This was our first hostel in South America so it was a good start! We opted to stay in a private twin room which was nice and very clean. The views from the rooftop deck are spectacular and it's a great area to meet other travelers. Breakfast is also served up there in the morning for a reasonable price.
The location of the hostel itself is brilliant, the old town is only a short walk away. I'd definitely recommend the hostel for that reason alone. The Old Town is lovely to walk around during the day though a bit lacking in restaurants, but a taxi to the touristy area is cheap and the hostel will be able to help with it.
The staff in the hostel were really helpful and sorted us out with a taxi to take us the the Middle of the World (the real "sciencey" one - cheesy but worth it), as well as generally providing us with good advice.
The only problem I can think of is that the reception area on the 5th floor can be tough to get up to when you're struggling with altitude!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Secret Garden Quito is a friendly Australian/Ecuadorian/French family run hostel conveniently located in a quiet, authentic cobble-stone street in central Quito. Our 'barrio', or neighbourhood, is one of the few remaining Colonial districts and even our building is protected by a United Nations World Heritage listing. With a big improvement in security in the Old Town in recent years, plus 24 hour police patrols, our neighbourhood now enjoys a level of safety and security equal to (or often better than!!) most international capital cities.But there's more!!Our beautifully restored colonial building features a rooftop terrace/restaurant/bar with breathtaking views of the historical Old Town. Feel free to browse our hostal book exchange, chat with our friendly Ecuadorian and foreign staff, check your email (free use of computer and free Wifi), or just relax listening to any of our wide selection of music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel Quito