A singularly high quality and uniquely positive experience. Ali Shungu gets five stars only because there is no higher score to award it! The lodge sits on a beautiful property above Otavalo in a remarkably tranquil setting. The "cabins" are large, stand-alone high quality homes, very well designed, thoughtfully decorated, and well maintained. Frank is the most hospitable and attentive innkeeper in the world. He arranged our transportation to and from Quito, met us at the Saturday market when we arrived to orient us, and provided us expert advice on a day-hike the following day, arranging the round-trip transportation there as well. The breakfasts and dinners were all sensational. The service - with fires in the cabins in the mornings and evenings, horseback riding, a nice walking trail, and superb attention to every detail - was world class. Peaceful, relaxing, beautiful. The stay at Ali Shungu made the trip to Otavalo worth it, in and of itself, though you should try to plan your stay around the Saturday animal and craft markets as well. Truly extraordinary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Andean Mountains and Culture in our warm and spacious guesthouses, surrounded by 40 acres of private gardens and forests ...all just a few minutes from the world famous markets of Otavalo. ... more less