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Malecon Julio Izurieta Sector Norte, Puerto Lopez 130315 Ecuador
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Lopez
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.7
Value
4.6
Travelers' Choice
Hosteria Mandala is truly a unique establishment. It is not your average hotel; it avoids distractions such as pools and televisions. Instead, it emerges you into a world of nature, art and relaxation. The cabins/rooms are located within a vast botanical garden that has been nurtured for the past 20 years. It holds hundreds of different types of plants, trees and flowers and is home to many animals such as iguanas, white bats and hummingbirds (to name a few). We also have Great Danes dogs that will make your stay feel like a home away from home. The owners have dedicated 20 years of their lives into creating a paradise for art lovers. Even before you enter Mandala, you will encounter dolphin monuments, a whale skeleton exhibition and our 150m of murals. Within Mandala the attention to detail does not stop. You will find exquisite wood works, paintings and musical instruments. Mandala promotes the importance of human interaction and bonding. The common house provides an ideal space to play board games, solve puzzles and to talk while enjoying a drink with our delicious deserts and ice creams. We also have a gaming room with a pool table, foosball table and dartboard. We provide beach cabins where you can hang a hammock and enjoy the sun, sand and ocean. Hosteria Mandala is the ideal place to relax. The cabins/rooms have access to terraces with hammocks and patio furniture with a view to our botanical gardens. If you would like, for an additional charge, you can have a masseuse come to your room and give you a massage. We also have comfortable chairs in the common house and a vast library with books in multiple languages. What is better than a good book and a glass of wine or a hot coffee? Those who love nature, art and relaxation will find a true oasis in the little town of Puerto Lopez.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Secured parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Diving
Game room
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Billiards
Darts
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Desk
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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Metropole wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
The vision : the original design was beautiful - wooden rooms within walking distance of the beach. An ethical approach to development. Gardens full of plants and birds. The reality: Aging rooms, without the staff to clean them properly. Bugs everywhere. Toilets that cannot take toilet paper. Feral dogs that bark all night. Rooms that have no windows to keep the sounds out. A reception that closes at 8pm with no service beyond. The worst breakfast we had anywhere. People stay here for the vision. But it’s tough to ignore the reality.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Aug 6, 2022
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drsarav wrote a review Jun 2022
tucson23 contributions11 helpful votes
Lovely and convenient location with well maintained garden. Bedding and shower were clean. Common areas were rarely used by any of the guests as far as I could tell. Cabin had plenty of blankets and fans and towels. One star taken off because property needs some attention to upkeep: sagging/misaligned doors, large cracks in walls, dingy/faded curtains. The hot water faded in and out which meant showers took twice as long. The books and games were faded and damp. A few service missteps (forgotten laundry instructions, bland food, hair in the butter) take off another star. Seemed like nobody was in charge; although everyone was pleasant and accommodating, there didn’t seem to be a service standard. There were two well-behaved & quiet dogs on the premises, which was pleasant. I was NOT pleased about the two cats in the kitchen. Since this was my first time on the coast, I don’t know what the Puerto Lopez lodging baseline is; overall this was “fine” but not amazing. I’d probably stay here again given the location. Hopefully the owners invest some time and money into maintaining the infrastructure and guiding the staff.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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R. wrote a review Nov 2021
Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions5 helpful votes
Nicely located close to the beach and in a lush garden where we could spot colibris a few times. The hotel is a little run-down though, apparently the climate is not good for all the wooden structures. Some more cleaning would help. Staff was a little slow.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Jacob wrote a review Oct 2021
Toronto, Canada6 contributions2 helpful votes
This property was absolutely beautiful. Private cabins and villas surrounded by a wonderful variety of plants and flowers . Just walking to your room was delightful. The location is also great being just a minute to the beach while still not being to close to the louder areas of puerto Lopez . The breakfast was delicious and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this place, especially for couples and family’s .
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Inga_K_K wrote a review Aug 2021
Quito, Ecuador350 contributions69 helpful votes
The hotel is lovely, with great breakfast options, excellent shower, nice decor. The idea of cabins in the garden is nice, quirky names and decorations in every one of them. Enjoyed watching the vultures go to sleep in the tree opposite my cabin at night and other inhabitants of garden move around in the dusk. The beach is just over the street, and the ocean waves are perfectly audible as you sleep. There is lovely hammock to hang around in, and you can take it to hotel's little peace of beach and hag there as well. Offering a towel to use on beach was nice detail. The owners are really lovely people. All in all, a very nice place if you are ok to spend a little (not that much either). However. The cabins are not quite as isolated as would be optimal, could hear verbatim all my next doors neighbors family dramas, and since people feel like they are in their own space, they may not fully bother to pull the curtains on the lovely big windows - so also caught an eyeful or two of unasked for nudity. When owners are around, things work tik tok, but when not - got served a cold breakfast one morning, and another morning arrived there at the indicated breakfast time hungry and sat there absolutely ignored for some 20 minutes before someone even bothered to ask me for my breakfast choice.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Hosteria Mandala, Director General at Hosteria Mandala
Responded Oct 5, 2021
I am sorry that you had to wait for your breakfast. We try to improve!
