Hacienda Cusin

Top choice hotel in Northern Highlands

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9.3 out of 10

This fairy-tale 17th-century hacienda is on the southern outskirts of San Pablo del Lago, 10km from Otavalo. Tall cedar trees shade the garden paths linking the cozy cottages and gracefully aging buildings. Impressive carved wooden doors, European oil paintings and South American textiles and antiques create museum-like interiors. You may feel, though, like you're in a creepy old horror film.

Guests can play squash, ride horses or bikes, lounge in the reading library (every room also comes equipped with its own collection of books), then cozy up to the bar, where a roaring fire cuts the highland chill. The formal, proper dining room (check out the oil canvas depicting a severed head) serves delicious meals made with organic fruits and vegetables grown in the impressive on-site garden. Packages offer everything from overnight horseback-riding expeditions and Spanish-language lessons to weaving courses. Wi-fi can be frustratingly spotty (as in most non-urban areas, let's be honest).

Quick description via booking.com

Set in a 17th Century colonial-style house only a 20-minutes drive from Otavalo craft market, Hacienda Cusin offers designated free WiFi areas. It features a restaurant and a garden. With beamed ceilings and Andean-themed decor, rooms at Cusin feature heating and private balconies. Some of them offer garden views. They are fitted with antique wooden desks and beds with handwoven bedspreads. An American or Continental breakfast is served daily. The restaurant offers regional specialties, while drinks and snacks can be ordered at the bar. Guests can relax in the charming lobby, which features a fireplace. Bikes are available to explore the surroundings, and massage sessions can be requested. Spanish lessons are provided and there is a DVD library with over 300 movies. A games room and several sports courts are featured. Hacienda Cusin is a 1.5-hour drive from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

Features of Hacienda Cusin


  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Children's playground
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Darts
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Hiking
  • Bbq facilities
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Horse riding
  • Squash
  • Wifi
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • On-site parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Newspapers
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating


  • Massage


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking