A beautiful and well looked after historic hacienda in the Ecuadorian highlands
Doubles from $126 per room including taxes
Best for: History Buffs
Why stay here: To appreciate the atmosphere of a colonial hacienda steeped in history, which is also perfect for the modern traveller
- No longer a working farm but have an organic garden for vegetables
- Year built: The main house was built in 1620
- The history of the hacienda: Chorlavi was the first property to be bought in the area by the Jesuits in 1620, it then comprised of a large amount of land. Skilled natives built the monastery in the desired European style. After the Jesuits were expelled the hacienda was acquired by the Tobar family and six generations later it’s still in the same family. In 1973 the hacienda was converted into a country inn and started welcoming guests. Nowadays the hacienda is only a fraction of what the original estate used to be
- 49 bedrooms
- Room details: The rooms are all different in size, decoration and furniture. There are singles, doubles, triples, suites and family suites (with 2 bedrooms) available
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included in the rate. There is a restaurant where lunch and dinner are served at an extra cost. At the weekends meal times are often accompanied by live folk music
- Bar: There are 2 different bar areas
Activities at the hotel
- Spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish baths
- Swimming pool
- Childrens playground
- Volley ball, basketball and tennis courts
- Games and movies room
- Live music shows
Local area attractions
- Condor park, lagoons, train rides, indigenous craft markets, thermal baths/hot springs, rafting, mountain bike rides and horse riding tours
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events and conferences
- Wifi available in the common areas and some guest rooms
- Gardens and outdoor space
- Disabled access
- Safes in all rooms
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: All year
- Suitable for children: Yes – there is plenty to keep them occupied here
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic fruit and vegetables from garden, use ecological detergents, build with natural or locally sourced materials, participate in recycling schemes, have solar panels and use timers to reduce energy consumption and employ local staff
- Check in/out policies: 3pm/12pm
- From $105 to $220 per room including taxes
- Credit cards accepted
- Booking and cancellation: Cancellation must be made 5 days prior to arrival otherwise the first night will be charged
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- Address: Panamericana km 4.5 Ibarra, Ecuador
- Transfers available: Yes from the airport at extra cost (approx. 2 hrs)
Hacienda Chorlavi is a well run and cared for historic hotel in the majestic Ecuadorian highlands. This archetypal colonial hacienda is a wonderful place to enjoy a few days as there is so much to see and do in the area. Equally it’s the perfect place to enjoy some restful time soaking up the atmosphere and the mesmerising views all around. This family run hacienda takes great pride in delivering outstanding service to their guests and always wants to ensure everyone enjoys their stay immensely. It’s an ideal place to base yourself for a few days and also learn a little more of a bygone era.
The hacienda dates back centuries; the actual house was built in 1620 and the original estate stretched for miles around. It was built by the Jesuits and was their first property in the region. The original monastery was built by natives in the European style but with local craftsmen influences such as adobe and woodwork. After the Jesuits were expelled, the hacienda became the property of the Tobar family and it’s still in their hands today.
Hacienda Chorlavi has 49 bedrooms and they are a mixture of different sizes, styles and furniture - no two rooms are the same. They range from single rooms through to family suites, which have 2 bedrooms, and all are tastefully furnished and colourfully decorated. Most have fireplaces or wood burners to help with the chilly evenings as you are at altitude here. These beautifully decorated guest rooms are in perfect harmony with the overall atmosphere of the hacienda and yet they are also well equipped with mod cons (there are even flat screen TVs). The beds are very comfortable and the hacienda even has it’s own toiletries in the contemporary bathrooms.
The hacienda is situated in an area where there are plenty of tourist activities. Alternatively you can just enjoy the spectacular gardens and views. For some proper pampering there is a spa on site with Turkish baths and treatment rooms. There are sports courts, games room and a childrens play area making it a great hotel for younger travellers. It’s a beautiful spot but if you do want to get out and about and explore the area there are lagoons, condor parks, craft markets, train rides, rafting, hiking and horse back riding all in the vicinity.
As you would expect in a hacienda where delivering good service in high on the agenda, the food is very good. Breakfast is a delicious buffet where you can have fresh fruit and juice, eggs to order, cereals, waffles, breads, cheese, jams and marmalades plus tea, coffee and hot chocolate. A very good way to start the day. Lunch and dinner are optional extras – all traditional hearty Ecuadorian style food where all the vegetables served come from their organic garden. The dining areas are traditional in style and quite often during the weekends mealtimes are accompanied by live folk music.
Hacienda Chorlavi combines the old and the new to an exceptional standard. You feel like you are able to get a good sense of how the haciendas used to be and what life was like back then. It is all beautifully looked after and well tended to, and a wonder to walk around the gardens and buildings taking in all the historical artefacts and photos. The views and scenery are also exceptional. The food and service are top notch and all the staff bend over backwards to make you feel welcome in this magical place. The colonial elegance and overall serenity provides a restful haven for any weary travellers. And with so much and see and do in the surrounding area it’s well worth including a few days here on any itinerary.