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“Montanita Estates is THE place to be in Montanita!”

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ME Hotel in Montanita Estates
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
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Edwards, CO
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“Montanita Estates is THE place to be in Montanita!”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Montanita Estates was by far the best place I stayed during my 16 day tour of Ecuador. I felt welcome and at home from the beginning. The staff was all super friendly and helpful, and the bar was a great place to hang out and meet locals. They have super comfy hammock chairs that I could fall asleep in! The food and drinks were delcious and affordable. The construction and design was far better than the other places I saw in Montanita and the crowd was more sophisticated than the party scene in the main part of town. You are just a few steps away from the town and the beach, but just far enough away to relax in a more peaceful atmosphere.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed at Montanita Estates for 10 days, and ended up getting lucky enough to extend to 2 weeks! When the extra 4 days opened up, I changed my flights and stayed longer.

In my opinion, this is only one of 2 "American" style hotels in all of town. They have all of the amenities one could ask for if you were vacationing in Hawaii or Miami. Air condition, amazing pool and hot tub, great pool side bar.

Upon check in, the staff was very friendly (all staff members fluent in English and Spanish) and our room was spotlessly clean. Way nicer than I had expected, being to Ecuador several times before. This was one of the first times my room actually looked like the pictures on the website.

Throughout the 2 weeks, we enjoyed the pool and the nice location close to town, but not so close you were awake all night from the dance clubs.

The entire staff was more than accommodating. The owner Robbie gave us great insight on town, restaurants, and surrounding areas. Whenever we needed anything, Julio was the man that was there to help. And Tamer at the Pool Bar made our evening cocktails something to look forward to every night.

I would definitely stay here again. Especially if you are expecting American Resort style accommodations.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

This hotel is amazing! Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 4 days. The rooms are big and fresh, very good cleaning. It feels like you are at home but a little bet better. Its sorrounded by a nice garden and have an supernice pool where you can realx the whole day. There is a bar where you can get drinks during all day, the people who works here are so helpful and friendly. The breakfast is included with fresh fruit, bread and good coffee! Its a really peaceful enviroment, not in the middle of town but still only 4 min walk to there. Really recommended!!!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Note: Montanita Estates is probably the "best" in Montanita. My review is based on comparison to resort travel in the US and Virgin Islands. I've never been to Ecuador before. Location is very good; not in the middle of downtown which is loud at night and super crowded. 3 BR villa (2 BR in lower leve with bath and walk-out, main BR, living, kitchen and bath on upper level. No dining area or island to eat at and minimal kitchen utinsels. No kitchen towels. BR sizes - Spacious. Baths- spacious. Cleanliness- fair. Main bath smelled (must have got in tile grout). Dead bugs on window sills when we arrived and were there the entire 5 days. Housekeeping- fair and consists of making the beds, replacing bath towels and sweeping. No hand towels or wash cloths the entire trip. No on site broom to keep up. Villa has large windows (not sure if cleaned) and wall AC units in all 3 BR's that kept it super cool in BR's and fine in remainder of unit. Housekeeping turns off each day. 5 gallon drinking water on kitchen counter. Pool is nice size for the amount of guests. The kids pool was awesome. Not so shallow that the water is stagnant. Cleaning of the pool could be improved as well. If compared to other hostels and hotels in Montanita, ME is the best. When compared to what I am used to, there is a lot of room for improvement and I would give 2 stars US. The vibe in Montanita is very laid back. Typical for most of Ecuador is the understanding of "customer service" in the larger cities -Guayaquil & Quito there are Brand luxury hotels like Hilton, Sheraton etc and you can expect Hilton service and amenities there.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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robertxross, Owner at ME Hotel in Montanita Estates, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Hi Shelly,

Thanks for the feedback.

That is good company if you are comparing us to luxury resorts around the world!

We are a new small boutique hotel with only 8 units (only open a few months). We are small and a family run business. We are working as hard and fast as we can to provide the type of service and comfort that you mention in your review and I hopewe will get there in the not so distant future.

In 2014 we have another pool planned and a number of enhancements to the service in regards to the restaurant and what we offer but we are a bit constrained as we are not a large hotel chain.

Currently we have 4 full time cleaning people for our 8 units, but like any new business we are training and hiring and learning as we go.

Thanks for the feedback and hopefully on your next visit we will have made the strides to have a full resort experience.

Robert
Owner/Surfer at Montanita Estates
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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Montañita Estates is a wonderful place to stay, particularly if you want to still be close to the action in town, but far enough away for some peace and quiet (it is about a 3 minute walk from town). The owners are incredibly hospitable, the grounds are beautiful, and the bar / restaurant service is great. Everyone is friendly and helpful, there's awesome food, and the pool and jacuzzi make the whole place even better. I definitely recommend Montañita Esates!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Montanita is a relatively small locale, so needless to say, the Estates are within a more than reasonable distance from the life and atmosphere of Montanita. The owner and workers are amiable and willing to help - genuine characters who will greet and meet you and make your stay much more comfortable than most places.
I stayed in a seven bed loft with six of my friends. It was very comfortable, almost enough to prevent us from entering the city! But don't let the comfort and warmth from both building and company deter you from seeing the beautiful sights to behold in Montanita. Overall, I have had an absolutely amazing time and I will remember both my stay and my experience in town for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Marina del Rey, California
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

My boyfriend and I just came back from 4 days at Montanita Estates and it was AWESOME! The location is a 3 minute walk to town which is just far enough to have some quiet when you want to relax from the craziness that is Montanita. The grounds are beautiful including the pool, jacuzzi, playground for Maddox (the owners adorable son) and bar. The owners Holly and Robbie are the nicest people around and provided exceptional service for us while we were there. Tammer, the bartender, makes the best drinks around and the suite we stayed in was perfect… super clean, nice size, tv with cable and wifi and air conditioning which was a huge plus. This is the ONLY place to stay in Montanita unless you want to stay in a hostel. There are several other hotels but nothing compares to ME! You will LOVE it! We can't wait to go back! Thank you Holly and Robbie for making our stay INCREDIBLE! :) Jen and Mike

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: ME Hotel in Montanita Estates
Address: Urbanization Montanita Estates, Montanita 241702, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — ME Hotel in Montanita Estates 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Montanita Estates' brand new Tropical Boutique Hotel overlooks vibrant Montanita from a beautiful hilltop just 1 minute on foot to Montanita's bars, restaurants and the beach. Experience spectacular sunsets from every room of our Villas, Suites, Matrimonials and incredible Penthouse. The Suites, Villas and Penthouse consist of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, are furnished with beautiful furniture and have Satellite television, high speed Wi-Fi, A/C as well as daily maid service, concierge and room service. Guests of Montanita Estates enjoy an amazing tropical oasis called, Maddox's Playground. Maddox's playground consists of 2 beautiful pools and Jacuzzis, 2 children's play areas/playgrounds, and beautiful poolside gardens for relaxing during your visit. Maddox's playground was designed by an incredible local architect, and is in an artisan/tropical oasis just outside the door of your Suite. The ME Hotel also offers a full service Tour Office, Concierge and the most beautiful Yoga Studio and Fitness Center in Montanita. Inside the tropical garden and next to the pool is Brawa Restuarant, Bar and Lounge. Brawa serves over 30 different varieties of wine and champagne primarily from Argentina and Chile as well as Montanita only artesanal Beer and Cider from Montanita Brewing Company. During the day Brawa specializes in poolside food, sandwiches and salads, and at night we have a revolving menu of 4 specials changed daily. ... more   less 
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