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El Monte Sustainable Lodge

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 21 March 2016

El Monte is a magical place - beautifully situated with fabulous food, hospitality, and beauty in spades. The bird watching is superb. The sound of the river at night was transporting. We loved it and would return!

Thank LJamborR
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Mindo in Ecuador is in the Cloud Forest; bearing this in mind it is a place for nature lovers. The Lodge has been created by a wonderful couple who have a passion for nature and ecology. One can take early morning and evening walks with the owner and be enthused by the wildlife and plants. Meals are taken in the...

Thank Elaine C
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

I spent a night at El Monte and from the moment of arriving on the rope chair lift across the river everything was fantastic. The location is stunning, the cabins are simple but have everything you need, the meals were delicious and Tom and his wife entertained us well. We went on the zip wires while we were there which...

Thank ceebee1444
Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This was our second stay at El Monte and this time we brought some friends. We had the wonderful owner Tom, arrange a Van shuttle to pick us up at the Quito airport (the driver was nice and willing to make stops - for birding and museum visits). The lodging consists a main building and lovely cabanas (cabins, that have...

Thank M M
Reviewed 18 January 2016

We stayed here for two nights, three days, and it was an extremely tranquil and gorgeous grounds. At night you are literally in the middle of nowhere, and it is so serene and amazing. Tom and his wife are very sweet. However, we were disappointed that we paid a lot of money, and did not really receive anything other than...

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Tom Q, Propietario at El Monte Sustainable Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, and we just found this comment on Trip Advisor! I would just like to point out that in the information that I sent before this guest arrived it clearly states that all car transport costs are assumed by the guest. Also, the guide advised him before the activity that he would have to pay $20...

west virginia
Reviewed 26 November 2015

We stayed in Cabana #4 on the little pond. Very large. Great shower--most hot water and water pressure we had on our 10 days in Ecuador. We loved the true sustainable practices used at this lodge and the veggies from the garden were used in some great dishes. Tom and Mariela are a delight and share great local insights into...

Thank susan f
Beaumont, Texas
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the El Monte lodge for two nights (oct 21-23). The location was stunning. Words can't describe how serene and relaxing the cloud forest is. The cabanas were immaculate, extremely spacious and clean. The large windows in the cabanas felt like we were sleeping in the forest while in a comfy bed. The sounds of the river running...

Thank isla c
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Our three night stay was perfect. The cabanas immaculate, the food fresh from the garden, the eco-sensitive solutions to running a lodge in the forest, a lesson in leaving only a small footprint and the conviviality of our hosts and interesting fellow guests made for an unforgetable experience.

Thank simba89mice
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Staying at El Monte in Mindo was a highlight during our three week trip around Ecuador. The cabin was huge, well kept and incredible comfortable, the beds were the comfiest we stayed in. The three huge home made meals a day were absolutely delicious, accompanied by home made juices (made using a bicycle powered juicer!) and local coffee and lemongrass...

Thank Jennifer V
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

We had a family weekend in El Monte and had a great time . This is a wonderful location and beautiful property that is extremely well run. If you are looking for a place to explore biodiversity , relax and/ or more adventurous things like zip lining - El Monte has access to it all ... El Monte is a...

Thank Alicia K

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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Monte Sustainable Lodge is an ecotourism destination in every sense of the word. We emphasize nature here at El Monte, in the form of birdwatching and observation of wildlife in general. Aside from the natural focus of our lodge, we also supply many of the vegetables, eggs and more from our organic garden. Most of our energy is supplied by a microhydro plant. We are located in a 110 acre reserve that is close to the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve of over 40,000 acres. At only 3 kilometers from the town of Mindo we are within access of many the activities, such as the Butterfly Garden, Ziplines, White-water Tubing, waterfalls and more. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Monte Sustainable Lodge

Address: Roca E4-49 y Amazonas | Pasaje Chantilly, Mindo, Ecuador (Formerly El Monte Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
El Monte Hotel Mindo
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“All the rooms seem to be equal to me.”
 of 5 bubbles richardbarasch, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The cabanas with the queen-sized bed are great.”
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“I don't think you could go wrong. We stayed in #6.”
 of 5 bubbles 220edw, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“the cab #1 is the best one!”
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