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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve
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Reviewed January 28, 2008

We stayed at San Jorge for three nights with 3 other couples. The owners are very nice, but the hotel needs considerable updating....the bedding is worn, the food was nondescript and the accomodations were musty. We were inclined to think that the manager of the property was spread too thin...
If you have difficulty with walking...this place is not for you...one has to walk up and down a fairly lenghthy incline in order to get to the dining area...

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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10  Thank cmck
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Reviewed December 13, 2007

We where met by a volunteer student from the East Coast. She was just learning spanish ... and to be our interpreter on the tours. She, the owner Gorge and one other waiter were the only other people in the whole lodge.

The room was supposed to be in an old monestery ....which turned out to be more of a minimal hunting lodge. Someone told us later that there is a rock of the anchient monestery in the foundation.There was no fireplace as promised ... only an oil radiator that had been turned off since the place was vacant. Gorge said when 4 or more rooms are full he turns the heat on all 30 rooms. We had a small electric heater... enough to be ok with all our blankets and clothes on in bed(10,000ft altitude).

We ventured down the slick cement path between the invasive eucalyptus trees and english gardens down to the "restuarant" thinking about a cozy hot fire. When we got there it was colder than the room and dark ...so we ask for a fire. We were told that dinner wasn't long enough to heat up the room. I offered to start the stove up myself ...and the waiter finally started a fire in it. So there we sat with our coats and alpaca hats in this place alone... except for the waiter/baggage boy/maintenace person who stood at attention staring at us. It was starting to feel like "the shining".

The food was ok ... meat and potatoes ranch style ... and it was hot! So now we were ready to take a nice hot Jacuzzi .... wrong. Evedently you have to request a hot jacuzzi 24 hrs in advance ;-(
Back to the room and into bed with our clothes and blankets.

Next day we are excited to start on our first tour ... horseback ride on an Incan trail. We should have just said no ... but trying to make the best of all this we just hopped on the malnurished poor equiped horses. Mine had a rope sinched around the tail to hold on the saddle. So about 10 miniutes into the ride up a non-maintained hiking path ... we come accross a pack of dogs. Did I mention that this was a guided tour ... hmmm. We ended up walking most of the way after a couple more incidents with dogs and a pickup with hunters and more dogs ... and the many wire gates to open on the cattle ranch road we followed.

Not sure where the inca trail or eco reserve is ... but we just up and left after this tour. At one point my wife's horse got bit by one of the dogs and spooked into a full run up the mountain path ... branches hitting her ... and cliffs to the side. We were glad to just get back down the hill and out of there.

We still have not gotten our money back ... or even an apology for the crazy horseride tour. Just excuses like " you can't controll the nieghbors dogs". We are presently disputing the charges for the horseback tour and the accomodation that we never even recieved. I am also looking into the best way to protest the abuse to these poor horses ... which were to small for full sized adults and basically tortured by these homemade bridal/saddle made thin poly ropes ... stained with blood. I have many photos of the whole thing.

We saw one bird on the ride/walk ... actually the guide/valunteer said she saw one. Maybe we were out of season? Maybe the dogs and hunters scare them away!

So what can I say but I told you so ... stay away from this place.
Don't listen to them when they try to get you to prepay for everything since it is "so crowded that time of the year" ... or has to be preplaned for "off grounds english speaking guides".

The one thing we learned from this trip is to not prebook things.
There were so many nice helpful Ecuadorians and nice beautiful places we stayed and ate at. These places are full of good energy and you can just see it when you arrive. I can still remember this one lady who closed her shop up to walk us to another store ... just out of kindness.

Cafe Cultura was our favorite!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank coysolar
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Reviewed July 3, 2007

We had an absolutely incredible time at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve, just a short distance away from Quito Airport. We visited both reserves, the San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve and their new reserve located in Milipe including their new eco-lodge
in Milpe! The scenery was spectacular, and the service was excellent.
We had a wonderful experience. The staff was helpful and friendly, food was great and we cannot wait to return!

Thanks to George and his staff for giving their all, making our stay at San Jorge a memorable experience!

Bob & Rose McHale
Watertown, CT USA
r.mchale@snet.net
June 4, 2007

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank happywanderer052
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Reviewed January 16, 2007

We have just returned from our second stay at San Jorge Eco-Lodge, a beautiful 19th century hacienda turned into an eco-lodge overlooking Quito. The owners and the staff could not be more helpful or generous with their time and expertise. The common rooms are beautiful, spacious, and full of both antiques and wonderful art - including many paintings by the owner, his father, and his son. The individual rooms are in two separate locations, and each time we have stayed in the free-standing upper rooms. Each has a fireplace (now with a heater rather than a fire for warmth at night), one or two beds, and a bathroom. The balcony provides a gorgeous view of Quito and the Andes. In addition to a beautiful swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna (just ask and they will heat them up), the owners will arrange any number of activities and trips -- including horseback riding through the Andes, gorgeous hiking, and guided walks with knowledgeable guides, visits to surrounding towns, and bird watching circuits. (The owners are bird enthusiasts, and they have now built another lodge and a viewing area in other parts of the country where they will take you for a complete birding circuit). Absolutely highly recommended for a relaxing, beautiful, and authentic experience just outside (20 minutes) the hustle and bustle of Quito!

Stayed: December 2006
8  Thank LFaith
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Reviewed October 29, 2006

We (my wife and I and two kids, ages 12 and 9) spent a total of three nights at San Jorge Eco Lodge on our way to and from the Galapagos in April of this year. The Lodge is in a beautiful setting perched on the mountains surrounding Quito. Lush gardens can be found on the grounds and along hiking trails going further up the mountains behind the lodge. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Our lodge host served as a tour guide for us one day taking us on a tour of the old city in Quito and other sights. Meals at the lodge were quite good as well.

Despite the four stars, there are some things one should know before booking a stay at San Jorge. Many of the lodge rooms are quite old. We liked the rustic look and feel. Others may not. The heating system was a fireplace in our room. The owner was in the process of installing central heat in many of the rooms. Sitting at an elevation close to 10,000 feet, it does get cool at night. The pool (unheated) and sauna area of the lodge were quite run down and not of much use.

If you are willing to accept such limitations in exchange for an experience that involves closer interaction with the people of Quito and excellent opportunities for hiking, horse-back riding, bird watching at high altitudes, then the San Jorge Lodge is a great choice. If you are looking for a more luxurious stay in Quito, the lodge would not be a good fit.

9  Thank s_grab
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