- Reviews: 5155
Hotel Montecarlo, Riobamba
I decided to stay at Hotel Montecarlo in Riobamba. The hotel has a central location, it seemed to be nice and I hoped it would be a quiet place where it was easy to sleep.
Hotel Montecarlo is situated in a restored building from the beginning of the 20th century. The 22 rooms are situated around a nice indoor patio. My room was on the second floor (first for some) and was not facing the street. In the room there was a desk with chair, shelves and hangers and a comfortable bed. There was also a small table that I moved so it was close to the bed (to put things on). There was a lamp above the bed which was good for reading. In the room there was a large window facing the indoor patio, but luckily it had thick curtains. However, there was a small window above the door without curtains, and outside there was a lamp. It was too light in the room for sleeping, but when I went down to the reception to tell them about it they turned off the light that was right outside my room.
Most of the time the hotel was quiet but it will depend on the other guests. The first night I woke up around midnight when two guests came back to the hotel. They were not noisy but you hear every noise through the door. The second night there was someone in the room next to mine, I didn’t hear that person through the wall, but when I was in the bathroom I could hear someone brushing the teeth in the bathroom next doors.
In the reception area there are two computers that guests can use for free.
I paid $25 for the room (July 2013). Breakfast was included and was served from 7:30 in the morning. For breakfast there was coffee (or tea), juice, bread, butter and jam.
- Reviews: 13
Casa del Suizo: A Poor Excuse for Eco-Tourism
The brochure tauts an easy 3.5 hour drive from Quito. While very scenic, it took closer to 7 hours of very aggressive driving. Most guests do not do their own driving, but are members of large tour groups and arrive in large tourist buses. It was clear that they make up the bread and butter trade of the business. We were two couples on one's honeymoon. Guests like ourselves were few, almost all Ecuadoran, and labeled "Independents."
If you travel independently, be prepared for a few surprises. After an almost endless drive, you know you are close when your driver throws on the brakes while blurting out, "Roads gone!" Without a warning, while traveling at 50 mph on a good road, the pavement turns into a rocky field on the bank of the Napo river.
After assuring that your tires are intact, the only thing between you and the resort is the Napo river. There is no bridge. There is no car ferry. Luckily there was another vehicle and driver to advise us. River boats in Ecuador have a name , which translated into English is termed "canoe." They are not the same as the ones I remember from Boy Scout camp. They are big (accommodating up to 27 people with baggage, sitting two abreast) and motorized. Fortunately, an indigenous entrepreneur runs a ferry service. If he is on the other bank of the river, honk your horn to announce your presence and he will arrive shortly.
Arriving safely on the far shore of the Napo, the first thing that strikes you is that you are now back to a good road but have no vehicle. The ferry man has advised you that the Casa is only about one mile up the road, an impossible trek considering the extent that the other couple had over-packed. In retrospect, I am sure that a $10 bill would have convinced the ferryman to take us to the river-side dock of the resort, but at the time we did not realize that such a dock existed.
Our luck did not yet give out. After standing in the moonlight with luggage at our feet, staring in silence up the dark road, the head lights of a police car appeared. A police car in those parts is a small white pick-up trunk. While not able to accommodate us in the cab, they offered, and we accepted, a ride in the bed of the truck. Soon we had arrived at the back entrance to the resort, the entrance no guests ever see.
We stayed two nights (and did not linger after breakfast on our day of departure).
Excursions from the resort were informal for us "independents." I noticed that the large tour groups had more formal schedules. Guides soon identified us and suggested itineraries. The guides worked exclusively for tips. Among the possible adventures were tubing down the Napo, visiting a wild life refuge and hiking in a National Park.
The fauna of the wild life refuge consisted of caged animals which had wondered out of the jungle as civilization competed for their habitat. The hike though the National Park was a muddy trek (Wellington boots provided) along a well worn path (no machetes required). The only natural fauna that I saw was the occasional squirrel monkey. The flora appeared interesting, but the guide was not much interested in describing it to us.
Other excursions include a trip to town to see the tourist shops and a visit to the home of a guide's relative to see how the indigenous people might live, or possibly lived in the past, or maybe how we might have imagined that they lived.
All in all, Casa del Suizo, situated on the slummy edge of civilization, was a poor excuse for eco-tourism and was too remote and lacking in luxury to be considered a spa/resort. While my other experiences in Ecuador ranged from merely interesting to a once in a lifetime experience, my time at Casa del Suizo was my only regret and a big mistake.
Buffet meals are included. While breakfast is distinguishable from lunch which is distinguishable from dinner, breakfasts, lunches and dinners repeat themselves monotonously day after day.
The rooms were beautiful and comfortable. Screened windows were left open. Heating and air conditioning were neither available nor necessary. Be sure to request a room overlooking the river.
The pool was gorgeous, but generally not used by the guests. There were no chaises around the pool for lounging.
- Reviews: 5155
The camping at Sani Lodge
When I visited Sani Lodge I stayed at their camping. It is a very nice and much cheaper option to the more expensive cabins. For 6 days/5 nights I paid $680 (July 2012) and another $170 for the flight ticket Quito–Coca–Quito.
The tents are standing on wooden platforms under thatched roofs. We were only four people staying at the camping while I was there, a German family and I. We had a tent each and we all chose to sleep in a tent on the big platform where there is most light and a view towards the lagoon. In the tent there was a mattress, a pillow, sheets, a towel, a soap and shampoo. On a table on the platform there was a container with drinking water, some toilet paper and a candle.
There is a wooden path to the shared bathroom, where there are three showers and two toilets. As we were only four people staying at the camping there were never any queues. I must say that I was a bit disappointed not to see a tarantella on the boardwalk in the light of the torch (we had been told to look where we put our feet when walking in the dark).
The camping is a 3min canoe ride away from the lodge. We didn’t have our own canoe at the camping, but were picked up by Nelson when it was time to go to the lodge. At the camping there is no electricity, so a torch is a must. When we woke up in the morning it was still dark as breakfast was served at the lodge at 6am, and when we returned after dinner it was also dark. To take a shower was best in the late afternoon/early evening, but once it was dark when I showered and I relised that I could get some light if I put my torch on the wall above the shower.
Staying at the camping you will be very close to the surrounding jungle and it is very nice to hear the sounds during the night; frogs, cicadas and caimans hunting. I enjoyed the camping very much and if I would go to Sani Lodge again I would definitely chose to stay in a tent.
Everything was very well organized with the camping but the last night we had one problem. When we returned to the camping after dinner we relised there was no water in the bathroom, well we all went to bed and hoped it would be back in the morning. There was no water in the morning either and I used the drinking water in my water bottle for washing. It turned out that someone had forgotten to pump the water.
I had another problem and that was my broken wrist. With only one hand to use everything took much longer for me so I went up half an hour earlier than the others. For example it was not easy to put in the lenses in the morning using a small mirror and my head torch, with lots of insects flying around in the light of the torch. I also had to ask the other people staying at the camping for help as I couldn’t do simple things like putting up my hair in a pony tail. Luckily they were very nice and helpful.
One or two days after I left both the lodge and camping were going to be full. I’m glad it wasn’t when I visited.
- Reviews: 5155
Sani Lodge, lower Río Napo
I stayed one more night at Sani Lodge than the others that had been there at the same time as I. The new guide I had for the last day thought it would be very inconvenient for me to stay alone at the camping so he asked the manager if I could stay in one of the cabins instead, and of course without paying more. In one way I had looked forward to be all alone at the camping with only the jungle around, but on the other hand I had a broken wrist and things were quite complicated so it was very nice and good that I got a cabin. That night I and a family of three were the only tourists at the lodge.
In the cabin there were two beds with mosquito nets above them, a bedside table (but no bedside lamp), shelves and hangers. There were two big windows with mosquito nets, so during the night you can hear some of the sounds of the jungle, but not as much as in the camping. Both the room and the bathroom were clean. I can’t really remember but I think there isn’t electricity throughout the night in the cabins.
