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Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge

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Imbabura, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador (Formerly Rancho Ali Shungu)
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fabulous trip to Ali Shungu during December. We are a family of 6 with 4 kids (2 in college and 2 teens). Francisco and Margaret kindly gave us two gorgeous house, beautifully decorated with local and Peruvian art and crafts, equipped with full refrigerators, coffee, extremely spacious and comfortable and perfect for relaxing in the morning and... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, what a wonderful place! Frank and Margaret have done an amazing job building those beautiful houses and a beautiful garden. Very "zen". The entire property hosts some amazing views. Everything is just perfect, and coupled with a great hospitality from the entire team we spent just fabulous few days at Ali Shungu. The food was delicious. My husband is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Ali Shungu during a month long trip to Ecuador last August. It was magical--stunning views; beautiful, spacious and comfortable accomodations; lovely staff; wonderful food; and hosts who made us feel like family. They catered to our food preferences, provided thoughtful touches like huge amounts of drinking water, and showed us around the area in a way that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stayed at Ali Shungu for the first few days of our honeymoon in September and had an amazing time. Frank, Margaret and the team are wonderful. They helped us organise great day trips, made sure we were comfortable and we a had large hearty breakfast and dinner each day. The lodge itself is lovely - really relaxing and homely.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Ali Shungu is no ordinary hotel or lodge. It actually has four separate what we would call single family houses, spread out around a beautiful garden. Each has two bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchen etc. But you don't ever need to cook. Owner Frank, a super nice American immigrant, will arrange excellent staff for just about anything and everything. The chef... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Unbelievable. Panoramic view of the mountains and lake. Tastefully decorated in antique and modern Ecuadorian artworks. Wonderful American owners have made this the perfect retreat. Great breakfast and dinner and lots of helpful ideas to explore the area. And Jose Maria lit our fireplace each afternoon. Heaven! Super value. I'll be back, next time with my husband.

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Sechelt, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Ali Shungu Mountaintop Lodge was recommended by friends who stayed here a few years ago. It has exceeded our expectations. We arrived to our own two bedroom artistically decorated lodge with all the amenities. After getting settled we went up to the restaurant lodge to enjoy a bowl of homemade vegetarian stew. The food is amazing here. Dinner (which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax and unwind, look no further! The large casitas are cozy and comfortable, with full living room, kitchen and dining room as well as bedroom and bathroom. The living room fire is stoked several times a day so you always come home (if you ever leave, that is :) to a... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Ali Shungu was simply fantastic. If you are looking at this page and this review, do yourself a favor and BOOK THIS PLACE. Do not think twice about it, just do it. This hotel is my most favorite place that I have ever stayed, and I am counting the days until I can go back. My now husband's family and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had heard a little about Ali Shungu from relatives who had stayed there last year and wanted to return. After staying their ourselves (along with our relatives on their return trip), I have to say that this is one of the top five places I've stayed in around the world. I would call the experience rustic luxury. The inn... More 

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