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Hacienda San Vicente
Ranked #5 of 19 Mindo B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 March 2012

This place is also called "The Yellow House" in case there is some confusion.

I stayed here with 5 other friends and we had an amazing time. We reserved a 6 person cabin, which was awesome. Very clean, porches with beautiful views, and even our own hammock!

This guesthouse is a bit tucked away from the center of town, which we actually really liked because of the peace that it provided. It was an easy 5 minute walk down the driveway to get to town.

The highlight of the stay were the breakfasts each morning and the incredible service. The owners were so friendly and accommodating and we loved talking to them. Breakfast was delicious and served to us on our own private table on the porch. The views from the porch were awesome and we saw countless hummingbirds.

The Yellow House also has its own trails which we really enjoyed hiking and even saw a "Cock of the Rock!"

The only potential downside would have to be that there are 2 German Shepherd dogs owned by the hotel and they barked quite a bit overnight, whenever someone would arrive at the gate. It didn't bother me too much though.

Definitely stay here if you are planning a visit to Mindo! You will not regret it!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

I picked this hotel based on tripadvisor recommendations. We were looking for a hotel with a good view but within walking to the town. We end up getting the upper floor of a lodge that has the full view of Mindo and the cloud forest backdrop. The room was large, bathroom was clean, and we had our own hammock outside. The view was specular from my room and the main house. The breakfast was very good and the coffee from their own trees were excellent. The main house is a great place to view all sort of birds from the area. The hummingbirds are constant visitors. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Another big surplus with this lodge is that they have their own trails. We did 2 out of 5 and they were a great way to experience the cloud forest independently without having to take a cab. The downside is that to get to lodge, you need to walk 10 min. on a rocky driveway, which is very difficult with wheeled luggage. I recommend taking a taxi for $1.50 if you have large bags.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank htabc1234
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

This place is a little paradise. Not just the sweet accommodations and the lovely property but more than anything the genuine kindness of the family. I arrived sick (after eating coconuts soaking in a plastic bag of water -- what was I thinking!) and was pampered like a relative. Of all the place I've stayed in Ecuador, this was the best!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Thank ingadavida
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

I arrived in Mindo on the bus, tired, hungry and without any reservations for my first two nights. After a filling breakfast at a local eatery, I inquired as to the location for Hacienda San Vicente (aka "Yellow House"). The hacienda is located about 300 yards from the main square, up a stony driveway. The owners took one look at me after I had carried two heavy bags and sat me down with a juice. I spent two nights in a downstairs run in the first building. I enjoyed the rustic wooden finishing of the room, which was clean and comfortable, and and svereal times rested while looking out at the hummingbird feeders hanging off the balcony of my building and the main house. Birds abound here, and walks on the trails (free for guests, and only $5 for others) will yield sightings of many species. Apparently Spectacled Bear has been seen on the property, but it requires incredibly good fortune to find one. The owners are three wonderful and kind women, and they provide a delicious breakfast in accordance with the guests' schedule. All this for a very reasonable $21 a night! Note: at the time of my stay in November 2011, several trails were closed due to fallen trees and storm damage. This is a great place to stay for birders, hikers, and anyone wishing a little peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms can carry the sound of footsteps, if anyone is staying directly above you.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Shelmert
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

We arrived in the dark and the rain after a bus journey from Quito - we suggest you take a taxi rather than lug your luggage up the long, rather stony driveway as we did!
The owner showed us to our room - the upstairs floor of a lovely little detached wooden "hut". Simply furnished and quite small, but spotlessly clean, and with plenty of hot water for the shower - what more can you ask for?! She then kindly offered to drive us back into town to get something to eat with the other guest who had also just arrived, and picked us up an hour later - what personal service!
The surrounding of the Yellow House are superb. The family has lived there over 50 years (if my broken Spanish serves me right!) and they have established a wonderful system of self-sufficiency with a tilapia pond, chickens, cows, horses, masses of fruit trees etc. The breakfasts are long and leisurely (and include homemade guava jam and home grown coffee) and take place in their kitchen right by a panoramic window where you can sit and watch the many birds on the banana tree, and where the 2 sisters and their mum pottered around serving us with great attentiveness. There is also a verandah where you are welcome to wait and watch the hummingbirds at the feeders, and access the Internet (with your own laptop).
There is a network of trails from their house up into the cloud forest - quite a strenuous walk but well worth it just to experience the wildness and isolation of the lush forest.
It is soooo much nicer to stay out of town so that you can feel the area where you are staying - it really is idyllic and although we were only here 3 days, the family made us feel so welcome that it felt like home! We definitely hope to be back....

Room Tip: We loved our little independent house just for 2!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kathton
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

If you like to experience wildlife amid beautiful surroundings and tranquility, but don't want to go too far off the beaten track, then this place is for you. Mindo is easy to get to by bus and the guesthouse is within walking distance of the town square but far enough away from it to feel private and secluded. The hospitality here is second to none, accommodation very comfortable, the birds and butterflies excellent, the forest trails easily accessible. The sounds of the forest at night were ethereal!

For budding Lepidopterists, check out the lamp posts first thing in the morning before the birds get to them, as you will find all manner of moths from the night before. There was a resident Potoo outside our room each evening, atop a bamboo post, hawking moths attracted to our porch light. Conveniently, we had a fridge outside our room for our use which came in very handy for fridging moth specimens ready for the camera! For anyone not familiar with this, don't panic, it's a well known trick amongst moth-ers and certainly does not harm the insects!

For birders, the hummer feeders are wonderful for photography, just feet away from the veranda. The banana plant outside the dining room window attracts tanagers and is also close for photos. Many more hummers in the forest. Much time can be spent in the garden watching the birds and many butterflies. Colourful tanagers, resident Squirrel Cuckoos, a lonesome Turkey Vulture doing the rounds are just a few highlights of this place. We spent 3 days here but we wish we had stayed a lot longer.

A big thank you to the ladies who looked after us so attentively and fed us so well. We hope to return one day!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank pcandhs
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Having carefully considered the many options in Mindo I finally contacted another trip advisor member “rarich” for advice and what luck she recommended the Hacienda San Vicente. It was just 5 minutes walk from Mindo village. We stayed 8 nights in a two bedroom cottage that was simply but beautifully constructed in wood with a terrace (and hammocks) overlooking fantastic birding trees, the views were stunning- and this all to ourselves for 18 USD per person per night. The best value for money I have ever had. The beds were comfortable, the rooms impeccable and private showers excellent. We felt safe and happy in this delightful haven. We were woken by the sound of rare and glorious coloured birds (the list is long see Paul Greenfields expert guide to Ecuadorian birds). Breakfast and fruit juices were delicious and we even eat a tilapia fish picked out in their pond. Marie-Helena, her sweet mother and delightful sister Marie Ines know Mindo intimately and are widely respected. Their bird trails are famous. In addition, they introduced us to Angel Paz the great bird watcher who showed us the famous cok of the rock and the near extinct antpittas (he named a baby yellow-chested antpitta after me - I was thrilled). Subsequently, an expert in humming birds – we got great footage. The frog concert they recommended was exceptional and last but not least, they found us Julia Pinta a top guide whose passion for birds is matched by her talent for finding them. Staying here was a far better choice than staying in the village itself. Spoken English was limited but not at all a barrier.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank GiginaExdra
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Address: Mindo, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
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Ranked #5 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Mindo
Number of rooms: 17

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