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“Great B&B, amazing breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Magic Stone

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Magic Stone
Ranked #5 of 42 Banos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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192 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great B&B, amazing breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stayed in Magic Stone for 2 nights. The B&B was a real relief after having stayed in several hostels around the Quilotoa loop and in Latacunga. The Danish couple who owns the place is lovely and they make great breakfast (all own made!). Amazing bread, pancakes, jam and fresh fruit, served in the living room with views over Banos! We stayed in the blue room, with private bath, tv and wifi (signal little weak). Location is at the end of Ambato street, a 5 minute walk from the centre, 10 minutes from the bus station. A good place to rent bikes is Imagine Ecuador. Ride along the road to Puyo and visit the Diablo waterfalls! A nice walk is the hike to Bellavista, with nice views over Banos.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We arrived by taxi from the bus station and were welcomed by the charming Danish hosts Ove and Aase. Getting acquainted with them was a large part of why this is a magical place. The property sits on a small hill overlooking town. It is a short and safe 5 min walk to town. The rooms are spacious and very clean. The highlight of each day is sitting down to a homemade Danish breakfast. We tried all 3 of Aase's amazing homemade breads, the cheese platter, the homemade jam, fresh fruit cup, and scrambled eggs with avocado made from the eggs laid by chickens who live next door. The breakfast table is situated in their home near a large window with a panoramic view of the hills of Banos. Wow. This is a lovely oasis of calm and tranquility. After a hectic week of activity in the Galapagos we were able to relax and slow down and felt truly taken care of by two amazing people. Thank you Ove and Aase for everything but especially for your vision and your personal "magic" that is the secret of Magic Stone B&B.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

Am absolutely pleased I booked this place. I was worried they wouldn't have availability. We arrived late on the day but the owner came out to greet us. We felt bad as it was late but he immediately made us feel welcomed. Immediately I was so pleased at the size of the room, bedding, toilet, décor- it looked and felt like home ! The next morning I awoke to a beautiful surprise. Mountains and valleys all around me. I felt good vibes from this place!

Breakfast - now that should be a whole other review ! it was the best breakfast ever !!!! I need your crepe recipe !!!!! Aase and Ove really made me feel so welcomed. They were caring as well - after a zip-line accident I had- be careful- I wouldn't do it- poor Health & Safety. I really feel that they were not owners of a B&B but friends.

I love this place so much I hope to return ! I will always remember magic stone as my happy place and have great fond memories ! Thank you and please say hi to Muller and the birds for me

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Jena, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is one of the best stays i have ever had during my travel through southamerica. I'm still missing the amazing breakfast with selfmade whole grain bread, selfmade jam, a wonderful cheeseplate and all the things you miss whilst travelling. The house is a place to feel home in the moment you enter it. You will have breakfast in the living room of ove and aase, looking over whole Baños, listening to relaxing music and just feeling good. The two houses where the guests stay are in front of the house, well placed in the lovely garden. They are spacious, very clean and provide a high european standard. In Germany it would deserve a 4 stars certification. You have no kitchen in your house and to go out for dinner but since it's just a seven-minutes-walk away from the citycenter, it never bothered us.

Without any doubts I would stay again in this amazing place!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Cayambe, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

Friends did us a favor and recommended Magic Stone. The owners were very friendly, great hospitality and a wonderful breakfast where we could select from several items. We ordered all of it, did so the next day too. Definitely will stay with Ove and Aase again when we are in Banos.
Ron & Donna Carlson

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

From the moment we arrived the owners Aase and Ove made us feel very welcome and they are very warm and lovely people. The room was great, very spacious and comfortable and good value for money. Breakfast was also nice with lovely home made bread and the best eggs we have had in 6 weeks travelling. We were also given some yummy homemade banana cake one afternoon with coffee which was a nice touch. We really enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend Magic stone. The setting is amazing and it really is Magic, made more so by the lovely hosts.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at the Magic Stone and loved it! We had some rainy weather while we were in Banos and didn't get to do what we had planned to see/do, but we know we want to come for another trip to stay in the oasis of calm that Aase and Ove have created here. Banos centre is quite a compact, busy little place on the weekends and walking 5 mins back to this quiet haven tucked away was perfect. The breakfast is delicious, just try the home-baked bread! Aase and Ove are really kind, friendly, and warm people, we will be booking again very soon!

Room Tip: We stayed in the blue room-it is prefect for couples.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Magic Stone

Property: Magic Stone
Address: Calle Ambato | El Campamento de los Pinos, Banos 0059, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The place is located in the far end of the main street, towards the waterfall. Ask for: "Campamento Los Pinos" Magic Stone is a great place to relax, with hammocks in the garden and amazing views. If you need information about tours in the area etc, we are here to help and you can order our famous breakfast with homemade bread and jam, fresh pressed orange-juice,crepes, fresh ground coffee/tea,scrambled egg ect. everything in best quality.Magic stone make day-trips only for our guests to a special place in the highland jungle where nobody else are coming, and to a very low price.We look forward to see you here in Magic Stone. ... more   less 

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