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
- 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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