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Hosteria La Roulotte
Ranked #7 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Mindo
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37 reviews
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“Perfect place for a special weekend”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Just came back from 4 wonderful days at La Roulotte. Great personalized service and charming setting. The cabins were comfortable with easy to sleep in with beds which were larger than a double. The food was very good.and the portions large. There are lots of local activities to take advantage of in Mindo and the staff here will help you find whatever activity you are looking for. The large restaurant is a perfect place to sit and watch hummingbirds and see and hear nature at its best.. Ignacio and his staff all went out of their way to make it a special weekend. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ISRAEL
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We spent a long weekend at La Roulotte May 24-26, 2013. It is a lovely place set in lush tropical garden with trees, flowers and streams. The cabins are made like wagons converted into comfortalble accomodation with large beds and high quality mattresses. The cabins are rather small but we were perfectly comfortable with our 2 kids (2 and 10 who shared the top bunk). The highlight of the stay were the meals. Breakfast comprised a generous bowl of fruit+granola in yougurt. Alternatively, there was a breakfast of fried (scrambled) eggs + Rösti (a delicious swiss dish to keep you going for the entire day). Coffee was really good even by European standards.
I can also rrcommend dinner which was excellent (the best meal I have had in Ecuador and I am living here for 3 months already).

Above and beyond all of these was the unlimited hospitality of Ignacio the co-owner and Libardo his assistant.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Quito
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

La Roulotte is one of the most charming locations I have ever stayed at, with its incredibly generous and helpful staff and unique but very comfortable caravan-style rooms. The grounds are beautiful, with some small ponds and trails, and the location is nice--not too long of a walk out of town and very peaceful at night. The food at La Roulotte is excellent and the staff certainly make sure there's plenty to go around. In general, all the people who work there are incredibly friendly and helpful, and didn't have a problem with my mostly-butchered Spanish. Around the dining room, it is possible to see a multitude of birds (especially hummingbirds, of course), frogs, squirrels, and other wildlife, and Ignacio, the owner, is more than happy to help guests find interesting species. Overall, I would highly recommend La Roulotte.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

La Roulotte is a great place to stay and feel very much at home. Great service and great food in a natural environment. I have been staying in Mindo for many years and this location is perfect for me. It is tranquil, within walking distance to the river and the butterfly habitat. The staff is very friendly and provides good guidance in extra activities. They even had coffee ready very early in the morning before our bird watching trip and breakfast upon our return, all part of the cost of our room. Wonderful!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jalisco
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We had a transport problem on our last day and Ignacio, one of the 3 owners, could not have been more helpful, anticipating the outcome and offering us a solution. He also supplied delicious sandwiches outside normal restaurant hours and made sure everything worked out well.

All the food was terrific. From their website I had anticipated some difficulty, being a vegetarian, but their tilapia meuniere was to die for, and their breakfast excellent. The circular, thatched dining room was the best place in all Mindo for bird-watching and Ignacio can help you find and identify them : all for free. No need to repeat what others have said - I agree with all the glowing descriptions. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Anacortes, Washington
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Although we didn't stay here, we were recommended to eat at the restaurant by others who had stayed at La Roulotte. We were the only customers in the large dining hall and bar and were most impressed with the service offered by the manager/chef, Libardo Mora. The food was excellent (I had tliapia meuniere) and wine was OK. (Plenty of reds but not much choice of white, which I wanted with fish.) When we went to pay by credit card (we had checked earlier in the day that they accepted them), it wasn't possible since phone lines were down in Mindo that night. We had no cash on us unfortunately, but Libardo didn't hesitate to say "No problem, just come back tomorrow and pay then!"

We did, but first had to get cash next morning. It was then that we discovered that the one ATM and bank (credit union) in Mindo didn't take foreign credit cards (and neither did the Bank Pichincha 'agency'). So, we hired a taxi for $10 round trip to take us to the nearest major town -- ironically named San Miguel de los Bancos -- where we obtained cash. We then returned to Mindo and walked the two kilometers to La Roulotte, where a beaming Libardo was delighted to see us, offered us coffee, and gave us a tour and postcards of this delightful place. We gave him a special tip.

Talk about going the extra mile -- both of us, in different ways!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I really can't say enough about this place. The rooms are cute, the food is amazing, and the grounds are like a tropical paradise. There are birds everywhere. Blooming plants. Frogs in concert at night. The dining pavilion is an amazing raised open structure that gives views right into the foliage. There is also a pond and feeding stations. The owners are very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The owner even picked me up at the airport in Quito because there was a problem with the taxi!!! His son (15 and a promising musician) helped me practice my Spanish and increase my vocabulary. There are some excellent things to do in Mindo but allow yourself sufficient time so you are not rushed. It is not easy to get from one thing to another as the roads are poor for vehicles and if it is muddy the walking takes some effort.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Hosteria La Roulotte
Address: Via la Mariposario Km 2, Mindo 170751, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Mindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful gypsy wood cabins with fireplace, in Mindo, Ecuador. Each cabin has its own bahtroom and can logde up to four persons.The dinning room offers a beautiful view with hummingbirds, tanangers, butterflies and other kind of birds.You. Can also enjoy an authentic labyrinth built under the cloud forest. ... more   less 
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