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Hosteria El Carmelo
Ranked #22 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Mindo
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a fantastic resort with tons of activities!

We stayed in a cabin room (although next time I would love to try a treehouse!). It was very clean and comfortable. The room came with a twin bed, a double bed, and a private bathroom with a fancy shower system.

The restaurant at the hotel was quite good. The breakfast consisted of coffee, tea, juice, eggs, pastry/breads, and fruit.

The resort has many facilities, including three separate pool areas, table football, and billiards.

There are many activities offered by the resort. We did the canopy tour, the butterfly greenhouse, and the horseback riding. The canopy was a lot of fun. The horseback riding was also very enjoyable. The butterfly farm was not very good, as there were few butterflies (perhaps partly due to the cloudy weather) and the plants seemed a bit droopy and unhealthy.

I would recommend this resort, as it had nice, clean rooms, and was a bit away from the town of Mindo so it was very quiet.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This is a beautiful place! We stayed only 1 night, I feel asleep listening to the sound of water running in the river below! The staff is wonderful & and responsive to all our needs. We stayed in the tree house with the jacuzzi, wonderful room! I wish I had more time & would have stayed longer!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

My daughter and I really enjoyed staying in the Hosteria El Carmelo in August, 2013. It was a great place. The treehouse room that we stayed in was a lot of fun and very memorable. We loved the ziplining. After trying the 9 exciting zipline cables in the hotel for $10 per person, it inspired us to do one of the other courses offered in town. We also had a very good morning bird watching with our guide, Santos, and saw toucans, a parrot, and a wide variety of other birds. We had fun horseback riding for $8 per hour per person, both down by the river and up the mountain above the hotel. We also had a nice guided tour of the hotel's butterfly house with Darwin, one of the friendliest of the young men who work at the hotel. My 9 year-old daughter and I also really liked watched the dozens of hummingbirds flying around at the feeders by the reception area. One of the highlights of the trip for my daughter was also the chance to play in the pools and hot tub. In short, this was our favorite of the hotels that we stayed in during our trip to Ecuador.

P.S.: We also had a great dinner in town at the El Tigrillo Pizzeria, followed up by a fantastic brownie a la mode at El Quetzal. Don't miss out on that brownie!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We were in El Carmelo Hosteria this past week. We had a wonderful time. Our room was one of the rooms in a tree. Although it was high in the tree, it was comfortable and roomy with a clean bathroom and warm water to shower. In the morning, we did not need to get out of the room to see the variety of birds, we only needed to open our windows! Awesome!! We did the nature walk, zip-line, fishing, and horseback riding. All the guides were fun and knowledgeable. The views were amazing! The food was good. The only recommendation I would give is to ease the oil when frying the food. Other than that, it is a great place to have a great adventure.

Room Tip: The tree-house rooms have a great view!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

For being honest, the place is awesome!
One thing that is not very nice is that the installations, i mean the pool, the restaurant, the hydro, are open just until 9pm.
The restaurant food is not goof enough, i mean it's ok

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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DANIELA L, Director de Recepción at Hosteria El Carmelo, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2013

Dear customer:

First of all we want to thank you for writing a review of us. As you could see, Mindo is a relaxing place, where you can take a deep breath and forget about everything. It is for this main reason, that we don`t have tv on our rooms and our facilities are open just until 9 pm.

Our main goal as an ecological hotel, is to offer at our clients REST and a PEACEFUL environment.

Best Regards,

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Amenities were amazing.. I'd like a little more variety on the food. Canopy available at the hotel which is awesome and comfortable. Do NOT go tubing in the Mindo River unless you're an extreme sports kinda person. EXCELLENT service by the kitchen and amenities staff (Guido, Agustin, Lucas).

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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DANIELA L, Director de Recepción at Hosteria El Carmelo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Dear customer:

First of all, we want to thank you for writing a review of our hotel. And we are glad to know that the service that we offer you specially at the zipline tour was of your totally joy.

It would be a pleasure to us to have you here again. And next time that you will visit us, you are going to find more variety on our menu, because we are working on that.

Best regards,

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Reviewed 26 December 2012

I stayed in one of the tree-house lodges. So amazing! Every night I was lulled to sleep by the sound of frogs and crickets and every morning I woke up to the sound of birds in the branches outside my windows. The food was delicious and they accommodated my vegan diet. El Carmelo is situated outside of town and close to the road that takes you up to hiking trails, the tarabita, birdwatching and ziplining. While I stayed there I traveled everywhere by foot. El Carmelo is far enough from town to give you peace and quiet, but close enough to walk when you want to . It is an absolutely beautiful location, the gardens are lush and well maintained with hummingbird feeders attracting a variety of hummingbirds. I counted at least 3 different swimming pools. I definitely recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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DANIELA L, Director de Recepción at Hosteria El Carmelo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Dear customer:

It was a pleasure to us to serve you and we are glad to know that the vegan menú that we prepared was of your joy.

We hope to have you here any time that you like, and we want to thank you for the review, as you colud see, we are working hard on having our facilities in good conditions for clients like you, that can appreciate what Mindo and El Carmelo means.

Sincerely yours,

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Additional Information about Hosteria El Carmelo

Address: Via al Cinto, Mindo, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Mindo
Price Range: £41 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are The tree houses lodge, we are situated at The Mindo Valley. Our facilities are: 3 pools, 3 jacuzzies, 2 steam rooms, restaurant service, we also offer you some activities in our hotel like zipline, tubing, visit to our butterfly and orchid farm, trails around the hotel, birdwatching tour, horseback riding, Al of our cabins and rooms were built with products of the zone such as stones, wood, etc, creating a peaceful and harmonious environment respecting the flora and fauna of the place. ... more   less 
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