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Casa Elemento Reviews

Finca Bella Vista, Minca, Colombia, Minca, Colombia

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84%

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84 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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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)


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!


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)


83%

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.


100%

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.


83%

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!


89%

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.


51%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
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.

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