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La Casa del Suizo
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Napo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 January 2014

This was the highlight of my Ecuadorian itinerary. The hotel/resort is set amongst indigenous communities and we accessed it by canoe across the Napo River. That set the tone for adventure! The hotel offers a more traditional pool and patio area along with the option for river-based activities. River guides are incredibly skilled. The guided river activities would be safe for families as well. Couples or individuals with no children could enjoy the bar scene, and the bar is steps away from the pool.The rooms are simple (no TV or phones, which I liked for this type of relaxing stay) and the beds are not luxurious. BUT I found the rooms very soothing because they are completely screened in, putting guests very close to all the natural sounds...birds, breezes through the tree canopy, and of course thunderstorms! I slept well.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

I stayed at La Casa del Suizo for two nights on a Gate1 tour. It was the best part of the trip. The rooms are large with modern amenities, but no TV, phone, or Internet, which is actually great. A screen separates the room from the balcony so that you can hear the birds from the inside. The balcony has a hammock and great view of the river and jungle. The resort has beautiful flowers and plants. An open restaurant is next to a nice size pool. They serve buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is good. The staff are attentive and courteous. The jungle guides are excellent. This was a memorable stay in an Amazon paradise.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank BASWIMMER
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

This remote Amazon Resort Hotel is located smack in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest on the Napo River (which flows into the Amazon River). Civilization has slowly crept closer to the hotel over the years but it still seems like an oasis in the middle of the green lush Amazon. To get there, you take river canoes down the river a mile or two. The resort consists of a main lodge and several small cabins. The cabins have electricity and bathrooms and the windows are screened but there are no window panes and not every window has curtains. This lack of window panes does lets the noise of the rainforest in and all the other noises like two roosters that liked to wake us at 5 am each morning. The lack of curtains meant you did not have much privacy.

Our cabin had a veranda with a nice hammock. We did several activities to experience the rainforest while at this resort including taking a canoe to Anaconda Island and meeting a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand. We also took an excellent hike in the rainforest and visited a local animal rescue zoo that featured indigenous animals.

There was limited wifi available at this resort but it was fairly pricey and could only be accessed in the lobby area. We swam in the large pool which was nice but felt it could have been cleaned more frequently. It’s the best resort in the area and the Vice President of Ecuador and his son were staying there when we were there. If it’s good enough for a world leader, then it must be good enough for us tourists.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank AndrewTracey
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This hotel is beautiful and offers a taste of the jungle without roughing it.

The not so great (first-world problems here): I was in a moderately uncomfortable twin bed with mediocre bed coverings and there was a dead lizard in the shower. There were no mosquito nets and the screens were not perfect, but I didn't get a single bug bite as I made sure to both wear and spray the perimeter of my bedsheets with insect repellant.

Now that I have that out of the way, the hotel is pretty great. The rooms are clean and the showers had hot water (I almost cried over actually having hot water). Our balconies had hammocks overlooking the river--wonderful views. The main plaza/common area was lovely. The swimming was very near the bar and was made for drinking while wading. After sundown bats would constantly swoop around the pool to rid the area of bugs--it may sound creepy to some, but the bats don't come near you, all they do is eliminate insects which is a good thing.

The bar had some interesting drinks. We made it a point to try every single one of them and some just weren't great. I believe one was called sex on the river, which tasted like chocolate mixed with sludge. Banana daiquiris and Capiroskas are safe bets for mixed drinks. Caution though, the prices for drinks are higher there than any other bar/hotel we went to. If you were able to pay as you go, this would be no big deal, but everything is put on a tab and reconciled when you check out. A few nights of daiquiris and laundry service can end up being a scary thing.

If you exit the back entrance of the hotel you can travel through the local village. Maybe 1-2 blocks to the right and 1-2 blocks towards the river there is a patio with a few stools and a picnic table. Though there are no signs to indicate this is a bar, the people who live/work across the street will come over and sell you Pilsener--it's a much cheaper alternative than the hotel bar.

Activities: We took the tour through the cloud forest which was great, then rode balsa rafts back to the hotel. We jumped off the rafts and swam part of the way, which was fun until I stepped on something that felt like it belonged on an episode of "River Monsters." We also visited a local home and drank fresh chicha (I don't recommend tasting it unless you like the taste of vomit) and visited the local wildlife center.

