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Sierra Sounds' House
Ranked #8 of 12 Minca B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Am I bothered?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

This place could be good if management cared. We took the most expensive room - very expensive - the suite with balcony overlooking the river. There were no towels and the young lad on duty had vanished so we found the laundry cupboard and helped ourselves. The fan didn't work. The lad agreed about that. (The switch was missing). The airconditioner overflowed both into the room and out onto the balcony. He agreed about that too. It meant (our) spreading newspapers around the floor and leaving the room's paper basket - a metal waste bin - to catch the water. Within an hour it had noisily caught 4 litres. The lad tried tilting the air conditioner which made it slop out the other end. Though we switched it off it dripped and splashed all night and filled the deckchair seats on the balcony and, of course, we had no waste paper basket for our rubbish and the bits of wet newspaper stuck to our shoes! Requests for a modificaion of the charge were met with weak smiles and head shaking.
The sign on the rooom door stated that the restaarant was open til 9.00 p.m. but the lad was off somewhere so we had to eat by 7.00 or go without. The 'Italian' food, like the room, was overpriced, expensive and nothing special. There was no access to a phone. Perhaps the phone line doesn't go to Minca: maybe everyone uses mobiles. However, when we enquired about birdwatching, the lad used his mobile to call a young man who came with binoculars offering a 3 hour tour early next morning for 50,000 COP. He would not reduce this fee for a 2 hour trek. Walking into Minca, we found a 25,000 COP 3 hour trek and booked it: it was superb. Having looked around, we would stay in the Hotel Minca next time. Good service, good view, not as expensive as Sierra Sound and right at the little junction where everything happens. The lad offered to get us a local taxi down when we left for 48,000? Our determination to take the collectivo (7,000) saw it drop to 35,000 then 25,000 - which we took. Trying to get a large note changed, as he turned his pockets out I told him to keep 5,000 for himself. He didn't seem pleased - or bothered. In fact, if nobody went there again I wonder - would anyone be botherd?

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Chamaedrys
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Level Contributor
39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

The best aspect of this hotel is the location, which is next to a small river, where you can paddle but not really swim. There is a large patio with deck chairs where you can relax and watch the water flow by. The weakest point is the service. The owner gave us no explanations about the hotel (e.g. How the hot water worked), or any guidance about the town, places to bird watch, etc. The owner spoke no English and made no effort to speak Spanish slowly. The first morning we woke up early to go bird watching but found the hotel enclosure locked until close to 7:00am. The large signs in the room saying that alcohol cannot be brought into the hotel and that the kitchen does not prepare food that the guests obtain elsewhere were off-putting and say a lot about the attitude of the owner.
The web page gives the impression that you can organize tours etc., but this is actually through the travel agent in Santa Marta (Les Pleyades - who are very efficient and helpful). There is no access to the Internet, although other places in Minca can manage to do this, despite what the owner of this hotel told us. The rooms are small, reasonably clean but suffer from mould issues.
The food in the restaurant is OK but nothing special and is more expensive than what can be had elsewhere in town.
If we go back to Minca we will try the Minca hotel, which is new, with enchanting architecture and a beautiful garden, and has a very knowledgeable English and Spanish speaking manager, beautiful setting, and rooms of equivalent quality with access to the Internet.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank JAM2012
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Costa Rica
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2011

I stayed in room 6 that had two single beds and air conditioning. The mattresses were firm and comfortable. The windows had dark curtains so I was not awakened by the sunlight in the morning. The bathroom was clean and adequately sized. There is one suite that has a balcony overlooking the river. The owner is Italian and the outside areas are decorated very nice. There are lounge chairs to watch the river flow by. There are steps to go to the river to swim. It was sooo cold and refreshing. There are hummingbird feeders with hummingbirds flying around. Yoemi, the manager was very helpful. She gave us a map of several sites to see including some waterfalls. I didn´t have time to do everything but the waterfalls I visited were very pretty. I used a motorcycle taxi and the fellow waited to take me back down, total cost for 30 minute transport each way and him waiting was 15,000 COP. Entrance to the waterfalls was 3,000 COP. I had breakfast in the restaurant and was served fruit, juice, coffee, eggs scrambled with onion and tomato diced and toast for 7000 COP. There is also a hostel here with dormatory rooms. I was very happy staying here and would do so again.

Room Tip: The suite with the balcony over the river was the best room there, very nice
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank stevezimcr
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Encinitas, California
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55 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

This rather small establishment is off the main road in the town of Minca. Not that the main road through Minca is highly traveled, but it is nice to be away from the general activity surrounding it. Minca as far as I can see tourism wise is a stopover on the way to the Santa Marta national park and as such one is unlikely to spend more than a few days there. The lodge is located directly next to the local river/creek and conditions permitting patrons can swim in it being only a few steps from their rooms. The rooms are variable but have decent floor space and air conditioning. Lighting could be brighter but is sufficient. There is a small, open-air (covered) restaurant associated and it serves decent fare. All in all it provides for a delightful stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank peterginsburg
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Property: Sierra Sounds' House
Address: Avenida El Rio Minca, Minca 470008, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Minca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Minca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stablished in 2003, Sierra Sound House is located by the Minca River at 14 kilometers from Santa Marta. At it's restaurant "El Tucán" you can enjoy delocious italian dishes, grilled meat and all kind of wines and drinks. It's confortable rooms and beautiful premises are the perfect place for those looking to enjoy pure air and nature ... more   less 
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