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La Luna Mountain Lodge
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Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Regarding email replies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

I found La Luna on-line about two weeks ago and I have been in touch with Tamara several times. Anytime I have emailed her she has gotten back to me the same day or the next morning. Tamara offered to make arrangements to get from the airport to their place. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for her. Looking forward to a great, relaxing visit with them!!!

Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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61 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

Stayed at La Luna for two nights and it was a very positive experience. Staff were helpful and friendly, rooms were clean and the food was amazing.

Rates vary from 14-25$ US/w breakfast a night at time of posting.

The restaurant has a decent sized menu with breakfast, sandwiches, starters and a full dinner menu. Prices were very inexpensive and ranged from $1-6. I would highly recommend the "La Luna pizza", their house special cooked on a flat crust. For sure this is one of my top 5 pizzas in the WORLD! Perfectly cooked, seasoned and the toppings were fresh as you can get. Friend had the Mediterranean Salad and his praise was similar. Always very fresh.

Drinks were cheap as well ($2 for a tall boy beer, $5 for a jug of hot cinnamon and booze with local fruits, $15 for a bottle of imported wine.)

I would recommend the more expensive suites though as you have a fireplace, bathroom and heater. (It gets damn cold in the nights even for Canadian travelers.)

Room Tip: Opt for a few extra dollars to get a private fireplace. Very cozy at night. Try the Pizza or Salads...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manitou Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights early in our three week visit of Ecuador, and liked it so much we came back for two more nights at the end of out trip. We splurged!? And spent $42/night for ensuite B&B with fireplace. And it was needed! The temps drop to seemingly near freezing each night.

During the day we enjoyed the hikes around, and the walk down into nearby Otavalo, especially for its Saturday market day. During the evening the camaraderie with visitors from all over the world around the fireplace with food and drink in the main lodge was unmatched with anywhere we've been.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Golden, Colorado
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135 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

Just spent a weekend here. The place is beautiful and located on a quiet hillside with amazing views. The staff were very friendly and it was a very relaxing place. We stayed in the blue room which cost us $32 for 2 people (w/breakfast) and we had a shared bathroom with 1 other room but the room was unoccupied. The shower had hot water which was very nice since it gets a bit chilly at night.

We were in a little building with 4 rooms but 2 of the rooms have their own bathrooms and a fireplace while the other 2 rooms shared a bathroom and did not have a fireplace. Our room was cozy (and very clean) with a little heater that was provided, we were plenty warm. The main house is nice with a dining room and a little TV/game room. The food was decent and the staff were very friendly. From the hotel, it was about a 15 minute cab ride into Otavalo ($4-5) and you could walk but it would be tough coming back since its all uphill. There are 4 friendly dogs on property that loved to beg for food, but they weren't aggressive. At night, the fireplace kept the dining room warm. They also have a dorm room which I checked out (it was empty) and it was nice but it was chilly in there and it didn't look like they had a heater.

From the hotel, we walked about 30 minutes to a nice waterfall, went into town to check out the animal and craft market, and took a cab to lake Mojanda for some hiking. Its a beautiful place for peace and quiet but just know that you are out of town and have to take cabs back and forth. No wi-fi though or internet though.

Room Tip: The blue room we stayed in had a window with views of the hillside, it was great to open the curtain...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

This is easily one of the best places I've ever stayed.

You won't find 5-star facilities or fine dining. What you will find is log fires, lovely walks, stunning scenery, fresh air and plenty of space for the kids to run around.

We stayed here with our toddler in December. It's difficult finding suitable accommodation when you have a small child but La Luna was perfect. There's lots of green grass to tumble in and a small playground. We stayed in the family room which had a log fire and a balcony.

Food is ok, nothing amazing but it's cheap and filling. There are also kitchen facilities to use.

The nights were cold but there were lots of blankets and we slept really well here thanks to the fresh air and peace.

It's a lovely walk down to Otavolo (takes around an hour) but we only went once in five days because we didn't want to leave our tranquil spot.

The staff were lovely, and the owners chatty and helpful with questions about the locale.

Can't recommend La Luna highly enough. The only downside was having to leave.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Vermont, USA
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

We spent 3 nights at La Luna in October of 2012. We would have stayed longer but the hostal was booked and we sadly had to leave. This was our second time staying at La Luna, but the first time was 12 years ago and under different owners. I cannot say enough good things about this place. The rooms are amazing, especially if you choose one with a private fireplace. They are simple, but clean and beautiful rooms. The value is also very, very fair and one of the better deals we encountered in Ecuador. Also, the longer you stay, the less expensive the rooms get. Otavalo is a town bustling with activity and filled with tourists. It was wonderful to be able to escape to La Luna each night. It is close enough to town to be able to easily access it (about 10 minute cab ride or an hour and a half walk....), but far enough away so that you feel like you are on a totally different planet when you arrive back to La Luna. It is remote, peaceful, and very, very beautiful. Kevin and Tamara are really fantastic and care a lot about providing their guests with a memorable experience. Kevin knows everything about the trails and parks nearby and is a great resource. My kids also really liked spending time with Kevin and Tamara's 5 year old daughter. The food at La Luna is excellent. So fresh and absolutely delicious. I hope La Luna never goes away because I plan on returning as soon as I can.

Room Tip: I like the rooms that are in the building separate from the main building, but all the rooms are rea...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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New Westminster, Canada
Level Contributor
80 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

It is a quiet hide away above Otavalo, great view in a country/agricultural setting. The whole experience there with the owners to the dogs laying around the fireplace in the dining room was fantastic. If you are a whinner and complain about the littlest thing, then don't come here, this will be a too rustic for your finely honed taste. But if you can see the great things in life, the farm, the family, the dogs, the tranquil rural setting, then this place is for you ....................... and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: La Luna Mountain Lodge
Address: | km 4.5 via a Mojanda, Otavalo, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 29
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