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Casa Elemento Reviews

Finca Bella Vista, Minca, Colombia, Minca, Colombia

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66 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Absolutely loved Casa elemento, wonderful ambiance, and the food was top notch. The staff messed up our bar tab completely. Our bill included a bunch of things we definitely didn't order but neglected others. Pool water was gross, no one went in.

  • 19th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Fantastic hostel. Amazing, healthy and deliciously locally grown food. Clean and comfortable bedding. Could not be more secure and safe being so far from Santa Marta. Great staff managed by enthusiastic and hardworking owners. Could not recommend this hostel more if I tried.


The best locatipn for a hostel in South america. Stunning views, massive hammock to view the sunset, nice pool, with a bar next to it. Crazy views from the toilet, great atmosphere. Would highly recommend for a few nights to relax. Also good food!


Amazing place to just lose yourself in the mountains for a few days. Staff were great, food was amazing. Loved the family dinners. Happy hour was happy. Great place to meet other travellers.


No peace to be found here. Shame since it is in a lovely location and the staff are nice. After 6 months of traveling I am used to party hostels but this was ridiculous. There were leaks and guests had to be shuffled all around. We had no water the first night and only intermittent electricity. They discounted my stay, to their credit.

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If this was brought to our attention, we would have dealt with it immediately. We do enjoy our social hours and this goes hand in hand with chatting, board games, chilling at sunset and around the fire at night. We close our bar and have music off at 11pm so everyone gets a good sleep. We do have the odd water issue but that is more rare than the norm, and doesn't just affect us, but all the farms and families around us.


People were amazing and so friendly! Food a bit disappointing, needs a kitchen for people to cook in. Coffee is amazing!!


Best place I have ever stayed. I want to go back and live there. Great atmosphere!! Amazing staf who instantly become your friends. Beautiful views a pool and a great set up. Bring a book and read in a hammock or go for a walk or just chill out. Be sure to take bug spry with u.


Amazing location in the mountains. Huge hammock to relax in. Meals were good, just too small. Needs lockers for valuables.


Best hostel I've stayed in, great atmosphere, all the staff are good fun and helpful. Highly recommended. Great food! I'll be back


Casa Elemento is a place for backpackers who aren´t looking for a fancy bed, just lots of beer, good music and a view. If you are a fancy traveler looking to stay in what average families call a good hotel this is not for you. For the rest of the backpackers taking a year traveling this place is awesome, hidden in the middle of the Sierra Nevada, with a pool and a fantastic view. Food is decently cooked and very healthy. Go up, enjoy the ride, grab a couple of beers and sleep in the hammock.

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Yes of course we are a hostel and never intending to be a hotel for the average family on vacation..........a pretty difficult rating for evaluating Casa Elemento on expectations we dont sell or claim to be. You gave the atmosphere a 5/5 which was nice....and good music, thankyou.


The place was really cool and beautifull but the staff is very onorganised!


On of the most beautiful hostels i've every stayed in. It is a bit of a journey to come there but that's part of the charme. From the hammock you have a beautiful view of the valley and on a clear night you can see the lights of Santa Marta and Taganga. Every day they organise several tours in the area. We did a jungle track up the river, very cool!


Gringo hostel (neither a pro or con). Hostel is set in beautiful location & is a great place to chill for a few days. The staff run one activity each day, either a hike, walk to the sunset, party etc, but if you want to do any of the activities in Minca itself (birdwatching, horse-riding, coffee tour etc), then stay in the town. Place was clean, drinks were reasonably priced, no option except to buy hostel food (meal times can vary) as no public kitchen, no lockers.


Amazing view and location! Nice food as well, in family style. Those hammicks are the best lounge area you can imagine and the staff is really helpful and friendly.


You come to casa for the atmosphere. Youll meet many people and have fun! Campfires w/ spectacular views. Great hiking. Space to be alone. Fun happy hour and night time hangout. *its 2 hrs walk or 15000 pesos to get to town so bring some food, but no kitchen available* they have options from 5000 + for breakfast and lunch and just one communal dinner for 10000 pesos. Food is very good but I wish I had brought snacks for hiking and in between lunch and the late dinner. Water is potable. Unique!


One of the best hostels I've ever been to. The food is absolutely fantastic, and very reasonably priced considering the location. The staff are great, the view is spectacular. Lots of different places to chill out - hammocks, couches, TV area, firepit, bar, big tables. Atmosphere is great at night - family style dinner, bonfire and music. Dorms were comfortable, plenty of blankets. The view from the tent was fantastic, but if people are partying in the giant hammock or firepit, you won't sleep.


Wonderful atmosphere and a great communal birthday party Feb 1st with a first rate band.

  • 30th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


For solo travelers who wants to make friends and for people who wants to party in nature. Not for people who just want to enjoy nature. If you want to enjoy the nature go have a beer in the hammock and enjoy the beautiful setting, but live somewhere else.


I did not like the place for the following reasons: - Located in a beautiful zone, it could be a real perfect place for sthg different, about tranquility, and peace. But not. - The hostel is just the gathering of people smoking and drinking. Not much. - Plenty of electronics, music, and electricity. - The managers very business oriented - The food is expensive and too small in quantity So kind of surprised of the reputation of the place


The second you walk in you feel such an amazing energy of great people. This is definitely a place you should get lost in for a couple of days. Everything they are doing and plan to do is absolutely perfect. I can't wait to return in the near future!

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