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Hostal Dona Esther

Juan Montalvo 4-44 y Bolivar, Otavalo 0000, Ecuador
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice cosy hotel. The staff is friendly, however, brush up you Spanish as only one person might speak a little English. The restaurant within the hotel is great -> good food for local prices. The room is average, just enough space to put your stuff and move around a little. Good shower with warm water. Because of the time difference... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Hotel Dona Esther at the beginning of September and we loved it! We had two rooms (one for myself, and one for my parents) and they were spacious with good size private bathrooms that had big showers with hot water and great water pressure. It can get cold at night and they don't have central heating, so... More

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Rogersville, MO, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Once again I recently stayed at the Dona Esther in Otavala Ecuador. Very clean and friendly Great place. Best staff ever!!!! Love their restaurant inside the hotel also. Great Food - I had spaghetti with their homemade sauce - wonderful - great pizza from their clay oven, homemade tortilla chips in their nachos, pepper steak was fabulous. Tried their chocolate... More

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Rosmalen, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a great stay in Dona Esther. Great people, cozy rooms, fantastic food and heartwarming South American atmosphere. At Dona Esther you can leave the turbulence of the city for a moment and enjoy the peace full atmosphere. We really experienced the warm hospitality of the Ecuadorian staff and the Dutch owner family. After having had Ecuadorian food for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This hotel has a nice rustic "Old Hacienda" theme to it. We where allowed to switch rooms to a room with one big bed after being told that the only room available was one with two small beds the first night. We stayed here for the Saturday Market and had a bit of trouble getting a reservation. Ended up booking... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a great stay at Dona Esther. It advertised many of the same things as other places but the difference was everything worked! The hot water was really hot, the wi-fi was very reliable... the room was cosy and comfortable and I also appreciated all the useful travel information. The location's great, just a few blocks from the main... More

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Catlettsburg, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have stayed at Dona Esther for eight years. It is the most AMAZING place to stay. The owners, Arthur and Wendy are wonderful, the staff is courteous and helpful, Lucy is GREAT, always trying to meet the needs of all their quests. I can't say enough good things about this hostal and although I can't go this year, I... More

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

Thanks Judy! Sorry to hear you won't be here this year, but we're looking forward to next year then! Best regards, Wendy More

Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

At $49 a night for two during May 2014, this was a find. Rooms are spotless and cozy, and location is one block off a vibrant public square and 7 minutes' walk from the central crafts market. When my wife got sick from a bout of food poisoning (from another restaurant), the staff made her a special tea for her... More

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is the best place to stay for location, accommodation price, service and food in Otavalo! Always clean and kept up, the simple rooms are charming. The staff and owners couldn't be more helpful or kind! And the view from the roof top is lovely- beautiful mountains by day and the church is lit up by night. After a day... More

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we're always happy to have you as our guests! More

Rogersville, MO, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Been coming here approx twice a year for nearly 15 years. My very first trip to Otavalo back in the 1990's I started out staying at another hotel that was not satisfactory. Moved to Dona Esther and been with them ever since. Quaint, relaxing, and clean with an absolutely great staff. The owners are Dutch that speak fluent English, Spanish,... More

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Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 y Bolivar, Otavalo 0000, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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