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“A haven for digesting Mompos”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Casa Amarilla

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La Casa Amarilla
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“A haven for digesting Mompos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Of all the places we visited in Columbia Dec-Jan 2013-14, Mompos sticks most in our memories: not simply the town and surroundings, but La Casa Amarilla too, in an ideal location and with a perfect atmosphere to reflect on and digest the town. Mompos is timeless, and not a place which necessarily strikes you immediately. It took us a few hours, post Cartagena, to start appreciating its hidden treasures, but we were soon regretting having to leave after only 3 days.
In our experience, La Casa Amarilla will orient you as much or as little as you want – boat trips (a must), silver filigree workshops, a tuk-tuk “tour” (very informal; very worthwhile) and more. The owner and staff went out of their way to help us acclimatise to make the most of our stay, as well as fix our onwards trip, which worked a treat.
LCA has 1-2 better rooms upstairs which cost somewhat more, but they allow a little more privacy and have some welcome finishing touches.
Note that – not surprisingly, given its location – fresh water is at a premium in Mompos: during our stay, we had one night (6pm-6am) with no running water. It’s a town issue (not the accommodation).
Breakfast is good, and is at one big table with fellow lodgers. The personally selected beans provide that vital and delicious cup of coffee you won’t find in the town until late afternoon. The same shaded courtyard area also offers a haven from the midday heat.
Nothing moves fast in Mompos: you need to relax to the tempo. LCA will get you in the groove.
Good for single travellers or couples. Some rooms might suit families.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

I stayed for 2 nights in Mompox at The Casa Amarilla and only wished I’d had time to extend my stay!

Mompox itself is a tranquil, truly charming town that feels like a step in to the pages of Garcia Marquez, and the restored colonial mansion retains all of this charm (while still offering the mod cons that matter – eg. great kitchen, showers and wifi!). The elegant house has a peaceful location on the river just a few minutes’ walk from the main squares, making it a perfect base either to explore the town, or just to hang out and escape the heat in the hammocks and rocking chairs around the shaded garden or in the cool, spacious rooms. Breakfast (and the coffee) were delicious and the friendly staff also helped organise a boat tour of the wetlands (highly recommended for wildlife spotting and beautiful views) as well as onward transport and were always on hand to answer questions and help out.

Well worth the journey – both Mompox and La Casa Amarilla should be on the list for all visitors to Colombia!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is an amazing hostel. Beautiful. No one speaks English but you are in Mompos so you obviously should be attempting to communicate in their language. The staff are friendly and helpful and the place is very clean with a really nice kitchen area, hammocks, lovely courtyard square and a gorgeous view from the roof of the hostel. If I ever make it back to Mompos this is the only place I would stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

It's a home away from home. The free loaner bicycles are a great way to see the town and surroundings. Boat trip is awesome. Guests are great company and sources of info about the town and where to go next. The staff is great and are happy to help with your laundry. Breakfast is great. One drawback, there are a few mosquitoes and they can get into the bedrooms, but that's probably common to just about everywhere in Mompos. However, mosquito nets for the beds might be nice. Go up to the roof for a good view, go to the river at sunrise for good colors. Swimming across the river and back is fun but be prepared for a walk back upstream. There is a unique restaurant about 100 feet upstream, with a ten-foot high fork out front, you might have to knock and ask when it might be open. For good jewelry at a good price, see the guy at the entrance to the cemetery.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

If you are heading to Mompos with plans to relax or have a nice boat/bicycle trip it's actually your best choice. There are only two disadvantages: it's not the cheapest (although not really expensive and the quality is worth it) and it's not in the centre (what might be a advantage as well). Location itself is very good (informal beer garden, river) and a host is a great companion and story teller.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

I spent five nights at La Casa Amarilla and absolutely loved it. I wanted a quiet, peaceful place to rest after a very busy year and I found it here. La Casa Amarilla is a lovely little place with comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast. Its pleasant staff are always cleaning and scrubbing to keep it nice. Richard and Alba are very helpful and willing to share their knowledge of the area and its history. I was particularly interested in what it took to buy and restore an historic house and Richard was happy to describe the experience in detail. The hotel is next to the river, which I loved. Be sure to take the river trip that Richard will recommend. It is spectacular. Mompox and La Casa Amarilla are perfect for kicking back and enjoying a part of the world that might be missed by many travelers but which should be on everyone's list.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about La Casa Amarilla

Property: La Casa Amarilla
Address: Cra 1 13-59 | La Albarrada con Coco Solo, Mompos, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Mompos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Mompos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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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