I'm guessing that most people go to Minca to get a bit of peace and solitude which is difficult to find at Casa Loma. The hostel itself is kinda cute looking and rustic with a nice view looking over the forest and toward Santa Marta. It is however, kinda small and therefore quite intimate which is kinda weird considering that you're surrounded by miles and miles of gorgeous forest.
The hostel seems to attract a youngish backpacker crowd and serves up breakfast, dinner, slightly over priced beers, hammocks, chairs, there are a few board games and music is played all day which makes it feel like you're in a rustic version of YHA or HI.
I stayed in the dorm which is small and basic and costs 20,000 pesos which is about 11 dollars per person. From what I can remember the one bathroom was functioning but could've done with a clean up.
The owner, Jay, was very helpful and knowledgeable about Minca and Colombia and in general the hostel was run reasonably well. However, overall it didn't appeal to me because it just felt a bit too intimate for my liking and I wasn't able to find any peace or solitude here. I also think it's slightly overpriced considering how simple and basic the place is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Loma is a beautiful wooden hilltop house that offers one of the most amazing views from any hostel in Colombia, particularly at sunset!Situated above the town, you’ll overlook Minca, Santa Marta, the sea, plus the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and forest all at the same time—truly unique!Surrounded by tropical gardens and indigenous stones and paths, we offer complete tranquillity with no roads, cars, shops or neighbours; coupled with great food including our famous curry nights! ... more less
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