Hacienda Primavera is a really beautiful place in a gorgeous setting but you need to know what you're getting into by staying here as we felt rather misled by the promises of the website. We only had a quick stay there and I think it's better suited to people looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful for several days without having to "do" anything - while there are lots of options for hiking and horseback riding in the area, it can take some time to coordinate tour plans and is best for those on a relaxed timetable.
The biggest disappointment was that the food is not organic, local or grown on their "farm" (when we asked about where the farm and gardens were they were quite confused and finally said that it was all around us) - en route to the hacienda the driver stopped at the grocery store to pick up a big pre-ordered box of groceries for our stay. Not that grocery produce is all that bad - the food was all still very fresh and always included veggies - but the food just wasn't outstanding (a lot of meats in sauces and the lovely but usual juice/fruit/toast/eggs tourist breakfast) and at their price point and with promises of organic local meals I do expect more. The chef is a great guy though and an excellent guitarist!
The rooms are spacious with beautiful views, particularly the matrimonial rooms which are in the corners and feature two half-walls of windows and corner balconies (but none are really "suites", all are generous box rooms of a similar size each with ensuite bathroom). The staff was friendly and accommodating but not truly equipped to fulfill the promises of the website - we came specifically for the farm experience and to hike in the cloud forests but since another couple was staying at the hotel at the same time as us and wanted to take a short horseback ride and local hike we basically had to do that too as there wasn't an additional guide or driver to accommodate us. It's a truly beautiful place in a breathtaking rural setting but I felt it was just way overpriced for what is actually provided.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hacienda is located three hours Northwest of Quito and one and a half hours Northwest of Otavalo and Ibarra The same family has owned the hacienda for over 90 years. Renovated luxury suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge Hotel Imbabura Province