A charming hacienda where you can expect top service and hospitality
Doubles from $134 per night including taxes
Best for: The great outdoors
Why stay here: To enjoy the splendour of this part of the world and if you are lucky to see the Tungurahua volcano erupt
- A working 200 hectares agricultural farm
- Year built: Last century
- The history of the hacienda: It is a family owned hacienda which opened to guests in 1992. The surrounding area of the hacienda was once part of a much larger Jesuit hacienda and then following their expulsion was passed through many hands. It was bought in 1930 by a Colombian called Marco Antonio Restrepo who turned it into one of the most productive haciendas in the region. It now belongs to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the Duran-Calisto family
- 19 bedrooms
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of singles, doubles, triples and suites
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included – lunch and dinner are extra
- Bar: Yes
Activities at the hotel
- Bird watching
- Horse riding
- Cooking lessons
- Spanish lessons
- Agricultural tours
Local area attractions
- Wagon rides, guided walks, zip line/canopy, canyon, rafting, mountain biking, Salasaca craft market, volcano, visits to indigenous communities and to Banos, Tena and the Amazon
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities available
- Special events offered including weddings
- Wifi available in the common areas
- Gardens and outdoor space
- Disabled access
- Extra beds available at cost of $40 plus taxes
- Safe in reception
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: All year round
- Suitable for children: Yes, they are very welcome
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic fruit and vegetables from garden, use eco friendly products as much as they can, build with natural or locally sourced materials and employ local staff
- Special offers: They have special promotions all year
- Check in/out policies: 3pm/11am
- From $101 to $243 per room including taxes
- Credit cards accepted – Visa and Mastercard
- Booking and cancellation: If you cancel 30 days before you will not incur a penalty, 29-15 days before and you have to pay 75% and 14 days or less you pay 100%
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- Address: Patate, Near Banos, Ecuador
- Transfers available: Yes at an extra cost
Hacienda Manteles is a spectacularly situated working farm on the edge of the cloud forest. It is run by the charming and convivial host, Fernando, who will make a supreme effort to ensure you have a wonderful stay at his hacienda. With spectacular views of the Tungurahua volcano from the property, you might even be lucky enough to see it erupt.
It has been in the Duran-Calisto family since it was bought in 1930. Originally part of a much larger Jesuit hacienda it is now about 200 hectares and is beautifully set in the cloud forest on the edge of a national park. The actual house was built in the last century and has been extended in recent times. The surrounding area is of great historical interest and it's thought the legendary Inca treasure of Atahualpa remains hidden somewhere in the area.
There are 19 bedrooms in total – singles, doubles, triples and suites. The suites even have breathtaking views of the volcano. All have heater or stoves to keep the chill off in the evenings as you are at altitude here. The bedding is exceptionally comfortable and warm and the rooms are spacious and inviting. Some of the bathrooms may be a little on the small side but function well and there is plenty of hot water. All are tastefully decorated and well equipped. Given the peaceful location, a good nights sleep should easily be achieved here.
The hacienda likes to make sure their guests have plenty to keep them occupied during the stay. It’s a great place for bird watching, hiking and horse riding. You can take part in educational agricultural tours or even have cooking or Spanish lessons. For down time there is a local masseuse who charges competitive rates. Outside of the hacienda there is so much to see and do - canyoning and zip lining is popular as well as rafting. Local craft markets, indigenous communities and the interesting tourist town of Banos is not too far away. A little further is Tena, on the edge of the Amazon basin, where it’s possible to do trips to as well. Of course there is always the option to take it easy and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Breakfast is included in the rate but lunch and dinner are available at an extra cost. Breakfast usually consists of breads and jams, eggs, crepes, juices, tea and coffee. Organic locally grown food from the garden and nearby is used whenever possible. Lunch and dinner are usually Ecuadorian dishes of an extremely high quality and likewise for the wine list. The menu is extensive enough to satisfy all guests, no matter how discerning.
Hacienda Manteles is a peaceful place to spend a few days surrounded by some stunning scenery. The service and the welcome is exemplary and you will want to make sure you stay longer than one night. The family are clearly proud of what they have achieved here and are keen to share this special place with their guests. Beautifully decorated with lots of antiques everywhere it is a charming and atmospheric place to stay. Just make sure you make it long enough!