Banos might be low in altitude, but the chilled temperature and misty drizzle that met us on our arrival in July made it feel like we’d reached a hill station in the likes of India.
But, duck into the small courtyard of Hotel El Belen – a prime spot in the heart of town – and the community’s warm, friendly atmosphere starts to emerge.
Greeted by the lovely elderly owner, she was not only keen to make us welcome in the hotel, but also to feel some of her pride about her town.
The nicely appointed rooms are ranged on two levels of the courtyard, enabling guests to look out onto is abundant floral decoration.
While small, the rooms have everything you need – the modern showers, for example, are tucked into every available nook, and offer good pressure and hot water.
There are no facilities on site for food, but the hotel’s location means there is no problem. You can literally fall out the door and find a place for breakfast next door. Otherwise, it’s a quick few steps more to get anything you need.
Hotel El Belen is not the obvious choice in Banos, which is awash with accommodation options, but it has a lot to recommend it.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking