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The Plantation House: the place for good reason

As a general rule, we had steered clear of hostels when traveling around Colombia for the five weeks we had already been in the country. Though we had started out by staying in the country's most noted hostel, Bogota's Platypus, and did a brief stop at Mompos' Casa Amarilla, we had found budget hotels catering more to Colombians to be not only nicer but also better value. They were generally more quiet and with fewer backpackers, easier to keep to yourself when you wanted to. But as we headed to Salento, it was tough to avoid wanting to stay at The Plantation House. Reports were excellent and after a fun experience on La Ciudad Perdida group trek, we decided to give the hostel scene another go. We were glad we did as The Plantation House was everything it was said to be and provided us with a great place to stay as well take photos of what appeared to be a resident motmot!

The old wooden building has a lot of charm and is small enough to feel really cozy. There were times when it was a little noisy when we went to bed but it died down earlier enough to not be a real problem. We were going to bed pretty early to be fair. The people staying at the hostel were very friendly and a nice group that was easy to get along with. It didn't have the “can you top this” feeling you can get when sitting around with a group on this kind of circuit. The room was not very big but not overly cramped and was nicely if simply furnished. The communal baths were clean enough and featured tons of hot water. The kitchen was kept pretty clean too and a real plus was a fairly steady supply of fairly strong coffee that was free. There were nice places to sit on the veranda and this was the place's real plus as the grounds were quite lush with many birds. We spotted a gorgeous motmot both of our mornings there, who was a real poser too.

The owner is an English guy married to a Colombian woman and they have the cutest little girl who so obviously has her Daddy wrapped around her finger, very endearing. They do tours of their coffee plantation as well as organize things further afield but in no way are they pushy in “selling tours.” A really pleasant place to stay and can see why people wind up staying longer than planned.

We paid 37000 COP ($18.50) per night for our double room. You can definitely find cheaper in town but we felt it was a fair value room when taking in the overall ambiance.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Photography, Backpacking
  • Written December 12, 2010
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Las Palmas: Guest House

I actually made a reservation in Plantation House. But on my arrival they told me that all private rooms were occupied and they can only offer me to stay in dorm room, which I did not like. I arrived there in the rain, completely wet, and needed my own space more than anything. Then Cristina, the owner, phoned to another guest house close by to ask if they had any rooms available. Five minutes later their son came with a big umbrella to help me with my bag and delivered me to my new 'temporary home', Las Palmas.

This guest house is located on Calle 6 that leads up to the main plaza. It has only a couple of rooms, all with bathroom en suite. I had a big room with three comfortable beds and TV. There was a terrace at the top of the house. Most of the nights I was the only guest. The price of the room was 40.000 COP. Since I stayed there for four nights she gave me discount.

I did not expect that would be so cold and rainy for almost the whole week so I run out of clean 'warm clothes'. I asked señora Rosmira (the owner) if she could do the laundry for me which she immediately did. The problem was that because of the rain the clothes did not get dry. So she ironed them, one by one, as I needed them. She did not charge anything. That was very nice from her :)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism
  • Written March 28, 2009
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The Plantation House

The Plantation House is a nice place to stay at in Salento. The hostel now consist of two old farmhouses on different sides of a road. There are dorms and there are private rooms, a few with bathroom. I stayed in a room without bathroom (in the first house) and paid 30 000 pesos a night (July 2008). The room was simple but I liked it very much and the bed was very comfortable. The hostel is situated in the end of the town so it is quiet and from the hammocks in the end of the garden you have a beautiful view over the valley. The owners Tim and Cristina can give you a lot of information, Cristina in Spanish and Tim also in English. There is a kitchen and free coffee. You will also find games, books to exchange, a computer and a refrigerator with beer.
It is nice and relaxing to sit on the porch after a day out, but it can be a bit cold so put on a sweater.

To go to the Plantation House you should get off the bus at the Fire Station, just as you enter town. Then take right, and right again. It is about 100 metres to the hostel from the Fire Station.

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  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written November 22, 2008
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Hospedaje: Decent Place

This hospedaje (without a name) is in a families house, and is fairly cozy. The front door is locked at night, and they don't give you a key, so you have to wake them up....which I felt kinda bad doing. Hot water.

Spanish only, no English spoken.

