Best Hotel in Otavalo
with a beautiful colonial style

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Hand painted flower as seen throughout Hotel Doña Esther

The best hotel in Otavalo is probably the one you wish to stay in when visiting Otavalo, right?

Then you are in the right place, because our small charming hotel is simply the most attractive hotel this Andean town has to offer. We always say: Sleep, Eat, Drink, Rest, Enjoy & Remember…

In the center of town

Our beautiful colonial style Hotel Doña Esther is located in the center of Otavalo. So, not only close to the famous Plaza de Ponchos & handicraft shops, but also near the Central Park, the Parque Bolívar. 

In other words, the perfect spot to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a typical indigenous  Andean town. And to witness the local culture and meet the friendly local people.


Small & Cozy 

Our Hotel Doña Esther is a small, charming and cozy hotel. A stylish accommodation, with 12 wooden floor rooms & 1 family studio. All located around a beautiful inner courtyard. All rooms of course have their own private bathroom.

  • If you book direct through this website, you’ll receive the best price. A permanent 15% discount of the regular price. 
  • Every incoming flight arrives at the International airport of Quito. Otavalo is only an hour and a half away from the airport. Almost the same time it takes to get from the airport to the inner city of Quito. In other words, the northern town of Otavalo is a good relaxing starting point after your flight.


Our own well-known restaurant

Besides staying in a nice hotel, you would really like to eat something special. For instance, in our renowned restaurant Árbol de Montalvo. Because here we offer delicious and also healthy food. Maybe you can say a mix of local products & flavors, with a European touch.  

Things to do around Otavalo

Our hotel in the center of Otavalo is a perfect base to explore the area. The Imbabura province is mostly known for its natural attractions and the local indigenous culture. So, that’s the reason why UNESCO recently appointed our province the first UNESCO Global Geopark of Ecuador.


What to think of a hike around the magical Crater lake of Cuicocha? A hike or climb to the summit of the Fuya Fuya volcano? Or maybe an easy walk (half an hour) to the beautiful Peguche Waterfall. And these are only some of many green attractions you can visit around Otavalo.

Arbol de Montalvo


Prices and Services

What we offer at our hotel

Things to Do

In and around Otavalo

A first impression

What people say about us:
Jody BodelierJody Bodelier
09:18 13 Jul 22
I had the best stay at this beautiful place! The hotel, the courtyard and the rooms look so lovely and everything is very well maintained. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The restaurant offers fantastic fresh dishes that you don't find anywhere else in the area and their pizza oven is a treasure. Otavalo itself is lovely with the famous market and perfect as a base for trips in the region. Highly recommend!!!
13:09 31 Mar 22
We stayed 4 nights at Hotel Dona Esther. A thoughtfully and beautifully put together hotel with restaurant. Conveniently situated in the heart of the town. The food in the restaurant was divine. A wonderful menu to choose from and very generous portions. Breakfast was included and again, a pleasure. Beds comfortable and nice hot showers with good pressure. I would highly recommend this unique hotel to anyone staying in Otavalo.
John KerrJohn Kerr
02:16 11 Mar 22
We had a delicious dinner and then comfortable stay and wonderful- -included --breakfast the next morning. Love the atmosphere and people at this place. Wish we could've stayed longer!
Thomas BrandenburgThomas Brandenburg
17:54 01 Jan 22
This is, honestly, the best food I've had in all my visits to Otavalo. I can't speak for staying at the hotel, but the restaurant is a real delight. I recommend the bacon wrapped sausages, the camarones anaranjados, and any fresh fruit juice.
Alyse RobayoAlyse Robayo
18:08 20 Nov 19
Doña Esther is a charming hotel centrally located in Otavalo. The rooftop terrace is a great place for views of the surrounding mountains. While it is not the cheapest option in Otavalo, the prices are fair. The clean, comfortable rooms, incredibly friendly and helpful staff and delicious included breakfast were certainly worth the few extra dollars that you may pay compared to some of the other hotels in the area. If you are staying there, don't miss out on the restaurant for lunch or dinner. The pizzas, as well as chicken and fish dishes that we tried were absolutely delicious! As my husband is Ecuadorian, we travel to Ecuador a lot and the next time we are in Otavalo, we will be staying at Doña Esther!
Mari PlowmanMari Plowman
15:27 12 Nov 19
Wonderful quaint cozy hotel with superb restaurant and ample menu. Very secure convenient location. Stayed there in the past. Will return again!