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Montanita Cabanas
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Silkeborg, Denmark
1 review
“Excellent, good service”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

I stayed at the cabanas for around 2 month, and will recommend the hostel especially to bagpackers and young couples.

Good service,
nice outdoor area with pool and jacuzzi, many trees and flower
good security (always somebody checking who comes in.)
Nice location (5 min from montanita centrum and beach) perfect distance to the noisy town when we needed to rest... (very quiet at night compared to many other hostels)
We had a very nice time :) This hostel/cabanas is a good and safe choice)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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MSSchool, Guest Relations Manager at Montanita Cabanas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Hola Tamster! We are glad you had a good time in the Cabanas! We loved having you here and can't wait to see you again on your next trip. Muchas gracias :)
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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

The cabanas were comfortable enough, they had hot water and wifi. There was a pool which was nice. The hammocks were a nice touch and I enjoyed lounging in mine in the afternoons. There was a shared kitchen and though my items in the bins were not bothered with, my items in the refrigerator were moved and used, so be sure to secure and label them properly as you cannot just assume people will not bother things if they know it doesn't belong to them.

The cabanas were relatively quiet, though pretty close to the festivities, however the walls are very thin so any activity in the common area is easily heard. If noise bothers you or if you are a very light sleeper ear plugs might actually come in handy. I'm a light sleeper, but it was not so bad most of the time.

The security at the complex was pretty good, he kept track of anyone entering and leaving after a certain time and made sure the noise in the common area stayed to a minimum after a certain hour. The cleaning staff was really friendly and helpful too, but they speak no English.

Not exactly a luxury hotel, but pretty great, for the area and the price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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MSSchool, Guest Relations Manager at Montanita Cabanas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Hola! Thank you very much for your review. We are always looking for ways to improve the cabanas and we really appreciate your feedback. We really enjoyed having you stay with us and wish you all the best in your future travels. Muchas gracias :)
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in June. Cabanas were very clean. We stayed in a "dorm" for the first two nights and a private cabana the third. Both were adequate accommodations. However if you are looking for queen/full bed then u will need a cabana. Cabanas were also more spacious. The dorms have 2-3 bunks and both have private baths. Rooms have ceiling fans, rooms are netted with ventilation but there is no a/c. This is a very social place with a common area where guests hang out. A lot of visiting guests also go to the spanish/surf school. The manager was very friendly and helpful. We felt very safe at night. The security guard does his job well patrolling the grounds and keeping it quiet after late hours so guests can sleep. It is a 5-10 minute walk to the beach/shops/restaurants. It was very rainy when we went, so yes the roads do become a muddy mess. But just rinse off your feet or flip flops at the out door shower. There is a decent size pool and jacuzzi for use. For the price you cant go wrong!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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MSSchool, Guest Relations Manager at Montanita Cabanas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Hola! Thanks a lot for your feedback. We are glad you had a good time in Montanita and at Las Cabanas. Good luck with your future travels and hopefully see yiy again one day back here in Montanita! Muchas gracias :)
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Montañita, Manabi, Ecuador
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

I loved staying at the Montanita Cabanas! Even though it is not the cheapest to stay, I preferred it over pretty much all other Hotels in the area!

You have private safes, working warm water, decent Wifi and always people to hang out with.
Since I stayed in different accommodations in and around Montanita, I felt a lot safer in the "Cabanas" just because of the fact that they good a great Security Guard, who is actually doing his job really decently! My $300 Surfboard was stolen at some other place, and when I left mine outside at the Cabanas, I could only find it safe and sound locked in the Laundry-Room by him!

There were always people from different kind of countries and I super easy to make new friends, just by the fact that there was always some nice actives, or people hanging out in the "Social Area".

I didn´t had trouble finding some sleep, because once it got to messy the guard(s) always made sure that people´s privacy and need for sleep got respected.

I had an awesome month there and really enjoyed the numerous extras like a decent kitchen, hammocks and even a pool!

Aloha,

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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quito, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Good experience, with a great beach and plenty of restaurants close by, great weather, and quite lively during the beach hours and livier at night. Great food, unexpensive. Close by there is an archeological place called Valdivia, a Sanctuary called Blanca Estrella del Mar. Some farms which you could visit and try their delicious cheeses. A lot of restaurants at the beach where you could eat a magnificent ceviche. Watching the surfers was quite an event.
They come from all over the world. highly recommeded.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2011

Montanita Cabanas are located in a beautiful setting - a 5 minute walk from the beach and lively bar scene.

There's a fantastic swimming pool, loads of hammocks, a communal kitchen and even a jacuzzi! See pictures of the cabanas - and check out other hostels in the area!

http://fabuloustravelguide.com/2011/04/hostel-review-montanita-cabanas/

Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Seattle WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2009

We stayed here for a few nights and we ended up leaving early. Montanita in general is a "gringo" party town with some good surfing. If that is what you are looking for in Ecuador then go here, but stay somewhere else. Montanita Cabanas catters to young tourist who want to party and take a few hours of Spanish classes. The hotel is a 5 to 10 minute walk from town and on a dirty smelly lagoon. Also if it rains while you are there, the road to the hotel is a muddy mess. All in all, I would have stayed at one of the nice hotels on the beach, that are cheaper and equaly as nice. Or I would have just missed Montanita all together, go to Puerto Lopez and see some culture!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank macmartinis
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Property: Montanita Cabanas
Address: El Tigrillo, Montanita, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 88 Speciality Lodging in Montanita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OFFICAL DESCRIPTION PROVIDED BY HOTEL Montanita Cabanas are so much more than a bed for the night, a perfect place to make memories, make connections, and love life. We have a legendary reputation for creating a family from our travellers from all around the world. Our guests often can't bear to leave, returning again and again Our traditionally designed cabanas are hidden away in a lush tropical garden next to a sparkling pool and jacuzzi. Choose from shared and private cabanas with/without kitchen or our little casita ideal for groups. Our oasis is away from the noise of fiesta but only a few minutes walk to the beach. Paradise is enhanced by our green practices of grey water recycling for our garden, composting, recycling, herb and vegetable gardens for guest use. ... more   less 
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