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El Monte Lodge

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Roca 736 y Amazonas, Mindo, Ecuador
El Monte Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Incredible location in the middle of the cloud rainforest next to the Mindo River. You are surrounded by incredible bird life and hiking trails on and near the property. We spent four weeks in Ecuador (three nights at El Monte) and the meals served here were the best. Everything was made from scratch and tasted delicious. The owners and staff... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We stayed at El Monte in January for 3 nights. After a week in the galapagos with tours every day we were ready for some down time and this was perfect. Lodge and rooms: is absolutely beautiful-open air with soaring beams, fireplace and outdoor dining. every room its its own cabin/suite with some privacy between cabins. we could hear the... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Several friends who travel extensively had highly recommended El Monte. They were right. Separated from realty and a dirt road about two miles from Mindo by a rope pulley chair that traverses a small river, the open air lodge is comprised of a long dining table, several sitting areas including an open fire place, kitchen and owners quarters above (constructed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I was lucky enough to stay at El Mindo in October 2014 for a few nights. I was expecting something amazing but this far exceeded my expectations. It was a serene and tranquil few days, taking in the sights and sounds of the cloud forest. The arrival was unique and even though I had my concerns arriving on a seat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Lodge is a mix of luxury and simplicity, of quality and purity. Perfectly built within a green and wild piece of land. It has the most original entrance you can imagine and gives you a good feel of the adventure that is waiting for you. If you don't mind a variety of bugs in your room, then this is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

From the moment you arrive over the pulley bridge you know you are somewhere special. The welcome from Jon and Cheryl (who were house-sitting) made us feel immediately home, and it was exactly what you want from an eco-lodge - good, home-cooked food, largely from the gardens. Compared to the next lodge which stayed in, to which 'eco' seemed a... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I were given the gift of 3 nights at El Monte for our 50th wedding anniversary. We had been to El Monte before and always enjoyed the relaxing natural environment and low-key spirit of the place. However Marcia decided that to really celebrate our anniversary we needed to go innertubing down Mindo River. I wasn't so enthusiastic... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My husband and naturalist came for the activities. I came for rest and relaxation. We each got what we came for and MORE. You begin by crossing a stream on a seat hanging from a rope pulley system. I never felt a bit unsafe and the ride is only about 1 minute if that. unless you signal you would like... More 

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Yonkers, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Was at El Monte Lodge for 2 night's in August. The accomodations were great, staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious!! Mike in particular was wonderful in helping us plan activities (butterfly farm, tubing, chocolate factory, nature hikes).

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

El Monte is a beautiful place. I visited for several days last July- sorry for taking so long to write this. This is a very ecologically responsable lodge and the grounds are beautifully maintained. The food is mostly vegetarian and delicious- even for meat eaters! Make sure you get the hot chocolate, which is the best I've ever had! My... More 

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