Hostal Doña Esther

Top choice guesthouse in Otavalo
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This small, Dutch-owned colonial-style hotel is cozy, with attractive rooms surrounding a courtyard ornamented with ceramics and ferns. The service is personable; there’s a popular book exchange and a recommended restaurant. Just a half-block walk to Plaza Bolívar.

Information from Hostelworld


Dona Esther is a colonial styled small guesthouse in the center of Otavalo, very close to the famous Saturday crafts market and all other points of interest, including the new train station for touristic rides to Ibarra and Salinas.

We offer 13 rooms private bathrooms and of course plenty of hot water, between doubles, a triple and a quadruple room, which is actually a small apartment. All the rooms are located around an inner courtyard filled with plants. Free WiFi available for guests. We don't have TV in the rooms. We can arrange transport to and from the airport at every hour, or arrange transport for some tours in the area.

Our attached Restaurant Arbol de Montalvo offers carefully prepared international food, with a surprising Ecuadorian touch, as well as some typical Ecuadorian dishes. We always use the typical Ecuadorian products, fruits and spices. We also serve excellent pizzas baked in a traditional wood-burning oven. We use organic vegetables and purified water. Monday evening closed. Breakfast included in the room price, we offer various breakfasts to choose from.

Please note that a 'hostal' in Ecuador doesn't necessarily mean the same as the English 'hostel'. Ours is more like a Bed & Breakfast.


  • 24 hour reception
  • Airport transfers
  • Bicycle parking
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast not included
  • Café
  • Free city maps
  • Hair dryers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Safe deposit box
  • Towels included
  • Wi-fi

Food and drink

  • Bar
  • Restaurant


  • Free WiFi available


  • Luggage storage