I visited Sani Lodge in July 2012 but as I stayed at the camping I don’t know how much it was to stay in a cabin, but I have looked up the price for 2013 and for a 5 days/4 nights stay it cost $915 per person if you are two in the cabin and if you are alone the price is $1270.
The bar/common room at Sani Lodge is an open-air room, under a thatched roof, where it is very nice to sit and relax after the hikes and activities of the day. In the bar you can buy drinks and snacks. In the bookcases you will find books and a few games. There are some tables with comfortable sofas and armchairs where you can sit and chat with the other visitors, and there are a few hammocks. The view over the lagoon is very nice and there are binoculars here that you can use to watch the birds that are out there.
The bar is open between 7 – 23.
Breakfast is usually served at 6am. Every morning (except my last morning at the lodge) it was a breakfast buffet. Among other things on the buffet table there were fresh fruits and fruit juices, yoghurt, milk, muesli, cereals, eggs as you liked them, cheese, butter, jam and different bread.
Lunch is served at 13 (the day we were going to the Sani community we ate at 12) and dinner is served at 19. Before each meal someone blows in a bamboo horn to tell that now food is ready. In the restaurant the different groups and their guide sit together at one table. That is very nice I think as it gives you the opportunity to talk about the day that has passed or the coming day.
- Reviews: 5155
La Posada de Mindo, Mindo
I like Casa de Cecilia but I had slept very badly and really needed to sleep so after breakfast I went to look for another place. The people I had met when travelling to Mindo had recommended La Posada de Mindo so I went there.
Downstairs there is a restaurant and upstairs there are rooms. I was shown a room with private bathroom and it looked nice. For one night, including breakfast, it was $15 (July 2012). It is also a wooden building so if there are many people there might be some noise, but at the moment it was very empty and there didn’t seem to be anyone else staying there. I went back to Casa de Cecilia to get my things and when I came back to Posada de Mindo I was told that I could get a cabin in the back for $20 including breakfast. I had a look at the cabin and chose to stay there.
In the cabin, beside the bed, there were bedside tables with lamps. There was a TV, which didn’t work, and hangers. Up a ladder there was another bed. Outside the cabin there was a hammock, a good place to rest in with a book after the afternoon walk.
As I was exhausted I wanted to go to bed early and just as I was going to turn off the light a car arrived. Two more people arrived and they also stayed in a cabin. Even if there was one empty cabin between ours I could hear them. They also went out to eat and I heard them when they came back. Just because I knew how badly I needed to sleep it was difficult.
In the morning I was ready for breakfast before 8am but the main building was empty. I thought of taking a short walk but the gates were locked (later I found out that one of the doors in the wall wasn’t locked). I started to look around for someone and when I didn’t want to wait any longer I went over to the house where the owners lived and called out. Eventually someone appeared and I was told that on Saturdays they don’t serve breakfast until 8.30 as that is how most people want to have it during weekends. Well, I got my breakfast and it consisted of fresh fruits, a fruit juice, bread, butter, jam, eggs and coffee.
- Reviews: 5155
La Casa de Cecilia, Mindo
Before coming to Mindo I had read that Casa de Cecilia was situated on the edge of town so I thought it might be too far from the centre. However, I realised when I was in Mindo that the town is very small and Casa de Cecilia is situated only a few hundred metres from the main square. I went to check it out and found very welcoming and helpful staff and a very nice place to have breakfast in (I have written about it in a separate tip on my Mindo page).
I had paid for two nights at Caskaffesu in advance, but after those two nights I moved to Casa de Cecilia. I got a simple room with my own bathroom, but to my horror I saw that there was a big opening between the ceiling and roof in my room, on the side facing the shared bathroom. I could hear every sound from there. So I just hoped people were going to sleep during night and that there were not many people who needed to use that bathroom. I was not lucky. Some of the people staying in the same house as me were up late sitting at the outdoor area by the river drinking beer. I didn’t hear them, but heard someone going out to tell them to be quiet. They must have drunken a lot of beer, because when they came in they started too run up and down the stairs to the bathroom. And as there are wooden stairs and floors it was noisy. Not until 1am it got quiet. But then the noise started again around 5am as they were going for an early bird watching tour.
