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“Cute Hostal close to the Center”
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Hostal Dona Esther
Ranked #6 of 28 Otavalo B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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195 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Cute Hostal close to the Center”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Great location for this cute little Hostal. Very close to all the auction in town....two block away from the Market and almost the same distance to the saturday Market at Plaza de los Ponchos.

Breakfast and lunch/dinner is offered for a small price in this Hostal and the staff there are the most wonderful, especially Lucy, who was very helpful to us.

After our stay in Otavalo, I realized that I forgot my power cord for my laptop. So I called Lucy and within 48 hours, my power cord was mailed to Cuence, our next stop. The service provided by this Hostal is top class and I would recommend this Hostal to everyine who wants to visit Otavalo.

Room Tip: All room face the indoor courtyard. There is really not much noise to worry about
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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wuustwezel
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

very beautiful rooms, good diner and breakfast, but the patio isn't so good for people who have asthma because of the smell of fungus specially when the tiles of the patio are wet, the same problem occurs in the restaurant , the wall behind the rietmats have the same smell

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
The smell you're writing about is probably because of the plants and natural tiles, the same ones we have in the restaurant. These tiles are cleaned profoundly every 2 weeks and may smell wet after cleaning, , but that's all in my opinion and we never had any complaints about that. Anyway, we're glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Houston
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Great location. Nice clean rooms.
People who work there arranged reliable fairly priced transport for us twice.
They had a driver pick us up in Papallacta and drive us to Otavalo.
Then same driver took us to the airport when we were ready to leave town. Note: it is about the same distance from Otavalo to the new airport as it is from Quito to new airport. If you have a late evening flight, like we did, you can do the market and see the town, then head to the airport after an early dinner. (Hotel held our bags for us while we went to the market.)

Room Tip: We had a room facing street, but there was not too much traffic. There was a rooster somewhere near...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Location is walking distance to all the markets.
Building has Spanish decor and style with solid wood floors
Clean rooms - ours had cob webs and lamps were really dusty
Hot water for showers
Room was above the restaurant and kitchen. Quiet after it closes.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms not above the kitchen Need to pay with cash. They have hefty services charges th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
thank you for pointing out dust in the rooms, we'll take better care of that! By the way, the prices mentioned in the hotel reception an on our website are including all taxes and services. Only breakfast is complementary.
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Westerlo, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Otavalo was our first stop on our tour through Ecuador. Very nice place & certainly the market. This hotel is quit basic at our European standards altough runned by somebody of Holland. The rooms are spacious and clean and the restaurant is also good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Florence, South Carolina, USA
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Centrally located near the city's center, it's in the heart of shopping and dining territory. The bathrooms were spotless- which is a big one for me, and the beds were comfortable. We stayed for 8 nights with our two young children, ages 12 and 6 in two different rooms. The first room had the advantage of being above the wood burning oven in the restaurant (awesome pizza, by the way!) which warmed the tiles in the bathroom. The second room was the apartment on the top, with a separate bedroom and kitchenette.
The gate was locked at all times unless the restaurant was open, and I felt completely safe with my kids there.
I loved the rustic, authentic feel of the building and would recommend it for the traveler that wants to experience the cultural feel of the country while maintaining U.S./ European standards of cleanliness and service.

Room Tip: Apartment on top floor was the quietest. Room 5 was cozy warm from the wood burning oven below.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Very secure. Right in the middle of the city. Beautiful courtyard. Wooden floor boards a bit creaky. Fantastic water pressure in shower. Plenty of hot water. Basic room. Restaurant attached which had good food. Helpful staff. Noisy doorbell that could be heard throughout at all hours.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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