We just spent a long weekend in Otavalo at the Hosteria JatunCocho, located on the banks of Pablo San Lago, the lake just south of town. It was a fabulous experience - the owners and staff are truly dedicated to making their guests feel welcome and part of the family. It's a beautiful setting, with Imbabura at your back and the Lago in front. The guest rooms are charming, spotlessly clean and with fireplaces...just tell the staff what time you want your fire, and they'll come and light it for you. There are only 12 guest rooms, so you're never just another guest. And the food!!!! Alex, the chef, is multitalented, and does wonderful things with tilapia, trout and shrimp - we never got away from the seafood, but I'm sure everything else is just as good. One beautiful morning when we went to breakfast, our table had been set up on the dock and we dined literally on the lake, with the mountains all around and the sun keeping us warm. Guadalupe, the owner, and Alex speak quite good English, so communication isn't a problem. Transportation to Otavalo is easy via local bus or taxi, although the day we went in to the market Guadalupe drove us herself. She also arranged a horse trek through the mountains, which was one of our best days ever, and drove us to the stables.
Housekeeping notes - JatunCocho's web site isn't working right now, so contact them by fax [--] or phone [--], or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you take the bus to Otavalo, just grab a cab from town to the Hosteria. Our rate was $60.00 per night, including the 22%, and a continental breakfast is included.
All is all, it was a tremendously relaxing, happy experience, and we'll recommend JatunCocho to everyone we meet.