A friend and I stayed one night at El Abrazo, having come from an idyllic place on the coast which maybe coloured our impression. We were surprised to find in the garden strange statues of poodles and a purple arch with an arm sticking out of it....not particularly 'eco'. We had confirmed prices and also that we wanted two beds...only to be told on arrival that there was only a double bedded room and that we could have a 'suite' for twice the price. We sorted it out, but it involved phone calls to the absent manager. Like other hotels in Ecuador it seemed to be run by a group of young women who didn't seem to know what they were doing. Dinner - choice of lasagne (meat) or lasagne (vegetarian). Served strangely with a glass of Pineapple juice. Dessert was a small square of chocolate cake. Breakfast ok.
The rooms are very small - no room to open a suitcase- no chair. The lodge is built of wood, and everything creaks, and you can hear every movement from other rooms ( and their doggy occupants). (I love dogs, but skittering paws overhead are strange). Bed was comfortable.
Mindo is wonderful , but Sisakuna lodge is a much, much nicer place to stay.
Sorry - not great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Abrazo del Árbol – Farm Eco Lodge is the most cosy and peaceful hotel in Mindo. It is located amongst 14 acres of tropical rainforest at the end of the Cunuco Road. It has eco trails to the river and to one of the waterfalls that can be seen from the hotel´s balconies. It has 8 comfortable rooms in which the hotel can accommodate up to 19 guests. All the rooms have a private bathroom as well as first class mattresses and white neat blankets. Each corner of the hotel is full of detail that reflect the hosts commitment with eco design. Among its facilities you can find the pool which is free of chemicals, steam bath, yoga bungalow, pool table, bungalow bar on the island by the lagoon, organic farm that supplies the restaurant, private parking and a soccer field. Most of the hotel´s furniture and decoration are made out of recycled materials that have been carefully worked in order to reinforce the ecological approach in which the hotel is focused. The menu at the restaurant fusions different styles of food from around the globe, everything with organic ingredients, surprising the most demanding guests. The kindness of the hosts make every guest feel at home. The hotel has large balconies and living rooms where the people can relax and watch different kinds of birds or just enjoy a good cup of tea. The hotel also plans adventure and eco tourist trips around the area depending on the guests´ needs. ... more less
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