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Reviewed July 18, 2019

I visited for 7 nights with 2 friends. We had a blast! The staff and owner are kind, friendly and helpful. The beach is beautiful, and the rooms are spacious and clean. It’s a great spot just on the edge of town. I loved that it is close to everything when you want to go out on foot to enjoy Montanita, but just far enough away from the tourist noise to enjoy the sounds of the ocean. Also tons of hammocks to relax in... great chef and bar on site too! :)

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank alora28
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Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

Visiting Ecuador for the first time and friends took us to Montanita for a few days before heading to Cuenca.This is one of the most relaxed atmospheres that we have been in. Just a couple hundred meters from the center of town, but a world away from all the noise and constant bustle of the little party town. We loved ocean views and great hospitality. Sergio and his staff are so warm and welcome. I will never forget La Gondala and will make it back again. They also have an awesome bar with a chef that should be rated with 4 stars. We ate all but two meals there in four days.

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank T4301ZWjasonw
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Reviewed May 9, 2019

La Gondola offers comfortable private bungalows and various other rooms.

The hotel is located right in front of the Pacific ocean and about 5 minutes from the city center of Montañita. The best restaurants and nightclubs in the area are approximately 300 meters away. La Gondola is a peaceful and tranquil place, away from the noise of the center. This is ideal for any tourist looking for an unforgettable vacation.

Check the availability of a bungalow or room for your short or long term stay. You can also rent the entire hostel for events such as weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, etc.

The breakfast is included in your stay and is served at their beachfront restaurant/bar. which also has delicious lunches and dinners.

You can enjoy air conditioning, private bathrooms and fast Wifi connection all over the propriety. Surf classes are also offered at La Gondola. A private and safe parking is available during your stay.

Date of stay: May 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank The Tandem R
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

I don't normally write reviews but I felt our time at La Gondola warranted a review. We had an amazing time! We stayed for one week with a ten year old boy. The location was perfect for us, the room was great, the bar area was fun, the beach was fantastic, and the people were amazing. By the time we left we felt like family.

Location: La Gondola was a short (3 minutes), easy walk into town. You could easily walk from the bus station but we choose to take 3 dollar taxi from the bus station. As other reviewers have mentioned it's secluded and quiet which is exactly what we were looking for.

Food: The breakfast was simple but it absolutely did the trick. They make amazing fresh fruit juice. The Juice depends of the the fresh fruit they received that day. They have some other simple items(pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc) for purchase if you want to stick around for lunch and dinner.

Bar: The bar area is right on the beach. There is nothing like enjoying a cup of coffee on the bar on the beach or a cold beer while getting lost in the sunsets. They have a simple bar and a small beer selection but we couldn't have asked for more. They have a TV where you could relax and watch movies but we mostly played cards.

Accommodations: We stayed in the One-Bedroom Bungalow for one week. The room was clean and temperature controlled. The bedroom was located on the second floor with the bathroom, open lounge area, and kitchenette on the first. The open lounge area made it easy to store wet cloths and stay out of each other's way.

Staff: The staff was the best part of our trip. The owner immediately made us feel welcomed and provided a few tips about the city. He even provided us a great location for surfing lessons ($20 for two hours of private lessons!). Like many other hostels they had a few transient workers helping out. They were very helpful and made us feel welcome. The permanent staff worked in the mornings are were more than helpful. We had a wonderful time with everyone. We were so sad to leave we tried to get our flights changed to stay longer!

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Affe007
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Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

Planned to stay a day or 4, turned into 2 weeks hahaha....
Life simply doesn't get any better than this place. Bamboo houses fully equiped, amazing family, at the quite place of town right at the beach.
The beers & cocktails are cold, the sea warm and the cats & dogs happy AF.
What more do you want.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank jannekev2016
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