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Hotel Paris Loja
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Hotel Villonaco Loja
"Your home in Loja"
Timothy's bar - Vilcabamba
La Ramada de Noe (Jambeli Machala)
"Simple living on a coastal paradise"
Large selection of organic products in Loja,
Neural therapy, Odontology neurofocal, Vitamin C
Ecotourism, Agritourism, Rural tourism, Tour Operators
Gateway to the Podocarpus National Park
Puerta del Parque Nacional Podocarpus
Large selection of natural and organic products in Vilcabamba
Culture of quality coffee consumption in Loja - Baristas and Expert Roasters
Where to stay
Accomodation, Hotels, Guest Houses, B&B, Rentals...
For a small village Vilcabamba has an abundance of hotels, hostels, B&B, rooms for rent, you name it.
The city of Loja, a small city by world standards, is not left behind either and offers many options for all budgets.
In Vilcabamba, the most impressive hotels that can be found are in our view El Descanso del Toro with its impressive architecture and its pools and luscious gardens and Madre Tierra.
There are several nice clean and more affordable solutions that we will be reviewing in the near future.
This section contains the facilities that we are personaly reviewing as per 2015/2016.
The facilities that we have reviewed in 2009/2010 are listed in the next section along with other facilities that we have not personally visited.
Agritourism and beautiful cottage for rent in Vilcabamba by the Uchima river in Sacapo
A lovely Italian couple (Mauro and Monica) offer a really cozy place to rent, a cabin surrounded by the majestic green of the Sacapo mountains, with a lovely atmosphere, fresh air, the magical colors of the sunsets, the diversity of bird life, tropical trees, all this just steps from the Uchima river with its pure crystal clear water, where the only sounds are those of nature. Sacapo is only 6 kilometers away from the Vilcabamba central park and is an easy 15 minutes ride with a taxi.
Note: Hotels that we reviewed in 2009/2010.
This section may not be accurate as it has not been updated yet
Hosteria Izhcayluma is situated on a hill approximately 2 kilometres outside of
Vilcabamba (heading south), and enjoys spectacular vistas of the village and surrounding
countryside. Guests are housed in beautiful bungalows, set well spaced within the
grounds and decorated in a minimalist style. Balconies and hammocks overlooking
the stunning landscape are a very welcome feature of the rooms and aid an already
Relaxation is also possible while lounging by the pool, walking along the pretty,
flowered pathways, playing pool or table tennis or simply enjoying a cold beer in
the bar. For those wanting a more challenging intellectual activity, the giant-sized
chess set is ideal. The hotel also has a restaurant that is open from 08:00 - 20:00
every day except Monday (when it is closed during the middle of the day). The restaurant
serves a delicious mix of both Ecuadorian and Bavarian specialties. Breakfast is
included and, very unusually, can be taken at any time during the day, other than
a brief spell mid-morning. In the bar area there is a large TV: movies can be borrowed
at the front desk.
There are different parts of the hotel, including cabins, dorm rooms and regular
rooms. Prices vary according to the level of comfort and privacy you want.
Paula Newton. Source: Internet
In addition to the sizzling Mexican and international fare offered up at the restaurant,
Jardin Escondido has 13 pleasantly appointed rooms, singles, doubles and family
rooms, with private baths. The hotel, as the name would suggest, features a beautiful
hidden garden with an inviting pool for taking a dip or lounging about. The owners
are friendly and accommodating, a nice match for the warm atmosphere and peaceful
Although I have never stayed here I have visited while a friend was staying. The
room was well presented, clean and well maintained with a bathroom. The facility
is well presented and an excellent location to the Vilcabamba Village. The pool
looked very inviting!
Although I have never stayed here, I have visited while a friend was staying. The
room was excellently presented, clean and well maintained with a bathroom, wardrobe,
and desk. There was plenty of space around the bed. The facility is beautifully
presented and an excellent location to the Vilcabamba village.
They also have an environmental attitude. For example, they provide large containers
of drinking water to their guests so that they don't have to buy small plastic bottles,
which is definitely a good idea.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room and I was told that it is excellent
with fresh bread that they bake themselves daily on the premises.
A very short walking distance from town you will find Las Margaritas. I have known
a number of people who have stayed here and they always speak very highly of Las
They offer single and double bedrooms and private bathrooms. There is a guest lounge.
Breakfast is included in the price.
The hostel is set in a private cottage styled fenced garden.
This is a hotel, spa, restaurant and conference centre. I have visited this faculty
briefly and found it to be very beautiful. Friends have used the spa facilities
and said they were excellent. They had a hot deep earth organic clay bath. I have
dined at the restaurant too. There was a group of 8 of us for dinner all meals were
served at the same time except one, which for a reason I don't know didn't get served
until all of us were finished. Yet his meal was the same dish as another at our
table. The setting for the restaurant is beautiful. The meal was basic. It tasted
good. We were served local non-alcoholic beverage and breads. Would I eat
there again? Yes.
