We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Noise is a Deal-Breaker”
Review of Hostal La Ronda

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Hostal La Ronda
Ranked #98 of 245 Quito B&B and Inns
Reviewed 31 July 2012

We stayed in Room 1 in late June for two nights. It was EXTREMELY noisy. We are pretty seasoned travelers and always carry earplugs, but our high-decibel earplugs simply didn't work. The problem is that the street is very noisy (think loud music and people shouting) until the wee hours and the restaurant in the courtyard goes until after midnight (blaring TV, karaoke music and loud diners).The family that runs the hostal is very nice and hospitable, and certainly sympathized with our complaints, but unfortunately they do not stay on the premises (they let us in, fed us breakfast each morning, but were not onsite otherwise) and do not run the restaurant in the courtyard. Couple that with squeaky floorboards and very thin walls, and we literally got about 4 hours of sleep one night because the kids above us started running through their room at about 6 am. One other minor complaint is the lack of bottled water in the rooms. We were lucky enough to have a little left from our plane trip to brush our teeth, otherwise we would have been without water. That said, the rooms are very clean and comfortable, and we had no problems with the shower. Again, Gloria and Hernan, Kennia and Andres are wonderful and I sincerely hope they can overcome the serious noise issues in order to make this hostal survive over the long term. They do provide great car/driver and guide services too.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ecuador2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (64)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

16 - 22 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 28 July 2012

I stayed at the hostal a total of 7 nights. 5 nights in room 1 which I recommend highly. Room 1 has a balcony and a view of panecillo. I also stayed in room 3 and room 5. These rooms lack the excellent view but are spacious and comfortable. The one thing that is different is the shower in these rooms which you need to read the directions to get heat.
The staff is warm and friendly even for poor spanish speakers. The rooms are clean and an excellent breakfast is served daily at no cost. The restaurant is also open for dinners certain nights of the week. We used the hostal transportation to and from the airport as it was easier than taking a taxi. We also took a private tour of panecillo, mitad del mundo, intinan museum, rumicucho, and pululahua crater which cost $100 for two people and took around 7 hours.
The only issue with this hostal is that staff are not available 24/7. You are given a key for the room and for the entrance. For this reason you need to book in advance and give notice of when you will arrive. This was not a problem for us but we did hear people ringing the doorbell wanting to book a room.
You need to bring ear plugs to stay on Calle la Ronda because it is quite a noisy place every night. There is no central heat or air conditioning in most places throughout Ecuador but the mild weather in Quito does not require it. The staff really went above and beyond when they allowed us to check out late on our last night in Quito. We were allowed to leave at 9pm instead of the posted 12pm. The staff also allowed us to keep our luggage at the hostal while we went on a mountain climbing excursion. Last but not least Calle la Ronda is the safest place in Quito to stay. It is the only place I would venture out at night in Quito.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank chelseasly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Family-run B&B in a traditional 17th century colonial courtyard home. Extremely clean accomodations in the Old City. Walk to wonderful retaurants and even the Presidential Palace. The police presence in the neighborhood makes it very safe day or night. Kennia or Andres speak English and can provide guide service for the city (highly recommended) as well as excursions and tourist service outside the city. Morning breakfast in the patio is wonderful including fresh Ecuadorian coffee from the mokapot. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant downstairs is open and hopping with live music from roving minstrals. It is difficult to sleep upstairs with rooms facing the courtyard if trying to sleep before midnight. Other nights of the week are quiet. The bathrooms do have hot water but very low flow. Heh, you are visiting the Old City. This family is so accomodating that when my husband became ill enough to require a visit to the hospital, Kennia and Andres came right away and took us to the hospital ER to be sure we were taken care of properly. Despite the noisy environment Friday and Saturday nights, we felt extremely comfortable there. Contact Kennia with questions at kenniavillalba@hotmail.com.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Deborah1947
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Other reviewers have complained about the noise, but it REALLY is noisy. We stayed two nights as a family of four on April 5 and 7, 2012. The first night was in Room 1. It had a great balcony with great views and the space was nice with three beds and hot water in the shower. The problem was the partying on the street outside until 2 a.m. Even from the third floor, it was loud. The second night was in Room 5, at the back of the hotel. There was no view and most of the windows were to the courtyard and restaurant, but we thought this would deal with the noise. We were wrong. The restaurant, which is operated by a different party than the people who operate the hotel, had live music until 1 a.m. Even after that, we could still hear the noise from the street. Room 5, also had a "suicide shower" and there was no hot water. Still, the location is stellar, with great access to the Old Town in all direction.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Brad53207
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 April 2012

The hotel has 5 rooms. 2 front the street - lots of noise. 2 of the 3 remaining have no hot water.

Room Tip: If you go ask for room 4.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Stephen T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 February 2012

This small family run hostal is located in a traditional courtyard house, on a lovely colonial street. The house has been renovate, rooms have nice furnishings, hardwood floors and very nice clean bathrooms with showers..The owners are very friendly and helpful. On the day of my departure, Gloria was very nice and come early to prepare and serve breakfast for me 40 minutes before the scheduled 8 am time.
On the down side - SECURITY there is no guard/watcher inside he house. The little charming street, on which the hostal is located, is supposed to have 2 security guards 24/24, but they were there Sunday, when I arrived, but not Monday. Having been robbed in Ecuador, of all my possessions, in GYE, I am very keen on safety. Until the owners have a night guard on duty, I cannot recommend their hostal, because of the safety concerns.
2) owners provide a pick up service, but their charge is 50% more than a tax

Room Tip: Do not stay in room 2 - facing the touristy street, impossible to sleep at night, also problems with...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank movingtoEcuador
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 January 2012

This family run hostal in the heart of the Old Town of Quito was perfect for our needs. Hernan was there to collect us from the airport each time, provided us with a great tour to the Middle of the Earth etc and arranged for his daughter to take us for a fabulous tour to Mindo. (A must do!) We stayed over Christmas and had the large matrimonial room on the top floor. The street was noisy at this time of the year with celebrations. The breakfasts were great and the coffee excellent. Hernan's suggestions for restaurants nearby, proved to be the best meal of the trip. Hernan was not always on time to collect us and the bin in the bathroom was not emptied for the 3 days that we stayed. At $45, the location in the Old Town, proved a welcome change from the bland expensive 'Gringoland' end of town.

Room Tip: If staying from Wednesday through Sunday, be aware that there will be noise from the restaurant, so...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank 17cat60
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Quito hotels
0.2 mi away
Hotel Real Audiencia
Hotel Real Audiencia
#36 of 113 in Quito
330 reviews
0.2 mi away
Hotel Boutique Plaza Sucre
0.2 mi away
Hotel Yumbo Imperial
Hotel Yumbo Imperial
#38 of 245 in Quito
40 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.0 mi away
No photo provided
Hostal Piquellan
#143 of 281 in Quito
1 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hotel Casa Montero
Hotel Casa Montero
#20 of 245 in Quito
39 reviews
0.4 mi away
Hotel Colonial San Agustin
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hostal La Ronda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hostal La Ronda

Address: Juan de Dios Morales Oe 330 Y Guayaquil - La Ronda, Quito 593, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 245 B&Bs / Inns in Quito
Price Range: £14 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SUITES - APARTAMENT - HOTEL - HOSTEL "LA RONDA" is located at the heart of Quito's historic center, declared a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. The city's history and tradition comes alive when visiting the churchs, museums and national monuments that surround this wonderful colonial building, offering its visitors an experience into the past. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Hostal La Ronda reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing