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“Relaxing Atmosphere - Great Location”

Hostal Valle del Amanecer
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Hostal Valle del Amanecer
Ranked #25 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Otavalo
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Relaxing Atmosphere - Great Location”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Just like most reviewers described this hostal has a great courtyard complete with hammocks, fireplace (don't know when they actually light it though..) and lots of plants, making it an excellent place to relax after a long morning of bartering at the nearby market (2 blocks from the hostal to the central market). If you have a room near the restaurant it might be a bit noisy in the morning but otherwise the rooms and hostal in general are quiet.

You can get a room with a shared bath or a private bath. A shared bath costs $13 a person ($26 for 2, $39 for 3) with breakfast included. The breakfast is a choice of either bread and jam, parfait, or pancake and fruit salad all with either coffee or tea and the option to add more food a la carte. The rooms don't have any heating, but they put a few thick blankets on the bed, which is enough to make for a warm night, at least in June-not sure if it gets colder at other times of the year.

The hostel is fairly clean and the showers get nice and hot, but the wifi does not work well. it is very slow, which seems to be the case in most places, and it does not reach some of the rooms.

Overall the hostel is a good value due to its location, decor/garden, and breakfast, but there are cheaper options around the town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Otavalo, Ecuador
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Not what I was expecting when I booked a hostal in touristy Otavalo for 12 dollars a night. It's a beautiful hostal with rooms situated around an inner courtyard filled with trees and hammocks. Breakfast was good, the water pressure was excellent. Nice people in charge.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The hostel is pretty much as everyone describes, convenient to the bus and market square. Rooms are clean, breakfast of pancakes or yogurt and granola. An extra cup of coffee for two is $2.50. Now for the other info. We left our luggage in the locked luggage room next to the office and found later that a lap top, iPod and e reader had been taken. Unfortunately we did not notice this until we arrived in Quito. It was all in a knapsack packed in such a way that someone needed a far bit of time to undo it and repack it. Looking back we should have locked that pocket as in the one locked pocket other items were untouched. The main problem I suspect is the main door is neither closed or monitored, the front desk is not staffed during the day. It is simple for someone to enter and pilfer from any room as the locks are simple to open with a screwdriver. So nice place, ok food, not a safe spot as it is not secured or well supervised. Ca sera I guess and no apology was offered....

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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If it weren't for the undulating pattern of river stones on the walls of this corner, it would be too easy to miss Hostal Valle de Amanecer. A friend and I tripped into it, leaving our men pals on the street as we wandered through the courtyard, our jaws dropping, and swore to return to this bit of another world, secluded from the overwhelming shoppety-shop experience that Otavalo can be.

I returned alone for lunch a few days later and was not disappointed. The peace and quiet accompanying my excellent, well priced food relaxed me to the point where I seriously considered a snooze and not returning to my Cotacachi digs, in favor of imbibing this whole new flavor of Otavalo, which was turning out to be a sweet little city with hidden treasures like this. Even paying the bill was a good experience since (a) it didn't hurt and (b) I met the whole family and had a wonderful conversation with them. Ramiros, a doctor (that explains why the hostal's business card offers "medical attention"), pointed me in the right direction to find Otavalenos in my professional field. Can't wait to get back here!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Canoa, Ecuador
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This the third time that I've stayed at this family Hostal. Amazing colors and breakfast included. Close to everything and bike rentals are on site. Fun place to stay for a day or week. Two blocks from the market and the bus station. Good use of river rocks

Room Tip: Sorry no pool and couln't change it...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Hillsburgh, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2012

When you walk through the front gates of Valle del Amanecer, you step into the Garden of
Eden. Over the years Ramiro has collected collected flowers plants which adorn the court yard, with the focal point being a huge avocado tree and coconut palm that can be seen from blocks away. The Hostal has the most amazing restaurant with meals prepared by Lorena. It is just one block for the huge Saturday market so you can shop and bring back your purchases and shop again and again! Ramiro does local tours when he is done serving breakfast. He is also the driver and tour guide for the touchthejungle.org tours check out the Hostal at www.valledelamanecer.com tell them Grace sent you. I have been using thisnhostal for my tour for ten years and everyone has been happy with my choice.

Room Tip: Rooms eleven and 13 are the best as they are in the court yard. Lots of private bath rooms. Singles...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This place was perfect. As we were walking down the street trying to find it, I saw a gorgeous property with river stones lining the walls and I thought "wow, I wish that was ours" and it was! The courtyard is so pretty, hammocks, river stones, an avocado tree. Plus breakfast was included. Our group of three girls and three guys had separate rooms right next door, and it was amazing, we couldn´t hear a thing they said! If you stay upstairs the walls are thick and you don't hear any footsteps.

The hostel is about 5 blocks from the bus station, and 3 to the market. Very great location!

Room Tip: Ask for one upstairs!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hostal Valle del Amanecer
Address: Quiroga and Roca, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Ranked #25 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Otavalo
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Number of rooms: 18

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