Cali.

La Sucursal

La Sucursal best hostels in Cali
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

La Sucursal is a highly recommended hostel in Cali that is ideal for digital nomads. With plenty of communal areas that can double as an office, great internet connection and a quiet yet sociable vibe, La Sucursal is a treat! Located in the Granada neighbourhood La Sucursal is just around the corner from a tonne of hipster cafes and traditional family-run restaurants that make for a nice change of office scenery. They even run free salsa classes of an evening, don’t miss out digital nomads!

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Kilele Hostel

Kilele Hostel best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Swimming Pool

Kilele Hostel is a great Cali backpackers hostel in the vibrant neighbourhood of Granada. Close to the buzzing nightlife scene, Kilele Hostel is super chilled and super friendly. There is a party vibe here on occasion but the rest of the time it’s sociable, happy and relaxed. The indoor pool is a wonderful place to hang out and make new friends. Kilele Hostel offers a basic free breakfast each morning of your stay and has their cafe open throughout the day and into the evening too.

The Green House

The Green House best hostels in Cali
  • $$$
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

The Green House is a top hostel in Cali ideal for travellers who like the hostel feel but prefer a private room, or for travelling couples. With a lovely selection of private rooms and just the one dorm, The Green House is more of a guesthouse than a hostel. Worry not, there are all the Cali backpackers hostel vibes you could wish for. The team are super helpful and can arrange so many activities for you; naturally, salsa classes being Cali and all, but also tandem paraglider flights and even beginner courses.

Hostal Encuentro

Hostal Encuentro best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Hostal Encuentro is a classic Cali backpacker hostel offering amazing views of Cerro de las Tres Cruces. Hosting up to 26-guests at a time Hostal Encuentro is a mid-sized youth hostel in Cali suitable for travellers of all kinds. A bit of a hidden gem, Hostal Encuentro is often overlooked; those who do take the time to discover this jewel love everything about it, and fair enough! They have a great free breakfast and the staff are really very welcoming.

Casa Miraflores

Casa Miraflores best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe Facilities
  • Self Catering Facilities

Describing themselves as a ”sanctuary of amazing energy of like-minded people coming together in a communal environment of happiness” Casa Miraflores is a truly authentic Cali backpackers hostel ideal for travellers who go slow and take it all in. This is a legit hippie hostel and it’s awesome. Full of open-minded, laid back and welcoming people, Casa Miraflores embodies what travel is all about. Make sure you don’t miss the free salsa class with Yeison, it’s such great fun.

Tostaky

Tostaky best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Tostaky is a great youth hostel in Cali with super laid back party vibes and always a friendly welcome. The staff are chilled out and helpful, they’ll be happy to point you in the direction you need to go. Combining Colombian and French cultures in this authentic Cali backpackers hostel Tostaky is a real home from home. There are plenty of areas to meet and mingle but if you feel like simply observing the scene you totally can from the comfort of a hammock; there’s plenty to go around!

Hostal Pajara Pinta

Hostal Pajara Pinta best hostels in Cali
  • $
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

There is a helluva lot to love about Hostal Pajara Pinta. It’s the coolest hostel in Cali if you’re looking for a chilled out place with a pool and bar. Located just 900m from Saint’s Peter Cathedral Hostal Pajara Pinta puts you right in the heart of Cali city. What more could you ask for?! The dorm rooms are simple but the beds are so, so comfortable! For travellers who like their home comforts, you can make the most of Hostal Pajara Pinta and cook up some homely treats to share with the hostel crew! A sure-fire way to make friends in Cali!

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Havana en Cali

Havana en Cali best hostels in Cali
  • $
  • Free WiFi
  • No Curfew
  • Outdoor Terrace

Who else heard Camila Cabello’s “Havana’ in their head when they read Havana en Cali? You can definitely change the lyrics to fit! Anyway! Havana en Cali is a cheap and cheerful youth hostel in Cali, ideal for travellers on a shoestring budget. The staff are helpful and on hand most of the time. There is a quiet time between 11 pm and 7 am meaning everyone gets a good night’s sleep. Located just a 5-minute walk from the metro stations that connect you to the rest of Cali, Havana en Cali puts you exactly where you need to be to make the most of your time in the city.

Local House Hostel

Local House Hostel best hostels in Cali
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

If you’re looking for a Cali backpackers hostel that you’ll never want to leave you’ve gotta head to Local House Hostel. Uber chilled out and super friendly Local House Hostel is a real home from home for long-term travellers. Bright and open plan Local House offers everything you could ask for in a top hostel in Cali; a free breakfast, free WiFi, salsa and yoga classes and more! The bathrooms are some of the biggest you’ll find in hostels anywhere in the world, promise! They’re super clean, of course, and there’s hot water too.

What to Pack for your Cali Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack for you Colombia adventure.

Powerbank

1. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.

Headphone Spltter

2. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.

Active Roots Water Bottle

3. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Luggage Travel Lock

4. Padlock: Theft happens in hostels, so keep a padlock to clip on your locker. This padlock can also double to keep your pack shut while in-transit. No need for keys (which can easily be lost or stolen too), you just have to remember a three-digit number to unlock your travel essentials.

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5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

Playing Cards

6. Playing Cards: Try and beat this night: travel buddies (plus some hostel randos), a couple of beers and card games. These waterproof cards should be essential kit.

Why you should travel to Cali

Cali Colombia is a blast! Between the nightlife and endless salsa, your only regret will not be staying longer.

Speaking of which – which hostel are you going to be staying at?? We know that this is the best list on the web, and it will help you find a kick ass hostel (and quickly!).

Still can’t pick? The struggle is real! Just go with  The Pelican Larry – our pick for the best hostel in Cali Colombia 2020.

The Pelican Larry best hostels in Cali

Travel Safety Tips for Cali

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to Cali! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Cali.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Cali has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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