On the positive, the hotel looks and feels nice and well looked after, not too expensive. However, a couple of rather fundamental issues...
Whilst rooms appear quite nice...
...The curtains are totally inadequate, only cover half of the bowed windows, hence let in loads of light - if you like dark rooms your in trouble
...A number of the rooms (probably 50%) are next to the Pan America Highway (this isnt mentioned anywhere - the bus's honk pretty much through the night looking for passengers - if you like a quite room - again your in trouble. When we were there only about 20% of the rooms were occupied, yet they seemed to locate everyone in these rooms - makes me wonder if the other rooms away from the highway have "other issues"
..The food for evening meal, well it was described as comfort food, but was quite bizare, the pie was so - so and the rest of the food was hardly local and very basic. The owner mentioned they were thinking of a re-vamp!
Overall - Not an experience to remember
...Others have raved about the breakfast, but for me it was the worst breakfast I had during my trip. The scrambled eggs were dry (if you chose the fried eggs, all you got were two fried eggs), fruit was OK, but the bread was truly awful, kind of sucked the moisture from your mouth. Have no idea what the fruit juice was - but tasetd awful (whats wrong with offering an option or sticking with Orange Juice)
I truly believe that the hotel could be so much better, but they need to change and invest. The owner has been there now nealry a year but hasnt addressed some prety basic stuff.
I would say borderline 3, but giving a two as I believe quality of sleep in a hotel is parmount and hence based on this I have to stick with a 2.
Please also note that ...whilst the management are helpful, the staff barely understand any english (so you'll need your Spanish)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All of our spacious, heated guest rooms and suites have tile floors, folk decor, and bathrooms boasting steaming hot showers day and night. Additionally, there is free WiFi wireless internet access. The rooms and suites overlook the garden and patio, where guests can enjoy a good book or snap pictures of hummingbirds. For families and groups, the suites sleep 4-6 people and offer roomy living and dining areas, as well as balconies overlooking Otavalo. Our native Ecuadorian staff and manager, as well as our US ex-pat owner, are incredibly helpful and will ensure that you have a pleasant stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Posada Del Quinde Hotel Otavalo
- Ali Shungu Hotel
- Ali Shungu Otavalo