My wife and I stayed at this wonderful hacienda this past week as part of a Gate 1 tour. Let me say that looks can be deceiving because when we first saw the hacienda, I started to panic thinking that it was some sort of joke. Luckily for me, it was no joke and it ended up being one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at.
The hacienda used to be a house and was converted to a hotel some time ago. There are only like 6 rooms at the Hacienda but there are more rooms in other buildings around the property. Our room was room #2 and it was located in the hacienda. The room was small but charming and cozy. It was perfect for my wife and I.
The dinner was good, my wife and I both had the steak. We asked for the meat cooked medium but it was rare, really rare. We asked for it to be cooked longer and it was perfect after being cooked a little longer. It was no big deal for us.
The highlight of this hotel, though, was that the volcano that graces the view from the hotel was actually active for the night that we stayed. The plume of smoke was visible all evening and at night we could see the lava spurting out of the volcano. Not enough to cause trouble but just enough to put on an awesome show. It was an unbelievable night.
The staff is friendly and helpful. I was impressed with how polite they were.
Overall, this charming hotel is worth the drive and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda Manteles, a hotel near Banos, awaits your visit, offering you a homely and welcoming atmosphere in one of the most beautiful haciendas in Ecuador. Manteles, built in 1965 was transformed into a hotel in 1992. Little by little, the property has been remodelled and refurbished to include all the home comforts and services that our guests deserve. Located 18km from the town of Banos and offering stunning views of the active Tungurahua Volcano, the hacienda has become a 'must see' during any trip to Ecuador.The natural environment and ecotourism come together in Hacienda Manteles. Along with the wonderful gardens surrounding the main house, the hacienda encompasses a 200 hectare area of protected primary and secondary cloud forest, through which one can reach the entrance to the mystical Llanganates National Park. This forest, among other wonders, is home to an abundance of wild orchids and animals. For those who love mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trekking Hacienda Manteles offers the perfect setting, with a whole network of natural trails to really enjoy these activities. The surrounding peaks of the Andes provide the perfect back drop for an unforgettable visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Manteles Hotel Banos