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.
Pricing is approximate and is according to our last visit, so be sure to check to see if rates are higher than quoted here.
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.
Cotacachi’s four hostels are all in town, with two on busy “Leather Street,” or Diez de Agosto, and the other two in somewhat quieter areas.
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 $15 per person plus IVA (tax)
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 $10 per person 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 is located not far from Villa Paradiso on Modesto Penaherrera and Alejandro Proano.
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 and the hostal is on the left about 1/2 kilometer down the road. The hostel 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 $30 for a matrimonial, $35 for a double, and $50 for a 3-bed room, tax included.
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
Sumac Huasi has been converted into apartments. It no longer offers hotel rooms, but you may contact the hotel if you are interested in renting an apartment.
Sumac Huasi is a
Cotacachi hotel on Juan Montavlo and Pedro Moncayo owned by Jorge Quilumbaqui and run by his
We enjoy the wood-burning fireplace, plants and gorgeous views. Parking is on the street.
El Meson de las Flores, on Garcia
Moreno and Sucre, is an old 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 are a meeting room, a bar/lounge with fireplace and television, as well as free internet, both wireless and DSL.
Twin, queen and king beds are available, along with room service. Room rates are $72 per room and up, including tax and breakfast.
Rancho Santa Fe, a large garden resort and convention center, another of several Cotacachi hotels situated on the edge of town in a more rural setting. It is about ½ mile from town center if you follow 10 de Agosto out of town past the produce market. It sits like an imposing old rust-colored hacienda on a hill behind double gates.
Although it has the feel of a much older
establishment, the main buildings, a blend of Ecuadorian and Santa Fe,
New Mexico architecture, are only 5 yrs old. Prices are $55 for a
twin bed for one person, $75 for 2 and $88 for 3 people, plus 22%
IVA. The cost includes use of all the facilities and an American
The resort is run by Hugo Cordova, owner/manager. The staff of 20 keep the grounds immaculate. 44 rooms are nicely appointed with TV, desk and sitting area with table and chairs. Each room has a luxurious private bath with glass-enclosed curved showers.
The 2-story main building has a gracious
black and white marble entry, old-world carpeted bar and lounge with
pool tables, 7 or more conference rooms, gift shop, internet room,
exercise room and an impressive dining room that will serve 200.
There is a solar heated swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, soccer field, children’s play area and theater and 4 ½ hectares of park, walking paths and fruit trees.
The resort is the perfect setting for large conferences, parties and weddings. Hugo has thoughtfully provided just about everything a guest could want.
Contact Rancho Santa Fe here: +593-6-2915-151
La Mirage is a hotel spa 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
La Mirage is a 5-star hotel, restaurant, spa and wonderland, with a Relais and Chateaux designation, one of only two in South America. 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 and a four-course gourmet dinner. Some discounts may apply on some websites. Reservations are suggested.
Contact La Mirage here: +593-6-2915-237