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La Casa de Cecilia Reviews

Av. 9 de Octubre, Mindo, Ecuador

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91 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Lovely place with lots of hummingbirds and forest around. Reception not often staffed so sometimes a bit hard to find someone, but they were very helpful when you did.


Really nice place - great value!


Casa de Cecilia was well located next to El Quetzal chocolate factory (although Mindo is compact enough that most parts of town are easily accessible). The facility was charming (wooden huts) and value was excellent! Downsides include shoddy security (keys left at unmanned front desk) and staff that didn't fully speak English. Oh, and walls are paper thin so light sleepers beware.

  • 22nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very good hostel with a chilled atmosphere, lacking a few lights and the use of kitchen facilities but very helpfull staff and good facilities otherwise. Would recommend to others looking for a relaxing stay.


Lovely wooden cabins to stay in. The only downside was that the walls were thin so could hear everything in the room next door. Great hot showers! Breakfast was tasty, but at an extra cost of $3. Couldn't check into our room later on as no staff were around (maybe 30 minutes). Other than that we really enjoyed our peaceful stay here!


Private room with bath was great. Nice hot showers. WiFi worked great in the common area. Clean and great location.


Really nice family run hostel, very helpful - will stay here again if I go back to Mindo!

  • 1st Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


You cannot always find the staff for long periods of time during the day and night - reception is unattended a fair bit. Setting is fantastic though and located right near El Quetzal where you can do the chocolate tour from which also does good food.


Nice place by the river with lots of potential. Pity that the staff was so unfriendly. We asked if it was possible to stay one more night and couldn't get a clear answer. I asked them if they could recommend another place but they didn't want to. We booked 2 nights at another place and at check out, they mentioned we could stay......


Security on the bags wasn't great. I was able to walk in with no staff and open the bag storage area by myself. If I had had bad intentions, well, I could've taken everyone's bags! Otherwise, I had a great time here with my friends. The room was quite clean with a treehouse feel, and I had a better shower here than in Quito! The hammocks are a nice touch, and the staff were very helpful in organizing tours (tubing, zip-lining, etc.)

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I really enjoyed my stay here. Cheap breakfast ($2.50), strong wifi connection and clean. As a solo traveler, I appreciated that a single room was offered at $9 . Staff was helpful with any tours (chocolate tour, birding, zip line, etc). My only issue is that I would leave my key on the desk and they weren't always at the desk to watch the keys (the keys were on the desk the whole time, not put away). With that being said, no one entered my room and I would definitely stay here again.


The hostel is great. Very tranquilo, it's right next to the river. Great breakfast, got 3 options to choose from (not included in the room rate, but price is reasonable).


Great location right on the River with cozy rooms. However we found the staff for the most part to be unhelpful and kind of uninterested.


The hostel is quite special when it come to the construction. Different wooden houses and nice, comfy beds.


I love coming here and will always come back here to stay in mindo!


hI loved the breakfast at the cafeteria...i did't like that i had to leave my room key,since someone left it at the common area..


It was cheap and staff were quite friendly, got a downstairs room which felt like we were in an underground bunker, upstairs rooms looked a bit nicer, nice hammock area, hummingbirds a real plus, breakfasts varied in quality and quantity. No kitchen facilities, wouldn't rush back, significantly better places available for slightly more money.


What a nice hostel! Heaving breakfast (not included but priceworthy) among hummingbirds, chilling in hammacs and offering tickets to all activities in town without extra costs. Hostel is entirely made from wood, so you can hear other people in the rooms, but its ok. Have good laundry, games and two nice dogs. Just a small walk from the plaza an next to the river.


Great value. Good breakfast. Shame they don't do other meals, but plenty of option nearby.


Basic hostel accommodation in a convenient location in Mindo - only a short walk to the main street. Reception helped us in arranging a zip-lining tour.

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