I spent one night here in late November and felt that it was a great experience. I was traveling with a friend, and we were looking for a reasonable but safe, clean, and pleasant place to stay on Saturday after seeing the market. The staff held our bags for us until check-in time on Saturday and again while we hiked on Sunday before heading back to Quito. The room was very basic, but very clean and comfortable. Since none of the places around Quito and Otavalo have heating, we appreciated the three wool blankets on each of the bed! We were also pleased by the clean bathrooms with good hot water in the morning. The restaurant was great; we had coffee/dessert one night and breakfast the next morning and wished we would have eaten there more often.
The location was central to the market and little stores and main square; we also appreciated a recommendation for a hiking guide (Runa Tupari) to go around Laguna Cuicocha on Sunday morning.
Although we thought this was a great little place for the price, a few things people should be aware of: 1. the rooms face a central courtyard and there is some noise from conversations and footsteps as people climb up to their rooms. We found this not to be a problem, but others might want to plan for earplugs if they're sensitive. 2: it does get cold at night, and even with the blankets, you need warm night clothes to sleep in. 3: our room had a bit of a gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. we just tucked a rolled up towel in the gap and went about our business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dona Esther is a small colonial style B&B in the center of Otavalo, near the famous Saturday crafts market and all other activity. With only 12 rooms and a family room for 4 on the top floor, we can keep it personal. Your room has a view on the green inner court yard, so you can take a seat outside your room and enjoy a glass of beer or wine after a day of activities. Our restaurant with a delicious and inventive menu is just downstairs, our reading room has enough books to buy or exchange and the Wifi is free for guests. A choice of breakfasts available. Restaurant closed on monday evening. ... more less
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