La Casa de Lili Hostel is a great location we found on booking.com that is approximately a 2-minute walk to the Central square and located on the second floor of a building with a business underneath.
Like most hostel’s La Casa de Lili is set up with an area for guests to sit and talk, a communal kitchen, as well as shared showers and bathrooms. Our room had two bunk beds, and a shared balcony overlooking the street.
When we arrived, they explained to us the instructions for the house, which is a pretty standard thing. They also gave us a rundown of the facilities, and when the kitchen was open for our use. We were also told that the children must be in the room at 9 pm sharp. I found that a bit unusual, but I get it, you get kids at hostels, but mostly it’s for adults.
What neither Charo not I realized was they expected the kids to be sleeping at 9 pm. Promptly at 9 pm the first night, there was a knock on our door. Telling us the kids needed to be sleeping now, and they couldn’t make any more noise. I know my kids move around a lot. I also know they talk a lot. But, they were in there beds talking to each other. Uggghhh.
We’ve now been to a lot of hostels, and this was new to us. What else was new? Lights out in the hostel was 9 pm. If you’re not out checking out Salento, they expected everyone to be in their room for 9, not only the kids. They made sure to turn out all the lights as well. Usually, this was the time for Charo and I to meet other backpackers, hear their stories, and share ours.
If it were Charo and I just travelling, it would have been easy to work through the restrictions. We could have easily spent more time away from La Casa de Lili and enjoyed more of Salento. As a travelling family, I found it unenjoyable. For only the second time in our travels, I felt like our family was unwelcome. I would not recommend Casa de Lili for this reason.