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“Hostal Doña Esther, Otavalo - review”
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Hostal Dona Esther
Ranked #6 of 28 Otavalo B&B and Inns
Denia, Spain
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“Hostal Doña Esther, Otavalo - review”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Beautiful hostel (12 rooms plus small apartment), good rooms (beware doubles, as often in Ecuador, extremely small), great location (near the main square, short walk to the market/Plaza de Ponchos), vriendly staff and excellent restaurant (though our experience was to avoid the cocktails - only tried once but 6 people, none good).
Beer (most expensive we've seen in four months spent in Ecuador!) and soft drinks strangely very overpriced, whereas a reasonable house wine was a very ok price.

Can be noisy when full due to construction of the hostel around an inner courtyard, otherwise beautifully quiet (save the odd dog, but you cannot escape these in Ecuador!) in the twin bed rooms - the double rooms are on the road side so would be more noisy.

We really enjoyed our stay here and would go back, albeit to have our cocktails and drinks elsewhere!

Room Tip: Doubles very small (typical Ecuador) so consider twin bed rooms. Also - twin rooms are on the quiet...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

This is a lovely, cozy hotel with a wonderful location. It is only 1/2 block from the main square where there is much action. Our stay was during the Christmas season, so each day we could hear music playing from the square or nearby alerting us to the fact there was some festivity happening.

If you come here for the markets, you will love the accessibility. Food and clothing markets flourish just past the church in the square. The handicraft market, which is now daily, though smaller during the week, is an easy stroll.

The rooms are well maintained, clean with very comfortable beds. Breakfast was included in our plan and there were choices from a menu. The restaurant is pleasant and open for other meals, but we did not partake. Speaking of which, our room was over the restaurant, so early mornings it did get a bit noisy with the staff talking and preparing, but not enough to be annoying.

The hotel will arrange for a private tour guide, Luis. His English is very limited, but we used him for four hours and had a great time. He charges $10. an hour.

When I return to Otavalo, I will definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2012

We stayed in the top roof appartment with our 3 children and this was great. You have a smaal but practical kitchen, a livingroom, diningpleace, nice beroom and confortable bathroom and the best is the big roof top terrace. You can enjoy the beutiful city of otavalo from here. Th hotel is in the middle of the town, you walk your way throug this nice little indegeous town. We really enjoyed it here. The children loved the pizza and when our oldest was suffering a little of altitud disease the friendly receprionist prepaired a "magic" tea with coco leaves, Very nice hosts as well!

Room Tip: Defenitley the rooftop appartment :-)
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Neat and confortable hostal, well situated. Breakfast not included, but good ones served at the restaurant downstairs. Good value for money. We enjoyed our stay, I recommend it. Beautiful view from the roof!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Salzburg, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012

We stayed there for the week-end and had a very nice time. The location and service and rooms are great. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2012

Pros: Extremely clean. Cheap. Excellent restaurant downstairs. Great location, within walking distance to the market.

Cons: Very loud on the night before market (not totally the hotels problem, but still). Small rooms. Sheets were very thin and worn (but clean).

I have seen a number of reviewers that noted their rooms were very cold. That was not my experience and I stayed here in April 2012. Just thought I would mention that.

Room Tip: Off the street.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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walecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry you apparently had thin sheets, I'll let that check and replace the old ones. As for the room size, we have different sized rooms, depends on the type of room.

The cold is something we can't help very much, it was a cold rainy season and some people are used to their comfortable heated homes. The fire place in the reading room - as another customer mentioned - is indeed badly constructed and doesn't work. We're planning to put an alternative heater in there.
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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Hostal Dona Esther is recommended by International Living magazine and yes, it looks delightful and is in a good location. However, the rooms were FREEZING (in April) and the blankets were inadequate and as heavy as horse blankets (in a region which has an alpaca industry). When we asked for the fire in the lounge to be lit, we were told it didn't work! The restaurant was over-priced and the food was mediocre.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Dona Esther
Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 y Bolivar, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dona Esther is a small colonial style B&B in the center of Otavalo, near the famous Saturday crafts market and all other activity. With only 12 rooms and a family room for 4 on the top floor, we can keep it personal. Your room has a view on the green inner court yard, so you can take a seat outside your room and enjoy a glass of beer or wine after a day of activities. Our restaurant with a delicious and inventive menu is just downstairs, our reading room has enough books to buy or exchange and the Wifi is free for guests. A choice of breakfasts available. Restaurant closed on monday evening. ... more   less 
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