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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Now that I am back home, I already miss the natural surroundings and the warmth of everyone at El Monte! Beginning with Ann's helpful, reassuring emails before my arrival at El Monte and then my surprise as I happily stumbled upon her at the El Monte office in Quito! The warm and friendly owners, Tom and Mariela who designed, built,... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

My wife and I stayed there for three days, and could easily have stayed another day or two. The cabins, while spartan in furniture, are large and comfortable. The doors remained unlocked, but there was never an issue. The owner, Tom, had dinner with us each night and is both genuine and interesting, and always put the table at ease.... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

We weren't originally planning to go to Mindo, and only went there as we had to cut our Galapagos trip short due to some unexpected reasons. But we were glad we did, thanks to El Monte Lodge and the wonderful experience we had there. Picture-postcard setting, gracious and helpful hosts, excellent birdwatching, huge cottages and THE best food we had... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

From the moment we sat on the terabita transporting us across the river into El Monte, I could feel my stress oozing away. The cabins, the common area, the reading materials, the astonishing birdwaching just from the lounge chairs (a toucan joined us for breakfast!), the staff who went out of their way to accomodate our requests, the owner -... More 

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ovalle, chile
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

My wife and I spent 2 days at El Monte and it is truly a special place. It's the perfect place to relax and get away from it all OR get out and see a wonderful side of Mindo. We decided on the latter and were treated to hikes and birdwatching tours from a wonderful employee, Ernesto. The food was... More 

1 Thank ryan p
Northfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Staying at El Monte was a dream come true for me. The cabana provided simple beauty and plenty of space for my husband, daughter, and me. The open-sided lodge, with delicious family style meals, good conversation with other guests around a large table, and candle light and tiki torches make magical evenings, was a beautiful place to relax. The staff,... More 

1 Thank mary c
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Everything about El Monte Lodge is simply lovely. The main lodge, the cabanas, the food, the service, the location. We went with two families and everyone loved it--the kids and grown-ups alike. My favorite part is the small details: the cozy slippers to wear in the main lodge, the bathroom that opens up in back so you can soak in... More 

1 Thank suetee
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

The location, the rooms, the food, made a great experience. But the staff made it exceptional. It exceeded our expectations.

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

This last August was a my third visit to El Monte over the past decade or more. (An earlier review I thought I sent never made it to publication.) This time, my partner and I invited a friend who came down to visit us in Ecuador. The three of us had an absolutely marvelous time. The newer cottages, which we... More 

2 Thank pachamamacita
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2012

Very expensive. they say eco-lodge but to build it the vaste an entire forest. For sure they timbered not in Mindo but where? Now they have electricity (they didn't 5 years ago) and the biggest part of the magic over there is gone. This is good if you have big money in your pocket and nothing in your head.

1 Thank francesco p

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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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“I don't think you could go wrong. We stayed in #6.”
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“the cab #1 is the best one!”
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“All cabins are good and well appointed; some have second story loft. We enjoyed our cabin next to the river.”
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