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Hostal Aqui Me Quedo Manizales Caldas Colombia | Colombia Backpacking


Hostal Aqui Me Quedo

Hostal Aqui Me Quedo
Calle 67 #23A-33, Alto Palermo, Manizales, Caldas
(036) 887.2757
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Overview: If you're heading to the Eje Cafetero, the best city to stay is Manizales, and Aqui Me Quedo is the best place to stay in Manizales. It is located in the quiet, safe, and centrally located neighborhood of Alto Palermo. It has a great selection of dorms and private rooms, and is a perfect base camp for planning excursions to all of the exciting destinations that the Coffee Zone has to offer, including the breathtaking Parque Nacional Natural los Nevados, with its stunning snow-capped peaks reaching to 5,300 meters above sea level.

At Hostal Aqui Me Quedo the friendly and well-trained staff will make you feel at home in their clean and comfortable hostel, and you'll have all the amenities close by, that you'd expect from a medium-sized city, as well as a great kitchen facilities, a patio area, and top-notch tourism information.


Neighborhood: The best part about staying here is that you are just steps from Avenida Santander, which is the principal thoroughfare of the city, and also where you'll find the city's Zona Rosa, with all the best restaurants, bars, shops, malls, and discotecas in the city. It's located very close to several corner stores and pharmacies, and a large Exito supermarket is just a 5 minute walk down the hill. Additionally, there are two large shopping centers within a 5 minutes walk: San Cancio and the Torre de Cable Centro Comercial.

Manizales is a small city, so it's optimally suited to walking around. Nearby you'll find such great spots as Bar la Plaza, in the shadow of the Torre de Cable, which serves up delicious beer, wine, and cocktails. Restaurante Don Juaco also comes highly recommended, offering gourmet "comida tipica"; they are highly praised for their cazuela de pollo, lasagna, and frijoles.

How to Get There: Getting to Hostal Aqui Me Quedo is a breeze. With the emergence of low-cost airfare throughout the country, arriving at La Nubia Airport (MZL) is an increasingly popular option. An added benefit is that the airport is located very close to downtown Manizales, on the southeastern outskirts of the city. When you arrive at the airport there is a taxi line where you will give your name, and be assigned a taxi. The airport staff will take down your name and record the "placas" (6 digit identification) of the taxi so it's perfectly safe. A taxi to the hostel should be about and 10 minutes and cost around $10.000. The taximeter will indicate the fare, and you pay $2.800 additional for the "recargo aeropuerto" or airport fee.

If you are are arriving at la Terminal de Transporte it is about a 10 minutes taxi ride to Alto Palermo. It should cost around $6.000 to $7.000.

Management/Staff:  The hostel is owned and run by the Cardona family. Luisa and her mother Susana have spent 6 years running the hostel, and have been at their current location for 3 years. Luisa is passionate about showing Colombians and foreigners the best that Manizales and the Eje Cafetero has to offer. The staff is very helpful when it comes to planning day or multi-day trips in and around Caldas, and maximizing your time.  

Rooms: Hostal Aqui Me Quedo has space for 37 guests, in clean and comfortable dormitories and private rooms. 

Shared Rooms: There are three dorms, with nine, six, and four beds respectively. The nine bed dorms costs $22.000 a night, while the 6 and 4 bed dorms cost $24.000.

Private Rooms: There are five private rooms, all of which include linens, cable tv, wifi, and hot water. A private room with shared bathroom is $40.000 for one person, or $60.000 for two people. There are two bedrooms with a private bathroom and double bed: these cost $50.000 for one person or $70.000 for two people. There are three bedrooms with a double bed and a single bed: $50.000 for one person, $70.000 for two, and $90.000 for three.

There is also a private apartment with two beds, private bathroom, and living room area: $55.000 for one person, $80.000 for two people, or $100.000 for 3 people.



Breakfast: A light breakfast (coffee, toast/jam, fruit) is included in the price for all guests, from 8am to 10am.

Kitchen: Guests are welcome to use a kitchen, that is open from 10am to 9pm.

Restaurant: Around the hostel you'll find a variety of dining options, with a range of prices and cuisines. You are also welcome to use the hostel's free local telephone to call up restaurants to ask for "servicio domicilio": home delivery to the hostel.

Bar: Beer is available for purchase; you're also just steps from the Zona Rosa of Manizales.

Terrace/Patio: There is a wonderful patio area with hammocks.

TV Lounge: Yes

Computers: There is one computer available for guest use.

Wifi: Yes. Both in the common areas and bedrooms.

Lockers: There are no lockers, but you are welcome to leave objects of value at the reception for safe keeping.

Bicycles: No

Credit Cards: No

Luggage Storage: Yes

Check-in Time: 24 hours

Check-out Time: 1:00pm

Additionally, the hostel offers its guests a ping-pong table, library with book exchange, tourist information about guided and self-guided tours. Additionally there is on-site parking, laundry service. Hostal Aqui Me Quedo has recently completed extensive renovations to make their hostel larger and more comfortable for their guests. In general, it caters to about half Colombian and half foreign guests.

Manizales offers a lot of options for tourists, including sporting activities, cultural activities, ecotourism, and, of course, coffee tours. It's a city known for its friendliness, gastronomy, infrastructure, tranquility, and safety. It's a very easy city to walk around, something that you could not do for example in Bogota. You can even walk to the city center in around 30 to 40 minutes. It's about 3 kilometers to the northwest.

Manizales definitely is worth a stay of at least 3 days. Luisa recommends an itinerary as follows:

1. 1 day for Parque Nacional Natural los Nevados
2. 1 day for exploring the city itself, including the centro historico, Chipre, and Parque del Agua
3. 1 day for visiting Guayabal (a coffee farm located 45 minutes from Manizales), and a visit to the hot springs (los termales)

Hostal Aqui Me Quedo will put you in touch with Destinos y Rutas, an official tourism operator run by Diego Serna, and his daughter Tatiana. Diego is a marvelous guide with extensive knowledge of both the history of the region and the flora and fauna of the surrounding areas.


Conclusion: If you're heading to the Coffee Zone, Manizales is your best choice for exploring the region. And Colombia Backpacking highly recommends Hostal Aqui Me Quedo. Make this your home away from home. With a spectacular location, comfortable rooms, a friendly staff, and super knowledge of the surrounding areas and tourism infrastructure, it's a valuable asset to Colombian tourism!

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