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.
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.…
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.
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 .
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.…
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.