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“Living at 13 Minutes North of Latitude 0 ͦ at Hacienda Las Palmeras”
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Las Palmeras Inn
Ranked #4 of 27 Otavalo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Otavalo, Ecuador
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9 reviews
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“Living at 13 Minutes North of Latitude 0 ͦ at Hacienda Las Palmeras”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

We have been coming to Las Palmeras since 2012 and to Otavalo and Jama on the coast since 2010. We had visited Otavalo a few times before and fell in love with the countryside and most of all the people. Then came the first time we stepped foot into Las Palmeras, WOW we just knew we were home! Ah Hacienda Las Palmeras Inn. Upon arriving up a quaint cobblestone drive opening up into lush gardens a beautiful 150 year old hacienda and smiling faces. The Inn is at 8700 ft. and the onsite restaurant with everything from egg sandwiches to Cuy (guinea pig) and always tantalizing dinner entrees cold cervezas and a good selection of fine wines, why would you ever leave? There are guest suites in the Inn, two lovely buildings of guest suites and family suites set back in its own area surrounded by gardens and a wonderful grove of eucalyptus trees. As well as the garden cottages, very cozy standalone accommodations.
The Gardens:
The hacienda is set on 15 acres with many flowering plants soft deep grass and giant palm trees and an array of native plants. The weather is eternal spring with temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to lows in the 50’s, in the rainy season a bit lower. I have to tell you coming from the muggy and wintery mid-west it’s quite a relief. The greatest thing I discovered is when the sun is hot just step into the shade and its cool and most always a breeze. But remember one thing the GM once told me every Ecuadorian knows; you never tan…… just burn! The area outside of Las Palmeras is very safe and we walk the small roads well outside the town into the hills and have never had any fear. Just smiling people and incredible walks and views.
The Casas:
Casas, wonderful casas, only 11 and some are privately owned, some for rent and a few are for sale. We live in the most wonderful Casa Olana. Again surrounded by stunning gardens, 3 Koi ponds and some of the best mountain views in the world. We can see Madre Cotacachi at 16000 ft. out our front windows and from our terrace Padre Imbabura. Have I mentioned we are the first full time residents here at Las Palmeras? There are hummingbirds here some with foot long tails, 4 inch tall iridescent humming birds and too many others to list. The gardens, the birds, the sky so close and the clean cool mountain air. I just can’t say enough.
Otavalo:
Just a 20 to 40 minute walk about 3 ½ k (some days we walk faster and some slower), or a short $3.00 taxi ride into the Plaza de los Ponchos. The world famous textile market. You think you’ve been to outdoor markets? Well think again. You’ll need at least a day or two. Like to haggle, browse, eat great food? Well you’re home! For the brave make sure to come to the Saturday market, from the animal market outside town just across the Pan American to the whole town in full market mode, stall after stall, this will take all day and you won’t see half of it! Now from Plaza de los Ponchos head up hill to the main square, Bolivar Park, museums and San Luis Church. Make the time to go inside and light a candle or just quietly absorb the greatness of the amazing place.

Day Trips:
Near Lago San Pablo 5 minutes by taxi, enjoy Pequche waterfall a sacred place to the Indians and well worth the 20 minute walk. For a longer hike that will take some effort at 3 ½ to 5 hours and being fit is at Cuicocha lake. A still active volcano with an 800 ft. deep lake do the rim trial. Or relax and take the small tour boat around the lake. The Condor Park is close as well. Not to be over looked is Cotacachi leather goods and restaurants just a few kilometers away.
From the towns, restaurants too many to name to hiking, shopping to just sitting on your terrace sipping a cool drink Hacienda Las Palmeras has it all. Remember the old saying…… location……. location….. that is Hacienda Las Palmeras Inn.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

After a few crazy days in Quito we went to Otavalo by bus and then taxi to Las Palmeras . It is such a lovely place. Very calming and serene yet walking distance to the market. Our room was a cute 1 bedroom cottage with it's own fireplace and at night they came in and lit it while we dined. They also placed hot water bottles inside our sheets. There was plenty of hot water and pressure. The dining room was nice with a big roaring fire every day. We loved sitting in front of it with a nice glass of wine in the evening before dinner. Dinner was available and I would say good but not memorable. The soups were tasty though and the staff was fantastic. The grounds are beautiful with fruit trees and flowers everywhere and lovely little paths to stroll down. I would love to return!

Room Tip: I like the ones to the left of the office, individual units.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This was the first stop in a self drive week long vacation in the northern part of Ecuador. Finding Las Palmeras was easy as we had good directions from our excellent Quito travel agent Senderos Naturales. It is at the northern end of Otavalo and out in the country.
We were welcomed very warmly and shown to our cottage style room in the extensive gardens. The room was well prepared. We ate dinner both nights in their restaurant. The price was very reasonable. There is a fire to sit around in the restaurant while having a pre dinner drink. The food was good and there were two or three choices of main.
The staff light a fire in the bedroom and place hotwater bottles in the bed while you are at dinner if this is your wish. The fire tended to smoke so we closed the bedroom door to the living room.
The breakfast was superb.
Good advice given by the staff about local attractions to visit including the local farmers market which is at the end of the road. This is only 3 minutes drive or a 20 minute walk. Well worth it.
If you don't drive Las Palmeras is on a bus route.
I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This hotel serves you at the highest level that hospitality can give you!!