Double room : 30,000pesos

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written April 11, 2007

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La Posada del Cafe: Salento's "Bed and Breakfast"

The Posada del Cafe, located in the heart of town, was one of our highlights in Colombia. The owner, Maria-Elena, made our stay fantastic. She babysat our daughter while we hiked one day, took us on another hike to a friends private house where a beautiful botanical garden was located, and gave us all the information we needed for our time in Salento. There are only 5 or 6 rooms, but they beautifully decorated with comfortable beds. There is a very nice hostel in town that is very popular with backpackers, but if you want to pamper yourself, this is the place to stay. We paid about US $30, which for Colombia was on the upper end for accommodation.

Wonderful owner, beautiful inner garden, very quiet.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written March 25, 2008
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Local Places to Stay

In Salento, 5 stars Hotels are not an option. On the other hand, houses or local properties can be rented, and some of them also have horses, lakes where you can practice fishing. Don't expect luxury kind of things, everything has a colonial style, but still cosy.

Julian Clavijo

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  • Written February 17, 2008
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Plantation House: friendly hostel

Simple but comfortable rooms and a junglely garden - this is on the edge of the town but feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. Very quiet, there are private rooms as well as dorms split between three buildings.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Eco-Tourism, Budget Travel
  • Written May 4, 2008
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Segorbe hostel: Segorbe, a little piece of Spain in Salento

I spent 2 nights here because it was recommended by VT member.

It is managed by two persons, one of them from valencia in spain.

They were really nice; they even dry our cloths when we came back from the trekking in valle del cocora. Otherwise i would have dressed with all my cloths soaked!

The breakfast was ok, some orange juice, cofee, fruit and some bread... Nothing extraordinary, but enough.

If i ever go back, i'll repeat.

In the center of the village. Opposite to a very nice and informal restaurant, where i ate some amazing pizzas and fish soup.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 24, 2011

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Plantation House: Worst Hostel in South America

Never stay here! The room was filthy, the sheets were grimy and we all left with multiple bites from the bugs which infested the rooms and the beds. The room constantly smelt like raw sewerage from the faulty septic tank. Plus the hostel is far overpriced compared to the town and it is much further away from the action than the other, much better and more reasonably priced hostels. On top of all of this, the slimy English owner lied to us about the services offered by competing locals for coffee plantation tours - and they actually ended up being much better than him.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written December 31, 2009

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Republika de Artistas Hostel-Art Gallery-Loft: Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Best Hostel by far

It is hard to describe in few words, but our stay at the Republika de Artistas Hostel Art Gallery in Salento, Quindio, Colombia, was just memorable. A nice liitle place with 2 dorms fitting 6 large and comfortable beds each right in the heart of Salento, with an incredible breakfast menu, the best i have had for years in a very artistist but family style accodomation. The place to be in Salento if you need to be close to everywhere.

Very clean, quite, stylish and warm.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written January 18, 2010
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Republika de Artistas Hostel-Art Gallery-Loft: Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Best Hostel by far

The place to stay in Salento, nice, clean, stylish, superb breakfast menu included with the dorms fee and a very warm and artistic atmosphere created by the spanish father and son that runs the place Joseph and Mihail

Great location, expectacular art works exhibited, memorable breakfast, impressive Warmness by the owners and their staff

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written January 18, 2010
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Casa Hotel Alto del coronel: Casa Hotel Alto del coronel

The hotel it's great!

Please visit the website:
www.casahotelaltodelcoronel.com

Great views and the attention was good!

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  • Related to: Architecture, Historical Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written February 28, 2010
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Hostal Ciudad de Segorbe: Great place to stay in Salento, Colombia

The Hostel we were going to stay at in Salento was full, so the owner took us to this charming Hostal. It's an old, two-story colonial building with an interior patio and upstairs balcony. There are approximately 8 rooms, most with double queen size comfortable beds and private bathrooms. The rates in March 2010 were approx. $ 30.- US for a double with private bathroom including a delicious breakfast on the patio.
The owner is from Spain and was incredibly helpful in giving us information about the area. The patio was a great place to hang out for a cold beer. The ground floor also had a wine bar with tapas.
The hostal is located on the main street leading up to the square at Calle 5, N. 4-06.
Email: intursalentoltda@hotmail.com
hostalciudaddesegorbe@hotmail.com
www.hostalciudaddesegorbe.com
Tel. (57) (6) 759 37 94
Cell: (57)320 283 69 73
Highly recommendable.

Extremely friendly and helpful owners. Lovely views from upstairs over the town and the mountains. Cozy patio. Great breakfasts. Centrally located. Great value for the price.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written July 13, 2010
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