I loved this property.
I spent 12 nights in Ecuador and stayed in 8 different hotels and this was my favorite location by far. I spent 4 wonderful nights at Luna Runtun. The climate was better there than it was in the highlands, I loved the warm days and cool nights.
The staff at Luna Runtun was great. I would recommend Ruperto as a driver and Celso as a guide for any trips you make, both were very friendly and knowledgeable. We spent 4 nights in the Presidential Suite and did the adventure/spa program. Yes, it was pricey but we enjoyed every moment. I traveled with a friend and we are both in our mid-twenties (for those who are curious).
I lived in the spa. My favorite treatments were the honey and sugar exfoliation and the rose bath. The spa attendants are very friendly but don't speak much english so don't expect to ask questions about the treatments. The spa facilities were nice with comfortable treatment rooms and amazing showers.
In reviewing previous reviews I will note:
Yes, the flowers in our room weren't fresh and they never got changed but I didn't care about the flowers, I was there for WAY more than that and they made up for it.
I had no problem getting a taxi in Banos to get back up to the resort, the taxis are all parked near the city square and there were always plenty.
I had plenty of attention from hotel staff, by the end of our stay most people knew our names and which room we were in.
The hot tubs/pool views are amazing and a nice pool house with all the amenities is nearby. The food was good but it is a set menu unless their are large groups and then you get a buffet. We booked our tours through Luna and they were fantastic. We did go rafting and got EXTREMELY sick about 24 hours later. Either don't go or keep your mouth tightly closed when the rapids come at you, the water is very bad. When we got sick the staff at Luna Runtun were wonderful to us. They brought us everything we needed (bread, water and sprite) and changed all our check-out arrangements for us at no cost.
If you don't use Luna Runtun for your sightseeing there are TONS of adventure tour groups and sightseeing tours in Banos. You can even rent four wheelers and take yourself where you want to go.
One thing I really enjoyed about this resort is that because it wasn't full (off season) we got to know many of the other guests and enjoy some wonderful quiet time in a place as close to heaven as I can imagine.
I would go back and I hope that someday I will!
- Also Known As:
- Luna Runtun Hotel Banos
- Luna Runtun Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Runtun´s 310 acres of unspoilt Andean forest is located in the oriental flank of the active Tungurahua Volcano (5.016m); 400m above the charming town of Baños, gateway to the Amazon Rainforest, surrounded by Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. Luna Runtun is located:153 km (3h. drive) from Quito, capital of Ecuador; 200 km (4h. drive) from the new Quito airport Mariscal Sucre (Tababela); 300 km (5h. drive) from Guayaquil.There are no flights to BañosEnjoy 25 adventure activities and birdwatching programs; 25 SPA treatments, 4 pools & jacuzzi with hot volcanic water, Runtun Restaurant, Café del Cielo, unique rooms and Romantic Suites with spectacular views! Our Adventure & SPA programs are the perfect add-on for your Galápagos trip. ... more less
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