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!
- 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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