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“Nice place, great views!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hostal Chasqui
Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice place, great views!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

This was a nice place, multi-level hostel with a cool community kitchen on the top floor and a few nice roof/courtyard areas to hang out. great views of Cuicocha and Otavalo as this place is a bit up the hill on the south end of town.

the room was nice. there was hot water but the water pressure was quite low.

wifi available. no breakfast included.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Antigua, Guatemala
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42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

We received a really warm welcome and a tour of the hostel. Our room was well equipped with a double bed plus single, tv with DVDs and ensuite. The shower was warm bit really low water pressure. The kitchen is really well equipped and there is even a book exchange. The hostel is in a good location too, a 45+ min walk to the waterfalls, 10 mins to the main square, markets and supermarket. The only downfalls are that there are no common areas (having said that we didn't see that many guests when we were here!) and the staff doesn't have grey English so were limited in their ability to provide advice for onward travel but did give us a map with information about what to do in Otavalo which was very helpful. This place in not fancy and also not cheap but it has all you need.

Stayed January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Hostel chasqui has a great location, a few minutes walk from the main plaza, and the rooms and balconies have beautiful views across the town and the surrounding mountains.

Milton and Roberto, the owners, were so kind and welcoming, and the level of helpful tourist information that they provided on arrival, alongside a detailed map surpassed that of any other hostel in Ecuador. Even when we had some trouble with kitchen water pressure due to street construction, they were very responsive in fixing this issue as quickly as possible.

Great value for money - large double room with private bathroom and TV and DVD player!

Excellent facilities, clean kitchen with two stoves, free laundry (!), strong wifi, large DVD selection and great drying facilities on roof.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

The GOOD : We arrived to Chasqui with such a warm welcome and were given an ensuite room with a TV and DVD player! The rooms were comfy and upon arrival we were given all necessary information such as tourist spots and good restaurants. They even do laundry for free which is brilliant!

They have hundreds of DVDs and when we asked if we could stay longer, it wasnt just a "yeah, sure", like most hostels would say, it was a "of course, were happy to have you in our home and can we get you anything - clean towels etc?" which I thought was really good customer service.

Additionally, whilst the building is on the outskirts of the main central area, its only a 5 minute walk to the main plazas. The building is slightly on a hill and the views from the kitchen are just brilliant.

The BAD: We explored the hostel a little bit, its huge with what looks like a projector TV, a bar, an outside area and loads of rooms. This could be such a brilliant hostel for young people, rather than a hotel and its a shame most of the space is wasted/not being used. The only one criticism we have of the hostel (and its not major) is that the staff are sparse. We could have quite easily walked out without paying (but we didnt!).

The UGLY: Nothing!

This place was a really nice place to stay and explore the town with a really affordable price. If we are ever in Otavalo again, we will definately be staying here. Also, the statue of Bender (Futurama) in the lobby is awesome!

Room Tip: we were on the outside lower floor. The shower was hot and powerful and the views were great.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank StephieAlice_13
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

We had a large double room with private bathroom for $12ea per night. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The bed was very comfortable and with good pillows (which is rare!). There is a big kitchen with two cookers and three fridges. There are multiple sun decks (some hammocks/ comfy hang out furniture would be a nice addition and we just might not leave). There is a TV and DVD player in the room with some DVDs. The shower was hot. There are sinks and a washing machine you can for free. The rooms ate quiet and dark at night.
The best thing about this place though is Roberto the owner. He couldn't be more helpful. Every person that arrives he gives a full very useful orientation with a map describing all the highlights of the town and what to pay for each part. He is super helpful with everything and could not be more attentive. He genuinely enjoys helping people which means its a pleasure for all concerned. Absolutely top rating from me for a hostel.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Aunty_minxy
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jena
Level Contributor
48 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We stayed several nights at Hostel Chasqui ($12 per night per person) in a double room with our own bathroom. Both were clean and comfortable. The hostel is a short walk from the main plaza and has a huge communal kitchen on the roof top with a view on Otavalo and its surroundings. Owner Roberto is a great guy, helpful and always up for a talk or a story to tell. He makes you feel more than welcome.
There is Wifi and a washing machine that you can use free of charge.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Thereblabla
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Level Contributor
74 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

we stayed 2 nights in a double room with private bath.

+ wilson is a nice guy and informed us well about otavalo as well as the things to do
+ free and reliable wifi
+ well situated in a quiet corner (5' walk to the market, center, atm, and supermarket)
+ common kitchen for use
+ huge rooftop with great view
+ free use of laundry facilities

what could be improved in our view:
- refurbish the rooms a bit and make sure that there is warm water all day
- provide a few nice chairs on your fantastic rooftop
- make sure that the entry does not look abandoned (we felt as it would not exist anymore)
- bathroom and common could have been cleaner (but have not been dirty either)

our conclusion: okay place with good value for money. but the place could be much better with a few minor improvements (and then you could easily charge a few dollars more...)

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank swisscouple1983-rtw
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Property: Hostal Chasqui
Address: Piedrahita 141, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Ranked #5 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
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