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“Excellent hotel, perfect for the budget traveller! Amazing staff!!”
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Hotel Central
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Latacunga
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

$9 per person for a double room with a private bathroom with hot water (VERY hot water at any time of the day).

The price includes free tea or coffee all day as well.
The price also includes free WiFi, which has a good connection in the rooms but the best connection is in the dining area and the lobby.
Free luggage store (we left our big rucksacks here when we went to Quilotoa for two days, no problems)

Breakfast is available for $2.50 extra. You can decide on the morning whether you want it or not. Breakfast is very filling. For breakfast you get a bowl of fruit AND eggs (scrambled or fried) with bread, ham, cheese, jam and butter. A large glass of fresh juice and your choice of tea and coffee (which you can have refills of). I thought it was a bargain and the best breakfast I've found in a hostel/hotel in Ecuador. Normally you get fruit OR eggs so it's never too filling but here you get both!!

This hotel is perfect for the budget traveller in Latacunga. It is cheaper than its popular neighbour Hostal Tiana (their shared bathroom rooms are more expensive than Hotel Central's private bathroom rooms!). It is very safe and comfortable and the owner is amazing. She is incredibly friendly and welcoming (as many other reviewers have noted). She is great to chat to especially if you want to practice your Spanish, she is happy to help. She gives accurate advice for travelling to Cotopaxi and Quilotoa, which is great because I noticed the tour companies don't tend to tell you the truth as they are desperate to get your money!

The hotel would not really be suitable for someone on a holiday travelling with a large budget. It's not fancy, it's quite a dated hotel. But for the budget traveller it's a step up from the usual basic hostel and it's kept very clean.

It can get noisy if you have a room looking out onto the park, so you can get a room at the other side of the hotel which is quieter. Although the better rooms which are bigger are the ones looking onto the park. I didn't mind the noise because the city is pretty crazy with traffic so I think you'd be hard pushed to find a really quiet place to stay.

Latacunga Info:

It's not a great town, there isn't much to do in it and there aren't great food options (Jimmy's Pollo is the best). BUT it is the best location for exploring Quilotoa and Cotopaxi. The buses to Quilotoa and Cotopaxi go from the main bus terminal next to the supermarket. But the buses to Salinas/Guaranda do not go from there, they go from a street a couple of blocks behind the bus terminal. If you go to the terminal first they will point you in the correct direction. I found Quilotoa really easy to get to. However I found getting to the entrance of the Cotopaxi national park much trickier and people were less helpful there.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

All the staff at this hotel are the friendliest and most helpful that I ever encountered. The hotel is great value at $10 a night for a private room (double bed), cable TV and ensuite bathroom. It's also very clean with great hot water. Would have been perfect if there's free wifi ;)

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Thank coldf33t
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

The rooms are not extremely roomy, but are clean and decent. We had a room away from the street and was very quiet. We had plenty of hot water.

The thing that makes the hotel outstanding, is the excellent service. On every occasion we got free tea or coffee. The 2.5 dollars breakfast is definitely worth the money.

The owner makes you feel like home.

The things mentioned above make this hotel a perfect deal for your stay in Latacunga.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank GuidomaxNL
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Reviewed 5 September 2009

My husand and I stayed in this hotel in September for 3 nights and paid a slightly discounted rate of $15 per night (normally $8 per person per night).

The location is very central and convenient to local restaurants and tour agencies. Our room, 102, had a lovely view over Parque Vicente Leon, which is itself a safe and clean park.

Our room was equipped with hot water (very good hot water with a strong shower head), a decent hairdryer (a surprising luxury for $7.50 pp pn), dual bedside tables and lamps (only one lamp working), cable television (though for parents, the pornography channel is not blocked so caution is needed), a desk and two chairs, and a large hanging area.

Our room was very spacious and the room is made up daily with fresh towels and soap (a bargain).

The only downsides were that the bed was very creaky and the bathroom had a fair bit of mold, which may be an issue for some people, but since we are budget travellers in Sth America for 8mths, we were just delighted with it. There was also a lot of noise at night until about 1am, not from within the hotel but from the street below.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maddy1982
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Reviewed 2 May 2009

We didn't book. We just took the bus to Latacunga and asked for a room. It was 8 dollars a person for a triple room with TV and a private a a bathroom. The room was spacious and warm. The hot water took a bit to turn on but other than that it was great and plenty of pressure. We found that our view in the morning was of a beautiful church and a volcano! It was view we only paid 8 dollars for! The hostel owner is incredibly friendly and so is her night watchman that gave us the room since we got there late at night. We only stayed for one night but the breakfast was tasty (2 dollars) and the owner gave us plenty of information about how to take the bus to Laguna Quilotoa. They held our backpacks for the day so we did not have to lug them around. All and all a good hostel (not quite a hotel, probably called that because of the TV which we did not use) but nothing INCREDIBLE.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

Located next to the main plaza, this is one of the cheapest hotels in town. 16$ gets you a basic private double. Rooms and bathrooms could be cleaner. Hot water and water pressure are both a bit hit or miss. There´s no breakfast or internet included in the price. The rooms over looking the plaza are very noisy both late at night and in the early morning - the Cathedral bells go off at 6am and every half an hour after that!

Would recommend staying at another place unless you have no choice!

  • Stayed: November 2008
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1  Thank ashah_008
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Joseph C
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Address: Sanchez de Orellana y Padre Salecedo, Latacunga 050150, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Cotopaxi Province > Latacunga
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Latacunga
Number of rooms: 309

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