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Hosteria-PapaGayo South
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Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wish I could have stayed longer”
Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Gorgeous! My partner and I stayed in 'Victoria' room an it was beautiful. Comfy double bed with duvet and llama blankets, potbelly fireplace in the corner and lovely fresh roses on the dresser. The main lodge had an inviting livin area, free wifi, chocolate cake and tea after our excursion and a super cute sausage dog called Boris. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. The meals were delicious.

We loved the little farm, too.

I wish we didn't have to leave. Very relaxing.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

A friend and me stayed 5 days in Papagayo, as it was included in our tours with Gulliver Expeditions. After 2 months travelling in South America this was planned to be a time to experience the volcanoes and nature around Quito and we weren't disappointed in the least.
In Papagayo we had a awesome, calm hostel, with helpful staff and a great atmosphere.
We booked a double room and enjoyed free shampoo, soap and complimentary towels, together with the clean, comfy rooms.
Although there might not be any cooking facilities, the meals are affordable and nicely prepared, as well as sumptuos. From 3$ upwards, you'll find everything you like, including various vegeterian options and good seafood. For breakfast there are also several possibilities: pancakes, granola, english breakfast - basically all you can ask for in this price range. To drink there is a vast variety of fresh fruit juices and even good cocktails, served by the very attentive staff.
After our hiking trips we were glad to tell the staff to heat up the jacuzzi and then just hop in to relax an hour later. There is free Wifi reception in the whole house and you can also use their PC.
As the place is basically a ranch smack in the middle of the "Valley of the Volcanoes" around Quito, you can reach all the destinations like Cotopaxi, Quilotoa etc in less than an hour and afterwards experience the amazing nature around Papagayo. There are lots of animals all over the place (though not in the house ;) and you can chill out in the afternoons playing with the dogs or just having a nice cup of tea on the porch, while enjoying nature and talking to the other guests.
It does get a little bit quiet at times, but we were lucky to be around for the "Paseo de Chargas" in Machachi (a village just 10mins away), a spectacular carnival, involving lots of partying and displays of local customs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2012

We booked a week with Gulliver-Expeditions.

Staying at the PapaGayo-Hosteria we did daytrips to different places. We went to the volcanoes Quilotoa, Cotopaxi, Corazon and Ruminaui. We went by bike, horses or just walking.
After travelling for some time through Southamerica we had ridden many horses and mounted many bikes-> With Gulliver we definitely had the best equipment/animals (clean, well maintained, healthy, generally good condition).

The Hosteria PapaGayo itself is a delight!! It is just outside Quito and has a lovely atmosphere. The staff is really nice and help you out. It´s a good option for leaving the stuffy city just to relax in the whirlpool and let the nature embrace you, good value!

Many animals live on the grounds of the hacienda and most of them are quite cute to look at. The rooms are big, clean, provide towels/shampoo/soap and are cleaned daily.
In the main house awaits you a nice warm oven with comfy seats around it, so you can relax while reading a book. Also you can find Internet and a big TV to watch DVDs...The Terasse is also very relaxing.
The best of all: no noise from any street or city, even though its so near to Quito!!

If your into nature-walks and want to experience some volcanoes near Quito, Gulliver is your choice and PapaGayo your Hosteria to be!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We are in Ecuadorc celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary.Got room key, opened the door and... the staff had arranged roses in the shape of a heart. A fire was roaring in the fireplace and a stack of wood. We were blown away by the attention. Had a nice dinner and asked for the bill (la Quinta). The manager asked if we could wait for a few minutes. The staff brought out a dessert with 50th written on. It was some wonderful Chocolate Cake. The staff was wonderful, Chefs: Johana Iza and Mabel Chiluiza; Manager Ricardo Calispa.

I recomend PapaGayo. without any hesitation at all. ..

Room Tip: Sucre with its firplace and windows opening opening into courtyard is a great choice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leipzig
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Not sure why so many people give an excellent rating, since it is far from beeing more than average! The place and the scenery is very nice and during the day it is enjoyable...but at night it gets freezing cold and it is not fun to spend the night there.

I have to say that we slept in a dorm, which was outside, so maybe it is better in one of the more expensive rooms. Overall it is not well maintained, hot water didn't work right, service is rather slow, but the food was good. There was also a Spa, but they said it was too expensive to turn it on...so whhats the point of having one?!

In our room I didn't really feel too comfortable because our blankets were disgusting and had a bad smell!

As you are in the middle of nowhere there are no shops or restaurants or anything nearby, so that you are stuck with what they have to offer, which was kind of expensive!

Room Tip: Don't reserve a dorm, because it gets really cold!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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tierracontact, Manager at Hosteria-PapaGayo South, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Dear Sabrina,
We appreciate your feedback, we take it seriously so we can improve our services and specially our two dorms.
Our Hosteria is not a hostal, and our goal is not to sell dorms, however due to de demand of climbers and similar turists, we still offer economic options. All our standard rooms and suites have private bathrooms, with hot water showers, room heaters, wi-fi, original painting and spacious clean and tidy beds.
The personel at our Hosteria, are always attentive to any guests requests 24 hours, and if guests request for an extra blanquet, or even a heater it could be arranged.
Again, we apologize for your bad experience and hope you will come to our offices the next time you are in Ecuador. We will be more than happy to offer you a much better experience.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2012

If your into adventure trips, like mountain climbing, horse riding, biking etc. Then Papa Gayo is the place to spend a few days.

The staff are friendly and very helpful. When i became to scared to be on my horse and ended the tour early, they offered other tours to me intead and even got one of the other guides to show me a trail to walk.

The rooms are large but not soundproof, i stayed inside the main building.
The food was good and plenty of cake and tea are on offer.

it`s a lovely farm, to be on and the surrounding country is beautiful.

the only downside is their tours are usually late but i believe that us due to Gullivers customers arriving from Quito.

would definitely recommend a few days here.

Room Tip: Bolivar is a nice big room, but near the lounge could have noise if others are up late. i would go f...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2012

The food is really good and the room "Victoria" that I had I can really recomend. Good service!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hosteria-PapaGayo South
Address: Panamericana sur km 26 | Cotopaxi Area, Machachi 34999, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Machachi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Machachi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hosteria-PapaGayo South 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This colonial hosteria accommodation near the volcano Cotopaxi does not only offer magnificent views of the untouched countryside, but also gives you the possibility to experience the culture of the Andes local communities. Whether you just want to relax or to explore the landscape actively, our Hosteria is the best place to start. At the altitude of 3200m you can comfortably acclimatize and prepare yourself for the climbing of Cotopaxi, Ilinizas o Chimborazo. ... more   less 
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Hostería Papagayo Cotopaxi
Hosteria-PapaGayo South Ecuador/Machachi

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