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Cabanas Armonia y Jardin de Orquideas
Ranked #9 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Mindo
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I took my 19 y.o. cousin here and she loved it; so did I (me, 51 y.o.). Our room was on the second floor and it was like staying in a tree house. When we returned from our adventures after dark, automatic motion lights guided our path through the orchid garden so we could find our room easily. The breakfast was excellent: fresh fruit, fruit juice, fresh tasted bread/rolls with, 2 eggs cooked to your liking, tea or coffee. While we ate, a huge variety of birds came to feed on the bananas on the tree just outside the area. It was a perfect for us.
FYI ~ Many plug-ins in our Ecuador travels are just for 2 pronged plugs. I highly recommend traveling with an adapter.

Room Tip: Monday-Thursdays are quieter. The guided Orchid garden tour if FREE for guests.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

I just had a room here so I can't speak for the cabanas, but my room was spacious and very clean and comfortable. I had good wifi in the room and the breakfast was delicious! But most importantly this place is a natural oasis, so beautiful surrounded by flowers and wildlife. The orchids are amazing. They have hummingbird feeders that are always attracting the brightly coloured beauties and there was even an armadillo wandering around one morning! Family run and they are very friendly and helpful, top choice in Mindo!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We stayed in cabin #2 - although rustic, we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. Food in the morning was included and fine. Bathroom needs a little more TLC, maybe 20 years outdated. The birds/hammocks/garden are worth a visit. We walked into town multiple times per day and really enjoyed this place. Cute dog on site too!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cabañas A, Gerente at Cabanas Armonia y Jardin de Orquideas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

We are glad you enjoyed Mindo and appreciate your feedback.

Since your visit we have replaced some components of our bathrroms that were getting a little old and outdated. We replaced some of the faucets that were not working correctly, as well as the shower curtains to make our cabanas more comfortable for our guests.

We hope to see you back again!

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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

The Cabanas Armonia are situated on a side street, about 3-4 minutes walk from the Main Street in a quiet area. The check in was fast and efficient, although we were surprised to be asked to pay in advance; it's the first time this has happened to us while travelling.

The grounds are very nice and filled with orchids and hummingbirds. Our cabins was basic but comfortable, with a couple of beds, a side table and a nice bathroom with shower. We had a balcony with chairs and a hammock, a great area to relax with a drink and a book.

Everything was clean although the towels were only changed on the 3rd day; the trouble is that as it is so humid, if you use the towel after showering it is still wet the next day.

Breakfast is good for South America with fruit, fresh juice, coffee, toast and eggs. You sit and eat watching the hummingbirds! All the staff were very friendly and always welcomed us with a smile and a chat.

If you like birdwatching it is worth visiting Hostal El Descanso, just 2 minutes away. Turn left when leaving the Cabanas Armonia and walk down the street for 75metres. They have a large birdwatching balcony with a range of feeders attracting many species. We were very lucky to see Toucan on the day we visited (US$3 per person but worth it).

Despite what TripAdvisor shows, Cabanas Armonia has no restaurant. However, there is a small kitchen that we used so that's an option for those that don't want to eat out all the time. It was well stocked and clean.

Wifi is good in the reception and also the breakfast area. We managed to get it intermittently in our cabin but that is just chance, it's not in them all. Nice to have though.

The BIG downside for me is that some cabins are attached so are very noisy. We were in cabin 2 which is on the ground floor in a set of 3, one of them above the others. The first few nights we were on our own. We thought it was really peaceful but then other guests arrived. They were above us and it was REALLY noisy. We could hear every word of every conversation as if they were in the same room as us (their floor was our ceiling). Every step, every chair moved, everything. We could even hear the dice rolling on the board game! Having travelled South America for 3 months we found this the noisiest of everywhere. If this had been the first night I would have asked to move the next morning (or left if nothing was available). It's a shame as until the last night I was really enjoying it.

All in all it's a lovely place with friendly staff, but my advice would be to check in advance to ensure you are getting a cabin that stands alone. If you can do that it should be fine; we would only stay here again if we got that reassurance.

Please Note: there is only one ATM in Mindo and we discovered it does not work with foreign cards, so you must bring enough cash.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cabañas A, Gerente at Cabanas Armonia y Jardin de Orquideas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

We are sorry about the noise problem that you experienced. After hearing your feedback we added cement walls between the cabanas so that noise will not travel between the cabanas. Now guests can relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere here at Cabañas Armonias.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Mindo and we hope to see you back next time!

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Lovely place
If you like to stay in the middle of nature, yet close to restaurants, cafes etc. this is the place. Rooms are very basic, but there is a lovely kitchen/terrace-area, where you can sit (and also cook yourselves) amongst greenery/orchids and hummingbirds. Also there is a small corner indoor with a couch. Breakfast is good and there is good WIFI in the common-areas. Pretty good value.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Really friendly and full of knowledge owners. We stayed in a very comfortable, cosy private room with a hammock in the balcony. You can relax and read a book or just hear and watch birds and admire an extensive collection of orchids all around the place. Loved having humming birds all around us while enjoying the breakfast which is included in the price. Having free wifi was a bonus. I would highly recommend this place, while having everyday comfort you still have a feel of being out in a jungle. We loved the place!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

It's hard to say just how many times I have stayed here -- 30, maybe 40 times? It's easily the most relaxing place in Mindo, esp when you consider the price. Alicia is a wonderful host, who I will always hold close to my heart. If you are interested in learning about orchids or different tropical bird species, this is the place to do it. You will have breakfast every morning sorrounded by hummingbirds, tucans, and hundreds of species of orchids. Alicia and her husband are very knowledgeable and love to answer questions and give tours of the grounds. Make sure to ask about the microscopic orchids! (Literally, to see them, you must look through a microscope).

Room Tip: I always choose the cabin past the main house. For a large group, make sure to ask for the cabin wit...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Sixto Duran Vallen y Lluvia de Oro, Casa 2, Manzana 49 | Tras del estadio, Mindo, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Mindo
Price Range: £17 - £26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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