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The Secret Garden Cotopaxi

Via Pedregal, Quito E460, Ecuador
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Secret Garden Cotopaxi. A time we wil never forget! The food is great: 3 meals a day, homemade cake and coffee all day. The views are breathtaking (at 6 am we had a stunning view of Cotopaxi), the atmosphere in the hostal is nice. As there is no internet, people are just... More 

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Lima, Peru
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay here. The location, in the country side, is stunning, you can do beautiful hikes/walks to a variety of mountains and waterfalls. We used the hikes as acclimatization hikes before climbing cotopaxi. The owner was extremely helpful in helping us organise the cotopaxi hike and the volunteers were interesting and helpful as well. We stayed in... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really an excellent hostel. While staying at The Secret Garden Quito, the owner talked to us about paying a visit to The Secret Garden Cotopaxi. We originally had not planned to stay at Cotopaxi, but the pictures and stories were so great, we decided to give it a try. I'm definitely glad that we did. Near the Cotopaxi... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Beautiful location, warm and friendly environment, extremely helpful and personable staff and volunteers! The property is incredible...beautiful waterfall and paramo hikes from the lodge, in addition to day trips to Cotopaxi, Pasachoa, etc. At first I thought the prices sounded higher than what I'm used to, but they include 3 good meals, and many extras (coffee, cake, etc..). And a... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Secret Garden Cotopaxi has an extremely good marketing plan. Unfortunately, it does not live up to our personal expectation. During the New Year holiday the owners were obviously after quantity rather quality. In my opinion it was booked way passed capacity with little room for eating, showering and toilets. During eating times we had up to 52 people and... More 

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thesecretgarden2014, Owner at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, responded to this review

Whoa !!!! Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your stay, but we certainly need to clear up a few points here… Approx 91% of our guests rate The Secret Garden Cotopaxi as the best place they stayed in Ecuador, and more than 70% extend their stay. Thank you for saying we have “an extremely good marketing plan”, but we... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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17 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We enjoyed our stay here a lot. The hostal and its garden is in a good shape. The atmosphere is relaxing and the view of Cotopaxi amazing. The price is on the higher side but is including all meals. The hostel is offering tours to Cotopaxi NP and guided hikes to surrounding mountains.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The facilities are great, the owners have put a lot of effort into creating a beautiful little haven away from the world. I loved the cute playhouse!!! Such a cute way to spend the night. The food was absolutely amazing!!!! The paid staff are unbelievably helpful, kind and knowledgeable!! My only complaint is about the volunteer staff...... Way to lazy,... More 

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thesecretgarden2014, Owner at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments – it is always a pleasure to hear that our effort is so much appreciated. “Absolutely amazing” food – thank you – that is how most guests describe our food. I’ll pass on your kind comments regarding our local staff – they obviously appreciate the recoginition. And finally, sorry to hear about some personal... More 

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3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

beautiful hostel set in a wonderful place with -if not covered in clouds- an amazing view on Cotopaxi. we were perfectly fine with our double bed in that big dorm, bathrooms, very hot showers, the jacuzzi, fireplaces in every room and the salon. not so good were -in my opinion- the dogs on the couches, not only taking the place... More 

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thesecretgarden2014, Owner at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, responded to this review

We agree – the sofas are for people, not dogs. Most guests like to invite our dachshund and miniature dachshund on to the sofas – they don’t take up a lot of space when snuggling on someones lap. “Milo” is a dalmation, but a very obedient one – he will leave the sofa when asked, but many guests also invite... More 

Smithers, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Everything about this place was amazing (except the bicycles!!). The food, the staff, the surroundings, the hikes, the dogs, the jacuzzi, the people you meet there, the lack of internet, I could go on and on.

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thesecretgarden2014, Owner at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, responded to this review

Thanks very much – we’re glad to hear that you enjoyed The Secret Garden as much as most peole do. More 

Saskatoon, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The following is not indicative of the experience of most guests. Pros at the bottom. Abstract: I was asked to leave Secret Garden Cotopaxi three days after my tent was broken into because I raised too much suspicion by informing guests of thefts on two consecutive nights. I stayed at Secret Garden Cotopaxi from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2014.... More 

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thesecretgarden2014, Owner at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, responded to this review

Our guests, staff and volunteers all felt very uncomfortable having this guest staying at the hostel. No-one believed his stories about his tent being broken into – it seemed highly unlikely that a “thief” would ignore his camera, ipod and wallet, and simply steal a shirt. The behavior of this guest was both very unusual and suspicious. The following day... More 

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Address: Via Pedregal, Quito E460, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Number of rooms: 12
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