Name Confusion

We would like to make clear that we have absolutely nothing to do with the "Da Black Almond Guesthouse" or "Posada Almond Bay" in San Andres island, although i don't think they meant harm with their names, is a bit unfortunate they picked similar names to ours for lodging services. Lately we have been getting lots of calls asking about them and even got a review by some confused dyslexic soul which was shortly erased.

We have been in business over 6 years on the same location in Los Almendros neighborhood, our phone number is +57 (8) 513 0831 (which we rarely answer) our National Tourism Registry is 29218 and nobody besides our staff should give you any information regarding the hostel.

When you get into a taxi, make sure the guy knows the place where you are going and before you unload your things make sure you are getting dropped off at the correct address.

Thinking about doing laundry? think again.

As the backpacker movement makes their way more and more into San Andres and Providencia thanks to new airline connectivity a few problems and misconceptions have arisen. One of the most recurring ones is where to do laundry in San Andres.

We used to do laundries at the hostel for $1000 per item, but quickly realized that the profit was existent and that we rather save the water so we can give you clean sheets and towels instead of having pocket change at a loss.

The reason why doing your laundry in San Andres is disgustingly expensive is that we pay the highest electricity in Colombia, is so expensive the government subsidies 50% for household if we stay below certain kilowatts, if you go over those kilowatts we have to pay the full price and water is a very scarce resource, we are extremely dependent on the rain and 2015 is one of the worse years on record, we have barely got any rain.

Where to do laundry in San Andres.
There's only 2 places that we know of that do laundry in the island, one is located right in front on "Nene's Marina" right besides the newly open Subway, they charge $7.000 COP per item, yes, you read that right PER ITEM! (socks being one item)
The second place is quite hidden in a small shopping center only locals know, ask for the main Claro office and follow a little alley until you see them, they are the only ones that charge per kilo, but each kilo cost 10.000 and they ask for a minimum of 3 kilos per load.

Can I have a bucket and do laundry at the hostel?

AbsoFUCKINGlutely no. We currently only have 12.000 liters of water and 22 beds, which have to last us a week at least. doing your laundry in the sink is not only inconvenient for us, but also insulting to other guest.

Bottom line is we highly advice advice you to do your laundry before you come to San Andres, that will save you money and time that you can better spend exploring our island.

 

Reto Ahorremos Agua

Blue Almond Hostel te invita a que te unas a este reto, si vienes a pasar unos días a la isla

ten en cuenta los siguientes 5 puntos:

1. Vienes a una isla en el Caribe de origen coralino.

2. La isla cuenta con 2 fuentes de agua subterráneas que se alimenta de las aguas lluvias y que por el cambio climático las estaciones se han alterado y la mayoría del

3. La escasa de superficie terrestre, la permeabilidad y porosidad de la roca caliza hacen que los acuíferos estén expuestos a la contaminación.

4. La población es superior a 60.0000 habitantes aproximadamente.

5. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y la UNICEF proponen un mínimo de 20

litros diarios para las necesidades más básicas por persona.

En los países desarrollados el consumo de agua por persona diario es superior a 120 litros llegando hasta 300 litros en países como Estados Unidos.  La isla no puede soportar estos consumos tan altos de agua, además recuerda que llegaras a una Reserva de Biosfera, que día a día busca cumplir con su objetivo.

Por lo anterior, te invitamos a cuando llegues a la Isla y al Blue Almond Hostel practiques

1. En la ducha por menos de cinco minutos y no te duches más de 2 veces por día

2. Cuando laves los trastes o platos, ordénelos antes de lavarlos y cierra la llave cierra la llave cuando los enjabones, así evitará tiempos muertos con la llave abierta.

3. Cepíllate los dientes utilizando sólo un vaso de agua.

4. Cierre la llave mientras te enjabonas al lavarte las manos.

5. Enjuga tus equipos de deporte como buceo, kitesurf y snorkeling entre otros con la menor cantidad de agua posible.

6. Ayúdanos a concientizar a los que estén cerca de la importancia del tema.

Nosotros desde el hostal hemos implementado varios tips para el ahorro del agua:

- Todos nuestros grifos (duchas, lavamanos y lavaplatos) cuentan con ahorrador de

- Las cisternas de los baños han sido modificadas para el ahorro.

- Las toallas y sabanas no son cambiadas todos los días.

- Almacenamos agua lluvia con nuestro sistema de recolección y almacenamiento establecido en la infraestructura del hostal.

Únetenos al reto AHORREMOS AGUA!

Travel Bloggers, you are doing it wrong!

Although I might be generalizing due to my recent bad experiences, I want to share what I think about travel bloggers that have step into my life latety, I'm making this entry mostly to leave a written proof to the next person that contacts me to do an blog/accomodation exchange.

First of all and I'm sure everyone with a brain understands that  as an accomodation provider my main goal is making money, fun and giggles are perks of having a successful hostel, but the bottom line is profit; if this wan't the case then I'd be running a NGO.
This profit is then invested in many things, like stuff I don't need, trips, experiences

When a travel blogger contacts us about staying for free in exchange for an entry in their blog we take into consideration many things, but mostly the amout of hits his/her website receive, that's why we always ask for their analytics access, I know depending in your business plan this is considered secret information, but this is a non negotiable request for us that helps us filter a lot undesirable requests.

Here's a list of experiences we've had.

Bruno contacted us and stayed with us, it was all awesome, but he never wrote anything supposely because his computer got ruined. I still have access to his analytics.
I made the mistake to ask one of my friends to give him a couple of fun dives in exchange for a blog entry, I regret that.

http://www.votretourdumonde.com/

Emails exchanged: 28
Facebook messages exchanged: 17
Money Lost Hostel: $330.000 COP
Money Lost Dive Shop: $160.000 COP
Repercutions: My friend from the dive shop brings it up all the time.

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This guy contacted us, assured he was coming and then stopped answering emails.

http://acrobatadelcamino.com/

Emails exchanged: 11
Money Lost: $140.000 COP (this is based on the nights I wasn't able to sell due to availability being closed for the blogger, this is a hipotetical number, because even if the availability had been open, is not certain that I would have sold it.)
Repercutions: My girlfriend/business partner thinks I'm an idiot.

But not all experiences have been bad, a few years back we got an offer from Luiz Jr. Fernandes from http://www.boaviagem.org/ who turned out to be a great guy and became an instant friend and who made us very happy with the end product, we have actually gotten around 5 guest that have openly told us that choose our hostel because they read our entry on his blog.

Recommendations to travel bloggers.

  1. Get Google Analytics: If you can't prove that you have visitors, you are as good as nothing.
  2. You are taking a "dent" on someone's profit, be serious the exchange is a business transaction and a binding contract.
  3. Think of people's time, money and resources.

 

The Booking button and Joomla

This is for all hostel owners out there that rely on the booking.com Booking button to add a booking functionality to your Joomla powered websites. If you didn't know if a reservation is made through the use of the booking button you pay booking.com zero commission.

For years we have used it in our websites with very good results, but always hated the implementation forced upon us by booking.com, which was basically a ugly script that you had to put in a HTML module, which made you lose control of the client when they made a booking.

So we developed a module/component to handle this in a more beautiful way, this module is by no means perfect and I'm sure someone could better it up, but for the time being we are happy with it.

This module is not for free to download as it costed us money to have it developed, however we are only charging 2 USD which you can pay via PayPal and then we will send you the instalation files and a small instalation manual, please keep in mind that the fact that we charge for it in no way means we are going to be doing any kind of support or updates for it.

 

  • San Andrés
  • Providencia

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.

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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