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Jolka27 wrote a review Aug 2021
Houston, Texas58 contributions43 helpful votes
Very original place, I felt like in the jungle. All cottages are originally designed and adorned, big comfortable rooms and bathrooms. Very nice service and super nice owners! It's unforgettable experience - so go to sleep listening to the sea and all sounds of tropics. Hope to come back.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: I believe all rooms are charming
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Response from Hosteria Mandala, Director General at Hosteria Mandala
Responded Aug 3, 2021
Thank you for your visit! You are always very welcome!
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lourabonita429 wrote a review Jun 2021
Bluffton, South Carolina34 contributions42 helpful votes
Small quaint hotel at the beach. Rooms are clean and spacious with comfortable beds and nice patios with hammocks to enjoy. Breakfast is excellent- especially the bread. The location is on the edge of town so it is quieter but you can walk easily into town. The beach in front of the hotel has palapas where you can hang hammocks- provided by the hotel. They also have beach towels to use. The owners and employees are very nice and helpful. They speak English, Spanish and several other Languages.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Hosteria Mandala, Director General at Hosteria Mandala
Responded Jul 1, 2021
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Evam wrote a review Jan 2021
Quito, Ecuador5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our family of 4 spent our first week of the new year at Hosteria Mandala and will definitely come back! The Hosteria has a great set-up, is nicely decorated with beautiful and very colorful artwork, the rooms are super spacious, well maintained and clean. We loved spending time in the hammocks on our private balcony while drinking cold beer. The garden is really pretty with enormous flowers, beautiful palm trees and there are big iguana's in the trees. The birds woke us up every morning with their lively chattering and songs - and then the sound of the waves in the background...a dream! Overall a wonderful place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the beach!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: We stayed at Mantaraya Room, great for families!
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Response from Hosteria Mandala, Director General at Hosteria Mandala
Responded Jan 15, 2021
You are always welcome!!
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tim r wrote a review Jan 2021
Worcester90 contributions61 helpful votes
Stayed in January 2020 for 3 nights at the end of a 3 week trip as somewhere to relax. HM was perfect for that. We stayed in Turtle, which was upstairs, large , clean and comfortable, and a long way from reception and the beach road, although there was still a road nearby. It being Puerto Lopez and Ano Nuevo it was pretty noisy everywhere, but this felt like about as quiet as you could get. Bathroom spacious, plumbing excellent, beds comfy. There was a lovely balcony with hammocks which was great for a bit of relaxed birdwatching. Hosteria gardens were well-established and well cared for, lots of great plants for our botanist. Reception staff were excellent and the secure lockers were a great idea and worked well. And you can just walk into the sea anytime! Breakfast was a little small, especially after the excesses of everywhere else we stayed. But it was tasty. Thoroughly recommended
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Vitaliy R wrote a review Oct 2020
Stamford, Connecticut235 contributions48 helpful votes
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Stayed here during the pandemic of 2020. The hosteria is really amazing. You can see that the owner put their soul into the design. Every room features a different design. Beautiful common area and a little rooftop with a view of a pacific ocean. The service is good. WiFi is fast and breakfast is tasty. The only problem I had is that they said they confirmed our trip to Isla de la Plata and we found it out the island was closed on that day. Luckily we were able to change our plans and visit the island the next day.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$40 - $54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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hosteria mandala hotel puerto lopez
LOCATION
EcuadorManabi ProvincePuerto Lopez
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hosteria Mandala
Which popular attractions are close to Hosteria Mandala?
Nearby attractions include Olaconga (0.7 miles) and Cabaña Bar Mar Azul (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hosteria Mandala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hosteria Mandala?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hosteria Mandala?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hosteria Mandala?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pane e Vino, PIZZERIA FORNO del PORTO, and ALOHA Cafeteria - restaurante.
Does Hosteria Mandala have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hosteria Mandala offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hosteria Mandala located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Puerto Lopez.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hosteria Mandala?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Does Hosteria Mandala have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hosteria Mandala accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.