Hacienda La Cienega is a stately 400 year old mansion near the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano in the Andes Mountains, and has been a hotel since 1982. It stands at the end of a long drive, which enhances the hacienda's impressive appearance.
Rooms are decorated in a traditional style and have thick walls, period furniture and windows with views of the gardens. All are en-suite and have heating and some have open fires. They vary in size from single to triple, and there are suites for those desiring extra space and refinement.
The hacienda has plenty of social areas including a living room, library and bar. The restaurant serves Ecuadorian and continental cuisines. Interiors feature paintings, objets d'art, chandeliers, large fireplaces, polished wooden floors and large windows, giving it the feel of an historic country house, which indeed it is. The gardens contain a variety of plants and trees, as well as fountains, outbuildings and a chapel.
From Hacienda La Cienega you can go hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, to Laguna del Quilotoa and other local places of interest, explore by mountain bike and on horseback, and visit Andean market towns and villages. The shop is a good place to pick up locally made gifts and souvenirs.
Open: Hacienda La Cienega is open all year.
Location: The hotel is located near Cotopaxi volcano and Cotopaxi National Park. It is 45kms from Quito, about a 90 minute drive.
Rooms: There 34 rooms made up of single, twin, double and triple rooms, luxury suites and a family suite. All have a heater, phone, Wi-Fi, bottled water and an en-suite bathroom. Some rooms have fireplaces.
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding are available and guided trips to local towns and markets can be arranged.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, lounge, library and other indoor sitting areas. The hacienda is set in landscaped gardens including fountains, a tennis court and a chapel. The hotel has a gift shop. There is a laundry service (pay locally).
Dining: Meals include local and international dishes.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There is a games room.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
A stunning luxury train trip through the Andes and out to the Ecuadorian coast.
"Somewhat run down, despite the obvious 17th/18th/19th Century charm. The food was poor & the waiting staff mostly elderly & very disorganised. Room was cold with inappropriate (small) electrical heaters. A bit like "Fawlty Towers". "