I stayed at Casa de Cecilia with my 2 children, aged 8 and 12, in March, 2013 for 3 nights. The accommodations are quite rustic, but that is what we were expecting. We had a room with 3 beds that overlooked both the river and the common quad like area. The walls were very thin, made of just boards that didn't often touch, so there was noise from neighbors as noted by others. However, the river ran so fast and loud, creating white noise, that we were not bothered at all by the noise from neighbors.
The staff consisted of the owners (plus cleaning people and a woman in the kitchen,) they were helpful and sweet. They stayed out of our way, in a good way, allowing us to do as we pleased. They went out of their way to help us with making arrangements for not only local attractions, but also transportation back to Quito when we messed up and missed the early morning bus. Our room and the place in general were tidy and clean. It is in the cloud forest so it was very hot and humid, so often the bathrooms seemed unclean, due to things stinking to walls, floors, everything, but it would have been impossible to keep them clean without scrubbing and drying them every half hour!! My kids had a wonderful time there, running around with the owners dogs, playing soccer the local children, walking the 2 blocks to town, visiting the chocolate factory next door, riding in the back of the owner's truck to the zipline, and butterfly farm.....it was kid heaven!
If you are looking for a Holiday Inn, but a bit more rustic, you won't be happy here. If you are looking for rustic, clean, friendly, safe, well situated, treehouse-like living I can highly recommend Casa de Cecilia. It was certainly the best stay we had in our 7 week tour of Ecuador and Peru!
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