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“Mostly excellent”
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Dharma Beach
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
Certificate of Excellence
Whitehorse, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Mostly excellent”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

The town of Montanita on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador is something special. It evokes images of a surfing inspired Tiki village in the South Pacific. On Friday and Saturday nights the town gains a carnival atmosphere with hoards of tourists coming out of the woodworks to party it up on the beach, the clubs, and the mini bars stands that open up their temporary facilities for the weekend. During the week artisans and surfers sell their hand crafted wares from carts that line the streets of the village. There is a lot of tempting things on offer. On Saturday nights the pounding music dissonance from the different competing clubs creates an atmosphere of pure camp. A people watching extravaganza!

Dharma Beach hotel is the nicest in town and is a good bet for the visitor who wants the pleasures of Montanita, but who also wants to sleep at night. If you are staying on a Friday or Saturday, make sure you get a room on the right hand side of the hotel (facing the beach) - there are dance clubs that open up for these days on the left hand side!

The rooms at Dharma Beach Hotel are well appointed with comfy duvets and the most comfy mattresses we've had in Ecuador. We got a week of relaxing sleep as there were no chickens to wake us up at 4:30 am! The balcony overlooks the stunningly raw Pacific Coast whose pounding waves help to drown out any of the noise created by weekend partying on the beach. The room was kept very clean and the manager was excellent to work with.

The hotel's steam room is a delight for us due the slightly chilly August weather. There is also ample comfy seating - from hammocks to couches, allowing us to read in peace with the background of the pounding surf.

The restaurant is blessed with having 2 Peruvian chefs who really know their stuff. Best food we've had in Ecuador! The specialties of the house are all excellent, but the crispy fried calamari with mashed potatoes and a fruity sour sauce are my favourite.

Breakfast is included, but doesn't start until "9". This actually means about 9:45. But it is worth the wait. The hotel actually has an expresso machine and does not insult us with offers of Nescafé instant coffee. Oh happiness and joy!

Improvements needed:
Start breakfast earlier and stay open later for dinner
Not all rooms had security safes, including ours - however, the housekeepers were very trustworthy
More towels for beach and pool activities
Hammocks on the 4th floor terrace would be a great use of this mostly non-utilized space

Room Tip: 101, 201, 301 are furthest from the noise.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

the place was awesome. I was there with a buddy. We became friends with the receptionists, the restaurant server/hostess and the owner. It was like a family. Everyone treated us like long-time friends. Extremely spacious and comfortable rooms. Excellent service. Only 2 blocks from the all the happening bars and clubs in Montanita. Great option of you don't want to rough it and tay in the hostel-type places. Easily the best hotel in Montanita..

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Everything was perfect!! + fast check -in/-out + friendly and helpful staff (they did their best to accommodate us, no matter how out of the ordinary our request was) + spotless room and bathroom + large and comfortable room.Great music creates the right atmosphere for a very relaxing stay. This is perfect combination for stay in the city! And I can say with 100% certainty Dharma is the best hotel in Montanita! Thanks for an awesome stay, will definitely come to you not once!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 May 2013

I've been a few times in Montañita and this is the best place to stay!
Rooms are nice and the service is very good. I specially loved the roof terrace.
The restaurant has delicious food specially the ceviche.
I will be going back to Dharma Beach no doubt!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Best hotel in Montanita by far ! Best peruvian food at the restaurant! Amazing music ! My room was so incredible and cozy ! Wanna go back now! Try the Margarita Machu Pichu ! Wowww really good ! And i had a super massage at the spa with a nice ocean view!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

the HOTEL is beautiful, It's the most exclusive place build in MONTAÑITA, if you want more confort and an especial treat, you should book this place, they have a restaurant beach front with amazing ecuadorian-peruvian food, I would recommend it NO DOUBT!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ioshi77
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

This place is amazing... the view, the food, the energy, theres no reason you wouldn't want to stay here... !!! unless you dont like good music, theres always good music and an awesome vibe.
definitely coming back.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Christopher C
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Property: Dharma Beach
Address: Calle Malecon s/n Parroquia Manglaralto | 100 metros norte del rio de Montanita frente al mar., Montanita, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dharma Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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