We stayed 2 nights in this historic hacienda as part of our Adventures By Disney tour. The setting is gorgeous; nestled in the Andes with volcanoes on either side, the grounds have multiple fountains, cobble stone courtyards and paths, horses, a peacocks, llamas and beautiful old trees and blowsy flowering plants and shrubs. The hacienda itself has a Colonial history that the manager is happy to share as you tour the grounds. This hotel has that trade off you often make when staying in an historic property- it doesn't have everything in perfect repair at every moment and all the top modern amenities, but if it did it would lose a lot of its charm!
Theme and decor: The historic nature of this property means there is no need to "theme" it; it was authentic and beautiful. In addition to several fountained cobble stone courtyards, there was a beautiful chapel and many fireplaced sitting and dining areas to explore.
Location: This property is located near the Otovalo Valley and Peguche Village where we spent two days visiting various natural and cultural attractions. It was about 2 hours from Quito, but very close to the attractions of the area, where you can easily fill 2-3 days! The property is located right off the main highway, but set back on enough acreage that you don't hear any road noise and is in a rural area not near many other homes or villages. We did hear a lot of noise from the animals that live on the property, the horse corralled right outside our window made some noise and the we heard the peacock, but we felt this was part of the charm of staying on a "farm" and were not terribly bothered by it.
Rooms: Our group was housed in a newer building (built in the last decade) built to look old, which are set up in a group of 4 rooms surrounding a courtyard with a fountain and outdoor seating. We had a party of 6 and had 3 rooms; room 25, 27 and 28. The rooms were very similar, in size and amenities, but 25 and 28 had queen size beds with a separate day bed and 27 had twins with a bench. There are wood stoves in the rooms and they placed an electric heater in our room too. There are very high ceilings and the room is painted yellow ochre. The best part is the windows, one overlooking the courtyard, one overlooking the horse corral and another overlooking a small shared front porch. (25 & 26 share and 27 & 28 share). This was the "last" building at the end of the cobble path and very quiet, but the furthest walk to the main buildings (a few hundred feet maybe, not even 1/8 mile?)
The bath is simple, a tub shower with plastic curtain and vanity sink. As with most Ecuadorian plumbing, a trash basket for all toilet paper, which cannot be thrown in the toilet. The only toiletries on offer are a bar of soap and a plastic packet of shampoo. There is a nice table next to the vanity for holding supplies. Another thing to note- face clothes are not used here traditionally and therefore not provided unless requested.
We had an odor or sewage near the bed on our first night, which is quite far from the bath, so we can only speculate it's near the leach field or a pipe servicing this building (it is on the down hill side of the building) We didn't notice this on the second night, so it might have been a plumbing problem that was quickly corrected. Additionally, the horse started before dawn prancing near his oats dish in the corral and this sounds just like people rolling luggage above you. It took me a while to figure out what it was since there is no one above you! This went on off and on all morning from 4:30-6:30 till I looked out the window and noticed the horse. ( boy, those hooves are loud and reverberate on hard packed ground!) I took a video of him and when he spotted me in the window, he moved on! So if you are in this room or room 27 and it bothers you I'll bet if you make some noise or flash you light or cameras flash before bed, he'll move to the other side and stay there.
Each night they light the woodstove for you and put a hot water bottle on your bed, so even though it's very cool in the evenings, because of this and the very heavy bed covers, and we slept very well.
Service: Was excellent and very efficient. Everyone working here seems to want to please the guests and our Spanish was poor, so we couldn't do a great job communicating our needs, but they worked hard to understand us and when our guides made a request on our behalf they responded very quickly to requests! The manager was always available and we felt as if we were visiting someone's home who could not do enough for us.
Dining: Our group had many private meals. Usually a buffet breakfast and set menu dinner with a couple of choices. The food was very well prepared and while they did make some concessions to the US palate of our group, most of the food was very authentic and we enjoyed trying new things and everything was hot and well prepared. We did eat in the main dining room the first night and had a modified menu of Ecuadorian specialties...this was excellent too.
Activities and Attractions nearby: Peguche Water Fall, Peguche artisans village, Parque Condor, Otovalo Market. There is horse back riding offered on site.
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Pinsaqui Otavalo
- Hacienda Pinsaqui Hotel Otavalo