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Viejamar Hostel
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

This place is fantastic. We stayed in a four bedroom dorm and arrived after a 12 hour (3 bus) journey. We arrived at 17.30 and walked straight to the beach (50m) for an unforgettable sunset. Rodrigo helped us book our tour for the Isla De La Plata the next day. The tour starts in town which is 15 min drive away but you're collected and returned at the hostel free of charge. We felt very at home here at the hostel. Relaxed with a couple of beers and Rodrigo introduced us to the most amazing mangoes we've ever eaten so he said he will get some for us while we were at the island.

After returning from the Island (which was OK) there was a huge BBQ organised which was unreal. The next morning, I got up at six and went to the awesome viewing deck of the beach and went birding for a couple of hours. (34 birds). Lovely morning watching the Blue footed boobies diving for breakfast. Our breakfast was included and was lovely also. Unfortunately we had an appointment in Guayaquil so we had to leave or we would have definitely stayed another few days. Rodrigo even took us to the next town to get the fancy quick bus to guayaquil.

The hostel has excellent wifi, a fantastic friendly dog, beautiful pool and outdoor area, well supplied kitchen, small gym, good birding and a range of tours. Rodrigo is also a conservationist and has bought a large area of rain forest close to the hostel to protect it.

I always think the people make the place and this is definitely the case here. Book it, you won't regret it! (The place is awesome also!)

Room Tip: We chose a 4 bed dorm and was fine. All rooms are close to beach as this is a small hostel
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

My first visit to Ecuador turned to be one of the best experiences in South America thanks to this awesome hostel. The hostel is located on the beach, and you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the terrace that the hostel has. All the stuffs are very supportive and friendly that they make the customers want to stay there forever! The beach was not crowded at all, and the sea food you can get in the towns nearby are incredible.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

I planned to stay only for 4 days, but as I enjoyed my time there so much I stayed for more than a week. Finally I had to leave because of my flight back home.
Viejamar is perfect for everybody who wants a beach almost for their own. The owner is very helpful and organizes surf lessons, horseback riding, party trips or other activities to make your stay prefect. The beds are very comfortable and you can hear the sound of the sea to fall asleep. In the morning you get free delicious breakfast.
The Hostel is directly on the beach. And you can choose to either swim in the sea or in the pool. The hammocks on the beach were my favourite place to relax. I was very lucky to see a baby turtle on the beach.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
2  Thank SarahKlingeling
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

viejamar is a wonderful, quiet, comfortable and cozy place directly at the sea with fun and friendly stuff, like a big familiy - we will definetly come back!

The breakfast is good, there's a nice shared kitchen, you can häng out by the Pool, do surflessons with Rodriguez ( if his shoulder is ok again). Or do horseback riding..

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank JanicePelzer
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My wife handled all of our trips itinerary and I must say that this place was a standout. I only wished we had more time to stay here. Pancho was very accomodating and his Hostel is well kept and very homey. From the local plant gardens to the private bungalows we were happy with every amenity. The bungalows were nice, private and clean. We had access to a semi-outdoor kitchen to use as if it were our own. He had an assortment of frozen seafood and vegetable/fruit to cook if we wanted. There was a nice outdoor living area to relax, a very clean inviting outdoor pool and a doorway that led to the beach and beachfront chill area. This is a great place if you are into the outdoor lifestyle and don't require 5 star amenities to enjoy yourself. From surfing to fishing and just chilling on the beach this is a great spot for couples, families or a group of friends. hope to return again

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Robert M
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

perfect location, good service, if you want to relax at the beach, this is the perfect place. Get some groceries and you can cook whatever you want. They have a refrigerator with water, soda and beers. The view is amazing! my only suggestion to Pancho is wash the sheets more often... they smelled a little bit....and i hope you enjoyed the fish!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mariuxi0212
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Viejamar, Administrador at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2013
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Amigos,

Lamentamos lo sucedido, verdaderamente nos hubiese gustado solucionar el problema en el mismo instante. Podemos asegurarles que nuestra ropa de cama se encontraba debidamente sanitizada.
Dadas las condiciones de humedad presentes en la zona que habitamos, sobre todo en esta época del año, la humedad ambiente alcanza niveles muy altos y algunas veces esto nos trae este tipo de problemas. No podemos usar esto como excusa y estamos viendo como mejoramos en este tema.
Muchas gracias por el comentario, esto nos ayuda a seguir mejorando la experiencia de quienes nos visitan.

Saludos y bendiciones.

Equipo Viejamar Surf Hostel.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We arrived unannounced with our 2.5 year old son, and Rodriguez and his staff kindly took us in, even though they were closed that week. The cabins are cozy, the common area has a ton of interesting items to explore, the pool was fantastic, and you're just off the beach. We really appreciated the hospitality that Viejamar provided us and would have loved to have stayed longer. Sorry about the surf truck, I hope the glue fixed it!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Ijunner
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Viejamar, Propietario at Viejamar Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you very much.
We work with you in mind.
We always try to make you have a good time in Viejamar.
Greetings and blessings.

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Additional Information about Viejamar Hostel

Address: Calle Guayaquil s/n, Las Tunas 5935, Ecuador (Formerly Hostel Viejamar Surf)
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Region: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Las Tunas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Las Tunas
Price Range: £21 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Viejamar Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are 24 minutes north of Montañita, 3 minutes north of Ayampe and 13 minutes south of Puerto Lopez on the beach. Our Hostel are located right in front of the beach with panoramic sea views and direct access to the beach close to Las Tunas. We are between the tropical forest and the ocean, beside Machalilla National Park. This is a perfect starting point for many outdoors activities and adventures. This is a great Surf spot for beginners and advanced surfers with 2 waves: Viejamar and Las Tunas. If you want to learn, we offer Surf lessons for beginners in a friendly and quiet environment. You can cook and share a dinner, organize a barbecue, chill in the pool or drink a cold beer on our high level terrace enjoying a magical sunset. To keep the balance after an adventure, surf or quiet beach day, join us for a "Party Trip" to Montañita or a local party in one of our neighbor towns! ... more   less 
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