Hey there guys. I miss Ecuador, sitting here in Seattle and it is cold and gray. One delegate on her way back had her apple laptop, camera and cell phone stolen in the business center at the Radisson in Quito. No help from the staff on that one. Maybe you should warn people that this kind of thing can happen anywhere and to keep an eye on things.
So be warned. In Ecuador, especially the major cities, pick pockets and thieves work even the major hotels. We have had delegates have purses, cameras and computers stolen from restaurants and other public areas in all the major hotels.
Ecuador tourist areas are a pickpocket risk…especially in Quito’s Marical Sucre area and in Otavalo market on Saturday.
However the good parts of Ecuador overwhelm this risk.
We do not have this problem here in Cotacachi but one must keep an eye on there goods anywhere. I have never been robbed in 14 years in Ecuador because I remain aware. Yet I had all my Christmas shopping stolen in London, my home, just blocks form my house because I felt to secure. The point? There are bad guys out there everywhere… so take care.
There is so much good here that we receive many, many more raves like this below (rather than sad stories) from people who come to Ecuador. A reader just sent me this note.
Hi Gary: As Ecuador Living subscribers we have relied on information from your newsletters to make our stay in Ecuador very satisfying. I don’t know if you like receiving feedback on experiences your readers have had, but we felt we wanted to share some information about a hotel we stayed at in Cuenca. The hotel is called the hostal La Casona. Up until 6 years ago it was the private hacienda of the owners. They turned it into a three story hotel, while managing to preserve it’s charm and originality. (ie: original ceilings and crown moldings in the dining room).
The hotel is in a great location between the two rivers, and close to a mall, park, and the old city. There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighbourhood, and contrary to what we heard many were open on Sunday. It is very secure and quiet there. The rooms were of decent size, and our bathroom had a bathtub and shower. Our adult daughter was with us, and she had a separate room. The total cost of the two rooms was $70 per night. Compared to what other places are charging for inferior quality rooms, this is a steal! We had good internet access and cable T.V.
The owners son, Patrice, lives on site and manages the place. He speaks excellent English. He has another fellow (Carlos) working the desk who also speaks some English. We wanted to visit the ruins one day, and for $20 Carlos came on the bus with us and was our personal tour guide for the day. Anything we wanted was met with prompt attention. There is a dining room which serves a complimentary continental breakfast, and we had a lovely supper there one night. We had three dinners, 2 soups and a bottle of wine for $33. My daughter said the shrimp bisque was the best she has eaten.
As a lot of your readers come from North America they have certain standards they like to see in a hotel. We were paying double the room rates in Guayaquil at an international chain hotel that couldn’t hold a candle to La Casona. We hope if you are in Cuenca you will pay them a visit, and perhaps feel they deserve a mention in your newsletter. On the whole, we loved everything about Cuenca. It is high on our list of possible retirement destinations. Another myth dispelled…Cuenca is not COLD! Especially if you are coming from Canada like we are.
We would also like to thank you for allowing us to rent your penthouse at San Clemente for a week. We had a great time there, and we appreciate being able to stay in such a lovely room. We are currently in Quito, and on Thursday we are heading to Cotacachi. We will drop by your hotel, though. Thanks again. Betty Ann and Harold
There you have it. We have found that those who enjoy the most charm in Ecuador stay in the cozy small places to real get to know the people of Ecuador.
For example yesterday morning… on Valentine’s Day all our staff arrived at 6am. They had stayed up late making these flower arrangements.
Promptly at seven they went to every room and presented our guest with a boquet and a box of chocolates. Our guests were overwhelmed. Here are four guests enjoying the flowers at breakfast.
Merri and I were overwhelmed as well because we had not ask the staff to do this. The flowers… the chocolate… the early arrival were entirely their ideas. This is the true, sweet nature of the people in Cotacachi1
Until next message may you be always blessed by sweet natures.
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