Where to Stay

As with any big city there are a variety of choices when it comes to accommodations in Cali. From cheap and social backpacker type hostels to swanky hotels, Cali definitely has it all. What follows are just a few of the best options Cali has to offer. There are certainly many more choices, but these offer a good starting point for travelers of all sorts!

Casa Toscano Hotel

A double bed in Casa Toscano

A double bed in Casa Toscano

Casa Toscano is a centrally-located budget hotel in northern Cali.  It sits on a quiet street within equal walking distance (5-10 minutes) of barrio San Antonio and the city’s main nightlife strip, La Sexta.    In addition, it is also within walking distance of Centenario mall, the Museo la Tertulia (film museum), and the cat sculpture park.

Even the basic single rooms are spacious, and often include kitchens.  Beds are comfortable, linens are clean, the hot water works well, the wi-fi is strong throughout the hotel, and a fresh breakfast is included with each night’s stay.  Rooms start around $45 per night.

If you book a single room, and have a guest stay overnight, there is an extra charge applied to your bill, however the staff is friendly and discreet, so bringing someone over isn’t a problem.

Casa Toscano is more hotel than hostel, so it’s not conducive to meeting other travelers, however if you want a comfortable room with privacy and good service, this is your hotel.

Hotel Pension Stein

You will definitely fall in love with Cali at this stone mansion located right along the river. Near the quaint, easily walk-able neighborhood of El Peñon and a ten-minute walk from San Antonio, this gorgeous hotel is the perfect rest for the weary. The hotel is also located near easily accessible public transportation.

While definitely a more costly option for accommodations, your pesos will be well spent with amenities like an on-site restaurant, gym, pool, internet, laundry, 24-hour security and airport transfers.

Jovitas Hostel

This friendly hostel is located in historic San Antonio, so there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from in the neighborhood, and it is a 15-minute walk, or short taxi ride to La Sexta.

A unique benefit of this hostel is the free group salsa lessons and yoga on offer.  Private rooms are about $19 per night.

Pelican Larry Hostel

Located north of downtown Cali in the residential neighborhood of Santa Monica, this hostel is a short walk away from some of the best restaurants Cali has to offer in the Zona Rosa of Granada. Also close to the newly remodeled Chipichape Mall.

More of a backpacker’s hostel, this is the place to stay if you have come to Cali to meet other traveler’s to go out and practice your salsa dancing with. The reasonable priced private rooms or cheaper dorms are a great option for travelers on a budget.

Amenities include hot water, coffee, kitchen, TV, salsa classes, big & comfy beds, Sunday BBQ, and weekly Spanish classes.

Café Tostaky

Located in the historic neighborhood of San Antonio, the Café Tostaky is the perfect guesthouse for weary travelers. A ten-minute walk from public transportation, close to several great restaurants and cafes, and a short five-minute taxi ride from the restaurant and bar districts.

The owners also run a small French café with crepes and delicious coffee on the first floor.

Amenities include kitchen, laundry, WI-FI, TV, hot water, book exchange, tourist information, and shared bathrooms.

To search for additional hostels and read guest reviews, check out Hostelworld.

You can also try Couchsurfing if you’d prefer to save money, and get a local’s perspective on the city.