We stayed at Mama Hilda's in August 2011. Chugchilan is a small, remote village with few conventional options for accommodation, although more appear to be coming. The main attractions are the scenery and hiking in the area, and the atmosphere at Mama Hilda matches the character of the location. This is a welcoming, truly hospitable location and the owners, management and staff are friendly and genuinely concerned for your welfare. Congenial public spaces make this an excellent spot for meeting other travellers - a good thing, since sharing transportation is often essential and it helps to get to know others in the same situation: cars are scarce, and buses out of the region keep a time table designed to favour dawn arrivals in distant towns.
Breakfast and dinner are included in the rate and the kitchen is happy to prepare meals at other times of the day if you need them. The food is satisfying and served family-style at shared tables. Other guests were in the main European and very experienced travellers.
Rooms vary in size and comfort. We managed to book ours by phone with only a few days notice at a particularly busy time of the year; it was the only room available and it worked just fine. It was simple and spare but clean and comfortable and the rates are excellent (note: you will need cash). Those looking for more may need to reconsider their decision to visit this region. You need to look beyond worn sheets and towels in this part of the country, but you will find copious amounts of hot water and an attentive staff.
The compound is safe and pleasant. You can get your laundry done. The hotel recommended walking trips and helped arrange for transportation when we needed it (you need to do this as far in advance as you can). This is a very beautiful region - and only incorporated into the fabric of national life within the very recent past. Go now before it changes much more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Mama Hilda is a family run hostal in the small town of Chugchilan on the Quilotoa Loop. We are ideally situated half way around the loop and have been welcoming guests to our hostal for many years. We're a popular, inexpensive hostal that is a great place to base your exploration of the surrounding area. If you're looking for somewhere to relax and take in the breath taking views offered by the Ecuadorian Andes, this is the place to be. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Mama Hilda Hotel Chugchilan
- Hostal Mama Hilda Ecuador/Chugchilan