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Hostal Transilvania
Ranked #10 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Banos
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Cheap but not great”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Pros:
-Great location,5' walk from bus station
-Price is cheap for a private room, (Baños is expensive)
-Breakfast is very nice,choice between pancake, fruit salad or fried eggs, coffee/tea
-Map provided with a few indications
- Friendly and well kept pets, lovely cat and dog hanging around
- The young guy serving the breakfast and taking care of the room keeping was brilliant, a friendly, diligent and pleasure to speak to man. The sort of person that makes the difference to one's stay. Too bad he's not given a more customer facing role.
- Shower was warm and water stream abundant
- Good views of the surrounding mountains from the upper floors
-Wi-fi works ok

Cons
- Owner is not the friendliest person
- Room felt cramped, mattresses were thin,worn and unconfortable. We left the place with back pain.
-Cockroaches in the bathroom
-Kitchen was dirty, freezer and fridge jam packed with what, based on sizes, looked like the family's food. Opening times were difficult to work around: 2-5 pm or 9-11 pm. Not designed for backpackers who want to cook, which is unclear at the time of booking. If your goal is to save costs by cooking this is not the place to achieve it.
- Exchange books are locked on a case, key guarded by reception with a message asking for a book in return. Doesn't set a hospitable or nice tone to treat your guests like potential thieves.
- DVD area is open and right next to the ground floor rooms, in the garden, which can be disrq
- Common area is small
- Not enough blankets, only thin covers provided. Didn't ask for more, might be possible more are given upon request
- Very noisy; could hear the neighbours, every person taking the stairs, the people skyping on the chairs right before our room... equals little and poor quality sleep. Stayed during Semana Santa, been told by locals that Baños is much quieter at other times, if less busy noise levels can be lower. Summarising: here earplugs are a valuable addition to your bag.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wales
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

The first room we had was on the ground floor by the smoking area. We were able to change to a higher up room with a view and deck chairs to relax in and look at the scenery.

The wifi was great, the breakfast tasty and location good.

There was no hot water on 2 of the 3 mornings and the pillows were like stone.

The owners were ok, but not welcoming or helpful unlike one of the young guys who works there and could not do enough for people despite his limited English.

Very relaxing and peaceful place, great value for money and would stay again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Banos, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2014

Great hospitality from the second you walk through the door. Great value for money with an amazing free breakfast. This hostel was so good that both me and my husband decided to return twice. The showers were the best that we have had throughout our entire time traveling around Ecuador. Free wifi and great security. We would highly recommend this hostel to anyone who is looking for a great place to stay and to meet new people.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Amazing hospitality
Hot water
Great food
All your help
And homie feeling
Tips on all the attractions, bars and everything else
Highly recommend it
Itay and Janeth are incredible people!
And great location close to everything

  • Stayed January 2014
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2014

The ownders are the nicest EVER!

The hostel has everything! a delicious simple breakfest, greattt kitchen, The hostel also has great computers with the best internet i saw in ecuador, Tv and dvd, pool table and all the facilities.

The rooms have an INCREDIBLE view of the mountains and waterfall, with big windows a lot of natural light and clean warm beds.

BUT what really makes it special is how warm and welcoming the staff is and how much of a family and hospitality feeling it has. I highly enjoyed it.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Me and my two pals were backpacking around and this place was awesome! We stayed here twice and so cheap for great room and free breakfast and free use of the computers. It really had it all! And don't forget the cute little dog named stitch.

It is a family owned hostel so there are a couple kids that are always running around and in the common area.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

im traveling for 8 month in south america and been in a lot of hostels.
hostel transilvania is no doubt the best ive been at.
the rooms are clean, hot water, tv and great wifi.
the staff if friendly and family atmosphere.
the restaurant is good and the breakfest is big and tasty.
the location is 2 minutes walking from the center.
the price is low compare to the service.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Hostal Transilvania
Address: De Diciembre y Oriente 16, Banos, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best value in Banos guaranteed, 3 good options for breakfast, internet service (3 computers and wi-fi), pool table, cable TV with English speaking channels, private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, more than 500 DVD movies, book exchange, cosy common areas, tourist information, BBQ area, balconies with good view to the waterfall and the mountains around banos, central location, luggage room, and more perks are all included. ... more   less 
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