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Montecristi Ecuador Hotel

There is a new Montecristi Ecuador hotel that recently opened.


This first class hotel, the Balcones del Cerro.

Montecristi  is best known as the manufacturing center of Panama hats.  The Ecuadortravel.us site says:

Montecristi, Ecuador – In Montecristi, Ecuador live aMontecristi  Panama Hat Montecristi Ecuador handful of master weavers, the creators of the finest straw hats in the world “Montecristi Panama Hats”. Hats so fine, they almost defy description. Montecristi panama hats are made from toquilla straw, hand-split into strands not much thicker than thread and woven so finely, at first a panama hat appears to be made from linen. Masterpieces of detail, the edges of these panama hats are woven back into the brim never trimmed and sewn like lesser quality panama hats. Each panama hat is woven by a single artisan, hand-blocked, and takes months to complete. Because there are so few master weavers of panama hats left (two generations ago there were 2000 panama hat weavers; today there are about 20 weavers of panama hats), these works of woven art are becoming endangered to the point of disappearing. www.Panamas.biz

Montecristi, Ecuador Panama Hats – This village is internationally renowned for the high quality of the “Panama Hats” they produce (yes, you read correctly, Panama Hats are and always have been from Ecuador and not from Panama). Lying at the foot of a large hill called Montecristi, the small town of the same name has many attractions such as Eloy Alfaro’s (an ex-Ecuadorian President) house, the Hermanas Largacha Museum, and the Monserrate Sanctuary, where thousands of Ecuadorian and foreign pilgrims traditionally flock, especially on the weekends. Another place of interest is La Pila, whose artisans make a variety of sculptures and replicas of Pre-Colombian ceramics. In addition to hats, these artisan centers display other handmade crafts made of different types of straw and iron.

History of the Montecristi Panama Hat – Modern day Panama hat design was originated by one Francisco Delgado. He lived in the coastal Manabi area of southern Ecuador in the 1700s. Due to the fineness by which the native Americans split the fibers, as with flax, the finest of finest Panamas look like silk and cost from $10,000 or more on the retail market (EXCEPT FROM US!). Why? This quality represents many months of work of one individual! In Spanish, the word delgado means thin, and thin are the fibers which make the finest Panama hats. What is the hat history before Delgado?

Montecristi is a small town on Ecuador’s coast, in the Manabí province of Ecuador and the capital of the canton by the same name.


The population is around 20,000.

Montecristi is also known as the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro Delgado who led the Ecuadorian revolution and was president of Ecuador in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Montecristi was also in the news from November 2007 through mid 2008 as this was the seat of the constitutional assembly as they wrote Ecuador’s new constitution.

From a more practical point of view Montecristi is a great place to use as a step off point for exploring Ecuador’s coast. It is in the center of the coastal and provides an alternative to those who do not want to stay in the much larger port city of Manta.

The Balcones del Cerro has a capacity to 40 people.


The owners have created a small tropical enclave at the foot of an imposing hill that looks over  Montecristi.


The area has beautiful scenery and mild climate.


The hotel features:

Executive rooms single, double, twin and triple rooms with bathrooms.


Hot water
Air conditioning
Mini bar
Cable TV,
Wireless Internet in all areas of the Hotel
Hair dryer in your own bathroom
Serv. Laundry,
Private Garage 24 hours
Pool (under construction)
Cafeteria Executive


This is an alternative to staying in Manta as the Balcones del Cerro is located just 15 minutes from Manta and only 10 minutes from Manta’s  Eloy Alfaro airport and near the beaches of Manta.

The hotel accepts VISA, MASTER CARD and DINERS.

The normal room rates are:

Single $70 + 22% tax
Double $80 + 22% tax
Triple $95 + 22% tax

However we have negotiated a discount for Ecuador Living premium subscribers.

Single Room $60 + 22% tax
Double room $70.00 + 22% tax
Triple room $85 + 22% tax

Ecuador Living subscribers can get discount information at their password protected page by clicking here.

Learn how to subscribe for a password to Ecuador Living here.

Third, you are entitled to a free nights stay (worth $72) at Inn Land of the Sun (Formerly Meson de las Flores) in Cotacachi. (the fourth night is free the first time three nights are booked).

You are also entitled to free use of wireless internet at our inn and the VOIP phone system at Meson (free calls to Europe, Canada and the US) even if you do not stay at the hotel.

See more on Inn Land of the Sun

The Relais & Cheateux La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa in Cotacachi also offers upgrades on a space available and other benefits.

Other hotels that currently provide discounts to subscribers include the Radisson in Quito.

We send them a lot of business and because we do not take any travel agent commissions we can normally get about a 50% reduction for you on the room rate (that reduces the room to around $75 plus tax depending on season).

There are other Quito hotel benefits at Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel Quito as well.

In Cuenca two hotels offer discounts to our readers.

Villa Nova Inn
El Dorado

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