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“Almost touching the heavens”
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Hacienda Manteles
Ranked #1 of 48 Banos B&B and Inns
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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Almost touching the heavens”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We visited Manteles with Gate One in June 2013 and after an amazing bus journey from the bottom of the valley through clouds and haze, we arrived at this lovely property with an amazing view in all directions. We stayed in the Jacuzzi Suite and it is one of the most beautiful rooms we have ever enjoyed. Fernando and his staff were very pleasant and our group enjoyed our evening there altogether in the common room. I would love to go back and spend more time there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed at this hacienda while on a Gate 1 tour of Ecuador. It was by far our favorite place. It was out in the country, quiet, and had a beautiful view of the Tungurahua Volcano. The manager, Fernando, gave us a tour of his garden and walked us around the grounds. The dinner we were served in the dining room was amazing - the best food we had on our entire trip. The rooms were spacious, comfortable, clean, and recently renovated. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

During August and September 2012 we did a road-trip through parts of Ecuador. In Quito we stayed at Boutique Hotel Café Cultura and the owner told us about Hacienda Manteles. 'Exclusive Hotels and Haciendas of Ecuador' offers a UNIQUE collection of boutique hotels, haciendas and lodges - Hacienda Manteles is one of them.

We arrived at night, and it felt like a very long drive, up a narrow mountain road to get to the Hacienda.
We were welcomed by Fernando, whom I now consider a family friend. He shared some really interesting stories about Ecuador - from politics to pachamama.
We had two rooms in the new buildings, one with a king bed and the other with two double's. Both had a large full wall window with beautiful views towards Tungurahua. It was great waking up in the morning, sitting in my bed with these amazing views.
The food was great. We had breakfast and dinner at the hacienda. Never disappointed. The wines were expensive though.
I loved the gardens at Manteles, Lavender, lemon trees and a huge old tree. Fernando also designed a beautiful organic garden, where they grow all kinds of vegetables. In the surrounding area, close to the vegetable gardens, there are areas with chikcens, cows, pigs, ducks. My daughter loved the farm-feel and Rasta, the long haired pony.
Banos is a scenic, 45 min drive away and once you've traveled the road to Manteles, it gets better every time.
It's a great place to go relax, and charge your batteries. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Lone Pine, CA
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is an excellent hotel, with very good hosts and rooms are clean and well cared for. We had Room 1 which was in the old part of the Hotel, but was very nice. The meals were among the best we had on the trip. I would recommend this hotel even though it is hard to get to.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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206 reviews
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is a private residence with a farm and organic garden attached. Miles outside of Banos up a dirt road. Welcomed by a speech by Fernando. Humming birds flying around with a view of the volcano, very picturesque. Rooms are divided between 3 buildings, in the main house (1 to 5) an outside building has 6 to 17 and a new building has 4 apartment like rooms 18 to 21. Room quality ranges from the main house where rooms smell of old furniture, to an old outside building (6 - 17) where we stayed to these luxurious apartments with full wall windows with a view of the mountain and a Jacuzzi bath. Definitely stay in 18 to 21. Our room in the old outside building only had one electrical outlet, no where to place suitcases to unpack unless you use the second bed and you could hear everything being said in the adjoining rooms.
We had a couple of issues, a chair broke in the dining room sending someone flying onto the floor and then in the morning a water faucet broke in one of the new apartments almost scolding the user. She couldn't stop the water and spend a long time trying to find someone at 530am to help. No staff were available and all the hot water drained for all 3 buildings before someone could help. Thank goodness it was a fire or medical emergency it would never have been handled.
So after a cold shower I can say the meals were very good and this was a very different experience to be out in the country miles from any town and living with nature.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Larkspur, CA
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I generally like smaller places, boutique hotels, B&B's, so this was right up my alley. We had a lovely room in the main house (and yes the floors creak--hardly a big deal), but the place is charming. food is served--not a buffet--a real treat and the staff is friendly and helpful. the owner went from table to table at dinner, a nice touch, and the manager was a delightful host. getting there is a tour bus was exciting for those who like excitement and sit on downhill side. i just closed my eyes! the site is so beautiful, I could have stayed a couple of more days just to sit and look at the mountains.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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HaciendaManteles, Gerente general departamento de Reservas at Hacienda Manteles, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Greetings from Hacienda Manteles,

We would like to send our warmest regards, It was a real pleasure to have you with us at the Hacienda.

We are pleased to hear that you where happy with our staff and amenities.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to have you here in Ecuador and at the Hacienda Manteles in the not too distant future.

Thank you for your comment!

We hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Gabriela López
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Brownsville, Texas
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Hacienda Manteles is a paradise in the mountains of Ecuador. The access is good and the experience is extraordinary. The service is excellent and you become friends with everyone there. The view of mountains and valleys in endless, all green, and clean. The food is gourmet in a cozy and unique environment. We recommend it to anyone trying to experience nature at its best and kind people at its best also. I need to return and take my husband with me this time. I am sure my daughter will take us if we ask her. Go with your beloved ones. You will be glad you did.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hacienda Manteles
Address: Ecological Route Banos - Patate km. 18.5 (Via Las Antenas), Banos 0000, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hacienda Manteles 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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