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“Benito's Beautiful Hostal”
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La Posada del Arte
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Yorkshire
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“Benito's Beautiful Hostal”
Reviewed January 26, 2010

...there's no getting away from it - Benito calls the shots here :-)

This is a wonderful hostal in the chilled and stunning town of Banos, for many reasons - Jim & Marshia are excellent hosts - was a real pleasure for us to meet you, and your hat-stealing menagerie ;-) as with so many folks we met in Ecuador they really made us welcome, chatting with Marshia with red wine to hand on our first night was a highlight. The location is perfect - beautiful views of the waterfall, a 30 second stroll to the Piscina de la Virgen (wow, what a place :-) ). The gallery aspect of the hostal was excellent - superb lovingly created artwork everywhere - my personal favourite is the hard hitting mural on the roof terrace; and I could wax lyrical about the food for many a day - Heuvos Rancheros for breakfast should be the law, although the other breakfasts seemed to go down just as well! Another law should be passed for Paella Andina for second breakfast, lunch, dinner & tea! Gorgeous, as indeed was everything we tried off the extensive menu. Vegetarian eating in Ecuador was generally effortless and high quality, but the food here was incredible. All the staff were supremely friendly, and thought nothing of rearranging the kitchen so we could retrieve the lost hat from Benito's claws :-). So yep, that's a recommendation from me. Basically we cannot wait to return to beautiful Banos, and this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2009

Friends from Spain and Argentina and I (US) needed to get away from the hurly-burly in Quito after the Fiestas first week of December and we could not have found a nicer place. Great ambiance, terrific hosts, lovely, clean rooms and art all over the place, yummy breakfast and wonderful views. Just a few blocks from the main square and the "baths" and close access to all the adveture activities and tours available from Banos. Easy to get to from Quito on bus: cost $3.50. And the room rates are very, very reasonable.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Chatham, New York
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Reviewed December 26, 2009

This is simply to verify all of the reasons that this inn receives so many fine reviews. Thank you Marshia and Jim for providing such a nice place to stay - wish we could have stayed longer. Abrazos y besos, Miguel y Joanne from upstate New York.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2009

We spent 4nights in Banos at La Posada Del Arte and would´ve spend longer, if we hadn´t needed to continue our travels.
It is true that there are not that many things to do in Banos, but the town is a beautiful relaxing setting, especially if you stay here.
In booking the hotel, I conversed via email with the owners and they were quick to respond and very helpful. They did not have a double room available for the first night, so they offered us the family for a reduced price. They said that we could then change rooms or continue with the suite for the remainder of our stay. We actually decided to pay the extraand remain in the suite, which we did not regret.
As a previous review stated, it was recently renovated. However, we didn´t find any problems with the bathroom looking old. The jacuzzi was a novelty, which was fun. Unfortunately, I think we used all the hot water filling it! The room also had a wood fireplace, which we were told we could use and we did one night.
The general vibe of the place is relaxed, butif we had any questions theowners were happy to help. We could not receive the wifi in our room, so we were loaned a plug in booster, which really helped.
As the hotel is so close to the waterfall (1 small block), the sound relaxes you as you fall asleep each night. At the waterfall, the are some baths, which are worth visiting. If you dare, go from the HOT bath to the FREEZING plunge pool - very refreshing and invigorating!
The best thing though, for me, was the fantastic food that was served. Every morning while there, I had the Huevos Rancheros- a delicious feast of fried eggs, frijoles (black beans), rice, guacamole & salsa piccante (spicy sauce). I couldn´t think of a better way to start the day! If you stay here, you must try it! The evening meals were produced with the same obvious enthusiasm for good food.
Many thanks to the owners, Marshia and Jim, and should we return to Banos, we will definately come back to La Posada Del Arte.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

This was my second trip to Ecuador and I stayed here with my wife so instead of the usual cheap backpacking places I decided to pay a little more. The place is great! the breakfast one of the best things about it. Nice decor and kept clean. Artwork throughout the hotel. Cosy TV lounge and books available. The only fault I can think is that there could have been more information available of what to do in Baños such as tours etc. But great place to relax

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Seattle WA
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

We stayed at La Posada del Arte a few weeks ago and had an incredible time. The food was so delicious that we ate almost every meal there. The staff was very attentive and welcoming, we felt at home instanly. The owners are very personable and went out of their way to help us find everything...from horseback riding, their favorite hike, wonderful massages and even suggested some other resaurants (when we ventured out.) The location is perfect, on a quiet street, but close to town and the hot springs. The views from the rooftop terrace are wonderful and it is a great place to relax and read your book.

We are living in Quito for 6 months and we have already reserved rooms for the holidays (thanksgiving and christmas) so we can have great meals and feel closer to home.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed September 15, 2009

Stayed there Sept.8,2009 rooms 5&6 and what a fantasic place.I went with a cousin from Ecuador who traveled with me to Banos and recommended La Posada De Arte.It felt more like staying at a friends/family house.Great price,breakfast,location.Marshia,the owner, was friendly,attentive.(I hope you feel better Marshia).And so was the staff....

  • Stayed September 2009
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Property: La Posada del Arte
Address: Calle Velasco Ibarra y Av. Montalvo, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
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Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Posada del Arte 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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