Is the Internet fast and/or reliable in San Andres?

With the whole digital nomad craze this questions has started popping a lot lately. The short answer is no!.

At the hostel we currently have 2 different service providers to give our guests redundancy in case one goes down, but sometimes ironically both go down as they use the same provider. The internet problem in the island, as many of the problem in Colombia, has a lot of political connotations, corruption scandals, bad management among many other things.

if you are looking to set up base in San Andres to work online while you travel, you should probably think twice, unless your work is only based on email sending and not full VoIP calls, media uploading and the such.

 

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%

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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 in neither hostel(they are not profitable for us) and we ONLY take online reservations.

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