Santander Central Hostel

Our hostel is the perfect opportunity to spend some time for free in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
The hostel has been opened for 6 seasons now... and we areprobably the most authentic "backpacker" hostel in town... We want to keep the sense of adventure because we are backpackers ourselves... and we still love it !!!

My name is Angel. I am a hospitality manager with many years of international experience. Our hostel pretends to be a relaxing place for those who need a rest while enjoying this fantastic city. The working environment at the hostel is quite relaxed. Volunteers are part of our family, and as part of a family we do care for each other. We are a team that takes care of our guests in a sincere way. Do you want to be part of it? :)


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Estuve tan solo 11 días en el Hostel pero fue una experiencia increíble, disfruté de la ciudad, interactúe con los viajeros que se hospedaban ahí porque el hostal invitaba a hacer unión. Ángel me dio mi espacio para instalarme y me cuidó y se preocupó desde el principio, en Carlota, la recepcionista, me llevo una amiga y Leonor fue encantadora conmigo. Todos te hacen sentir acogida. Además las instalaciones están muy bien y la ubicación del hostal es perfecta

hace 28 días

Angel respondido

Gracias Gema. Yes only 11 days but with you we had the feeling that you were part of the house for a long time. Cuídate mucho. Aquí dejas amigos apar cuando quieras volver a vernos.



I was expecting from this experience too much. But I can say it’s just a good place to give you some basic clues to know how to run a very little hostel for example. The biggest challenges for me were first of all not feeling to be a valuable part of their hostel, although I was doing good job but I wasn’t receiving the sense of doing something worthy as a “volunteer”, I had this feeling that I was there just to reduce their expenses in hiring someone doing beds. “Join them onIy if you have strong muscles & wrists”. And bare in mind that the city is so small and doesn’t have much to offer.

hace 11 meses

Angel respondido

Dear Hadiseh.
Yes, you had a very high expectation about your experience, and you did not take advantage of learning (being Hospitality management Masters dergree, as I am) nor opening yourself to other cultures by interacting with our clientele (most of them, international. We never saw you having a chat with our guests...)
You wanted the attention that you did not give, not a single time.
As you can read in previouis comments from other volunteers.... most of themget a great experience while they are with us... What you bring, is what yoiu take with you. We just set the scenario for you to have an experience....
Having someone on board with no experience of any kind of work (and being "hospitality major"), never being on time to help/work, ignoring the rest of the working team most of the time and lying about her interest of learning and being part of the team... are some of the things that make me think that your frustration has nothing to do with us, but with your incapacity to meet your personal goals.
I was very close to invite you to leave the hostel several times..., but I didn´t because I really thought that you needed this experience.... that you wasted (talking openly here)
We wish you the best the best of lucks in future projects.



I had an incredible time in the Santander Central Hostel! I met a lot of people with very different experiences, I had time to think, to read and to enjoy nice walks next to the sea. I really appreciated it and I really felt like home! Angel helped me to get more confidence, to practice Spanish and English and to feel part of the hostel, to feel involved!
Thank you so much for the experience! It was my first volunteer experience and it was super nice to start there! I wish you the best! 🍀🌞🌊

hace más de 1 año

Angel respondido

Dear Alicia. Having you with us was a real pleasure... Thank you for all the good moments we have shared with you. Thank you for your brilliant personality.... You are a star !!! It will take a lot of time to forget you.... Here, you leave a house and friends. Come back anytime you want !!!



Mi primer voluntariado y la mejor experiencia que podría haber tenido.
Desde que me postulé la comunicación con Ángel fue de maravilla, me recibió muy bien, me dió mi espacio y tiempo para que me acomode.
Trabajar con él y con Lucia fue de lo mejor, risas, charlas, historias y cafés a media mañana 🤩
Me llevo el mejor recuerdo de Santander y una amiga para siempre, Romane, quien fue voluntaria junto conmigo.
Espero volver pronto 💞

hace más de 1 año

Angel respondido

Camila, tú también fuiste como un suspiro de aire fresco en el albergue. Te adaptaste rapidamente, y supiste sacarle lo mejor a la experiencia. Fué un verdadero placer tenerte a bordo. Aquí dejas una casa... y amigos para siempre :)

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Awesome experience working at this hostel. Lots of free time. Its a very clean and relaxed environment. The daily breakfast is stocked! You'll enjoy visiting the beaches and the manager Angel is a good guy who can teach you a lot about hosteleria. He likes when you socialize with the guests and make them feel at home as he does. The volunteer bedroom doesn't have windows but the fan makes a big difference.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to spend time on the beach and meet new people.

hace 2 años

Angel respondido

Miss Katia has turned out to be the most special volunteer of all those who have passed through this hostel. With a restless, fun and energetic personality, Katia has left her mark in this house. Her contagious laugh is still heard in the hallways and in the living room. I personally ... miss her so much. Thanks Katia.

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