Stayed here four nights, over the course of a couple weeks. Staff was very friendly and remembered us upon our several returns (don't forget to ask for your key deposit back the night prior to departure if you're leaving early in the morning and there's no one at the front desk!). We stayed in the mini-suite, which was basic, had a TV and a very large shower w/ good water pressure.
Speaking Spanish whould have been very helpful.
This is a typical backpacker's hostal, and the noise in the common areas can be loud at night, esp. if you have to catch a flight early the next morning. Breakfast was ample and varied (eggs, toast, fruit, pancakes, fresh juice, etc...). While we did not stay in them, many of the other rooms were not en suite, and were shared with others.
Contrary to another review here, the mini-suite was not up several levels (though the place is 3 stories tall and has only stairs); it was up one flight of perfectly serviceable outdoor stairs. And while the place in general was a little rustic and worn, it was more than you might expect in a hotel in a third world country.
Our last night in Quito, we were supposed to stay here, but there was a problem with our reservation. We were hustled over to their sister hostal (2 blocks away), called the Alcala. The Alcala was much quieter, although it was a little closer to the 'action' in that section of town (Mariscal/new town).
All in all, we were satisfied with PdM, and if you're a young backpacker type, it'll probably be right up your alley.
We paid $30/night, including breakfast and tax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are situated in the best and quite street of La Mariscal District,the touristic heart of Quito, close to everything you will required. We have:sharing dorms, sharing bath room and private bath rooms with TV sat. All include a great bufet breakfast.Communal services:sitting rooms, patios,terraces,kitchen with free hot beberages. Free internet and WiFi, free luggage storage and use of safe. ... more less
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