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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent 3 nights at El Monte Lodge in November 2016 and rated it as the best place we have ever stayed at in all our travels which are fairly extensive as a retired couple. Tom and Mariella, our hosts were friendly and helped to create the lovely relaxed atmosphere that seems to draw you in away from the cares... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a wonderful few days in this beautiful place. The accommodation is in wooden buildings with tall thatched roofs and everything is designed to fit into the surrounding forest. The food is delicious and plentiful using lots of fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden. The owners Tom and Mariela, are a warm and generous couple. I would higher recommend... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been lucky enough to stay at El Monte twice, in 2014 and 2016. In between visits, I've stayed at several other lodges in Ecuador. El Monte is truly unique. From the moment you cross the Mindo river on the hand pulled cable car, you are in a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of a crazy world. El Monte... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed October 21, 2016

We stayed here three days and two nights. The owner, Tom, was very helpful. He set us up with a taxi that picked us up in our hotel in Quito and returned us the Quito airport for our midnight flight back to the US. It's about 2 - 2.5 hours each way. The lodge is set on a wonderful, extensive... More 

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 1, 2016

To get to the lodge you take a hand pulled platform cable car over the Rio Mindo. The property is set in the beautiful Mindo cloud forest. The private cabins are spacious and well laid out. The bird life in the area is amazing. Tom and Mariella are wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.... More 

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Alabama
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

The experience of crossing a swing by the river is great and this is the only place in Mindo that offer it. Cabins housed in the woods promote a feeling of pure nature! They owners who live there gave us a warm feeling of home!

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Norfolk
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

A most amazing place. Right by the river in its own patch of cloud forest with lovely gardens and lots of home grown produce. Food outstanding (lots of, but not exclusively, veggie). Beautiful lodges on the property, very comfortable and secluded. Tom the owner is very knowledgeable about the forest and the plants and animals, and has brilliant guides for... More 

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Tampa, FL
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

My son and I stayed here for two nights last week. The property is lovely. Our cabin was large and very comfortable with plenty of hot water and surrounded by the lulling sound of the Rio Mindo. The main lodge was open and welcoming despite the fact that they are currently replacing the roof. Meals were delicious and served around... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

Owners Tom and Mariela have carved out their own personal Eden in this lush jungle oasis. We asked for the most private cabin and were rewarded with a location right on the rushing Mindo river with tropical birds and butterflies for company. The main lodge is amazing and the food was excellent and varied. All locally sourced or grown organically... More 

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Reviewed May 26, 2016

Yes, this is a fabulous place. Relaxing, interesting and great bird life. We stayed here 3 nights and spent mealtimes enjoying delicious food and talking about all subjects from wildlife to conspiracy theories with our wonderful hosts Tom and Mariela. We hired a guide, Danni, for one day and he was brilliant. We were sad to leave and wished we... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Monte Sustainable Lodge is an ecotourism destination in every sense of the word. We emphasize nature here at El Monte, in the form of birdwatching and observation of wildlife in general. Aside from the natural focus of our lodge, we also supply many of the vegetables, eggs and more from our organic garden. Most of our energy is supplied by a microhydro plant. We are located in a 110 acre reserve that is close to the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve of over 40,000 acres. At only 3 kilometers from the town of Mindo we are within access of many the activities, such as the Butterfly Garden, Ziplines, White-water Tubing, waterfalls and more. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Monte Sustainable Lodge

Address: Roca E4-49 y Amazonas | Pasaje Chantilly, Mindo, Ecuador (Formerly El Monte Lodge)
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
El Monte Hotel Mindo
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“I don't think you could go wrong. We stayed in #6.”
 of 5 bubbles 220edw, Oct 21, 2016 | Read review
“the cab #1 is the best one!”
 of 5 bubbles 732bellh, Aug 28, 2016 | Read review
“Make sure you use inspect repellent!”
 of 5 bubbles PompomUk, May 26, 2016 | Read review
“All cabins are good and well appointed; some have second story loft. We enjoyed our cabin next to the river.”
 of 5 bubbles jdtraveljunky, Mar 21, 2016 | Read review
“All the lodges are of the same good quality”
 of 5 bubbles ElaineC730, Mar 11, 2016 | Read review
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