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Hacienda Baza Hotel
Ranked #16 of 28 Hotels in Villa de Leyva
Salvador, BA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Secluded and sublime”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

First of all, Hacienda Baza is a good 2-3 hours from Villa de Leyva (the closest town, Tibana, is 4 km away). This 17th-century monastery (a retreat for Dominican friars) is located on a country road linking Tibana with the town of Turmaque (both traditional towns of the Boyaca region surrounding Bogota). In the mid-1800s, the church sold it to the great grandfather of Francisco Ordonez who converted it into a cattle ranch where vegetables and fruit were cultivated. In the 1960s, it fell into the hands of Francisco's great-granddaughter, Lucia, the current owner who also lives on the premises.

Lucia lives on the property and is a gracious and elegant hostess, who speaks English fluently. Before converting the monastery into a hotel, she spent long years carefully restoring both the original buildings and replanting the (sizable) surrounding property with native Andean species. The fruits of her labors can be enjoyed by following one of several well-marked trails that lead over creeks and through lush woods draped with canopies of brilliant orange "Ojo de Poeta" (Poet's Eye) blossoms (aka black-eyed Susans), a landscape that is lyrical and otherworldly (happily there are benches on which to sit and fields in which to sprawl - with a book - or a picnic lunch).

Other fruits (grown on the premises) - as well a wealth of delicious, nicely, priced local fare - can be savored in the dining room (formerly the chapel), where all three meals are served. Thankfully, the menu is extremely diverse (the produce all fresh and local and prepared on a wood-burning stove in the original kitchen) because it's not as if there are a slew of other eating options within close proximity. The kitchen is very amenable and willing to make soups or sandwiches for those who feel like eating a light meal in their room, while staring into a crackling fireplace (nights can get chilly in the Andes).

I say "room" but lodgings are akin to private villas with soaring ceilings and rustic, yet tasteful and warm furnishings. Most have stone patios that gaze out onto beautifully landscaped gardens whose visual allure is complemented by the sound of fresh water gurgling in stone fountains and flowing through narrow canals.

Additionally, there are various common rooms; a salon, a game's room, a library, a bar, all outfitted with fireplaces and regional antiques, all highly atmospheric and inviting.

All this to say that Hacienda Baza is idyllic, bucolic, remote, and even somewhat dreamlike (providing it's not raining; avoid the heavy rain season!). Although many people come for a day or a weekend, it makes for a wonderful getaway for those in need of respite, tranquility, and peace of mind. My mother and I (we're a pair of very well-traveled Torontonians - in our 40s and 70s) were pretty much swept away by this place.

We didn't have a car (which is useful for exploring surrounding towns and countryside - although Lucia can arrange guide trips and local transport) - but were perfectly content to wander off into the woods, read books in rocking chairs, play croquet against an Andean mountainscape, and just chill out in a rarefied setting that allows you to step out of the world for a while.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We stayed in Hacienda Baza for one night in July. The stay was quite relaxing and well worth it.

The hotel is located in Tibana, a small town in Boyaca, Colombia (it is NOT in Villa de Leyva and not even particularly close). The roads are not great and arriving via public transportation is a challenge-- take a bus to Tibana and ask to be let off at Hacienda Baza or go to Jenesano and then take a taxi.

The Hacienda is well maintained and quite comfortable. There is little to do, which is part of the attraction. The owner has built a series of trails that are well worth an hour or two and the Hacienda offers horseback riding, some sports activities (badminton, for example), as well as a well equipped library.

Food can be an issue. The restaurant is good and is not overly expensive but it can be limiting. There are not a lot of other food options in the nearby vicinity (the hotel can help with this) and you will need a car to get around outside of the Hacienda.

The staff are quite friendly and accommodating. As with many smaller hotels in Colombia, you have to make a deposit (in a bank account) to reserve a room although they do accept Visa and Mastercard for the final payment. The bathrooms, which are clean, could be a bit more modern and attractive.

We stayed for one night and I wish we had stayed for two.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

It is hard to get there, but the beautiful colonial house is fantastic. We have been there several times and it has been great experience every single time. The food is excellent and the forest and gardens are amazing.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

I loved Hacienda Baza!
Nestled in lush gardens this rustic and atmospheric retreat will enchant you. It certainly did me. I loved everything about it : the well appointed room with the fireplace ready to be lit, the food, the big common room where we had a glass of wine in the evening by the crackling fire and the wonderful, caring, courteous and discreet service.
I recommend going on the nature trail.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

Great location, great food, and peace!
We spent a weekend at Hacienda Baza. From the moment we arrived the service was great, our room was spacious and well furnished. The staff really made us feel welcome.
We were able to use cycles from the Hacienda to ride around the countryside, and then relax in the afternoons and enjoy the food.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

I stayed in Hacienda Baza for a weekend getaway.... The whole experience couldn't be better. Keep up this absolutely charming and unique place!

  • Stayed June 2010
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Reviewed 5 January 2005

We just spent 12 wonderful days of rest at Hacienda Baza Hotel in Tibana, Boyaca, Colombia. The hotel is located approx 2 hours from Bogotá by road in the Andes. The area is probably the safest in the country and there has never been a conflict problem in Tibana or surrounding areas. Baza is a secret well kept by the local diplomats and local stars hiding from cameras.
The hotel is built on what was previously a dominican monastery and dates from 1638. Only 12 rooms. The area is silent, old, romantic, but has all the mod cons you need, if not luxurious. The food is traditional, and delicious. You can stay in suites for $160.000 a night, not more than US$60, including food. The temperature is warmish during the day and cold at night. A great sample of a true Hacienda and a great opportunity to know the real Andean Colombia.

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Property: Hacienda Baza Hotel
Address: Vereda Lavaderos, Tibana, Boyaca | Tibana, Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Boyaca Department > Villa de Leyva
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Ranked #16 of 28 Hotels in Villa de Leyva
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Number of rooms: 12
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