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“Essential stop-over if visiting Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta”
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Hotel Minca
Ranked #6 of 18 Minca B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The hotel is in a stunning location and the owners make a big effort to attract numerous hummingbirds and other species to the feeders there. The rooms are well maintained and the food excellent. The owners were hugely helpful in arranging my visit to the El Dorado lodge area higher up the mountain - thanks so much!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

The hotel is in a lovely garden and full of hummingbirds attracted to the feeders on the balcony, as well as other species like Whooping Motmot attracted to the fruit feeders. The location has a good view, and is quiet, even when the town is noisy. The rooms were clean & reasonably comfortable, but they need a little work to improve / renovate them.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

Awesome place but the service isn't great. Quiet, beautiful setting and great, clean rooms. Only negative is that the staff leaves something to be desired-- it can get a little awkward. It's worth it though. Just eat in town because the meals are overpriced.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in May 2012. We were pleasantly surprised with Hotel Minca. The grounds are gorgeous. Mango trees line the driveway and the sweet smell of fruit and flowers permeate. Tropical flowers grow all over the grounds and the terrace off the restaurant has an amazing view of the surrounding lush green hills. The hotel also has about 7 hummingbird feeders along the patio. These are re-filled every morning and attract hundreds and hundreds of different species to feed. It was amazing to eat breakfast each morning and watch all of the hummingbirds swooping and swishing by. Breakfast was included with the room (85,000 COP) and it was tasty and filling. The room itself had a good fan, it was clean and was very quiet and peaceful. Also, the staff at the hotel are helpful and friendly. We ate dinner at the hotel one night and it was just ok.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We stayed 5 nights in Minca - to relax and watch birds/hike as part of a two month trip in Colombia. The setting is great. A large back porch area looks out on mountains/valley. Many hummingbird feeders draw several varieties of beautiful hummingbirds. As others have mentioned the property was formerly a hacienda and later a convent. Think the renovation is still a bit of a work in progress. There IS hot water - but mgt was working on providing consistency and regulation of it while we were there. Rooms and bath were comfortable.
Manager Alex was helpful - speaks English and Spanish. Included breakfasts on the porch were great. Simple lunches and dinners are available at the hotel on request. But there are good options in town as well (the Italian restaurant and the parilla restaurant down by the river are both good!) Great hikes all around Minca. Wonderful birds.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Hotel Minca occupies one of the better properties in Minca if you like space, hummingbirds, and quiet (many hotels and inns are located on the Minca River if you like to hear water). Once a hacienda for a coffee plantation (one of the things to do here is to buy coffee from private persons) and later a convent, this hotel is spacious with large garden areas, restaurant, and balcony with a splendid view of the Minca valley while watching about 100 hummingbirds hover around a dozen feeders. The rooms are quiet but sparse: minimally acceptable mattress and pillow (had to ask for a replacement), NO hot water, shower curtain, TV, radio (even in the restaurant), and a poor ceiling light. An excellent breakfast is included. Beware of a common practice in Colombia: Gringo prices and the regular price. Fortunately, my Colombian wife held them to the over-the-phone quote rather than the 50% jump in the rate when they saw me, even though I live in Santa Marta. We chose to eat at a roadside restaurant across the street at 25% of the price in this and other restaurants.

Room Tip: All rooms are probably equal . . very quiet at all times.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Minca

Address: entrance to Minca from Santa Marta, opposite the Police Station, Minca, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Minca
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Ranked #6 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Minca
Price Range: $62 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Minca 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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