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Cabanas Armonia y Jardin de Orquideas
Ranked #9 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Mindo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“It was a very good stay.”
Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

The place was very cozy and quite and the staf wear very friendly and helpful.
The cabine was nice and clean and quite (more or less)
The most we loved in this place is the staf since they would make you feel like you are a family. And ofcourse the 10's of Orcids they have and the two lovely dog.
Tip. Do not miss the early breakfast in the middle of at leastb10 humming birds just right there sipping food.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The name of this hostal and orchid garden is spot on! The staff was so friendly and helpful and so well informed of the many activities and attractions in the surrounding area of Mindo. I stayed here for 10 days in August 2014 and may come back here for a few more days before I return home.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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West Hollywood, CA
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed here for 2 weeks after only planning on a few days because it was so peaceful, beautiful, and overall a wonderful place to be. The location is ideal, a couple blocks walking from the main strip (and in Mindo, that is a very tiny street with shops and restaurants). Hiking trails and activities are within walking distance as well. You do not get any of the street noise from town because you are secluded in an orchid garden. It is very quiet, even when other guests are about. We rarely saw anyone else who was staying at the same time except at breakfast. And the breakfast is very good, with eggs, fruit, toast and fresh juice each and every day.

The cabin we had was spacious, with a wonderful deck with a hammock and chairs. I spent a great deal of time just lounging there, or snuggled up in my warm bed at night listening to the sounds of nature.

For those of us who need to stay connected, the internet works great in the common room and breakfast area. It is spotty in the rooms but a wifi signal can't penetrate an orchid forest so you deal with it because it is worth it.

Should I return to Mindo this is the only place I would even consider staying.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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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.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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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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Victoria, Canada
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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 review, 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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Keighley
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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 review, 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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Property: Cabanas Armonia y Jardin de Orquideas
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
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Number of rooms: 7
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