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Mountain House

Mountain House
Calle 66 #23B-137, Zona Rosa, Manizales, Caldas
300.521.6120
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www.manizaleshostel.com

Located just a few minutes walk from the Zona Rosa and its main drag Carrera 23/Santander, Mountain House is a longstanding backpacking institution in Manizales. It offers a variety of dorms and private rooms. The best feature is the spacious backyard patio, a perfect spot to enjoy some cold Colombian beer.

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Mountain House is located in an area with numerous hostels, restaurants, and nightlife, so you will be well situated to explore the wonders of Manizales and small-city Colombian life. Particularly helpful are the large maps which you can find throughout the hostel on the walls. They will be useful in planning your trip through the rest of the Coffee Zone and to Pereira, Armenia, Salento, and the Valle de Cocora.

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Beds are comfortable, the staff is friendly, and there is a television lounge for your enjoyment. One interesting thing to note is that there is a dance studio located on one of the lower floors of the split-level construction. When I walked through there were twenty people participating in a tango class.

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All in all, you can't go wrong with Mountain Hostel. There are actually two locations. One (at this address) which has a reception, and another without reception. One point they could improve: there are only the tiniest of lockers, and we're talking maybe enough space to fit a camera and a passport. The reception seemed perplexed when I expressed my disappointment that there were no large lockers. Every hostel should have large lockers for every paying guest!

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