Location! Jairo! Clean! Amenities!
Bottom line: I highly recommend La Cuardra. The hostal is extremely well located, extremely clean, and has adequate amenities to make for an enjoyable stay. And the Cotacachi La Cuadra alumni all value their friendship with owner Jairo. We do. Give it a shot.
La Cuarda is located less than one-half block from the main square and about a three-block stroll down a picturesque, cobblestone lane to Leather Street. The town is compact and all of the downtown is well within easy walking distance.
The bus stop at the main square is just steps away. Catch a bus to the Otavlo market ($.25) or Ibarra ($.45) on about a 30-minute schedule. Grab a beverage for the bus ride at one of four neighborhood grocery stores on the square. Great for buying fruits, veggies and eggs for preparation in the La Cuardra kitchen.
Jairo (Hi Row)
If you are not familiar with Cotacachi and the surrounding area, Jairo IS going to be your greatest resource. First of all, he lived several years in New Jersey so he is fluent in English. And having grown up in Cotacachi he knows the people and the places to see. Need a ride to the airport, need a restaurant recommendation, the kids want to go horseback riding, how about a trip to Chachimbiro hot springs, how do I get to the Otovalo market, and more. Jairo will help.
We stayed at La Cuardra for four months. We enjoyed our stay. But, most importantly we left with a friendship with Jairo and a number of the guests with whom we shared time at the hostal. A number of guests, as with us, intended only to stay at La Cuadra while engaging an apartment. But, changed plans to stay and enjoy La Cuadra's almost-family-like atmosphere.
This place is CLEAN. Jairo is a task-master when it comes to cleanliness. Our room was cleaned daily. Not just dusted, but scrubbed.
We had a private bath. Ask for one when you make your reservation. The front rooms are noisy; buses and trucks. But after two days, I barely noticed them. Ask for a room in the back if you are a light sleeper. Good water pressure except once or twice (in four months) when a large number of guests were showering at the same time. And, hot water, except a few times when the gas tanks were exhausted – but that is the way it is in Cotacachi. Hot water is supplied by an “on-demand” system so there is no waiting for the tank to reheat.
On the second floor are two large dining tables and a large well-stocked (dishes, pots, etc.) kitchen, with refrigerator. We cooked breakfast daily at the hostal. (Breakfasts in Ecuador are less than exciting.) But, more important than the food, was the camaraderie around the dining tables. Memories abound of wonderful encounters with other guests, Jairo,and his family.
Internet is available in the lobby and in the dining areas . . . sometimes in the room. The dining tables were the meeting areas for web surfing. They became areas for social interaction as much as www access.
There is a TV and DVD equipment in the large dining / living room area. And there is a good selection of DVDs to choose from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer exclusive services in a homely and familiar environment. We have 28 beautiful and comfortable rooms, that will make your stay in La Cuadra very pleasant. The service is top quality and our staff is bilingual. We offer complete peace and security so that your days in Cotacachi will be enjoyable. We are located in the center of the town and from our terrace you can enjoy the beautiful views of the volcanoes that surround us (Cotacachi and Imbabura) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Cuadra Hotel Ecuador/Cotacachi