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“Surround yourself with art”
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La Posada del Arte
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews
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“Surround yourself with art”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

As the name illustrates, this hotel's walls are covered by painters' works, in particular Ecuadorian painters. Nicely decorated, la Posada del arte provides the traveller with a comforting place to go back after a rafting, canoying, biking, or even a relaxing spa day in Baños. Very close to the piscinas de La Virgen, la posada is an ideal place to go to these hot (and cold) springs early in the morning, before the crowds come in, and bathe with the locals; the mass of tourists and kids come a bit later in the day. Although there are more affordable places in Baños, this place will not disappoint you. Not only does one sleep to the sound of the nearby waterfall, the breakfast (included) is so plentiful and filling that it can provide one enough energy to sight-see past mid-day!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Nice hotel, nice rooms, nice interior, great food and a really good service. Everything fine, but in the end 70 dollars for a rather small double room with a bathroom that would need some modernization is still a bit overpriced for Banos.

Room Tip: Room Nr. 10 comes with a fireplace!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Close to the main square (10 minutes walk) and all of the bars and restaurants, but far enough away to feel like you are in the countryside. A really nice location, close to hot springs and a huge waterfall.
We had room 10 up on the second floor, because of its location at the top of the house we had excellent peaceful nights sleep here, something which is not easy to find in Hostals and budget Hotels in Ecuador.
Room in good order, Bathroom excellent (With locally made artisan soap and decent shampoo provided) WiFi in all areas, nice lounge area, garden with seating
Great value, and the rate quoted included a fantastic breakfast. Highly recommended.
If you do stay here give Simon the Whippet from Chicago a stroke, he's the least ferocious guard dog I ever met!

Room Tip: Room 10, on the second floor was very quiet, nice bathroom and WiFi.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Fantastic hostel in Banos with a great location. The hostel is a couple of blocks from the main strips which is good if you want to sleep! Our room looked over to the waterfall which was beautiful. The room was large with a good size bathroom, with hot and cold water. The breakfast is absolutely brilliant too! Me and my partner ate there in the evening as well and the food was fantastic. The rooms are rustic in fashion but I thought it was fab. The owners are happy, chatty and good when giving advice. I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

After reading all the good reviews we stayed here for two days we were disappointed. It is not a bad place but it feels neglected and one does not feel welcome.

In our room the paint was fading and falling from the walls, one electric outlet was broken, some ceiling lamps looked shabby and old, the shower head was broken and needed replacement, and the bathroom smelled really bad.

While the local staff is friendly and helpful there are two owners around that makes you feel awkward. They did not introduce themselves or welcome us when we checked in despite standing right next to the local staff at reception. They did not offer any advice or start a conversation or asked about our days. When we asked them for something we got a big sigh or a snippy comment.

There seem to be tension between them and somehow they projected that onto their guests and stopped caring about the place.








Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

You can't beat this place. I've been here 3 or 4 times now and the rooms are consistently clean, there's hot water, it's quiet and the breakfast is terrific. Get this. All this for about $35 which includes breakfast. Also, the location is perfect as it's on a quiet side street but it's only a five minute walk from the main plaza. Stay here. It's a wonderful place and a great value.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Renkum, the Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed 3 nights in room Canela2 during New Year 2014. The location is fine, our room with waterfall view excellent, the patio/garden relaxing and a nice spot to enjoy breakfast if the weather is okay, the restaurant serves nice dinners with original dishes, the toilet was quickly repaired the same night, when we arrived at it turned out to be broken, but....if breakfast-time is busy,the waiting times may be a bit long (understaffed?) and my main critic is that if you run a place like this your guests must feel at home. But the landlady was not willing to start the day with a simple "good morning", even when she shared the patio with us as guests at breakfasttime in a swimsuit, I wished her a happy New Year when at midnight, when she was sitting out on the street to watch fireworks an bonfires, but a single nice word next day was evidently too much. That's not the way I like to be encountered as a guest.... Loudly being present in the restaurant room discussing issues with some, mostly American, guests while other guests want their own intimite dinner is not a professional management-style, if you run such a beautiful hostal. It is a sharp contrast: behaviour of the host and the potential of the best posada in Baños. And I don't like dogs in a restaurant.
Separate your private living from that of your guests or be gentle and polite to everyone. And leave the dog in your own house.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Posada del Arte
Address: Calle Velasco Ibarra y Av. Montalvo, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
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Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Posada del Arte 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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