I was exhausted in the morning, not only because of very little sleep the last night but because I had slept very badly the last few weeks. If it hadn’t been for my broken wrist I would have moved to the room at the top of the building, but I needed my own bathroom as I could not carry things back and forth up and down the stairs to a shared bathroom. So, for my last night in Mindo I moved to another place.
Casa de Cecilia have got rooms in two wooden buildings and if it is going to be quiet or not will depend on the room you get and which people are staying there at the moment. For a single room with bathroom I paid $10 (July 2012). A room with shared bathroom was $8. There is also a dorm.
The best with Casa de Cecilia is the nice staff and the lovely and tranquil outdoor area by the river, where the vegetation is lush and there are plenty of butterflies and birds to watch.
- Reviews: 5155
Before going to Mindo I wanted to stay in a place with a nice garden where you can see butterflies and birds, but I also wanted to stay in Mindo and not outside the town. Even though Caskaffesu didn’t seem to have the garden I wanted I read many good reviews about it. There was only one negative review made by someone who had been told, when he called, that he needed to pay in advance, and that there was only one room left (and it hadn’t been). Well, I called Caskaffesu the day before going to Mindo to make a reservation and I was told the same; I had to pay for two nights and there was only one room left. I didn’t like it but went to the bank and stood in line for over half an hour to pay.
Some people I met on the way to Mindo had not booked anything in advance but were going around looking for somewhere to stay. They came with me to Caskaffesu and they were told they could get a room. They decided not to stay in Caskaffesu, but because of what I had been told when I called (and because of what I had read in that negative review) I got a negative feeling about the place.
The room was quite nice and clean, with a good bed and in the bathroom the shower had plenty of warm water. There were lamps above the bed, but to turn off the light it was necessary to step out of bed. For the room I paid $16 (July 2012).
There is a courtyard and a table where you can sit, but it is all surrounded by the buildings and being in Mindo I would prefer a nice view of nature. I sat down for some minutes but didn’t like it.
I had dinner in the restaurant once. The trout and juice I had was good, but it was very dark in the restaurant, not only in the evening but also during daytime. I chose not to have breakfast here as I had found a lovely breakfast spot at La Casa de Cecilia.
When I arrived I was told that I could fill my water bottle during my stay for $1.50, at least I thought it would be for the whole stay, but when I checked out it turned out to be per day and as I hadn’t filled my small bottle many times it turned out to be a bad deal.
I left some clothes for laundry and it was $5.
After the two nights I had paid for I checked out and moved to another place in Mindo.
- Reviews: 5155
Hostería El Reventador, Cascada San Rafael
My first intention had been to stay two nights in Baeza and do a daytrip from there to Cascada San Rafael, but I changed my mind and decided to go to Hostería El Reventador near the waterfall for one night. Both my guidebooks had talked about a place with basic rooms and a room price of $12. Guess if I was surprised when I arrived and found out that the price was $30 (August 2012). A man who had arrived with the same bus as me assured me that that was the correct price. Later I have read in the new edition of Lonely Planet that Hostería Reventador has recently been renovated and the rooms are now $30 for a single room and $35 for a double room. The rooms in the buildings in the back might be cheaper, but I think they were all occupied when I visited as there were a lot of men staying at the hotel, men working with construction and maintenance of the road.
I got a room in the front on the second floor. The room was facing the Quito – Lago Agrio road, but also the green surrounding hills. There were two beds in the room, an armchair, a table, a chest of drawers and a flat TV with cable channels. There was a bedside table but no bed side lamp, which I would have liked to have. Another thing that was missing was hangers or hocks to put wet clothes on.
