I stayed here in February with a friend of mine and was thoroughly impressed with the hospitality of Michelle and Gary. Prior to my stay I had been in touch with Michelle via email and she was always very prompt with her responses. She provided us with a warm welcome when we arrived late in the evening and gave us maps and restaurant recommendations in the area. The hotel was immaculate. I really appreciated how clean everything was and the fact that purified water is used throughout the entire space.
Definitely sign up for a tour with Gary. We didn't find much to do at all in the actual town, and I think the only thing to actually do is spend the day on one of his tours. Luckily, he is a great resource. We signed up for the chocolate making and stayed overnight in a jungle lodge which was quite the adventure. My only complaints about my time in Tena was that near the hotel there isn't much you can walk to. We got food delivered to the hotel twice, which I was not expecting to have to do. Also, none of the 4 taxis I took had heard of the La CasaBlanca which proved a bit difficult considering our Spanish isn't at a high level. If you are traveling in Tena this is definitely the best option and Michelle & Gary will ensure you have a pleasant stay in their home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Have you been “roughing it” traveling around Ecuador? Take a break and come spoil your inner gringo with us for a few days. (I promise it won't break your bank, our guests get the royal treatment at competitive prices!) We’ve been called the “ultimate hostel”, what’s great is that’s really what we were going for! Here at La CasaBlanca, our guests enjoy: the hotel’s own really big communal kitchen equipped with everything needed for cooking their own meals (and where conversations and friendships start between people from all over the world), a living room complete with a desk with a printer, free Wi-Fi, a laundry room with a washer/dryer available, free. There’s also house wide purified water, the showers have plenty of water as hot as you want it at a good pressure, there are fans in every room and all the windows have screens. We also attend to the little details, like the armoires and lockers actually have hangers, we provide towels and there are even places to hang them. On top of that, everything is just sooo nice, new, clean and beautiful with wood furnishings and art on the walls. Private rooms or individual beds in a communal, large, hostel room (with full-size lockers), can be rented by the day, week, or month. ... more less