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Hosteria Mandala

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Manabi, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Hosteria Mandala
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  • Location
    4.5 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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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Hosteria Mandala at the end of our six weeks through Ecuador. We had a very large room, well appointed on the second floor. No AC but ceiling fans. A large covered balcony with hammocks was the perfect place to nap. The beach cabanas are great. The beach is one of the best we have seen in... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I spent 5 nights at this lodge. It is located on a beautiful and lightly used beach on the North side of Puerto Lopez, and you can hear waves crashing from inside the rooms. Several cabanas for hotel guests are available a short distance away from reception. The very clean rooms are equipped with mosquito nets and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights at Hosteleria Mandala. A very nice property with a tropical garden steps from the beach and not too far from Puerto Lopez pier where you can take trips and watch the fisherman bring in their catch. Our cabin was nice (Colebri) clean and spacious with a ceiling fan, small refrigerator, indoor seating and outdoor seating. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reviews of Hosteria Mandala vary quite a bit, so the place clearly touches people in different ways. It's owned by Italian/Swiss expats, and there's a bit of that influence for sure, as well as the owners passion for the environment. There were very few American guests while we were there, but many other international visitors as well as expats from... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

One of the most beautiful, unusual and special properties I've ever stayed at. Easily the best place to stay in Puerto Lopez and probably of all of Ecuador. Probably not a budget option, and the food was not of the same exceptional standard as the rest, but I can't recommend it more to the weary traveller. This is not a... More 

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Cusco, Peru
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Don't get me wrong, the Mandala is beautiful, set in its lush botanic garden, in a gorgeous bay on a nice quiet stretch of beach. But the positives end there. We were shown around by a great saleswoman, whose positives included a "sea view" which was a tiny glimpse of distant beach from around an ugly wood cabin. She didn't... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The cabana we stayed in was lovely with nice bathroom and veranda. Comfort was ok though the room was a bit hot at night. For 50 dollars a night the room should include breakfast. But it is not. Breakfast option started at 5,5 up to 10 dollars which is totally out of proportion. The same applies to all the food.... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There are some lovely features but the maintenance and management support are lacking. It's advertised features such as the games room and music room have poor equipment. Cleanliness in the units is not good. We had a cockroach infestation, including in one of the beds, and any kind of compensation was refused by the owners. We moved to lesser quality... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful properties you could stay at on the beach. Booked for 2 nights ended up staying 8. Would have asked to stay longer but we had to see more of Ecuador than just Mandala. We had 3 weeks to see all of Ecuador. Obviously not near enough time. We'll be back for sure. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I spent nine days at the Mandala and can assure you it is absolutely relaxing and simply a wonderful place. It has a beautiful garden with iguanas and colourful flowers with knowledgeable gardeners that will point out the iguanas, super spacious rooms, clean, large mosquito nets, fans and a good restaurant. The beach is approx. 50m away with lovely palmtrees... More 

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