I spent two nights at the Casa Amarilla. I stayed in room 3, which I think was one of the smaller suites. The Casa Amarilla is a very nice hotel, beautiful gardens, nice common areas, and the room was comfortable as well. There's a nice synergy there with fellow travelers. I found the bed to be comfortable, the bathroom was fine, though there was no hot water (the hot water tap didn't even turn on water). I can't recall if hot water was promised or not. Frankly, I didn't need it anyway. Wifi was strong and easy to use. Staff were as friendly and helpful as could be. Air conditioning was nice and fans were strong.
I'm somewhat sorry to say I didn't find Mompos itself to be the tranquil, enchanting place that many made it out to be. It's an arduous 8-9 hour journey from Cartagena, and though it is smaller, tranquil would not be the way I would describe it. The constant stream of motorcycles, scooters, and honks etc gave it a busy, bustling feel. I went out at 6:00 a.m. to try and see it when it was more quiet, and that helped a bit. I wanted to see the colonial architecture and churches, and two were cordoned off due to construction, so that was a disappointment. I did very much enjoy the cemetery, and bought two beautiful pieces of jewelry. It probably would have been an ideal day trip for me, but ended up taking three days -- too much, unfortunately. Some places resonate with some people, others do not. Still, if you make the journey, I can heartily recommend Casa Amarilla.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only true guesthouse in a colonial mansion in front of the river for travelers in Mompos. We have comfortable, spacious and clean en suite private rooms as well as more economical "backpacker rooms", a communal kitchen, a sitting room with cable TV and a large colonial main room. The Casa Amarilla is equipped with wifi and hammocks sway between the pillars of the house around the internal garden and those who come for just a day or two often end up spending more time enjoying the roof terrace and company of other like-minded voyagers. Come and enjoy colonial Mompos - the Garciamarquian heartland. ... more less
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