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Hostal Dona Esther

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We had a great stay at Dona Esther. It advertised many of the same things as other places but the difference was everything worked! The hot water was really hot, the wi-fi was very reliable... the room was cosy and comfortable and I also appreciated all the useful travel information. The location's great, just a few blocks from the main...

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Catlettsburg, Kentucky
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I have stayed at Dona Esther for eight years. It is the most AMAZING place to stay. The owners, Arthur and Wendy are wonderful, the staff is courteous and helpful, Lucy is GREAT, always trying to meet the needs of all their quests. I can't say enough good things about this hostal and although I can't go this year, I...

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

Thanks Judy! Sorry to hear you won't be here this year, but we're looking forward to next year then! Best regards, Wendy

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 12 May 2014

At $49 a night for two during May 2014, this was a find. Rooms are spotless and cozy, and location is one block off a vibrant public square and 7 minutes' walk from the central crafts market. When my wife got sick from a bout of food poisoning (from another restaurant), the staff made her a special tea for her...

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Petaluma, California
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is the best place to stay for location, accommodation price, service and food in Otavalo! Always clean and kept up, the simple rooms are charming. The staff and owners couldn't be more helpful or kind! And the view from the roof top is lovely- beautiful mountains by day and the church is lit up by night. After a day...

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we're always happy to have you as our guests!

Rogersville, MO, USA
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Been coming here approx twice a year for nearly 15 years. My very first trip to Otavalo back in the 1990's I started out staying at another hotel that was not satisfactory. Moved to Dona Esther and been with them ever since. Quaint, relaxing, and clean with an absolutely great staff. The owners are Dutch that speak fluent English, Spanish,...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 8 January 2014

We were very happy with our stay at this inn. Our rooms were comfortable and clean. The location was wonderful- very close to markets, restaurants and shops. Management was helpful and very friendly. Our son met us for part of the stay and in a mix up, the taxi driver who took him to the airport was paid twice- once...

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Otavalo, Ecuador
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We had a good stay with perfect staff who could answer all our questions about what is possible in Otovalo and region. The hotel was exactly what we expected, just as we saw at their site. Bathroom basic but clean. Room looks really nice with lokal made decorations, good beds. About the restaurant; it is an experience to eat the...

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Price for this lodging is way too high for what you get. No mattress pad on bed, 1 light over bed, thin pillows, dripping shower, no Tv except small 14" in the "reading room ". Just discovered credit cards not accepted! Have to use paypal & show proof of payment. Wasn't expecting a resort but for cost, certainly thought this...

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

I'm sorry to read that you didn't enjoy your stay. With the complaints about the room you had, you could have chosen another hotel, we don't oblige anyone to stay with us, it is your own free choice.. Sometimes people just like other kinds of hotels and not the colonial style hotel we have, We don't have tv in the...

Austin, TX
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Booked room more than six months ago when breakfast was included. Arrived to find out that was no longer true. Internet was out after the first two days and never got fixed. Owner shows up around the time the bar opens. When I asked about being compensated for the lack of internet access, I was told he'd call the police...

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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Hostal Dona Esther, responded to this review

So, we see you're back again. We already wrote an answer somewhere else to your earlier angry review, You probably read that and you decided to write an angry review again, but this time on Tripadvisor, and that on a Christmas day. I could repeat this answer, but I think it says enough to tell some facts. Breakfast was never...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Great location for this cute little Hostal. Very close to all the auction in town....two block away from the Market and almost the same distance to the saturday Market at Plaza de los Ponchos. Breakfast and lunch/dinner is offered for a small price in this Hostal and the staff there are the most wonderful, especially Lucy, who was very helpful...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Dona Esther is a small colonial style B&B in the center of Otavalo, near the famous Saturday crafts market and all other activity. With only 12 rooms and a family room for 4 on the top floor, we can keep it personal. Your room has a view on the green inner court yard, so you can take a seat outside your room and enjoy a glass of beer or wine after a day of activities. Our restaurant with a delicious and inventive menu is just downstairs, our reading room has enough books to buy or exchange and the Wifi is free for guests. A choice of breakfasts available. Restaurant closed on monday evening. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostal Dona Esther

Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 y Bolivar, Otavalo EC100208, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Price Range: ₹ 3,074 - ₹ 4,120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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“Rooms in the back avoid street noise. You will always have barking dogs.”
 of 5 bubbles Rues427, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Bring ear plugs for a great night's sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles bronwynh386, 23 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms are all about equal.”
 of 5 bubbles wwileyb, 22 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Perhaps a room higher up woud help with the noise, but they all face the loud courtyard”
 of 5 bubbles kari562625, 27 May 2016 | Read review
“this place is not for light sleepers.”
 of 5 bubbles Andeangirl, 23 Feb 2016 | Read review
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