Set in a lush, beautiful mountainous farming region w gorgeous views of Tungurahua Volcano, this old school working hacienda was absolutely amazing. Fernando (the charming, charismatic, rightfully proud manager with a terrific sense of humor) and his staff bend over backwards to ensure one is comfortable and happy. Even the dogs were eager to be friendly! Fernando is a wonderful host, inviting all to learn and see more of the hacienda, explaining the different plants in his kitchen garden. The newer constructed buildings blend in well with the original hacienda and all of the unique rooms are tastefully decorated to reflect the locale/culture. Our room, #22, had fruit from the hacienda's orchard for snacking, and FABULOUS views of the volcano and valley. The food was delicious as well: perfectly cooked shrimp, and the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted. Being well travelled and not given to hyperbole, maybe the altitude got to us -but we both still talk about Hacienda Manteles and would return to Ecuador just to return here. HIGHLY recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda Manteles, a hotel near Banos, awaits your visit, offering you a homely and welcoming atmosphere in one of the most beautiful haciendas in Ecuador. Manteles, built in 1965 was transformed into a hotel in 1992. Little by little, the property has been remodelled and refurbished to include all the home comforts and services that our guests deserve. Located 18km from the town of Banos and offering stunning views of the active Tungurahua Volcano, the hacienda has become a 'must see' during any trip to Ecuador.The natural environment and ecotourism come together in Hacienda Manteles. Along with the wonderful gardens surrounding the main house, the hacienda encompasses a 200 hectare area of protected primary and secondary cloud forest, through which one can reach the entrance to the mystical Llanganates National Park. This forest, among other wonders, is home to an abundance of wild orchids and animals. For those who love mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trekking Hacienda Manteles offers the perfect setting, with a whole network of natural trails to really enjoy these activities. The surrounding peaks of the Andes provide the perfect back drop for an unforgettable visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Manteles Hotel Banos