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“Nice place with a beautiful view”
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Casa Loma Minca
Ranked #1 of 18 Minca B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

Casa Loma was very welcoming and had lots of rooms to choose from (including hammocks). The view is pretty spectacular, particularly at sunset. Great location with plenty of stuff to do nearby. They also offer a communal dinner every night which gives it a really nice friendly feel.

The Mosquitos are truly a pain, even with the mosquito nets provided by the hostel, bug spray and full clothing coverage I still got eaten alive. But I think that says more about Minca than the hostel!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

This is a great hostel with a wonderful staff and great views of the surrounding hills and the city of Santa Marta. The somewhat steep uphill climb to the hostel is worth the excellent setting above the small village of Minca. Peaceful and relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Easily one of the most special spots I've visited in my travels to South America. Part of me doesn't want to recommend it, as it's the kind of place you wouldn't want to see spoiled.

Minca is accessible by collectivo from Santa Marta, after which you need to hike up the steep hill to the hostel. Don't let this discourage you - once you see the view, you'll know it was worth it. The place itself feels like a treehouse hidden in the dense jungle on the hillside. Meals are provided, for a price, as is locally grown coffee. Both are highly recommended. All the activities available in the area are listed in a book in the hostel, and the staff can help you plan your day. The water comes from a natural source high up on the hill, so showers are quite cold, but I found if I showered just as I came back to hostel after a hike it was actually quite nice. The place is great in the evenings, with amazing sunsets and a really chill vibe. You can hang out and have a beer (or several beers) while playing cards or board games, or just chill out and read a book. It definitely isn't a party place, but after Santa Marta/Taganga that was a welcome change.

Truly a hidden gem. Highly recommended and worth the effort.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

My husband and I came the day before, without our pack to check it out and fell in love with this hostel. The next day, we called the hostel and someone came down to help us bring our pack up. We stayed three nights and loved the view, people we met and the yummy food they serve. Jay, one of the owners had just had his parents there. He helped us with the next hostel and even booked us the room , his parents stayed in. This our favorite hostel in Colombia. Jan and Dave

Room Tip: we loved the honeymoon suite, that is the view from our room
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2013 via mobile

Casa loma is tucked away in the hills and if you are up for a bit of a hike to get there it's worth it!

Sunrise and sunset each morning, friendly relaxed hosts and simple but comfortable rooms.

Great local home cooked food each day for a decent rate- Bring snacks and anything you need from the city as its quite remote.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

This is the type of place you want to find while traveling and I almost hope ppl don't in some ways as I'd hate to see it get spoiled. An unreal view, fantastic common space, and really great chill ppl that are supposed to be what hostels are all abt. If they had some wifi (it's a long walk up and down the hill) they would be perfect. Truly unique and magical place.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

It's a hell of a hike to the top so make reservations before hiking to the top! We saw many people get turned away because they were full. They are a true rural hostel, but with a few conveniences. You can rent a hammock, a basic cabin, or bring a tent. They are currently in the process of adding a few more bathrooms / showers because they are becoming more popular. It's a bit rustic and basic, which isn't bad, just a warning. Ants may crawl on you while on the toilet. When they're full it's a bit crowded since they only have one small main area and 3 showers / toilets. The owner is quite friendly and they employ transient backpackers as cooks and general help. They offer breakfast, dinner, fresh juice and snacks at a reasonable price. The view is as good as everyone says it is, and the local area is full of great hikes. Definitely check out the food, view, and humming birds at Hotel Minca, as well as the coffee shop just before the Hotel entrance for a great brownie (for South America :-) ). BRING BUG SPRAY!!!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Casa Loma Minca

Address: Minca Hill, Minca 470008, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Minca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Minca
Price Range: £11 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Loma is a beautiful wooden hilltop house that offers one of the most amazing views from any hostel in Colombia, particularly at sunset!Situated above the town, you’ll overlook Minca, Santa Marta, the sea, plus the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and forest all at the same time—truly unique!Surrounded by tropical gardens and indigenous stones and paths, we offer complete tranquillity with no roads, cars, shops or neighbours; coupled with great food including our famous curry nights! ... more   less 
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