Coming back from Cascada San Rafael, cold and soaking wet because of the rain I had hoped to have a hot shower. To my disappointment the water in the shower never became warm, and as there was no shower curtain the floor in the bathroom got all wet.
There is a swimming pool at Hostería El Reventador, but unfortunately I couldn’t use it as I had taken out two pins from my wrist the previous day and had fresh stitches. There is a nice common room just under the roof, but it is open-air and it was quite cold because of the rain, so it was too cold for me to sit there. There are hammocks and a pool table in the common room. One disadvantage for me was that my room was just under the pool table and the floor is not sound proof (I could even see the light coming through gaps in the boards). That is something I found out when I was going to sleep. Luckily the people playing pool didn’t stay very long.
Besides walking to Cascada San Rafael you can make a hiking tour to Volcán Reventador from here, or visit the Cavernas del Reventador.
There is a good restaurant at the hostel. After I had arrived to Hostería Reventador it was time to eat lunch before going to Cascada San Rafael. I ordered the set lunch menu, which was $5. The soup was good with lots of potato and vegetables. For main course it was rice, a potato cake, a quite small piece of meat (with a good sauce) and some salad. To drink I got a jar of fresh fruit juice, and after the meal I got an apple, which I brought on my walk to the waterfall.
In the evening I ate the set dinner menu and in the morning breakfast. They were $5 dollars each. I thought breakfast and lunch was a bit expensive and had a look in the menu to see if I had paid the right price, and I had. Besides the set lunch and dinner menus there is an a la carte menu.
I don’t know of any other place to eat in the vicinity, but maybe there is.
- Reviews: 5155
La Posada del Yumbo, Tulipe
When I arrived in Tulipe I asked for a place to stay and I was told there were two places, the more expensive Hosteria Sumak Pakari down the road, and the cheaper La Posada del Yumbo, up the road. I went to La Posada del Yumbo where I was told a room was $15 (July 2012). When I asked if breakfast was included in that price the owner changed the price to $12.50, but when it was time to pay it was $15 again. I didn’t say anything about it because I was happy with the room and location.
I was shown a room in the back with two bunk beds where it was quite dark, and another room in the other building, across the road. The second room was the best. Outside the room there was a table and chairs and a hammock were I spent some time in the afternoon. The view was very nice over Tulipe and the green surrounding hills. The room had big windows and there was a bunk bed and another bed, a bedside table with a lamp and a clean bathroom. Even if I let the water run for quite long I never got warm water in the shower, which was bad. I heard that the people arriving later got warm water though.
It was very important for me that the room would be quiet, as I had slept very badly for several weeks (due to bad flight times, my broken wrist and noise), and I really needed to sleep. I was told it was quiet and the owner said he could put the people arriving late in the other building or in the room which was not right next to mine. However, at eleven in the night I woke up when the people arrived. It turned out they were four and they were given two rooms, also the one next to mine. There are brick walls between the rooms, but between the wall and the roof it is not soundproof. I think they were trying to be quiet but I could hear every little sound, especially from the bathroom. After waking up it was difficult to go to sleep again.
One good thing was that the owner told me I needed rubber boots when I was going to the petroglyphs near Pact. It was necessary to cross the stream and it was very good to have rubber boots, which I could borrow from La Posada del Yumbo.
- Reviews: 5155
Hotel Samay, Baeza
There are a few hotels in Baeza and after reading in the guidebooks I decided to check out Hotel Samay first. When the bus stopped just outside the doors of the hotel it was perfect. A kind woman told me the rooms with private bathroom was $10 (August 2012) and I went up to have a look. The room was okay so I stayed. There were two beds in the room, bedside tables, a chair and a TV. As the hotel is built in wood and the walls seem to be rather thin I was afraid to hear the TV from other rooms, but no one of the other people staying downstairs had the TV on load volume.
Three people arrived after me and I heard they were going to pay $6, but that was for the rooms with shared bathroom.