Though my review may not seem 100% favorable, note that we had a blast at this hotel. I was with a large group of 20-somethings. We met the most interesting people at the hotel bar and when we weren't outside of the hotel grounds, we spent hours singing, swimming, and drinking with the other guests. There are plenty of activities to do, though you could probably spend days just sitting at the pool and reveling in the beautiful scenery.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Elizabeth162a2
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

This place was beautiful. We had to travel by small boats on the Napo River to get here. The cabins were clean and had electricity but no AC. The windows had screens but no glass so we could here the sounds of nature all night long. The meals were always nicely prepared and presented but I wish we could have tried more traditional fare as well. We went with local tour guides to visit nearby communities as well as hike through the jungle and raft down the Napo. I really had a great time. The staff was accommodating and friendly and made our stay really memorable. I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
Thank Colette S
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

This resort will definitely take you out of your comfort zone, in a good way. First you arrive to the hotel via canoe. Traveling down the Napo River was an adventure in itself and very picturesque I might say. You cannot see the hotel from the river. Once you arrive at the hotel you have to take a 7 minute walk up the ramp or take the steps. The hotel sits on a large bluff overlooking the river. Once you get to the top of the bluff the views were stunning and ever changing. We had a cabin located towards the end of the property. The room was lovely. We had two full beds and a balcony with a hammock. The room was sparsely furnished the bathroom was updated. The commode had it's own room but the walls did not go all the way up to the ceiling. Therefore, you can hear everything that takes place. This can be a little awkward for people traveling with friends. Something to consider. In addition, the room is very open there is a very large window, with only a screen, located at the front of the cabin that looked out onto the main pathway and gardens. It was a bit disconcerting since the bathroom area is located right next to this window. Quick frankly if the person was tall enough they could look into your room and hear everything that you say and do. Not to mention the commode was located there as well. The shower was off to the side and since their was no door to the bathroom in it's entirety, I tended to take showers with the lights off, to gain a bit of privacy. Since this hotel is located in the Amazon Basin it can get very humid. The rooms have no air conditioning but the ceiling fan could be put on turbo to cool you room down. Since the humidity is so high the air is always moist, therefore we found that the linens on the beds (blankets, sheets, pillows) smelled faintly of mildew. I however travel with Febreeze and it was extremely helpful with masking this odor. Many other hotel patrons complained of the odor as well. I suggest you pick up a small travel size bottle of Febreeze or perhaps a couple of scented dryer sheets to help with the odor. They will also help to keep your luggage smelling fresh. The hotel provided soap, lotion, and two towels. However, they did not provide washclothes. Bring your own loofah or pouf sponge. The balcony was wonderful however we had a little visitor. A bat hung out in our room. We noticed that both doors leading to the balcony had about a 1 inch gap between the door and the floor. Therefore, any little critter could crawl under it and snuggle with you. The hotel did provide two extra blanket in the bathroom area. I suggest that you utilize these blankets to cover the gap under the door. Just roll up the blankets and stuff them partially under the doors. It will be sure to keep at least keep the critters at bay. I should also inform you of the roosters. They were roaming free and extremely loud. Be prepared to be awaken at the crack of dawn. If you don't want to be awaken get yourself some good earplugs. The property had a very large pool and a wonderful bar. They also had a great buffet. The food was delicious. However, I would stay away from the raw vegetables and fruits without a peel, a couple of the hotel patrons had a few digestive issues. The hotel also had a small gift shop that was lovely. They also provided tours into the jungle and provide you with knee high rubber boots. Make sure that you bring a sturdy pair of socks and plenty of mosquito repellant. A ponch would be nice as well, however if you forget to pack one they sell them in the store for $3. If you have time I recommend getting a massage. The prices are reasonable and the massage area is located at the edge of the bluff overlooking the Napo River. The views are stunning, especially during sunset. Overall, this was a wonderful hotel that forces you to let go of your inhibitions and come out of your comfort zone. The best part of travel is experiencing something you never have done before.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank wanderlustMD
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

If you do not have time to go further into the Napo Amazon area, this resort will give you a touch of Amazon. Resort is very nice with all rooms having a balcony with hammock, chairs and table. The property has a lovely pool and can arrange a variety of activities in the area. All meals are served buffet style. Chicken, beef and fish dish were available for every lunch and dinner. Desserts were yummy. Go out the back entrance and you are in a little village which has a couple of bars and inexpensive internet cafes. Would not go back again because: 1) 93 steps to lodge gets tiring and 2) I prefer to go deeper into the Napo area for a longer stay.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Mel K
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Address: Julio Zaldumbide N25-42 y Valladolid | Punta Ahuano, Puerto Napo 150156, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Napo Province > Puerto Napo
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Napo
Price Range: £136 - £290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 75
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