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El Monte Lodge

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Roca 736 y Amazonas, Mindo, Ecuador
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Detroit, Michigan
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second stay at El Monte and this time we brought some friends. We had the wonderful owner Tom, arrange a Van shuttle to pick us up at the Quito airport (the driver was nice and willing to make stops - for birding and museum visits). The lodging consists a main building and lovely cabanas (cabins, that have... More 

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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights, three days, and it was an extremely tranquil and gorgeous grounds. At night you are literally in the middle of nowhere, and it is so serene and amazing. Tom and his wife are very sweet. However, we were disappointed that we paid a lot of money, and did not really receive anything other than... More 

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west virginia
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We stayed in Cabana #4 on the little pond. Very large. Great shower--most hot water and water pressure we had on our 10 days in Ecuador. We loved the true sustainable practices used at this lodge and the veggies from the garden were used in some great dishes. Tom and Mariela are a delight and share great local insights into... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the El Monte lodge for two nights (oct 21-23). The location was stunning. Words can't describe how serene and relaxing the cloud forest is. The cabanas were immaculate, extremely spacious and clean. The large windows in the cabanas felt like we were sleeping in the forest while in a comfy bed. The sounds of the river running... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Our three night stay was perfect. The cabanas immaculate, the food fresh from the garden, the eco-sensitive solutions to running a lodge in the forest, a lesson in leaving only a small footprint and the conviviality of our hosts and interesting fellow guests made for an unforgetable experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Staying at El Monte in Mindo was a highlight during our three week trip around Ecuador. The cabin was huge, well kept and incredible comfortable, the beds were the comfiest we stayed in. The three huge home made meals a day were absolutely delicious, accompanied by home made juices (made using a bicycle powered juicer!) and local coffee and lemongrass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

We had a family weekend in El Monte and had a great time . This is a wonderful location and beautiful property that is extremely well run. If you are looking for a place to explore biodiversity , relax and/ or more adventurous things like zip lining - El Monte has access to it all ... El Monte is a... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is an amazing place. From the cabins to the restaurant, you will find details galore. Don't miss the washroom in the restaurant. It is a must see. The food is great and healthy. Our cabin was by the river, and we listen to the beautiful sound of the water. I can't wait to go back some day.

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Los Angeles, California
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281 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Romantic location, lodgings first class and still rustic, company-owner, cook, guide etc wonderful. Other guests interesting. Getting to the lodge across the river with the cable car gives a real feeling of privacy. Cabanas and furniture hand crafted from tropical hardwoods, hand painted windows, decorator touches everywhere. Privacy. 6 cabanas. We had 2 cabanas, each had one room with a... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Incredible trip! Our cabin was clean and comfortable and the food was delicious. All of the staff is kind and accommodating, and we had a great time on our activities (waterfall hike and butterfly farm. In hindsight, I wish we had done bird watching, too.) It's a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and feels like you are part of the lodge family,... More 

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