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“Amazing Coffee, Bluegrass and Solid beds”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Magic Bean

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The Magic Bean
Ranked #67 of 254 Speciality Lodging in Quito
Canoa, Ecuador
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“Amazing Coffee, Bluegrass and Solid beds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2011

The big draw of “The Bean” is its American style atmosphere, fantastic coffee, attentive staff and quality restaurant. If you are traveling and yearning for a bit of home this is a great place to go. With Wifi, bluegrass music and smoothies it is also an excellent spot to get online and even get a little work done. The rooms are basic but the beds are heavenly and there is plenty of scalding hot water for the cold quito nights. This is a favorite spot of tourists with good reason and its not just their delicious cheesecake!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Magic Bean for one night in April 2011. We arrived at the hotel around midnight with no reservations as we were flying standby and had missed out flight back to the States due to the weather. Fortunately, there was a private room available that we were able to book. The accommodations were clean, for the most part, and the private room even had a small kitchenette (small gas oven/stove and mini fridge).

The breakfast was the BEST part of our stay! Magic Bean is known for its yummy café, and as a guest in the hostal you get free breakfast as part of your room rate. The free breakfast comes with your choice of a bread (even a pancake), eggs, juice, and coffee/tea. The pancakes are delicious!!!!

The downsides? The hostal is quite noisy. You can hear people walking up and down the stairs, and the street noise is extremely loud because the hotel is located just steps away from Plaza Foch and all the nightclubs/bars. If you’re a light sleeper, I definitely wouldn’t recommend. Also, the hostal allows people to smoke in the hallway, which is a problem because the smoke trickles into the bedrooms from the hallway.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank QTPyePop
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2011

The wait staff in the restaurant are rude. There is never hot water for a shower. Don't expect to sleep on weekends.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Thank MiloandToadus
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2011

We stayed one night in the hostal - the private rooms were booked so we took bunks in the dorm rooms. Rooms are no frills, the shared bathroom was basic, not so clean, but functional. Bunk rates were very cheap ($10)- but situated on a busy intersection in the Mariscal - could not really get any sleep. Even after the bars / discos let out at 2 or 3 a.m.; the traffic noise (constant honking) kept us awake. Bu what else can you expect? Hostal staff were reasonably helpful, but pretty disorganized. The food and beverages in the cafe were very good; but our server was a real jerk (maybe he was just having an off night).
In summary, noisy, no-frills, but cheap and convenient.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

During our Ecuador trip we came 3 times to the Bean. First time was a bit scary as we came late and the place looked closed down, but a ring on the bell and all worries where gone.
We used a dorm for 4 persons - perfect for a family. The standard is good budget standard with the atmosphere I like. Good beds and good sleep, if one is not over sensitive to the occacional car or yell from the street.
We missed a couch or chairs to sit together and play cards or talk, but it was just to go down and ask, and we could grab some chairs at the restaurant. Bathroom with shower a step away - perfect. Good breakfast included gave the price even more value (but the breakfast coffee is not the same as if you order the separate cup of the real magic bean!). The Juice in halfliterglasses was just fantastic.
The restaurant is a bit pricey for us, but seemed to be a popular place as there always where people there.
Delta had lost all our luggage on the way down - we got great help from the Bean to make phone calls in spanish! My son had trouble with shoes from a nearby leather shop - and we got help again (I really hope it will end well too!). The Bean became a safe haven for us. So one has to get that, even if all the guys at the Bean don't smile 24/7, they are doers if you need a helping hand. I really liked the place and the atmosphere there.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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1 Thank fotriktig
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Luang Namtha, Laos
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2010

I´ve stayed here more than once on my way through Quito. It´s a good, clean hostal with friendly management. The real coffee, locked closet, safe, nice beds and free wi-fi are what make this hostal a pretty sweet value. Management has made me 2 early a.m. breakfasts. I would definitely recommend the Magic Bean Hostal to a friend!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2010

The Magic Bean has been a standard for American travelers/backpackers in Quito since I first visited over 16 years ago. It is mostly well-known for the coffee and food in the first-floor restaurant, but the hostal is clean, comfortable, and convenient. There is, I believe, only one private room (with bath), but we occupied all the beds in a shared room, and therefore had privacy. Though the bathroom was shared, it was clean.

The location is excellent, but the Mariscal section of town has grown more dangerous after dark in recent years; it is recommended to take the (typically short & inexpensive) cab ride to wherever you may want to go that is outside of the few surrounding blocks. That warning stated, the hostal itself is simple, yet clean and comfortable; the coffee is amazing, and the food consistently good. Though not the place to go for typical Ecuadorian fare, my teenage son loved the variety of the menu, and everyone found something enjoyable. The breakfast included with the room is hearty and excellent.

The WiFi on premises was a plus as well, and the staff was willing to accommodate my request to keep the WiFi on after ten o'clock as well (They normally cut it off after this time).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Property: The Magic Bean
Address: Foch 681 (E5-O8) y J.L. Mera, Quito, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Ranked #67 of 254 Speciality Lodging in Quito
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Number of rooms: 4
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