A variety of Cotacachi hotels, hostels and retreats offer a wide variety of prices, locations and amenities. Several readers wanting to visit Cotacachi, Ecuador, have emailed us, asking if they should book rooms in Quito, Ibarra or Otavalo. They couldn’t find much information about Cotacachi hotels or hostels on the internet, so we decided to add this page. Check the websites listed for prices.
From neat and tidy hostel rooms with basic furnishings and inexpensive
restaurant meals to the absolute height of 5-star elegance and
pampering you could ever imagine, Cotacachi hotels have it all.
Reservations are usually not required, since for such a small town, there is an abundance of hotel accommodations. During holidays and fiestas, reservations would be wise. La Mirage’s 5-star restaurant can be fully booked on weekends.
Here’s some useful information on the major Cotacachi hotels, hostels and retreats:
Hostal-Posada Munaylla is located on the corner of 10 de Agosto and Sucre.
Twenty-four twin, double and triple rooms can accommodate 40 people.
Rooms are basic, very clean, with tile floors throughout. Each room has cable television, hot water and private bathrooms.
The hostel has 4 floors, a first-floor restaurant, and secure parking one block down the street.
Room rates are at the lower end of the scale.
The hostel has a cozy, family atmosphere with earthenware artifacts and plenty of plants.
Quinta la Posada is a small hostel with 3 or 4 small brick cabinas in a lovely garden.
The rooms are basic with twin and Ecuadorian double (smaller than U.S. double) beds and the facilities are simple and clean. Bathrooms have tile showers.
Breakfast is included in the low cost nightly tariff. Gary and I have eaten breakfast at the hostal and especially enjoyed the home-made bread served with local cheese. The owners Guillermo and his wife Maria Eugenia live on the premises.
Other amenities include peace and quiet, great volcano views, a swimming pool, (one of only two hotels in Cotacachi with a swimming pool) soccer and volleyball courts, all a short walking distance to downtown Cotacachi. The hostal has a full service restaurant.
Look for signs as you come into Cotacachi from the Pan American Highway just past the distinctive red metal symbol on the left. Modesto Penaherrera turns to the right at the roundabout. Go to the Multieventos building and turn left on Alejandro Proano. The hostal is on the left about 1/2 kilometer down the road. It is about a 15 minute walk from town center.
El Arbolito on Calle Imbabura and Parque San Francisco, near
Cotacachi’s only bank, is one of the town's newer hostelries. Prices for its 12 rooms, each with private bath, are in the mid-range.
This is a very clean, beautifully appointed hostel, owned by Jaimie
Galindo and his family. Each room has beautiful wooden beds and
built-in night stands, with a rooftop terrace for exceptional views of
the volcanoes and hillsides. Parking is available.
Contact Hostal El Arbolito here: +593-6-2916-892 / +593-6-2914-388
The ever popular Hostal La Cuadra is a nice choice for many first-timers to Cotacachi. The owner Jairo Gomez speaks perfect English and is very helpful to new visitors who need an orientation. La Cuadra has two buildings, the older building on the street and a newer building behind. Both have roof top terraces with magnificent views of both volcanoes, as well as city views.
The new building has a few apartments for longer term rentals. Cooking facilities are also available for those who prefer to cook their own meals rather than eating in a restaurant.
La Cuadra is just a half block from the Cotacachi main square, La Matriz Plaze. The hostal has a very nice coffee and pastry shop serving all your favorite coffees. Prices are reasonable. Check the website for prices: http://www.lacuadra-hotel.com/
The Land of the Sun Hotel and Spa, on Garcia
Moreno and Sucre, is an 1834 private home that was converted to a hotel. It is now a nicely renovated colonial hotel. Its 3 floors house 17 rooms with private baths.
In traditional colonial style, the rooms are squared around a central
tiled open-air courtyard, great for dining when the weather is
There is a meeting room, a bar/lounge with fireplace and television, as well as free internet, both wireless and DSL. A sauna is on premises with a massage room with 24 hour on call massages therapists.
Twin, queen and king beds are available, along with room service. Check the website for pricing and availability. http://landofthesunhotel.com/
La Mirage is a 5-star hotel, restaurant, spa and wonderland, with a Relais and Chateaux designation, one of only two in South America.
La Mirage is located on the quiet outskirts of
Cotacachi. Take 10 de Agosto past the produce market and turn left at
the large white sign for La Mirage, which will lead you directly to the
I love to wander around the spacious grounds. There are peacocks, a charming little chapel, a gift shop and an ornately furnished meeting room.
Each one of the 23 private rooms and suites
has a private bath, fireplace, beautifully-carved hand-made furniture
and very special private gardens. I can spend hours just
examining the intricate furnishings and incredible detail that the
owners, Jorge Espinoza and his partner, Michel Duer, have lavished on
The restaurant is elegant and the food service and presentation is impeccable. A separate building contains a large swimming pool, sauna, and private rooms for 19 different massage therapies, including a chocolate massage! Gary and I have had the couples' massage, complete with rose-petaled hot tub and side-by-side massages in front of a wood-burning fireplace.
This Cotacachi hotel is featured on many internet sites with various prices listed for the rooms. Rack rates range from $300 - $800 per night, plus IVA (tax) of 22%. This includes a full breakfast. Some discounts may apply on some websites. Reservations are suggested.
Contact La Mirage here: +593-6-2915-237
Hostal Kimbala is a favorite of ours as Gary and I lived in the top floor penthouse apartment for 5 years when we first moved to Cotacachi. Located right in the center of town on Calle Bolivar, you won't miss any of the action.
The hotel is nicely designed, clean and reasonably priced. All rooms have private baths. Four apartments are also available for longer term rentals. The owners also have a restaurant in the lower level that has excellent gourmet meals at a good price. The food here is not to be missed. Check the website: https://hostalkimbalacotacachiecuador.weebly.com/