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Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos
Ranked #6 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Lovely atmosphere in a great place in Banos, the rooms are clean and hot showers which is great but careful not to go there when its a holiday as they raise the price to $25 a night, also room swapping can happen which is a pain. The free breakfast is lovely but the drink prices in the bar are ridiculous and focus on catching out new travellers. Be aware that there is a tiny sign in the back that says no alcohol allowed which means if they find it in your room (and trust me they will look) they will "confiscate" it. The place is amazing but the staff (especially the manager) was quite rude and unwelcoming very eager to do whatever he can to take your money for nothing. Again if you have your own alcohol hide it or else they will take it.......... all. other than that its an ok place but there are much better friendlier places.

Room Tip: Go in a group so they wont swap you to different rooms all the time also one bed may be just a matte...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

A really nice place to stay and spend a few days. Perfect for chilling and relaxing. The owners are great! Always giving a good tip for enjoying better your stay..and also some quite good dinners for free!
5minutes walking from the center of Baños

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Nice and clean, hot shower, free breakfast in the morning. If you like them on FB you get a free lunch. At $10 per night, i feel its expencive. Staff not to friendly but not rude. Can meet some idiots there, but thats not the hostels fault.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

the hostel itself is great but the attitude of the staff is unwelcoming and makes it seem as if they are doing you a favor by taking your money... i stayed 2 nights and went to another hostel in town for this reason. With an improved attitude this hostel could be top notch, but at this time i would suggest if you're planning on visiting banos and all its awesomeness you would be better served closer to the middle of town with a cheaper price and with a private room in one of the many hotels.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Nice rooms, great staff. The fresh cakes on offer are amazing. Free dinners mon-weds is a great touch. Really helpful with organising trips and activities. Cheap bar and food. Really enjoyed my stay here in Banos.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

IT is a really nice place to stay, staff are fairly helpful, very well facilitated to help you adapt to the hostel. free food and free breakie, not the best breakie but can't complained for free food! the rooms has a bit funky smelling though, but great hot shower!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

I would still recommend this hostel as it had a great atmosphere and bar area. The rooms are basic and the bathrooms fairly poor condition though. Also, one of the staff members made you feel as though you were an inconvenience when you were being served. Other guests commented on this also while I was there.
For these reasons I score the hostel as overall very good even though I don't score it higher in specific areas.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Address: Ricardo Zurita Carrillo y Ambato | Barrio Los Pinos 150 mts from the Church, Banos 180250, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Price Range: £10 - £29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Great Hostels you will experience great moments. Meet other travelers, get involved in social activities, relax in the gardens and hammocks. Enjoy Pizza party on fridays.Free cocktails on wednesday and saturdays. Movie Nights on sundays with free popcorn!!!!!!!have fun at the meeting point, in were you will find a collection of movies (more than 300 dvd`s), books for book change, cosy lounge & living rooms , lots of table games pool table, internet, wi-fi , social activities.You will enjoy good music, cocktails, tasty food, homemade cakes and jams - not to be missed ! Rest in the spacious and comfortable rooms.For those who like to make their own food we have a fully equipped kitchen open all day.You will always find the staff ready to help you. We are onsite to help you with any issues and to enjoy the great atmosphere together.Our Hostel provides infomation and many recommendations about restaurants, regional markets, main attractions and truistic activities.We will help you finding the best tours in the region such as Jungle , Raffting, Canyioning, Canopy, Climbing, Parapenting, Biking, Trekkings. You can choose... to stay at a regular hostel or at a Great Hostelstay in a normal dorm or in a large dorm with murals and mountain views.stay in the dormitory or at cool designed common area.be close to buildings and noise or be close to mountains, waterfalls & hotsprings.enjoy congestion and griminess of the city itself or enjoy silence,good music, gardens & hammocks. ... more   less 
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