The Ramses Hotel is more in line with western hotels. It is well presented and located
within an easy walk to the centre of Vilcabamba. The hotel incorporates Diego's
Cafe Canela. I have visited this facility briefly and found it to be very well presented.
An acquaintance of mine has inspected the rooms and advised me that they were very
good and included a fridge. The reception for this hotel can be a little hard to
spot when you first arrive; head down the driveway and you will find the reception.
Rumi Wilco is only a 10-minute walk from the center of Vilcabamba, but you feel
like you are miles away. An Argentinean couple, Alicia and Orlando Falco, created
this nature reserve in an effort to reverse the environmental degradation caused
by slash-and-burn agriculture.
The reserve encompasses a beautiful mountainside with plenty of trails for day hiking.
There is also an eco-lodge on the reserve with well-kept rustic adobe cabins with
kitchens. A third of what you pay goes toward various management programs on the
reserve, such as protection and reintroduction of native species, nature trails
and scientific research.
You are also welcome to volunteer on the reserve for a discounted stay. Orlando,
a bilingual naturalist with decades of experience in Ecuador, can take you on a
guided excursion. Homemade organic granola, marmalade and coffee grown in their
own tree-shaded orchard are also for sale.
Unknown Author. Source: Internet
Client Comment(s): I stayed here probably 6 times in the 3 years
I lived in Ecuador. I loved the quiet and the simple yet beautiful cabins. Perfect
for a budget traveller/English teacher/naturalist/bird watcher or anyone just wanting
to get away and enjoy Vilcabamba at a place that is trying to give back to the community
I have visited this facility briefly while a friend was staying there. The hotel
is nestled among nice grounds and the staff was very helpful. The hotel also has
a restaurant with national and foreign dishes. See our Eating Out section for more
details on the restaurant.
Swimming pool - child playground - restaurant - massage/sauna facilities - a tranquil place
I have not personally stayed here, but I do visit regularly to do yoga. I must say
that this accommodation is one of my favourites. It has a beautiful rustic charm
yet all the modern facilities. The woodwork is oiled as opposed to varnished so
it is more natural.
You will find a homely atmosphere in a private rustic house in downtown Vilcabamba.
Montesuenos is run by Brian O'Leary and his wife Meredith. Brian is an acclaimed
speaker and author on the environment and a new age activist. Meredith is a visionary
artist who creates wonderful, mystical masterpieces. Montesuenos has been created
using Meredith's artistic talents and eye for detail. I find the best way to describe
the property is that it is an artist’s masterpiece in its own right. My husband
stayed here on his first visits to Vilcabamba and describes waking up at Montesuenos
as waking up on top of the world to a new dawn every day – a magical place to stay.
We have attended conferences conducted by Brian at Montesuenos. The property lends
itself to being an ideal venue. During lunch you can sit and relax in many of the
garden nooks that frame the house.
The Big Yellow House, owned by Jenice and Bruce, is neither a hostel nor a hotel.
We provide rental units for folks interested in that arrangement. It can provide
cost savings to those who are staying for extended stays and a private place that
is “yours” during your stay in Vilcabamba.
The property is located 4 and ½ blocks from the town plaza. It’s a short walk
to anything you might need. It’s a $1 taxi ride if you would rather ride than
There are two 3 bedroom apartments on the second floor. They are nice Ecuadorian
style, meaning there’s tile everywhere! There’s also nice color on the walls.
Owned by Americans, we have added on-demand hot water shower and included all the
basics to just move in. The apartments are furnished with beds, couches, stove,
fridge, dishes, and linens. There is a wash machine on the property and clotheslines
on the roof. Views from the apartments are of the beautiful mountains surrounding
Staying for a month or longer? A cell phone’s included to get you started connecting
with new friends.
Located separately in the back, the property also has 2 rooms with a shared bath,
all newly renovated. New furniture, paint, cabinets and roof! All linens are included.
Jenice also writes a blog about their experiences and life here in Vilcabamba.
At hotel Paris, located spot on in the center of Loja, amiability and service take a new meaning. For a start, this is a family business, has been since 1995 and is run by one dedicated individual named Marcos Galván.
And man does he like his job ! Every pore of his skin transpires of his passion for hospitality and tourism ...
The customers say it without hesitation: “Hotel Villonaco is like a home to us when we travel to Loja“.
Indeed, at Villonaco, located in the heart of the city of Loja in Ecuador, just a short stroll from the central square,
the hospitality, care and comfort, the kindness, trust and warmth that are offered to the guests make a real difference...