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Casa Elemento Reviews

Finca Bella Vista, Minca, Colombia, Minca, Colombia

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84%

Rating
93 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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100%

An idyllic hideaway in the hills, far away from the hustle and bustle of Santa marta, and even away from the increasingly touristy Minca. Not the easiest to get to, but that just adds to the charm, as the other guests are all the sort who'd be willing to make to trip to this place. Some of the best evenings we've had in south America were spent here, next to the pool, or on the giant hammock watching the sun go down over the hills. Everyone that works there is awesome as well.


74%

Location is excellent though hard to reach on bad roads (mototaxi COP 15.000 from Minca or 4WD COP 100.000 from Santa Marta). Meals from restaurant are very good but kitchen cannot be used by guests. Full board is ~ COP 35.000 so bring plenty of cash. No credit cards accepted & PayPal is costly (+30% due to exchange rate used). Weak point is cleanliness as bathroom needs repair and dogs sleep on the couches. No lockers and room for luggage is limited i.e. on the floor i.e. no cleaning....


91%

Elemento is a special place. Rooms are basic and bathroom needs some love but that doesn't even matter cause the property and atmosphere are second to none. Just come here and be amoungst it.


100%

Casa Elemento was FANTASTIC. We were expecting great things after having seen the pictures of the hammock on the site, but were so blown away even beyond that. The vibe is so chill, the staff is incredibly friendly. You can have whatever kind of holiday you want at CE - in fact, so many of their guests love it so much, they come back to volunteer for weeks at a time. They have a reasonably priced bar, great food, clean and constantly updated facilities and some of the most spectacular views.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

I liked this place so much I took a bunch of business cards and gave them to fellow travellers in Cartagena and Medellin. Boom.


97%

Cannot find fault with this amazing place and cannot fathom those who give out about security or pool being a little dirty. Staff were excellent, food and general service outstanding and scenery the best we have seen so far in Colombia. This all in spite of a massive thunder storm which meant all we good do was sit and relax fr our time their.... Perfect!


100%

Loved it!!! Thank you Andrew for the amazing breakfast Harry

  • 23rd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

Great place hands down. Cant really say anything wrong with the place other than that is just a great vibe and the food is excellent.


74%

Great place!Great location to do absolutely nothing but playing games, reading a book or chill&talk with other guests in the awesome hammock or do daytrips in the area.No wifi: a plus!Fixed menu(nice!).Might get a bit hungry at certain moments when they dont serve food except pre packed brownies or crips.A wider arrange of snacks would be good.Nice juices.It felt a bit dirty&old sometimes.Waterproblems we were there.They were working hard to fix.Needs lockers!All in all great stay.Def recommend


80%

This place is a trip and, overall, worth it. The big hammock and the location overlooking Santa Marta and the Caribbean puts Casa Elemento over the top. Keep in mind it's a 30-minute mototaxi ride from Minca center, meaning you're farther away from some of the good hikes, but that wasn't my main priority. The pool was full, but they're training some of the chickens to swim, so I didn't go in. Filthy bathroom. The atmosphere is laid-back bordering on careless. Recommended with conditions.


83%

Whilst the hostel is a little shabby and rough around the edges, the hammock and views over the valley more than make up for it. It's also in a great location for exploring jungle trails and waterfalls.


80%

Fantastic location and unbelievable views from the hostel! Great atmoshpere and food at the hostel. The beds are fine however rooms don't have fans and get stuffy and hot at night, also there are no lockers! Just be aware no cars allowed up from Minca town to Casa Elemento, you have to either get a moto taxi (20minutes) or walk (2hours), unfortunately the pool was empty, but free drinking water is a bonus! Great place to visit and chill out, but not for to long!


94%

Amazing hostel. Incredible location. Paradise in the mountains. THE AUSSI DUDES MADE IT THOUGH. Legends behind the bar! You know who you are!!!!!!!!

  • 14th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

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.


54%

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.


86%

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!


63%

As super chilled out as it gets. Don't bother booking a private room, just had a hole where the lock should be and room pretty shabby. Wouldn't mind if it was cheap but it wasn't. And surely one of the 11 volunteers that were there when we stayed could have cleaned the shower or emptied the toilet bin once while we were there! But guess that's mountain life for you. Still had an awesome time, due to cool people we met there. With a clean up this place could be incredible.


86%

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.


83%

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...


91%

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)


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