Even with the Pope’s arrival in Quito and his few days in Ecuador it seemed like much of the Ecuadorian population was in Banos. When we rolled up into Casa Giralda Banos we were surprised at how busy the pools were and how many people there were. There were mainly Ecuadorians though we ran into a few foreigners who were also enjoying the pools in the hotel that had water coming directly from the thermal waters of the mountain.
We got into contact with the owner, Andres, after we saw them the hotel on Tripadvisor and were wondering why there were a large majority of good-excellent reviews but with less than 20 reviews. We found out that he had just acquired the property less than 6 months, changed it’s name, and was in the process of marketing and making some renovations to the rooms.
We were shown a couple of rooms to choose from though they were pretty similar. All had a view of the mountains or the pools, a TV, a large bed, and tons of space. There were extra blankets which was nice as some nights got chilly in Banos.
We ate most of our meals out of the hotel as we had tours in the surrounding areas that started in the center of town. Our only meal was quite delicious. We feasted on a good sized portion of chicken milanesa with french fries and a salad and grilled shrimp with rice and a salad.
The best part for us was the pools. Each night after whatever crazy adventure activity we did we would go straight to our rooms and change into our swimsuits for a dip into the hot tubs and some time in both the sauna and steam room. As we were there during the week there weren’t a ton of people though each room could have filled at least 10 people. The steam room was thick with the smell of fresh eucalyptus leaves and was great for clearing up our nasal passages. So relaxing!
Great staff, quiet retreat from the city, enjoyable views, and nighttime relaxation in the pools provided a great 4 days before continuing our journey to Peru. We’d highly recommend staying at Casa Giralada to couples, families, or those looking to escape the city. Thanks Andres and thanks to all the staff at Casa Giralda!