“Your own private hideaway on the beach!” Nice condo in a great building right on the beach! The majority of condo owners in the building are there on the weekends only, so had the place virtually all to ourselves during the week! The ones we met were very friendly. Lovely terrace with pool and hot tub, with the beach just steps away. The staff is very friendly and helpful, but you should know some Spanish! We didn't, but muddled our way thru with a phrase book. Had some trouble with the hot water and tv, but the condo owner, Leonardo, does speak English, and with a call to him,the administrator was there to fix the problem promptly!
Located 8 blocks from the El Paseo Shopping mall with a Hipper Mart (like a Wallmart), many shops, food court, and even a movie theater with both in English and Spanish. Spend the $1 for the taxi as it not safe to walk there after dark. Also close to the Libertad Malecon with restaurants and shops. Only a short distance from the huge outdoor market in Libertad. It is a sight to see with seafood, vegetables, and fruit stands for blocks! Only a $5 taxi ride away from the bus terminal where you can catch a bus to Montinita, and only a $3 taxi ride to the Salinas Malecon where you will find many restaurants, the beach, or catch your charter fishing boat. Very secure gated property with the staff always there 24/7 to help get a taxi or help carrying groceries to the condo.
The double bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable, and the kitchen had a large fridge and was equipt with everything to cook our own meals. Quite a few of the television channels had language options available so could switch them to English. The two air conditioner both worked, one in living room and one in master bedroom, but did not need them on all the time. Most of the time it was nice to have the sliding glass patio doors open and enjoy the breeze.
“Owners make this a perfect vacation” We stayed at Maria and Ken’s quinta near La Merced, and it was wonderful. The house was gorgeous, filled with touches from their travels, and had all of the amenities we needed. We were only 30 minutes from Quito with a shopping mall just 20 minutes away, so although you were in the countryside, it was close to city life too. The gardens were beautiful for taking walks, especially when we saw hummingbirds in the yard, and when we picked lemons and made homemade lemonade right from the yard. The jacuzzi was a beautiful place to sit at night surrounded by flowers and bright stars. Luis, the caretaker on site has a wonderful family and is helpful when needed.
Ken took us on 3 day tours and he was an excellent guide, not only due to his knowledge of the land, but also because he tailored the trips to our family, including a 6-year old. We toured Quito, saw antisana, and visited Mindo, all very different climates and trips. He added personal touches such as bringing homemade hot chocolate, and he gave us many additional tips for our visit. On the last day, ken made us a reservation at a wonderful restaurant in El Tingo, and it could not have been more delicious.
The quinta, La Solana, is truly a place of beauty, and Maria and Ken are wonderfully helpful owners. It all made the trip perfect.