Blue Almond Hostel Providencia

As of June 2019 we decided to close our hostel in Providencia, although it was very profitable it was a pain in the ass to manage it.

Water shortages, lack of competent staff, whiny guests made us take that desition.

We are eternally greatful to all the people who stayed with us in this 5 years.

We can't pay staff with likes!

Dear travel bloggers, instagrammers and the such, unless you meet our stupidly high criteria we are not interested.

A few reminders

  • Have a Website with an actual domain (the ones that start with "www.")
  • Have over 20.000 unique hits per month. (we have about 11 to 15k unique hits per month by some very strange reason)
  • Be willing to give us access to your analytics (no screenshot, actual view access).

Update May 2019
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WARNING - AVOID the Blow Hole - Tourist trap

We generally don't give warnings of this type in the hostel to our guest, generally when we feel a place doesn't live to the good name of San Andres friendlyness we suggest our guest to "avoid it", but we feel the need that with this is one we should make an exception and make a strong warning about it. 

The Blow Hole or Hoyo Soplador located on the south side of the island,is the definition of tourist trap, pushy sales people and horrible infrastructure. People running this place will try to trick visitors into paying for stuff they don't have to pay, then force them to pay by threating with violence.

Don't take our word for it, read the comments on tripadvisor, google and facebook, most people complain about the same thing, but to top things up on May 2019 there have been 2 documented assaults to tourist by the idiots running this place.

This is a shitty, badly run place that shoould be erased from the list of San Andres' things to do. 

Reason why we don't take one night reservations!

This question is in our top 20 of questions asked by potential guests, so we decided to give you the reason why we are not fond of one night reservations.
  • One night reservations are environmentally unfriendly as we have to wash your sheets, towel, and mattress cover for a single use.
  • They are not profitable for us. Lets say your night cost $50.000 COP, out of that we only get like $24.000 COP after all cost have been taken into consideration (Commission, laundry, electricity, cleaning, rent, WiFi, water, staff, taxes, wear).
  • One night reservations might block the opportunity for someone else to book a better reservation.
  • Statistically one nighters give the worst ratings as they don't really get to experience the hostel.
  • One nighters have no interest on socializing with other guests and rightfully so.
  • One nighters generally leave early to catch the ferry to Providencia, which in dorms annoys other guests.

On a side note, we do take one night reservations but only when there's a gap between 2 reservations, but we up the price about 15% to 20%

Understanding Colombian Money

This blog entry is ongoing work

Colombian money is confusing even for Colombians due to a relatively recent change of the bills.

First lets start with punctuation

We use a comma for cents. eg. Fifty cents = ,50 (we no longer use cents, but is good to know)
We use a dot for thousands. eg. One thousand = 1.000
We use an apostrophe for millions. eg. One million = 1'000.000

Keep in mind that this article is not historically accurate, I'll talk about the people or things in the coins and bills on a very superficial level


Coin are used a lot on daily life, we currently have 2 sets of 50, 100, 200, 500 coins and one set of the  1.000 pesos coin

 Denomination Comment Old  New Picture
 50 This is the coin you give as change when you hate someone and you want to screw them over, the only reason this exist is to annoy businesses. SIlver looking coin with a Colombian coat of arms and a big "50" on the other side  Has an animal that look like a polar bear, but is in fact spectacled bear.  
1.000   If you find an old one, keep it. it however doesn't have any value nowadays, government phased it out because it was too easy to counterfit. This is our most good looking coin   



Denomination  Comment Old New Picture
 1.000  Grossest bill you will ever lay hands on since is the most used bill for day to day operations.  Collectors item it features a guy whose murder incited one of the most violent times in Bogota   
 10.000   This one features the most badass Colombian woman, her name was Policarpa and she was a spy who died by firing squad while cursing the Spanish     
100.000 SInce the 3 years these have been in circulation i've only seen them 3 times, having one of these is like having a check, nobody will accept them, so make sure that if you are unlucky to get one you get rid of it as soon as possible   N/A

This bill features Gabriel Marquez, our Literature Nobel price winner, everyone knows who he is, but less than 10% of the population in Colombia have read his novels.

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Important Information

  • Looking far into the future? Most of our guests are spontaneous travelers, so we only open up availability 1-2 months prior to arrival date.
  • We don't take 1 night bookings (they are not profitable for us) and we ONLY take online reservations.