The bungalows are modest, but with all comfort, good quality bed, bathroom that is clean and with a good warm water shower. The open fire, which is lit for you, and burning when you return to the room in the evening.
Going to bed is even a bigger surprise when you discover the hot water/heating sacks in the bed, how comfy :-)

The restaurant serves great quality food, and breakfast is even so perfect.

All in all a place to stay, the staff enjoys having their guests and go for the extra mile.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

" Peregringo" and I refuged at this charming hacienda at the edge of Otavalo for several nights, and found it restful and overall quite lovely and comfortable situated as it is in a verdant niche among the volcanos and lakes. There was a local party one Saturday that ran on into the night with loud Andean style techno music, but at 10 p.m. on the dot, they must have turned it off or someone pulled the plug!!
I suspect most days it is free of this added `attraction´.

The water runs hot, the beds are excellent, there is wifi in the lobby and restaurant, and the breakfast is complete and well-served. Stroll the grounds where hummingbirds sup on the varied flowering vegetation, and if you get toward the back where the owners seem to abide, there are two pet llamas grazing on the spongy grass that carpets all the lawns. Bungalows are available with kitchenettes for families or for longer sojourns.

Stench of dogs that has been commented on by others is indeed heavy and hangs like a vapor around the reception area and parts of the otherwise welcoming fire-placed living room. They are completely tame but do bring the standard down a notch, and might really bother those who are allergic or unaccustomed. Not the only place where Ecuador hotel families keep dogs inside the front door.

We did have supper in the dining room 2 nights as we were too bushed to make it back into town, and the food was tasty, attractive, but sparingly served. Overpriced. Better to spend only $2 US for a cab into town and go to one of the many offerings around the Plaza de los Ponchos, like Inti Huasi where a great ´comida corrida´ is available at midday and their menu at night.

The Saturday market for which Otovalo gathers her fame is two pronged: a open air animal market with local food stalls draped around the outside ring. Pick up some cuys, bunnies, a cow, or a pig or two, if you are staying long. But if not, you might test some of Imbabura fare there or go on into downtown for the second part of market day which is the craft market which stretches down the four access streets into Plaza de los Ponchos. The crafts are nothing to write home about, but you will get a great look-see at all the indigenous peoples from villages near and far who walk or grab a crowded bus into town for their weekly family outing or shopping.

Do NOT miss El Parque Condor, $2 to 3 US taxi up above town to see the beautiful group of rescued birds of prey and the free flight show executed by knowledgable bird handlers at 11:30 and 4:30. Check that these times are still valid.

Room Tip: We were in the back building past the two bungalows at the edge of a large expanse of garden, but de...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

"Mexdoc" and I stayed here for three nights and enjoyed many things about it. Its setting is breathtaking: located on the outskirts of Otavalo in a beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms, although a bit "rough around the edges" do have their charm. The staff was extremely helpful and at @65 dollars a night with breakfast included, it was quite a bargain. On the downside, I must agree with another reviewer regarding the strong odor of dogs when you walk in the lobby (it seeps a bit into the living room and dining room as well) -- this a product of about 5 large canines that sleep behind the front desk and wander around the hotel. They are very friendly but could use more frequent bathing. It is also true that the carpet in our room had some holes caused by the fireplace and the whole thing might be changed and a tile apron included to avoid future burns. Other than that, I think that the breakfasts were very good and bountiful. The one time we ordered the dinner menu we found that, although well prepared, it was rather "skimpy" and at 18.00 they could do a bit better. You kind of get the impression that you are captive out there and have no other options that don't involve calling a cab to take you to a more delicious and much more economical place, such as the Inti Huasi (mmmm) located on the Plaza de los Ponchos.

Room Tip: There are regular room and bungalows available. We were in number 10 and it was OK, except for the n...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Beautiful property and quite a surprise off the beaten path. We stopped for a prearranged lunch on a tour of Otavalo. Lunch served in Sala Cuy with a fire in the fireplace. Traditional Ecuador style potato soup, beef with veggies, fresh squeezed juice and dessert. Gardens are beautiful. Three resident greeters of the four-legged kind wearing bows and sweaters. A nice midday break

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Las Palmeras Inn
Address: Quichinche, Otavalo, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Otavalo
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Hotel Class:3 star — Las Palmeras Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Las Palmeras Inn, a 25-minute downhill walk to the markets of Otavalo, overlooks the often snow-capped Cotacachi Mountain. Its garden cottages have fireplaces, new bathrooms and patios. Fine food and tranquility personified. ... more   less 
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