When I later had a closer look at the bathroom I realised it was not very clean, there was hair on the toilet seat and in the sink. When I saw this I went over to the bed and looked at the sheets and there were several hairs there as well. I went down and talked to the man, who soon came up to change sheets and clean the bathroom. Well, the new sheets were clean, but I can’t say the bathroom got any cleaner. He took the toilet brush and brushed around and sprayed something in the air.
- Reviews: 5155
Hostal Taita Cristobal, Isinliví
When I visited Isinliví in 2011 I had stayed at Llullu Llama. It is a very nice place, but I thought it was overpriced (for the area) and there was only one bathroom to share. That year another hostal was built in the village, owned by locals (which Llulu llama isn’t), so I decided to check it out first.
I liked Hostal Taita Cristobal and stayed there. I got a room on the upper floor. It was new and very clean. There were two beds, a bedside table, a carpet by the bed and hangers on the wall. There was no lamp on the bed side table but there was a switch for the lamp in the roof next to the bed. The room had its private bathroom where there was soap and shampoo. I asked for a towel and toilet paper and got that too. Outside the room there was a bench on the balcony and beautiful view over the mountains. In the evening when I came back from a walk I sat there reading for a while and the owner Miriam brought me a pot of tea. It was very peaceful to sit there and watch the sun disappearing behind the mountains.
Dinner and breakfast was served in Miriam’s home. For dinner I got a soup and a plate with meat, mashed potatoes, cucumber and tomatoes. I shared dinner table with two men who also came to eat. I think that Miriam has got a small “restaurant service” because in the morning they were five men eating. For breakfast I got fruits, yogurt, bread and papaya juice. Miriam asked me if I also wanted to have the same as the men were eating, potatoes and pasta. Yes, I wanted that too. I was going for a long hike and needed lots of energy for that.
When I took a walk I could see that below the hostal they are still constructing a building. I wonder if that will be private quarters or for tourists.
Hostal Taita Cristobal is named after Miriam’s father. The price for the room, including breakfast and dinner was $12 (2012).
- Reviews: 5155
Hotel Pacífico, Puerto Lopez
I had made no reservation before arriving in Puerto Lopez but hoped it would be okay anyway in the beginning of July. First I went to Hostal Maxima, which was cheap and looked nice, but unfortunately they didn’t have any available rooms with private bathroom. I really needed a private bathroom as I had broken my wrist and had had an operation only a few days earlier. I couldn’t carry things back and forth to a bathroom and everything, like showering and getting dressed, took much longer with only one hand to use.
I decided to go to Hotel Pacífico, which was not too far away. At Hotel Pacífico a room for one person was $25 (July 2012), but as I was staying for four nights I could have the room for $20 per night. The room was on the third floor in the back, and that was a good quiet location. In the room there was two beds with mosquito nets, a TV, a table, two chairs, a bedside table with a lamp (which unfortunately was too week for reading), shelves, hangers and a fan. It was a convenient room for me.
There are a few rooms at Hotel Pacífico facing the Malecón and the beach. They have air condition and a balcony and are more expensive than the ones in the back.
In the back there is a garden with a swimming pool, which I unfortunately couldn’t use because of my wrist, and there are some hammocks and a pool table. In the restaurant you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner (I have made a separate tip about the restaurant).
One of the best things was that Maria in the reception, and everyone else, was very kind and helpful. And help I needed. With only one hand to use I needed help every morning with simple things, like putting up my hair in a ponytail and to pour water from a six-litre bottle into my small bottles.
- Reviews: 5155
Hostal Coco Bongo, Bahia de Caraquez
I had broken my wrist and had got metal pins in my wrist so I needed to rest for a few days. As there was going to be a noisy festival in Canoa I came to Bahía de Caraquez, and there Hostal Coco Bongo seemed to be a good place to stay at.
