Casa Nova was our first stay in all of Venezuela and enjoyed.
As fairly all reviewers have said, Claudia makes the stay wonderful. She is knowledgeable of country sights as well as the logistics to getting and staying there. Claudia so graciously extends her advice and helps so patiently. She helped us with everything from restaurant suggestions, SIM cards for our phones, activities in and around the village and with so much for the rest of our stay here in Venezuela! Tours, hotels and travel, she is simply wonderful. For Claudia alone, its worth the stay
We stayed in a triple on the 2nd floor. Happy it was a triple, as we used the single bed for our luggage. The room is small by American standards but it is fine, especially as it has the necessities: AC and a fan, hot water, private bathroom. Even a TV with extensive satellite TV stations. Furnishings are simple, bit rustic but sufficient. It does have wifi, which never worked, but its often the case with a lot other wifi zones in the area as well, not specific to Casa Nova. With the concrete floors and walls, you don't hear your neighbors in their rooms but do hear them through the wooden doors if they are in the hallway.
Hammocks are in front of each room under a long roof, so thankfully you are always in the shade. enjoyed the hammock. and there is a bench sitting area along the walls in between room doors to allow you to sit and/or chat. From this balcony, have a good view of the Mountains of the national park.
The Common kitchen was well supplied with cooking items, pots, dishes, utensils and the like. Had a separated labeled shelf for each room food items. Breakfast bar and dining table as well here. Computer also in this room but I never used, to know if its working.
Having an above ground pool is also a nice amenity. I didn't use but many of the guests did, usually saw someone in there on my comings and goings.
Location is just 2 minute walk to Casa Luna but much quieter area, which i so appreciated. Next to Casa Luna, in the Hostal Colonial is the Internet Cafe, which gets quite busier at times with waits.
Puerto Colombia is quite small, can walk all of it within 30 minutes. It's loaded with restaurants and tourists garb, mostly beach/swimwear. The small bodegas are fairly limited in their options and the one supermarket doesn't provide many more. For our stay in early September, was the high season and Venezuelan schools are still on vacation. The tourists here were overwhelmingly Venezuleans from other parts of the country. Don't see as many Americans, Europeans, Australians as you would in other tourist areas in other countries.
Playa Grande is about a 15-20 minute walk away, the road from Puerto Colombia is lined with restaurant kioskas and at the top of the beach a few restaurants but also showers and toilets.
To the pier it's a 10-15 minute walk where can take a boat to neighboring beaches. We enjoyed Cepe a 15 minute boat ride for 60 Bolivars, Cepe had lounge chairs and shade!
Can take a boat ride to I believe 3 other beaches. Or come here to watch the fisherman come in with their catch for the day. The Malecon is a good area to just sit and relax and watch the sunset.
For great views of the village and the landscape all around, walk up to the hill top Jesus Christ Statue.
For the ride in, enjoy the ride through Henri Pittier national park. Gorgeous lush landscape and at the top amongst the clouds. Bit curvy, hopefully you don't get motion sickness.
Come, and when there, give Claudia our best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casa Luna converted in Casa Luna Alfonso. The spirit of Casa Luna is now in Posada Alfonso. The 7 rooms are set around a green garden, which is very quiet despite the location on the main street. The Posada provides a small kitchen, sitting area with two hammocks, TV and a book shelf. Most rooms are equipped with private bathroom and fan. Outside each room you have a table with chairs. The reception and the restaurant is located 100 meters away in the Hostal Colonial. ... more less