Hosteria Rose Cottage Reviews
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First and foremost, if you are a backpacker only coming to Otavalo for Saturday markets, do not stay at this hostel, it's far from town, not walkable with bags. Situated in a mountain setting and the staff are helpful. Rooms can get cold at night. There was no hot water in the dorm, maybe because no one was staying here and the gas hadn't been used. Breakfast was nice, though not filling. They charge $2 for a ride into Otavalo, not for the Saturday market. There are better options in Otavalo.
Location far from town centre but it has great view. Staff don't speak English. Owner speaks English but she wasn't always around. Dorm room and toilet were clean. Worth the price but a little confusion about tax as the confirmation i got from hostelworld clearly mentioned 'tax included' but because hostelworld didn't charge 12% deposit (because i have deposit from flexible protection) the owner charge me 12% tax.
Probably the most beautiful hostel I've stayed at. Very sweet owner and good food. A little far from the center but the owner offers rides. Only complaint is no wifi in the rooms.
This is a beautiful property to stay and cozy to relax. The beds are a bit uncomfortable and the location is a bit out of the way, but north it if you're visiting to relax or take day trips.
This hostel is a piece of paradise. I was looking for a place to get a way, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and breathe. If you are just looking for a place to crash either before or after the weekend market, you would be better off staying somewhere in town. At Hosteria Rose Cottage, you get to experience breathtaking scenery (whether you're there in the day or the night), and superb hospitality.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Everything was fine until check out. This is when the owner spring an extra "12% tax". This was even after showing her the confirmation from Hostelworld stating that all taxes and fees are included. That kind of soured us on the whole place.
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 25-30
- (1 review)
Don't let the location put you off - this is an amazing place to stay in Otavalo. It's a $3 taxi ride to/from the hostel, or a 30 min walk. If you're there on a Saturday a free transfer to the market is provided. Breakfast is excellent and for $7 you can buy a dinner in the evening - nice big portions too! Rosa, the owner is a lovely woman and goes out of her way to make sure you enjoy your tine there. There are a variety of hikes into the surrounding valleys clearly explained in the hostel too
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If you want peace and quiet surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in northern Ecuador, this is the place to head. Its location a 15 minute cab ride from town seems to deter some travellers, i.e. it can be a feel empty, but the lively British-Colombian owners more than make up for that. The staff are also full of advice on local attractions, even going so far as to give guests free lifts into town. Only negatives are average evening meals and an under-equipped kitchen.
A hostel with so much potential but quite a few improvements needed to get there. When we arrived the lady offered us dinner for $7 and we were offered a large plate of food, she also said you could buy an array of drinks and snacks. When dinner came we were given a small plate of curry. We tried to buy drinks and the only soft drinks they had was a glass of coke. I asked for some water, and bearing in mind this hostel is 3km from the centre, they didn't have any drinking water, not even bottle
Awesome spot right on the country side. A little ways outside of otavalo but certainly worth it if you're looking for peace and quiet
Beautiful location, not in the centre but the owner drove us to the market for no extra charge so location wasn't an issue, and the beautiful surroundings made it well worth it. The staff (particularly the woman who owns it) were terrible though, the lady seemed grumpy the whole time, not welcoming at all. And she was never around. A guest arrived in the morning with no staff whatsoever to help her checkin and it was pouring with rain, terrible service. No one around.
The place, the rooms and the scenery is really charming! But it comes with a price, keep in mind that anything you want to do is an added price to it (all the taxi rides, and even such a thing as having to pay to use the kitchen..) Plus 12% tax added, dont forget that.
You should definitely stay here. Beautiful views and the staff are great.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 25-30
- (1 review)
After travelling for 15 months this is by far the most beautiful hostel I have stayed in. The surroundings and scenery is just stunning. The cottages are all really cute and very homely and they are all surrounded by the most beautiful gardens full of flowers. There's a beautiful hammock chill area and a restaurant on site so you don't need to leave and honestly, you won't want to! If you are visiting Otavalo for the markets this is where you MUST stay!
The hostel was located in an amazing location. However, the food was relatively expensive for what was given and there wasn't a person at the desk when needed a few different times. If a person a looking to get away and have a peaceful morning with birds and tranquility I would recommend staying at Rosa Cottage. This is the reason I stayed without knowing the cost of a taxi, which is three or four dollars one way in to town. you can however, hitch a ride with a local for free.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
We didn't receive a friendly welcome or any info on arrival, despite speaking Spanish. The room was very small, as was breakfast. I think for the price for the budget double room w shared bathroom ($30) I expected better. The location is out of town, and while very nice to wake up and see the view it is a $3 trip each way into town. They offer a free drop off service for 7.45am if you like to wake up at the crack of dawn. Definitely stayed at friendlier places, cheaper and with better rooms.
The staff was great and very helpful. I paid for a horseback ride for my two daughters and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The only thing we disliked about the hostel was the location - it is about 3 km from town and that was just too isolated for us as we wanted to be in town and have access to restaurants, etc. However, for the nature lover or someone with a different agenda, the location is perfect.
It woulb be great to have some more recommondations about activitires in this beautiful region (rent bikes,...). And the doors upstairs to get to the rooms are a bit dangirous to lock yourself out, as well as the door to go out to the stairs - other guests locked them once from outside and we couldn't get out! We had a great stay and were really happy about how clean you worked in the kitchen. Thank you :)
Negatives first - very far away from town! You have to catch a taxi every time you go downtown. But the location is great, overlooking Otavalo, really quiet, and at the time of my stay usually in a mystic thick cloud in the afternoon. They serve good food in the restaura t.
I had a very pleasant stay at Rose Cottage. The views are unbeatable, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. The food is delicious, the rooms are cozy and clean, and it is a great value for the money spent. Each house caters to different travelers, so whether you're looking for a dormitory, a family house, a romantic couples getaway, a private space to yourself, or even a campsite, Rose Cottage has something to offer. There is a lot of great sightseeing, hiking, shopping, etc. nearby.