I had been shown two rooms with private bathroom and I choose the larger of them, which was also the brighter one. In the room there was a double bed, a single bed, a bedside table, a chair, cupboards, a fan and a TV. Also the bathroom was large. It was a convenient room for me who at the time could only use one hand, I couldn´t open and close my bag easily and therefore it was good to have space to spread out things in. I paid $20 for the room (July 2012) and breakfast was not included. At the hostel there are also dorms and a few more private rooms. My room was nice, but I have heard from other people that the private room which is situated on the ground floor is small, dark and damp.
The breakfast is very good and cost $3. Included in the breakfast was a fruit salad, juice, eggs, bread with cheese and coffee or tea.
There is a kitchen you can use and there are several places where you can sit reading a book or chat with other people. At the tables near the reception there were some mosquitoes. I preferred to sit at the table on the pavement outside the hostel, where it was lighter and a better breeze.
The owner Susy, and Michaela and Louise working there, were all very nice and helpful.
- Reviews: 5155
Hostal Amalur, Canoa
Amalur is owned by the most kind and helpful couple Diego and Lorena from Spain. Other good things about Amalur, besides the owners, are that it is a quiet place away from the beach (where at least weekends can be noisy), the restaurant has good food, there are a few hammocks on the roof, it is clean and it feels like a safe place. In the room the bed was good with mosquito net and there are plenty of shelves and hangers. There is also a fan in the room. What I missed was a bedside lamp, hangers in the bathroom and soap. The walls are also quite thin and I could hear the couple in the room next to mine, and a fan in another room. I paid $18 for the room (June 2012) and breakfast was not included.
Amalur is situated a few blocks away from the beach and even if it is a good place I decided the first night I was there that I was going to stay for two nights, then move to Hostal Baloo by the beach for another two nights as I wanted to be close to the sea. Now that didn’t happen as I fell and broke my wrist. In this situation people at Amalur was very helpful and coming back after surgery in Portoviejo I thought Amalur was a good place to stay at for a few days to rest. However, Lorena advised me to go somewhere else the next day as it was time for the big annual fiesta of Canoa, and loud music was going to be played on the plaza outside Amalur until 5am, and it would be impossible to sleep.
At Amalur you can get help to arrange for surf-, Spanish- and dance lessons. They also provide transport to and from Bahía for $10 (June 2012). That was good as the bus from Quito arrived to Bahía at 20.00 and when I left Canoa I needed help with the luggage. Diego took me to two different places in Bahía so I could choose which one was best for me to rest in.
Amalur has a Spanish restaurant with good food and the place has a nice welcoming atmosphere. This is what I paid for things in June 2012:
Breakfast (coffee, juice, bread and eggs) $3
Tortilla Español $4.50
Batidos (fruit juice in milk) $1.50
Water 0.5 litres $0.50
Pescado a La Plancha $5.50
Caldo (broth soup with vegetables) $2
- Reviews: 5155
Hotel Rosim, Latacunga
When I returned to Latacunga in 2012 I wanted to stay at another place than Hostal Tiana. Hotel Rosim seemed to be a good option so that‘s where I went. I asked for a quiet room as I really needed to sleep and I was shown room 4 which was not facing the street. I immediately liked the room. The ceiling was high, there was a double bed and a single bed, shelves and hangers, a TV (with cable channels) and a lamp and a small water bottle on the bedside table. The bathroom was very clean and there were two towels, soap and shampoo. The shower was very good with lots of hot water. And it was quiet in the room.
When leaving I booked the same room for my return after visiting the Quilotoa area. Well, someone forgot and I got another similar room the first night. It was close to the stairs and as it was weekend there were more guests and more noise (still not bad though). The next day I changed back to room 4. I got a temperature and bad cold and spent quite a lot of time resting in the room a few days. Good that it was a convenient room! For the room I paid $12 per night (July 2012).
Hotel Rosim is situated just next to Hotel Rodelu. You actually exit the hotel at the entrance to Hotel Rodelu, and some of the staff were the same at Hotel Rosim as in Restaurante Rodelu. The breakfast in the restaurant was $3.25. I also ate lunch and dinner there several times.
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- Marriott Albuquerque
- Gran Hotel Chorotega