Hosteria Rose Cottage Reviews
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Nice cozy and quiet place nested in the mountains. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Slept on a foam mattress with lots of blankets and was super warm despite the cooler temperatures. The hot water bottle was a nice touch to warm up the bed at bedtime! (ask for it in the restaurant)
Rose Cottage has beautiful views and is a great place to relax. It costs 3$ for every taxi ride down into or up from the city though. As a solo traveller, it was really hard to socialize and the taxi rides become expensive. So I decided to have the expensive (9$) dinner at the cottage, because the taxi would have made any dinner in town more expensive than that. But for 9$ I was quite disappointed with what I got...that was definitely overprice.
My girlfriend and I reserved a room from the Rose Cottage online for a fixed price per room. When we got to the location we were told by the staff that we would be charged over twice the price that we had reserved the room for because there was two of us. Unfortunately, we were never asked during the reservation process how many people the room was for. When we tried to find a solution the staff could not negotiate because the owner lives in England and when called was absolutely unhelpful.
The reason to stay here is the beautiful location. the wifi wasn't working and the electricity was off for the two days that I was there but I still managed to enjoy it which says something about the place and location.
A tranquil oasis of calm in a stunning location, that has easily one of the best views I've seen from a hostel. The food was great too, if a little pricey, and the staff friendly and helpful. Rooms did get a little cold at night though.
It is a great place with nice staff, clean beds and bathrooms. Good food, great vistas and a calming silence that only inspires peace. If you will be in Otavalo, I highly recommend this place. A few minutes from town.
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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
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!