South of Medellin, farmers found the perfect conditions for growing some of the world’s best coffee. Colombian coffee from this area is so good and the coffee culture so intact that UNESCO inscribed the region as the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. More commonly called the Coffee Triangle, this area has become popular with travelers too because of the laid-back people, beautiful landscapes, and (of course) the coffee. Here are our top six hotels in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia including hotels in Manizales, Pereira, Armenia, and Quimbabya.
Hacienda Buenavista near Quimbaya
When this 5-room boutique hotel opened in 2014 it ushered in a whole new level of accommodation in the coffee triangle: exclusive, romantic, stylish, modern, gourmet, and adults-only. Find out more in our complete review of Hacienda Buenavista for Luxury Latin America.
Sazagua Hotel & Spa near Pereira
The small city of Pereira isn’t a tourist destination in and of itself (it’s more of a business hub), but Pereira is on the way from Medellin to the heart of the coffee region. The Sazagua, named after a chief of the Quimbaya people who used to live here, is on the outskirts of town where things are still rural and peaceful. The elegant hotel, which also offers a pool and a spa, makes a great break in your journey. Brass bathroom fixtures and original tile floors give the rooms a homey feel. Book room number one for even more space and an indoor hammock. The hotel restaurant is so good that people stop by just to eat or to have business meetings over a good meal. Bilingual waiters, a peaceful garden setting, and a wide-ranging menu including homemade soups and salads (the Cesar salad was excellent with home-made dressing), pork, fish, and lots of beef (the steak au poivre was succulent with a truly peppery sauce) keep everyone happy.
Hacienda Venecia near Manizales
This working coffee farm offers a range of rooms including shared dorms with the use of a kitchen and private rooms in a restored traditional building called the Main House which dates back more than 100 years and the newest rooms in the Coffee Lodge building. Antique furniture, creaking original wood floors, and breezy patios make it easy to relax and live like a coffee baron for a few days. There are no keys and no TVs. A good guided coffee tour, which explains coffee growing and processing, is offered and the owners also have a stable of paso fino horses and rides around the plantation can be arranged for experienced riders. Hiking and bird watching are also offered and there’s a pool. Guests returning from activities are greeted with fresh juice and the kitchen turns out delicious traditional meals. An innovative bamboo gazebo, designed by a local architect, is a great place to relax as the resident peacocks stroll the grounds.
Finca Villa Nora near Quimbaya
This family-run country hotel dovetails perfectly with the culture of Colombia’s coffee country. The two-story house was built more than 120 years ago and it retains its traditional paint job, wide wrap-around veranda, and original wood and tile floors. It was loving restored and modernized as a 7-room hotel a couple of decades ago and all rooms have private bathrooms and antiques from the original house. The place is perfectly built to catch the breezes and make the most of the bucolic agricultural land and Andes views that surround it. There’s a pool and a sprawling garden favored by all sorts of bird, a free coffee plantation tour is offered, and excellent estate-grown coffee and gourmet traditional meals are served.
Hacienda Castilla Casa de Huespuedes near Pereira
There are 12 rooms at this former private home which was lovingly converted into a hotel thanks to the vision and determination of a member of the family which most recently owned and lived in the home. Originally built in 1633 at the center of a large farm, the current hotel retains the regal feeling of a hacienda with antiques and plenty of atmosphere. There are also expansive front and back gardens with enormous trees and plenty of birds plus an inviting pool. The kitchen puts polish on Colombian favorites, adding to the feeling of tradition and history.
Hacienda Bambusa near Armenia
The motto at Hacienda Bambusa is “delightful rustic life” and that’s delivered in everything they do at this 8-room hotel. Charming touches include mini-bar beverages and snacks included in rates, large verandas with hammocks and hummingbird feeders, and dinner served poolside or in a nearby grove complete with candles and lighted pathways. Located in the middle of a 500-acre working farm which produces cacao, the hotel is a bird-watching paradise with 127 species documented. Luxurious touches include L’Occitane bath products, fresh cut flowers, elegant bedding, flat screen TVs, and air-conditioning, but the real luxury is the guaranteed relaxation.
Bonus: where to eat in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia
While this region is famous for its coffee, good food can be hard to find in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia. That’s why Restaurnte El Silo, on the outskirts of Montenegro, is such a find. Here food isn’t just good, it’s great. Chef Julian Hoyos is from the region and proud of it. This shows in his hospitality and in his commitment to using local ingredients (most are grown or raised within a few miles of the rustic restaurant) to produce deftly-re-interpreted versions of classics like trout and chicharron and beans.
The bartender is an award-winner and his creativity behind the bar matches the creativity coming out of the semi-open kitchen. El Silo is currently closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays so plan your visit accordingly.
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