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Casa Elemento Reviews

Finca Bella Vista, Minca, Colombia, Minca, Colombia

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76 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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We loved our stay at casa elemento! The atmosphere was awesome, the food was delicious and the fact you can drink the tap water saves some serious money. My only suggestion would be that there are some fans put in the room as being on the top bunk got very sweaty in the mornings as the roof is concrete.


The location of the hostel, in terms of views and surroundings, was unbelievably good. The food was good value and was well prepared and there was a very laid back atmosphere. Sadly, the hostel was extremely unclean. The swimming pool was pretty much empty, with some dirty water in the bottom, and the main guest bathroom was bordering on unusable having clearly not been cleaned for some time. Also, in a hostel of 30-40 people we were shocked to find no working lockers for our valuables.


If you want to unwind and get away for a few days, Casa Elemento is the place to go! It's up in the mountains, secluded from everything ( except a few houses every mile or so). They views are stunning. They don't have a communal kitchen, so you have to buy what they cook, but the foods great! The only downfall was it's ran by all foreigners and volunteers so you miss out on the local Columbian experience ( if that matters to you). The hammocks great and so is the view from the toilet :P!


The view from this hostel is life changing. Wifi free means you mingle with everyone and just chill, appreciating the beautiful Colombian mountain views. Easy access to jungle walks and makes a refreshing break from the heat of Santa Marta coast.


Close to epic, but not quite. The location is amazing and everyone working there is incredible friendly, welcoming and laid back... But, so laid back cleaning and maintenance has slipped. The single inside shower/toilet was grim, I chose to not shower rather than use it, and the bunks had near half of their slats missing and mattresses were bust. It's still an incredible place to stay, don't avoid it because of these little issue, it just needs a tiny bit of work...


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)


The owners here are trying something a bit different and it works. Had a great time here. Fantastic location and views over the jungle, really worth the effort to get there. Communal meals which are tasty, no wifi so great party atmosphere at the bar and campfire. We did a mountain bike trip with Fabio the energetic guide which was good with decent technical sections and a truck back up. If you are in the area and like adventure sports and partying definitely go here for 2-3 days min.


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.

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