I came to beautiful Mindo for hiking and excellent outdoors activities. I decided to camp and my friend got a room in the hotel. Both were of excellent value! I set up my tent in a lovely area by the stream underneath the trees. The outdoor living area, bathrooms and showers were clean and of good size. The water is cold but that was expected for camping. I was allowed full use of the indoor kitchen, which was not only HUGE, but it was IMMACULATE! I love to cook as it saves money and is healthier, and I was astonished at how well equipped this kitchen was, even more so than my own at home!
The rooms are large and cozy, and the breakfast, though not included, was very tasty!
I speak little spanish though the friendly front desk girl, Sarah, utilized an online translator to assist me in everyway possible. She has two polite children that always brought a smile to my face.
The hotel is 40 feet from a beautiful river. It is only a 3-4 minute walk from the town square/parque, so it is very close. However, it feels nice and secluded and the walk across the bridge over the river is gorgeous. I saw some of the biggest, prettiest birds, hummingbirds and butterflies in the yard! There is a large and very clean swimming pool in the back yard, and the river has an excellent swimming hole as well, right out the front door!
I extended my stay in Mindo 2 extra days simply because I enjoyed myself so much. Sarah was helpful selling tickets to activities, arranging (the cheapest!) cab fare and offering information.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Piedra is a paradise. A lodge with an unbeatable location, facing the Canchupí River, just 3 minutes walk from the center of Mindo. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with exotic plants & fruit trees, the inn offers an outdoor pool, a playground with billiards & foosball, a Bamboo Lounge for delicious cocktails, coffees & teas. There is also a small restaurant with snacks, & meals. ... more less
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