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“Relaxing Hide Away”
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Pululahua Hostal
Ranked #27 of 296 Speciality Lodging in Quito
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Renato together with his wife Paola were terrific hosts! It was an adventure to reach the Hostal and would never have found it if Renato had not graciously picked us up from our hostal in Quito. When we left, we were going to Otavalo and he took us all the way to our hostal there - over 2 hours away! The accomodations were fantastic and on awaking, would awaken to a spectacular view of the valley and horses! The food was first class, no TV or telephones in the rooms but a surprisingly "super" strong WiFi signal. Renato and Paola were very attentive to our needs and made sure we were not in want of anything. - Cannot say enough great things about our fantastic hosts! Thank You Renato and Paola!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sandy K
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Getting there is an adventure in itself, 13 km down a bumpy dirt road, single lane, to reach the hostal at the bottom of the caldera of a dormant volcano.... but is actually is worth it.....peaceful, quiet, meant for hikes, horserides, and communing with nature, just as they advertise...Rooms are not elegant, they are not meant to be and they ar eperfect for the clientel they seek.....no TV,or phone, but WiFi is available if you want it......but that's not what you are there for...

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Pululahua Hostel may be one of the finest "off the beaten path" venues I've stayed at in many many years of traveling. The facilities are very well kept, the staff very helpful, and the setting is incomparable. The lodge is at the bottom of an ancient caldera which gives constant views of the valley and the surrounding ridges. Hiking, biking, horse back riding, birding, photography or just blissful quiet for reading or enjoying the hundreds of hummingbirds that flit around the courtyard. Go spend some time here!

Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Earl D
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We extended our stay with Paola and Renato from 2 to 4 days, since the caldera as such is a unique and beautiful place and we got good contact (had nice discussions) with the owners/staff and other - domestic - guests, but also some nice talks with other people living in the valley.

They have/are about to increase the sustainability by installing renewable energy/eco-toilet/waste separation and recyling and by offer a lot of locally/regionally/nationally sourced food (prepared very nicely).

So thank you very much for a nice stay, and see most likely next time we return to Ecuador! :-)

Un saludo,
David y Emma


P.S. The only things we would have wished for was a not natural gas-fired warm water/stove (what takes away the feeling of being "close to nature" as well as goes against the otherwise sustainable profile).
For increasing the Sleep Quality mark (and the energy profile) - a bit better insulated cabin would have been appreciated.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank David P
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Stayed for one night, as I arrived after dark didn't see much of the outside. The quality of my room was superb, the food delicious, and people friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Spent the next day with Renato birding and saw a wide range of species, including Oilbird. Renato is an excellent birder and has a "nothing is too much trouble" approach. Recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Beautiful property with exceptional hospitality. We wanted a low-key honeymoon that focused on visiting less tourist driven spots. Renato coordinated with us to visit spots that were important for us: a chocolate producer in Mindo and traditional food markets. Our stay exceeded our expectations by at least 1,000 times! We loved the organic breakfasts available each morning and enjoyed time by the fire each night. All of the animals at the farm were fun and we got to meet some great backpackers. Renato and his wife were wonderful hosts and we'd go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Do some research on high altitude and how it might effect you. Be prepared to feel tired your first...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Back again for the fifth time and the place keeps my positive recommendation.
Remember, this Hostal is small and fairly remote...[you'll know why after you arrive to rest after the ride or hike down into the crater]...and so I don't expect or want 'The Ritz'...you shouldn't either. It is a great place to 'get away'. Hike, bird watch, horse ride, ,,,all the things on the brochure/Web. You should be either positive or indifferent to dogs. If you don't like dogs or are allergic, pick another place. My guess is that if you are even considering the Pululahua Hostal and not The Ritz, then you are into outdoor activity things and likely to be more than happy with your time at this Hostal.
Meals are fresh and excellent/delicious. Accommodations are comfortable-rustic. I had a hot shower...that's high on my brief list of musts. Staff friendly and helpful.
Not saying you will, but on every visit there I've met interesting world-traveling people staying there too. This last visit, met a couple of professional bird watcher guides on holiday but wanting to do some personal hiking and birding. Also met a couple from Holland on holiday one, a professor of the history and implications of technology. Interesting, casual, and fun.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Pululahua, Quito, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Ranked #27 of 296 Speciality Lodging in Quito
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the only ecological resort using renewable energy inside a 2500 year old caldera (crater of an extinct volcano). It is a quiet and mystical place near Quito where you can find many things to do, including a visit to La Mitad del Mundo which is only 3 km away. Come here to relax and explore the many trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. We will make every effort to give you a pleasant stay! ... more   less 

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