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“Idyllic Setting, nice breakfast, friendly staff”
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Hostal Kundalini
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Montanita
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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

As other reviews have stated, it's the perfect oasis setting just metres from the sands and ocean.
The staff did a great job of keepi g the room and communal areas clean and tidy - discreet and effective. A quality freshly prepared breakfast while watching the morning surfers was a welcome start to the day.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Reedois
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Beautiful basic hotel just steps from the ocean. Nice and quiet away from the pounding music of downtown montanita. Friendly staff and some have English. Rooms are basic but generally clean - had to kill several spiders.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This hostal has a great location - right on the beach, and about a 3 minute walk to "downtown" Montañita. We were there in winter, so it was very quiet, though there were plenty if other guests. The rooms are basic but pretty clean, and each room has hammocks outside the door, which is where we spent most of our time. Breakfast is included and good - some of the best coffee we had during our month-long travels through the country. We had some trouble with mosquitos our first night, and though the hostal had no mosquito nets, they did respond by burning mosquito repellant, which was a big help. All in all, a good value compared to other hotels in the area. One note - if you are planning to use the coupon available through this site, it must be printed out. I had only an electronic copy and it was not permitted.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Shortly after arriving in Montañita - having found our destination, the Hostal Kundalini.....I already felt sad about having to leave again soon. My partner James and I have been cycling down the coast of Ecuador and being greeted with the warmth as if we were family members was something I didn't expect, nor did I think this place would be such a sanctuary. I had been reading about Montañita, expecting a party town and that was fine, but finding a place so close to downtown and so peaceful and spiritual I did not expect. The warm shower and the room were paradise in every aspect - clean and secure, we slept like babies. Spending two days was not enough, but it was the best two days we had in a long time. The staff was super friendly and funny and it felt like they all had our best interest in mind.
Breakfast right next to the beach....fast internet.....hammocks everywhere......sweet garden......
We were inspired to spontaneously practice some yoga - we actually stretched our sore bodies for an hour and a half on the inviting lawn underneath the palm trees to the view and the sound of the ocean...ahhhhhhh
Thank you Hostal Kundalini, you gave us a heaven to restore our physical and mental capacity!!!!
In deep gratitude,
Margit and James.

Stayed: May 2013
1  Thank Margitpirsch
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

This small hotel is just a little off the centre of town which makes it the perfect spot in Montanita (if you stay closer to the center, you'll never sleep before dawn). We had planned to stay for 2 nights but stayed 4 nights. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are small but very clean. There is no cable TV but a lot of DVDs are provided (and who goes to Ecuador to watch TV anyways). The included breakfast is standard ecuadorian fare, scrambled eggs, toast and very fresh fruit and juice, with coffee or tea. All in all, this was a very nice stay, keeping in mind that this country is only starting to develop tourist infrastructures where a 40 room hotel is a huge hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Hostal is surrounded by a beautiful, relaxing garden directly next to the beach. The ubication besides its nearness to the beach is also close enough to the village but just outside the noise, for me the perfect ubication. The staff is friendly and they serve a great breakfast, with natural juice, coffee, fruits and scrambled eggs.
The rooms are not luxerous but completely adequate, maybe a bit dark, but spotless like also the badroom.
We definitely come back next year!

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Me hospede en el hotel durante 3 días, todo iba bien hasta que yo era el último huésped. Me fui a la piscina por un rato y cuando volví a la habitación , me habían robado mi iPhone 5. En el hotel no había nadie, solo yo y el personal del hotel. En mi habitación habían 3 amigos más, a todos nos robaron los iPhone. Cuando reclame en la recepción me respondieron "Y si así fuera, Ud. no tiene como probar que su iPhone estaba en el hotel", le hablé de las cámaras de seguridad del hotel pero no me quisieron hacer caso, además me gritaron y me tocó llamar a la policía para hacer la denuncia al hotel y que me ayudarán a salir.

Yo estoy empezando una demanda legal en contra de este "hotel".

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
9  Thank Edmundo S
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HostalKundalini, Owner at Hostal Kundalini, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013
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Ante esta situación, como hotel responderemos para dar a conocer realmente a los lectores lo que sucedió y desmentir la acusación, ya que es totalmente injusto:
1. El celular no lo había dejado dentro de la habitación, sino en la parte exterior donde circulan todos los clientes. Cuando se acercaron a recepción a reclamar, les pedimos que nos faciliten su número celular para llamar y ver si sonaba y se negaron a entregarnos el número de teléfono. Cuando se acercaron a presentar el reclamo a recepción, dijeron que se les habían robado 2 iphones, no a todos como menciona el cliente.
2. Los que llamamos a la policía fuimos nosotros como hotel ya que en lugar de reclamar de manera tranquila, estaban tomando alcohol dentro del hotel y su reacción fue agresiva con el personal. Realmente es muy sospechosa su acusación, ya que al momento del check in, los señores no quisieron presentar sus pasaportes como identificación, lo cual lo pedimos a todos nuestros registros por asuntos de seguridad justamente. En días anteriores, se les pidió más de 3 veces que se acerquen a pagar su estadía por un valor de $1200 dólares y nunca lo hicieron, da la casualidad de que justamente el día que tenían que pagar, supuestamente se les roban 2 celulares por el valor de la estadía y se querían ir sin cancelar su valor pendiente, mas casualidad aún era que tenían las maletas listas en la habitación para irse rápidamente.
3. No eran los únicos huéspedes, ese día habían más de 20 personas hospedadas que circulaban constantemente por el hotel. El personal del hotel a las 7 de la noche esta únicamente en recepción.
4. El hotel lo único que les indico en el momento que presentaron el reclamo, aparte de pedir disculpas, es que al momento de registrarse firmaron que el hotel no se responsabiliza de los artículos de valor de los clientes (ningún hotel a nivel mundial se responsabiliza por perdidas en las áreas sociales del hotel), ya que el hotel les entrega todas las seguridades para evitar estos inconvenientes, como son las cajas de seguridad dentro de las habitaciones. Cuando las pérdidas son por algún descuido del huésped no podemos responder económicamente a todos, nos encantaría poder hacerlo pero no nos corresponde. No podemos estar cuidando los artículos personales de los 60 clientes que tenemos diariamente cuando los dejan en áreas exteriores.
5. Tenemos cámaras de seguridad pero no podemos poner una cámara por cada habitación por respetar la privacidad del cliente, lamentablemente como estaba oscuro y sucedió en un área exterior, no teníamos una visión clara de la parte exterior de la habitaciónes.

Como hotel tenemos un seguro que nos cubre contra robos a terceros, pero por su mala actitud y sospecha no nos motivó ni siquiera ayudarlos, estaban fuera de control y agresivos. En los pocos casos anteriores de robos a terceros que hemos tenido en los 7 años, hemos respondido totalmente por el valor de lo perdido, por que era evidente. Nuestra responsabilidad, consideración, amor y ganas de ayudar a nuestros clientes para que pasen unas vacaciones excelentes, se demuestran con los buenos comentarios que mantenemos en la actualidad.

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Address: At the beach 200 mts walking from north from the town, Montanita 5939, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Montanita
Price Range: $46 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Kundalini 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the bottom of the sea in the best area of Montanita, where the silence allows you to rest at night. Restaurants and bars are only at 2 minutes walking. Clean rooms with private bathroom, air conditioner, hot water, wifi, private hammocks and all you need at the beach. ... more   less 
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