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Hacienda Leito
Ranked #15 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Chula Vista, California
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186 reviews
146 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous views”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

We stayed at the Hacienda Leito on a Gate 1 tour of Ecuador. It's a rustic place, not a modern chain hotel, but we really enjoyed it. Our room was spacious and comfortable and although there is no forced air heat, the staff started a fire in our wood burning fireplace and it was plenty warm for us. They also offered a space heater, which we did not need to use. The drive to the hacienda was breathtaking, as were the views of the countryside and volcano from the property. The place was well maintained and reeked of local color, which we appreciated. There is nothing near the hotel so you'll have to eat before arriving or else eat at the hotel, but the food was fine. We had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Mid Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

A beautiful historic hacienda with antiques everywhere you look. Rooms are comfortable with fireplaces and hot water bottles in your bed. Clean bathrooms with plenty of hot water. The grounds are nicely landscaped. If the clouds cooperate, you get a stunning view of the volcano and you look waaaay down into the valley from the grounds. The drive up to the hacienda is narrow and winding but very beautiful. Good food in the restaurant. There is an indoor swimming pool, but it was closed when we were there.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Northfield
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

This place was lovely. The hacienda is very old and filled with interesting antiques. The grounds are beautifully maintained and fun to explore. The rooms were clean and had wood burning fireplaces for heat. They also gave us hot water bottles for our feet which was a fun treat. The food here was pretty good especially the chocolate cake. The staff was incredibly organized and helpful. The drive up the hacienda is steep but well worth the effort. We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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144 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Rooms, heated pool and fabulous antiques in the main lodge. Large rooms with wood fire place, they start the fire will you are at dinner. Hot water bottle under the blanket plus the fire make for a restful night. The food, dinner and breakfast were very good. My steak was cooked to the exact temperature. Wish we had time to go horseback riding or paragliding.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

This hotel is surrounded by lush green mountains and some rooms have views of those as well as the Tungurahua volcano. Our room was average size with an updated bath but the bathroom had no exhaust and water pressure in the shower with hot water was low. The hotel gardens have some flowers, and there is a small creek on one edge. One can spot horses and cows grazing on the land beyond. Wifi was available but worked for some in the rooms and for others in the reception area. Heating is thru a fireplace turned on when guests are having dinner. Hot water bottles are supplied to warm your feet or comfort your back. There is an indoor pool next to the spa area in its own building.
Our stay with GATE1 included dinner which was decent and breakfast which wasn't buffet style so choices for vegetarians were limited to fruit bowl and juice.

Stayed November 2013
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Stuart, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We stayed here one night in March, 2013 on a Gate 1 tour. Fabulous property inside and out. Well manicured and landscaped grounds, somewhat rustic but very comfortable, spotlessly clean and spacious rooms, each with a fireplace (you will need it.) Elegant bar and lounge area filled with antiques and curiosities. The owner (who tends his own bar) said he likes to collect old things. Great views of Tungurahua which was belching puffs of steam and smoke about every 10 minutes when we were there. Best views from the lounge and from the adjacent spacious lawn. Watching it belch glowing clouds of smoke after nightfall was awesome.....until you realize that if it had a catastrophic explosion the burning ash cloud would be on you before you could get away since the cloud would move at over 200 miles per hour. What, me worry? There is a heated indoor pool, a spa and a gym. Use of these facilities is gratis for hotel guests and about $12 for day use by visitors not staying at the hotel. Unfortunately we didn't have time to use them. Food was excellent and plentiful as well. How Gate 1 finds these places I don't know. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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148 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I stayed here in October with a Gate1 travel tour. the grounds were very pretty and overlooked the Tungurahua volcano. We were lucky enough to have a perfect view most of the day with hardly any clouds. We sat on some steps and watched the sunset color the sky pink around the volcano. Then that night, we sat outside and could hear some faint rumbling with little bursts of red lava flows. It was amazing and one of my favorite memories from Ecuador. I enjoyed exploring the property and seeing all of the antiques. The actual rooms were pleasant enough. We had a small fireplace and our beds were heated by hot water bottles. Our room was rather large. The bathroom was clean and well maintained. The Wifi was decent. Overall, I was happy with the stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hacienda Leito
Address: Km.8 Via ecologica, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
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Ranked #15 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Banos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Leito 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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