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Huillacuna Casa del Arte
Ranked #17 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Toronto, Canada
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“Like Going to Church”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

The second-worst hostal I have stayed at in Ecuador. They use the atrium style common area on the main floor to host mass every night (or at least all of the 2 nights we were there). The preacher yells and shouts, trying to get the crowd of Catholic followers in a fervor. My wife had an ear ache from river rafting that afternoon and the noise downstairs (picture a man screaming 'DIABLO!') just added insult to injury. When we were getting pitched the room we were told we can enjoy the nightly fire downstairs. I don't see how when the place is used for worship. The whole area is lit up with harsh lighting that reflects off the lime green walls and dust-laden 'antiques' everywhere to create a sickly, unwelcoming feeling.

Our room was small but the bed was clean, though the floor needed sweeping. It was hard to tell whether the black sink and toilet in the micro-sized bathroom were clean. The complimentary soaps they offered were only good for hand washing some clothes with. They tried charging us $5 for laundry (had the same stuff done elsewhere for $3) and it came back stinking like chemicals.

At $30/night the breakfast is included and they pride themselves on making yogurt in house. It's ok. I would have preferred to skip the breakfast and go to Art Cafe down the street instead. We found MUCH better accommodation at nearby Chimenea for less.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

From the wonderful breakfasts, great location and friendly staff, to the art gallery and minimal price...you really shouldn't stay anywhere else in Baños. I spent about 5 weeks here in 2013, and from the first day to the last the staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgable. Don Luis, the owner, sorted out bike rentals and an American family came back glowing from an amazon trip that he organised for them.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

This is really a lovely place. The breakfast is one of the best we've had in the four months we've been on the road - fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, passion-fruit honey and delicious bread and jam. The owners are helpful and incredibly responsive to questions or requests. The rooms and seating areas are beautiful and "tranquillo". Again, simply a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Huillacuna Casa del Arte
Address: De Noviembre y Montalvo 12, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huillacuna Casa del Arte opened his gates in 1989 as an Art Gallery, where over 30 ecuadorian artists exhibit their art. In 2003 we created The Huillacuna Casa del Arte Hostal, here you can enjoy sourrounded by a familiar environment full of culture, Ecuadorian arte and the kindness of the beneñians who are part of Huillacuna.The rooms are decorated with art and antiques, as the coffee hall here we have fireplace with a peaceful atmosphere where you’ll be able to read, write and meditate.We have 15 rooms with capacity for 35 people, our little hostal is decorated with over 200 art pieces in different expressions, you’ll know the precolombian cultures of our Ecuador with a little arqueological show in our museum.We also travel to the Coast, Andes and Amazon of Ecuador with different tour packages of our Tourism Operator.The owners Luis Guevara Touristic and Cultural Promoter, Yojaira Rueda Ecuadorian artist and David Guevara guide. ... more   less 
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