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El Quetzal de Mindo

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#8 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Mindo
Large rooms Queen size deluxe beds Beautiful view overlooking Mindo and the Canchupi river Private bath with shower. Great breakfast and chocolate tour included. Restaurant, cocktails, micro-brews, artisan chocolate, great birding spot, two blocks from main square but beautiful, natural setting, Free WIFI
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Free parking
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Breakfast included
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
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This place surpassed my expectations. They had craft lemonade, beer, ginger beer and and short but balanced menu. You must must must try their ribs and their brownies made with their own locally sourced and produced chocolate. They’ll give you a comprehensive and entertaining tour of their facilities where you’ll see every step of chocolate making process: from pod to table!
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The trout here is sublime! We really enjoyed our lunch and the chocolate tour. Our guide was really friendly and so knowledgeable. I enjoyed talking with him about US immigration policies. He also answered every single question I had about the history of the automation of the chocolate industry and the use of GM seeds for Cocoa plants. His presentation was a crowd pleaser, even though we all got eaten alive by mosquitos in the Cocoa fields.
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We had a wonderful stay at El Quetzal. The room itself was as advertised. It was sparsely but suitably furnished. The beds were very comfortable, which was quite a relief after an exhausting trip. The hammock was a favorite reading location of our daughter. There are no window screens, but surprising to us, there really were no flying insects to contend with, so we could leave windows open. The bathroom fan switch was a bit wonky, but otherwise the tiled shower was spacious. Water pressure was passable. The room is on the floor above the restaurant, but the restaurant closes at 9 PM so there was no noise issue from it. The highlights were the breakfast and the chocolate tour. Breakfast was hearty and tasty. It’s worth paying extra for some of the optional beverages, especially the jugo de cacao (cocoa juice). Don’t pass that up! The hot chocolate was also very unique, having far more of a dark chocolate taste than any hot chocolate we’ve ever had. The tour of the facility was both informative and delicious, particularly the brownie tasting! They do sell their own goods, which we found very enjoyable. The candied ginger was a favorite of ours, and we bought enough to bring some home to the US. We didn’t try the dinner menu, but it was nice to have a bar downstairs from the room with house made ginger ale and ginger beer on tap, as well as some craft beer bottles from another brewery in Ecuador. They also had a few regional wines and their own distilled cacao liquor that, although it wasn’t to our liking, is certainly worth a taste test.
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My wife and I stayed in Mindo for three days in August and booked a room at El Quetzal after reading several reviews of various hostels in Mindo. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice. There are four rooms above the restaurant and chocolate factory, and the one we stayed in was very clean, with a nice view of the cloud forest behind Mindo and the town below. The stay included breakfast and a tour of the chocolate factory. The breakfasts were excellent. I think I had the largest veggie omelet I’ve ever eaten. Jams were homemade as was most of the products they served. The coffee was very good too. Dinners were so good that we didn’t bother trying any other place in the short time we were in Mindo. Jose, the proprietor, was most friendly and helpful, and spoke English (he’s from Michigan). He helped us to obtain some cash since we were unable to use the ATM machine in town (be aware it doesn’t work for ordinary debit or credit cards, but accts set up with the bank). The manager of El Quetzal helped set up a personal tour of the Rio Bravo Reserve, a biological research station. The staff was awesome and all very friendly. Finally the ambient background music playing in the restaurant was 70’s rock and as I recall contained lots of YES songs. Jose said his wife Barbara put together the music. Highly recommended to stay and eat at El Quetzal. Thanks Jose, Dave and Melissa L. (Vancouver, WA)
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Lovely B&B, with a fantastic view, awesome, caring staff, tasty gourmet dishes coming from the kitchen, at extremely fair prices. Excellent chocolate factory and grounds tour is included, be sure to take the tour. It includes samples!
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Response from Barbara W, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo
Responded Feb 12, 2018
Thanks Cheryl!
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