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Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico
Ranked #4 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Manta
liphook, hampshire
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Neglected and overpriced”
Reviewed July 2, 2010

The cabañas are very nice, but expensive, the cheapest at 29. The grounds show signs of neglect, and the beach has litter on it only about 30 metres from the path out from the complex. I didnt find it a friendly place at all, it felt empty and the service wasnt that good either, considering what you are paying. The food however in the evening was nice, and it could be exploited much more.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Queens,NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2010

This hotel is beautiful, was clean, interesting, eco-friendly, etc. Very cool place to stay. It feels like everything is open to the jungle and bats will literally fly in overhead while you're eating breakfast in the dining room; however, this means the human animals can also come in. I almost hate to write this review, because I know it will put a dent in the tourism industry in Puerto Lopes / Pto Rico area, but I feel I must warn other travellers. Here it is : while we were sitting in the lodge on a saturday evening, 4 armed gunmen waltzed right into the lobby and started rounding up all employees and guests. We were lined up on the dining room floor face down at gun point for at least 30 min while they looted and stole everything off us. Several guests were brought to their room at gunpoint and forced to open the door for them while they stole everything. This was a most terrifying experience. There was no security guards, no video cameras, not even a locked gate to deter them. How sad, this place is so beautiful, but it 100% unsecured. If you're considering staying here, please contact the ecolodge and inquire about the current security status. Everyone was shocked this happened and said it was the first time in 19 years. I'm hoping after this they will add security to the hotel. If they secure the entire place, it will be an incredible, beautiful lodge to stay in. I hope for everyone's sake, they add security. I have a feeling all the other ecolodges in the area are probably also unsecured. Inquire about security before staying at a place. It could happen to you!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank bigjoffa
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

We were disappointed because they are proud to be an eco lodge. There is nothing eco about this lodge (eg. energy saving lamp only at the reception, they sell corals and shells in the shop ...). The service was poor and a general lack in motivation was obious. No internet but a contract with the german mass tourist agency Neckermann. Although the location is beautiful. There a lots of other lodges around.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2009

We found this to be a unique beachfront accomodation ~ in general we found the resort to be very clean and well kept and trying hard to do the right thing environmentally speaking. All staff we had contact with were lovely and helpful. the pounding of the surf created a wonderful environment and the food, while perhaps not fabulous was certainly good and very fresh and the beach was wonderful for walking although we too had cool and grey weather. The rooms looked lovely with natural stone and bamboo finishes & comfy chairs by the fireplace, but the bed and pillows were so uncomfortable it made sleeping impossible! Also the poor lighting made trying to read at night another impossiblity thus we cut our stay short and only spent one night.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank jtuna2
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Ecuador
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2009

Even though the place overall was very nice, I had the worst experience in the Santa Rosa cabins. There`s no privacy at all in the bathroom (no curtains in the windows), and we had rodents eating on whatever they could find (including one of our backpacks), I even found excrements right next to our toothbrushes. It`s a shame, because we enjoyed everything else but the accomodations. I also specified that we were 3 adults and two children and the cabin was way too small for us. I`m sure it would have been very different if we could have had a "real room" , but we spent four days, and the nights were a real nightmare. I would recommend the hotel but choose rooms either at Colibri or Torrecilla.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank Marian M
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Camarillo, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2009

The rooms are comfortable, and the grounds are nice. There is a small pool and private beach, with proximity to Machalila National Park. The restaurant's vegetarian options for lunch and dinner are limited and not very good. I would eat off site. The staff has very limited options in arranging activities, and we were not able to do some of the things we read about on their website. If you do not have your own transportation, you are can hang out at the resort, but that is about all. I think calling this an eco-lodge is a bit of stretch. They do have wet composting toilets, and there is a national park and natural beauty nearby, but I think they have a way to go to claim to be an eco-lodge.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Hitcher84
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Cocoa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2009

After looking at several different properties in the area we cruised in here to check it out. We were very pleased with the grounds, location and the rooms. Three of us stayed here for 5 nights, two of us in the tall building close to the beach and one of us in a cabin behind us.
The staff was friendly, especially, "Elmer". This is a very cool place right on the beach. If you surf, this is a beach break which is always pretty much breaking in the 4'-6' range, the problem is it has a tendency to close out. It breaks best on high tide and you just need to wait and look them over before you take off. The inside section works the best.
I would definitely stay here again and again!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico
Address: Ruta del Sol - Machalilla | Puerto Rico Community, Manabí, Manta 130802, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Manta
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Manta
Hotel Class:3 star — Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico 3*
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