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“Absolutely Beautiful...” 4 of 5 stars
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Pantavi Hosteria & Spa
Km. 7 en la via Salinas, Tumbabiro 171245, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Tumbabiro B&B and Inns
Ontario, Canada
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“Absolutely Beautiful...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Hosteria Pantavi is a little off the beaten track and found among the sugarcane plantations of Tumbabiro. It's location was not a problem for us as we were traveling as part of a group tour (Exodus). This is a great base for trips to Otavalo, Ibarra, El Angel, Cotacachi - any destination in Ecuador's northern Andes. There is also a mineral hot spring not far away... it is local and not fancy, but the waters are hot and relaxing after a long hike.

Pantavi offered good sized rooms, in-room safes, comfortable beds, modern bathrooms (a little small), the water pressure is not the best. Bathrooms share a skylight and voices travel from one room to another. In terms of food, I found it tasty but didn't enjoy the desserts. The service was a little show, but who's in a rush? The prices for food were about $15pp dinner. Breakfast was a buffet of eggs, bread, cheese, fruit, coffee and juice. The dining room was beautiful and full of original art.

Loved this scenic and peaceful location with the mountains in the background, birdsong to wake you, soaring ceilings, modern amenities, lush gardens, and original art everywhere. Pantavi is built on the ruins of old San Clemente hacienda - a cotton plantation. My only regret is that we had such a full schedule that I didn't have time to just dream away an afternoon under the trees or on the verandah. Watch for the hummingbirds - they were right outside me door (room 8). There is a pool - which is a little cool and not sparkling clean.

Location 4 - Absolutely gorgeous but not close to other things
Service 4 - Always helpful and smiling, but a little slow and forgetful
Food 4 - Good and tasty. No immediate choice in the area ... you must eat here
Comfort 5 - Rooms are modern and have extra blankets for cool nights, the grounds are beautiful and so are the views

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Quito, Ecuador
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Pantavi is a fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights while traveling to the northern highlands of Ecuador. It is close to Otavalo, Ibarra and to the Chota Valley. A great place to relax after visiting the main touristic sites of the region or a long hike.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Really delightful hacienda run by local artist. Beautiful bar and restaurant areas all decorated with art either by the owner or from his collection. Good size rooms and bathrooms. Evening set meals were tasty.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We visited Pantavi as part of a group tour of Ecuador. The hosteria has been created from an old hacienda by Ecuadorian artist Camilo Andrade and his Dutch wife Marjolein. It is filled with Camilo's artwork (he'll give a really interesting talk about his art and wall murals if you ask) and has interesting natural surroundings, the gardens (I think largely the work of his wife) are an artwork of interesting form in themselves. All creature comforts are catered for in a very friendly relaxed environment that simply inspires. The food is very good and extremely reasonably priced ...and vegetarians are well catered for! Staff are friendly and easy going but efficient as well. The bar area is wonderfully designed, again with lots of art work, interesting furniture and a lovely open fire area. Sometimes there are exhibitions of other artists at Pantavi. We were very priviledged to stay in the cottage at the bottom of the garden which has its own patio area, kitchen and sitting area, bedroom, external linked passageway with hammock to another room with jacuzzi! Quite an amazing experience. Like other travellers we used it as a base from which to travel to the El Angel Nature Reserve and paramo. Ecuador was an extremely beautiful country and staying at Pantavi was a real highlight of our trip.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This a great place to be with family and friends, with chuldren or not. The place itself offers comfort and activities combined to an extremely pleasant atmosphere: art in different forms themes and techniques, great service, very good and plenty of food. Thermal waters, horses, spa treatments, etc., here or very near by.

Deffinitely to be recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I loved the Hostería! It was off the beaten path and a true oasis. It was an amazing place to have as a base to visit the El Angel Reserve (it was about 1.5 hours away). The gardens were beautiful, the rooms were lovely, the food was great and the staff was very friendly and attentive! It's a great weekend escape from Quito--highly recommendable!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Where to start? The excellent service, the friendly staff, the great food, and most unique the beautiful art everywhere! We could only stay one night but we wish we had more time. Don´t forget to visit every corner of the place because lovely gardens and art are tucked away everywhere, even our own room had three paintings. A truly special place.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Km. 7 en la via Salinas, Tumbabiro 171245, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Tumbabiro
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tumbabiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hosteria Pantavi is a gorgeous and charming place with a cozy atmosphere, decorated with original art that matches the colorful environment. We offer fifteen comfortable and fresh rooms with private bathroom surrounded by lush gardens. Additionally we have a swimming pool, restaurant, a cozy and artful bar and a convention & game room. It is the ideal place for families and small groups who are looking for the perfect retreat to enjoy Northern Ecuador. ... more   less 
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