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“Great restaurant on site!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hosteria Mandala

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Hosteria Mandala
Ranked #1 of 14 Puerto Lopez B&B and Inns
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“Great restaurant on site!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at the Hosteria Mandala for 2 nights and had a pretty good time. If you appreciate art and unique wood work, you will find this a fun place. The food here was excellent! The rooms were nice. The reason I didn't give it an "excellent" rating, is there isn't internet access in the rooms-- just the eating and lounge area. This was a little inconvenient for us. Another thing that bothered us, but may not bother you is they have 3-4 large dogs that hang around the dining area. They told me before we stayed that they had dogs but were not allowed in the dining areas. Well, they were there ALL the time, roaming around. Other than those two things, this was a very unique place to stay. Try their ice-creams! They are to die for!

Room Tip: We stayed in Orca which was on an upper floor. Was very good. I believe you would be happy with any...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

By all honest Puerto Lopez isn't what you would call a beautiful city. Even more we were so glad we chosed Mandala for our 6 nights stay.
From all hostals we've seen in the city this was the one with the nicest surrounding. A bit off the main street (1$ with mototaxi from the bus station) or a 10min walk its located directly at the beach where you're on your own.
The cabins were located in a beautiful garden. We had the cabin "concha". Big, hot water, private hammock, clean, mosquitonet... everything perfect.
The food is good and they have a great community house where you can have breakfast or dinner, use internet or the book exchange library, can watch TV, relax or borrow a hammock for the beach or some games (beach soccer, monopoly, scrabble and many more).
And yeah, there are 5 huge dogs. But they are very relaxed, didn't bark a lot, never woke us up and were absolutely lovely.
Jill, the manager (not the owner), was absolutely helpful. She organized everything we needed. The rest of the staff was very nice and attentive as well.

Overall I just can recommend here to stay if you're in Puerto Lopez. Really worth it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Hosteria Mandala is a rare treat to visit. Every cabin is unique and beautifully sculpted from local wood in its natural state and completed with authentic thatched roofs. Each is set in it's own private jungle setting, with many varieties of beautiful flowers and trees. Abounding with tropical birds and its own population of beautiful wild iguanas.
The manager (Jill) and her staff are attentive and friendly.The food is terrific, the coffee is incredible.
And all this with the beautiful beach and ocean only a few yards away.
And the prices were incredibly low. $31-80/ night for two!!!

Room Tip: Take a walk through the jungle and select your favorite
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Saugatuck, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Hosteria Mandala is a wonderful eco-hosleria in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Wonderful individual cottages in a bio-sphere setting, flowers and foilage everywhere complete with birds and iguanas.Very confortable rooms, well furnished with great beds and very clean. Main lodge has the dining hall with great food at very modest prices . Upstairs game room, music room and computors hooked to the internet.Also a great lending libary with books in many languages.
Private beachfront with private cabanas and hammocks. Owner innkeepers are very friendly and professional,no request is ignored. Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Wonderful place to chill out ! Come see this place before the developers change everything.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

The town Puerto Lopez is nothing to write home about, although the beach is beautiful and it serves as a great place to take the boat to Isla de la Plata. Restaurants are generally below par (...), but this place is really good. The cabins are simple but offer all you'd need, in a beautiful garden which gives you that tropical feeling together with the beach. The food is more than decent and staff is very helpful. Spend a couple of days. You'll enjoy it.

Room Tip: Some are probably better than others, although all cabins are in the garden. See that you're not...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Hosteria Mandala is an absolute gem. It’s one of those magical places where you want to stay forever. Right on the beach in Puerto Lopez, the airy wooden cabins are tucked away in a beautiful botanical garden with winding paths full of birds and interesting plants and flowers. The owners, Maja and Aurelio, have put a lot of effort and heart into every little detail of the property. They’re warm and welcoming, and have created a serene and relaxing refuge on the edge of town that I would highly recommend. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and waking up to the sounds of the garden is heaven. The onsite restaurant is exceptional, with an eclectic menu. They also have the best coffee I had anywhere in the country. I’m looking forward to returning to this unique and peaceful hideaway someday.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

...It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself ...
A real oasis of calm and armony, a perfect place. Great location, wonderfull Food , amaizing interiores and gardens, lovely staff, very good prices. Just perfect. We supouse to stay for 3 nights, but were not able to leve after the 6th night.
My congratulactions to the owner.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hosteria Mandala
Address: Manabi, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Puerto Lopez
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