About this listing
La Factoría provides training in communication, design, art and architecture. We work with the artisans of the zone, the aim is to develop the ancestral craftsmanship and contemporary design. We also receive personal projects to be developed in place
In the quiet of nature, near a river and 4 km. of beautiful beaches, chalets for two with private bath and a house for a group with two toilet batteries, free wi-fi, atelier for reading or working, hammocks, walks to waterfalls and craft workshops, horse riding through the cordillera.
La Factoría is two hours from the International Airport in Guayaquil. It is two minutes off the Ruta del Sol (Coast Highway) and 15 minutes south of Montañita (Surfing Capitol of Ecuador). The valley it lies in is extremely fertile and provides excellent growth for all of the following crops; coffee, cocoa, tobacco, bananas, corn, watermelon, onions, peppers, tomatoes and a plethora of tropical fruits. Within just one kilometer of this land is a working finca that provides honey, milk, cheese, yogurt, open range eggs (delicious), bread, jellies, meat, chicken and more. There is also a medical center just minutes from the parcel.
La Factoría is a center for the development of contemporary craft and design, and also offers eco-training programs.
Workshop for reading or working.
Hammocks for relaxing.
Wi-fi all over the place.
If you are interested in a workshop, please contact us.
Interaction with Guests
Always welcome our guests and make them feel at home
In traveling expectations for space can often be defined by culture and commodity. What is sought might be the postcard view or the marble bathroom. A kind of luxury, but only for consuming. For the traveler who seeks something other than these received versions of "luxury" then the Eco Lodge of La Factoria can be recommended.
I am an architect and stayed in one of the cabins. I was looking for peace, reflection, and space for re-consideration of my work and at La Factoria I found opportunity for this. What I also found was huge delight and joy in the architecture of the space I stayed in.
The space of the cabin is dynamic by its alignment with the angle of the roof and by being lifted off the floor plane with triangular glazing at the floor level. With two roof angles and intersecting geometries, there is complexity and interest, especially as sunlight interacts with elements of the geometries. There are no postcard views offered from within to without, but with the dynamics of the space there is never a feeling of being closed or contained. The cabin succeeds in the artful encouragement of expansiveness while initially presenting itself as an inward and private space.
In addition to the wonderful dynamic of space in the cabin, at La Factoria there is growing of coffee, cacao, and fruit, an open work space, and an open kitchen/eating space where breakfast is made and shared, and other activities and buildings. Maria and George were gracious in their hosting and generous in their spirit. They are thoughtful in their work and contribute much towards ways of being and working that are not consuming.
This is a place for people with self sufficiency, who will not be surprised by a few salamanders or spiders.
Overall I had a great time at La Factoria. The location is truly beautiful and away from the chaotic Montañita, perfect for some serious relaxation after an excursion. George and Mercedes are kind and helpful.
I do have a couple of suggestions for improving the service: calling a taxi, indispensable to get anywhere, can be difficult, especially when you don't have an Ecuadorian number and the hosts have already retired to their cabin. A land line or a cellphone available for the guests would be a great thing.
Second: I was truly scared off by the dogs of the neighbours a couple times when returning home at night.
Mosquito nets in the cabins would be appreciated.
With these improvements I'd definitely recommend the place.
Lamento que si en Harvard Divinity School en Boston enseñan aun la teología, en ninguna parte le han enseñado la curiosidad de preguntarnos dónde está el mosquitero, raramente utilizado por nuestros visitantes regulares.
Si usted hubiera hecho preguntas sabría que no somos un hotel con servicios personalizados a la medida de cada cliente.
Somos una empresa de formación y producción en diseño, acostumbrados desde hace cinco años a trabajar con artesanos honestos y respetables, a quienes usted trató con desprecio, de hijos de puta y bastardos, gritando bajo mi ventana a las cinco de la mañana.
Aunque no conozco a Vuestra Madre, a usted le recuerdo, que a ella le hizo falta enseñarle la cortesía también.
G.Haffner. Project manager
Espero que el fiambre que te preparé como desayuno para tu viaje en bus, no te fue indigesto.
María Mercedes Salgado. Gerente general
Hands down the best place we've stayed in South America...possibly best place we've ever stayed. It was awesome to wake up to the sounds of the jungle and having a fresh, delicious breakfast prepared for us by Maria. You will have privacy but also accessibility to the hosts in the event that you have questions or just want to talk about their crazy cool space and the work that they do on their farm (make sure to ask Maria for a tour of the artist's space, and try some of their homemade coffee if you can!). If I can get back to the Ecuadorian coast, I will surely be trying to stay here again.
Maria was really really helpful in welcoming us to her place, we exchanged a few messages prior to coming where she gave us plenty of information and even booked a taxi to pick us up at the airport. The cabanas were really beautiful and very unique. It is located about 5 minutes from Manglaralto, a really nice small town with a beautiful beach where a river ends into the ocean (which makes for really enjoyable swimming). It is really nice to be away from all the craziness of Montañita. Maria was also really helpful in recommending things for us to do in the area. We had a really really relaxing time here and would love to go back!
Mercedes and George (though we never actually met Mercedes) are incredibly warm and welcoming people. Their space is just as described -- eco-friendly, basic, and absolutely amazing. Our Spanish is terrible, which we felt shy about, but George still managed to communicate with us and make us feel very welcome. :) He made us delicious breakfast every morning, and was always available to help us call a taxi or give us recommendations on things to do. The area is beautiful, and we really enjoyed our time there. Plus Montanita is a riot unlike anything else we've experienced, and Manglaralto has small-town charm and great seafood. We would highly recommend staying here!
La Factoria is a brilliant oasis of elegant design, fantastic artistry and generous hospitality. We were received by George and friend, with Mercedes away on business (but ever present by phone and video), and felt at home immediately. George greeted us with cold water and offered a quick tour of the property; speaking a mixture of Spanish, French and English, he pointed out special features of the space -- a vertically hinged door to let in the breeze, angled frosted pieces to highlight natural light, and so on. Without words to tell us of placement, we smelled the guava trees on our moonlit walks to the house. Cacao and coffee are also grown on the property. On our last day, we returned to a masterpiece of a painting adorning the wall; a piece just finished by George. If you are a fan of intelligent design and whimsical artistry, you must visit La Factoria. Breakfasts were a treat; hot water arrived with little mention of preference. And the bustle of Montanita only a 10 minute and 2-3 dollar taxi ride away. All in all, brilliant. Thank you!
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About the Host, María Mercedes
Nuestro proyecto desde hace 4 años es La Factoría / Diseño y Artesanía Contemporánea en la promoción + formación + difusión.
Desarrollamos residencias creativas con grupos, generalmente facultades de artes visuales, arquitectura, comunicación, mercadeo, y acompañamiento en proyectos individuales.
Contamos con un taller equipado, entre otros, cuenta con maquinaria para trabajar maderas y metales.
Bienvenidos son sus propuestas si requieren de aislamiento y sosiego para concebir algún proyecto; escribir un libro, producir una escultura, estudiar las aves, investigar sobre la artesanía de la zona, trabajar en gráfica, pintura, etc. Advertir con anticipación para ver las posibilidades y hacer un presupuesto según tipo de taller.