I don't even know where to start when it comes to explaining this place. But what I want you to take from this review, if anything, is that if you are traveling anywhere near Tena or Archidona, you MUST find Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas. I am convinced that it is simply one of the best places in the world.
I say you must find this place because it's kind of tucked away in the cute little town of Archidona. That's not to say it's hidden or out of the way--that's just me saying that my boyfriend and I speak little Spanish and it took us awhile for us to find a taxi driver who knew exactly where we wanted to go.
When we visited the first time, we couldn't believe the beauty contained within Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas. There were so many plants and flowers in full bloom, and the staff seemed to have worked hard to identify everything so tourists like us could appreciate what the sun and rain bring to life in Ecuador. When we entered the main part of the hostal (where check-ins and such take place), we were greeted by the friendly owner who even spoke a little English. We asked if we could take a look around the Hosteria and when he said yes, we headed through the restaurant and out back, where we noticed the big swimming pool and beautiful sights not only around us, but also in the distance.
When they put the word "paradise" in their name, they weren't kidding, folks.
We loved this place so much that we spent our evening there, lounging on the little deck outside and watching people swim. Later, we ordered fried fish, which was delicious and filling. Add to the good food the fact that there are rescued monkeys swinging in the trees around you. Admirably, the owner has given these adorable, friendly monkeys a home where they feel safe. Likewise, Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas is a place where tourists can feel safe, comfortable, and well taken care of. Although I regret to say that my boyfriend and I didn't spend the night here, we came back a second time to eat more fried fish and to enjoy that gigantic, glorious pool of theirs, not to mention the "hammock station."
Again, paradise. So.much.to.love.
Overall, this is an incredibly impressive place. I say without hesitation that this was one of my very FAVORITE places that we stayed in all of Ecuador, and I long to go back there as soon as possible. Kudos to the owner for creating such a beautiful place where people are reminded of the beauty of nature--a place that really is a paradise--a place where monkeys and plants and flowers and beautiful people add to the joy of spending your day(s) at Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas.
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- Also Known As:
- Hosteria El Paraiso De Las Orquideas Ecuador/Archidona