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Review of Hostal Ecuador

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Hostal Ecuador
Ranked #93 of 285 Speciality Lodging in Quito
Reviewed 2 October 2013

It's good location and friendly staff are the best things about this Hostal. It is in need of repair and is showing its age. It's charming but with little work could be brought up to decent standards for the price. Don't get the room right off reception!! It's a cave with the only window looking out to the front door & reception and it's small and no room to move. Moved to an upstairs suite, which was more pleasant but little or no light at night because light bulbs burned out. Floors of kitchen area need repair so be careful not to trip on trim falling apart where you have to walk. Also, wifi in this corner suite is extremely limited due to the concrete walls not allowing signal. You have to go out to sit in alcove or on terrace to get it.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Do not trust a reservation booked at this hotel!!!
I booked a room for two nights at Hostal Ecuador for our family of four who were arriving in Quito very late at night. I had a confirmation email from Dante and I reconfirmed 2 days before we arrived. As planned his driver Edison picked us up. And Edison was great. But when we arrived at the Hostal Ecuador and hauled in all of our luggage and our two sleeping daughters (ages 5 and 7) they were told they had no record of our reservation! We loaded back up in Edison's car and went to their "other" property, which ALSO had no vacancy. Thankfully Edison stayed with us and drove us to three, yes three, more hotels before we found one with vacancy. We tumbled into bed at 3:30am. Some welcome to Ecuador. No thanks to Dante and the Hostal Ecuador.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank marlisa c
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Short walk to all the main icons of old town including being a 3 minute walk to Al Rondo, the happening street for music and restaurants. My room was huge, the building very charismatic.
The staff were super helpful with their limited English...even helping me get a better seat on my flights.
Breakfast was just the Ecuador norm. Security was great. The only down side was the bathroom had not one single hanging hook for your clothes.....you must hang them on the floor!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Gtirman
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Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

The Good:
Great location very near historical Quito and restaurants.
Staff friendly just not knowledgeable about getting things done around city.
Nice old building.

The Bad:
The price. We stayed in three different places in Quito the cheapest being $20 and was fine. For price not much of a step up at all.
Not all rooms look like that advertised on Expedia. We certaintly didn't get some facilities in photo such as tv.
Breakfast was ok. Nothing special but for price I was expecting a higher standard than a typical hostel brekky. Had eggs but was only a small step up with double pricetag of other hostels around Quito (obviously not so close to town though).
The Ugly:
Rooms noisy - you'll hear everything going on. Fortunately wasn't too busy when we were there but one guy did leave at 1am for a flight and we must have heard everything.

You'll find better value around town but if hard pressed this place is ok.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Ramenmuncher
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

We had booked a room with this hostal and they were to meet us at the Quito airport at 9 pm on March 7th. Noone was there!! we were left high and dry. We called their mobile number and noone answered. There is no excuse for this lack of service. We had a very stressful time on our first night in Quito, thanks to them. We did have a confirmation from Dante.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
5  Thank joedy13
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Dante70, Manager at Hostal Ecuador, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2013

Dear Customer, we sent a cab driver to pick you up in the new airport but he told us that he didn´t find you so decided to return to Quito again, we are really sorry for that. Best Dante

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Reviewed 15 January 2013

I was so impressed by this hostel. The renovated interior of this historical building is very elegant and comfortable, and the location is perfect for accessing the museums, churches and all the sights of the historic downtown. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, answering all my questions about points of interest, bus and train line locations and schedules, etc. etc. knowledgeably and with great patience of my poor Spanish. I felt completely at ease leaving my valuables in my room while I was out sightseeing around town, and in the storage locker when I took day trips away from the City. I will come back to Hostal Ecuador every time I visit Quito in the Future. Thank you so much to all the staff at Hostal Ecuador!! See you next time!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Caleb H
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Good:
- staff are very friendly and helpful. They can also speak English.
- secure. I left my backpack during my trip to Galápagos. When I came back, everything was still there in my backpack.
- clean. And if you find that the bed sheets are not clean enough, the staff will immediately change them for you.
- hot water is available 24 hours a day as the pot is at the reception. You can make your tea / coffee at anytime.
- the hostel manager gave me really good recommendation regarding my Galápagos trip.
- the location is excellent.

Hesitate:
- single room is not en suite. Hostel.com gave the wrong information.
There are 3 rooms on the ground floor. One is a single/double bedroom, one is a twin room for the staff (I heard) and one is a four bedded room. All rooms don't have a bathroom inside. There is one bathroom on the ground floor.
The hostel manager told me the bathroom is for me. It is right next to the single / double room. I didn't really buy it because as long as the bathroom is not inside my room, it is shared. The truth is when I was the only guest on that floor, I have exclusive right to the bathroom. When the ground floor is fully occupied, I had to wait in the morning. Imagine, there are so many people taking a shower in the morning and there is only one bathroom. Even if you don't want to take a shower in the morning, you have to wait to brush your teeth.
I really hope the hostel can rectify the information in hostel.com and tell the guests the truth.

- they charged me one extra night (I stayed there for 3 nights but they charged me 4) but I didn't realise it when I paid (the hostel manager kept telling me 4 days and so I had to pay for 4 days). I only realised it after I left. That was my mistake too. Make sure you check your payment and bill all the time.

- airport pick up costs USD20 but if you take a taxi to and from the airport, it costs USD8-10. I don't really recommend using their pick up service. It is way too expensive.

- noisy
People walking around, banging the doors, taking a shower, and the door bell ringing at midnight - all can be heard very clearly inside my room.

- wifi signal is weak inside the room.

- apart from the Galapagos tour, other tours recommended by the hostel manager were expensive.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank MC_HKG
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Additional Information about Hostal Ecuador

Address: Venezuela S-128, Quito 170130, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 285 Speciality Lodging in Quito
Price Range: £24 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Ecuador 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well located in the heart of the historical centre of Quito, near to the most important historical and cultural sites of the city. Just 20 minutes by taxi from the international airport ... more   less 
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