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“Quiet but close to town”
Review of Happy Hill Hostel

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Happy Hill Hostel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
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6 reviews
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“Quiet but close to town”
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Happy hill is à cute little hostel with great service and ameneties for the price. It is about 10 minutes and à 3$ ride away from montanita. We stayed there in july which is low season so the Cook isn't in at that time but we were still well recieved with breakfast each morning and the option of getting food delivered from town in the Day but since the cab ride Was inexpensive we Would usually go in town to eat.

The hostel has a great view of the small town of San jose and the ocean. You can take a cab and go to the busier beach of montanita or you can walk to a super quiet beach where you can spot fishermen in the day. There are no activities or surfboard rentals here but its about a 5 to 10 minute walk from happy hill so its also great.

The owner and his son both speak english fairly well which is rare in this part of ecuador. This definitely came in handy when came time for our check out because there Was no electricity through out the region so we couldn't pay with credit and we couldn't take out money in the atm. But we were able to Come to an understanding which Would have been impossible without completly understanding eachother. At least we had Just enough money on us to eat for the rest of the day. My recommendation is to always keep cash on you because power failures are frequent and sometimes the atms have no more money in them.

Overall the service Was great. The breakfast Was good but very basic and the room Was small but cute and always clean. There Was à Nice pool that we didnt end up using cause we prefer the ocean although we Would have used the hot tub but it wasn't working, probably because it Was low season, i guess that Was the Only real dissapointment.

  • Stayed July 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Best Hotel ! Clean,Excellent Service. Beautiful and Breathtaking Sunset view. Very peaceful.
The rooms are very spacious.
Very Close to Montañita.
Ruta del Sol.
I really enjoy my stay here. Good food.

  • Stayed November 2013
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1 Thank Ers007
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Orlando, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Upon arrival to the happy hostel, I informed the owner that we would be showing up late, he said that wouldn't be an issue. So after driving thru Montanita about 4 times we figured out that the hostel was actually down the road another 10 minutes, away from town. We must have driven by this place another 5 times in the dark, there is a tiny sign which we missed. So we get up the hill to the hostel and everyone is asleep so we had to knock on all the doors til we found the 'managers' room. He woke up and let us in to our rooms. As nice as the pool and gazebo are, you would think that they would have taken a little more effort to make the rooms more accomodating. We ended up paying $120 / night per room which included breakfast. These were very basic outdated rooms nothing special, not even close to the beach like the pictures suggest. If you dont mind paying 100$ for a room with nothing to offer, except a hilltop view of the ocean then this place is for you! and when I spoke to the manager and explained the situation to him, he didnt want to hear any of my complaints. Stay away from this one, not convenient to anything and not worth the money...I do enough traveling to know when I get my money's worth, I don't usually take the time to write reviews either, but hopefully can save someone from making the same mistake i did! Ecuador is a beautiful place to visit with many hotels and hostels that are more accomadating than the happy hostel.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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7 Thank Ben N
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed at Happy Hill for two nights before moving to a beachfront location that was half the price. The staff here was great, super friendly and helpful. And the breakfast was also very good, much more food than you can typically expect when breakfast is included at hotels in Ecuador. But while the views of the ocean are great, it's called Happy Hill for a reason: it's high up on a hill, quite far from the beach. The doubles rooms are very basic. There's A/C which is a nice luxury, but it's definitely no frills. Our shower was also pretty bad, with just a find tepid mist coming from the shower head. There's supposed to be WiFi access in the reception area, but the first day we were there it wasn't working and the second day it was painfully slow. I just didn't feel like we got what we paid for.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Katrina C
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aurora,co
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Happy Hill for 6 nights in January, and really enjoyed our stay. Our room was roomy and airconditioned. Though not a 5 star resort( no tv or place to hang your clothes), the location in the hills overlooking the ocean was breathtaking and peaceful. The pool was lovely and the food very good. We also cannot say enough about the friendly staff. Everyone was happy, friendly, and made our stay worthwhile.

  • Stayed January 2013
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3 Thank tazAurora_co
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2013

I have spent an excellent time at Happy Hill.
People are very friendly.

Special shout out and extra thanks goes out to Junior Chef Gonzalo,
who took care of every topic that aroused, with great heart and
very reliable!

Muchas gracias otravez! :)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank Thomas F
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Definitely one of the best hotels (on the road to Montañita) that I've stayed at. Great one for family stays. It has a wonderful view of its surrounding mountains and nature, and a nice pool area. The rooms are nice and comfortable, air conditioned. Its food is great, the staff is polite and nice. The beach is also at a walking distance.

- Margie. Guayaquil, Ecuador.

  • Stayed March 2012
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2 Thank mgamez
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Property: Happy Hill Hostel
Address: Km 697 Ruta del Sol, San Jose. | Km 697 Ruta del Sol, Montanita 5934, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Montanita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Happy Hill Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Happy Hill is an eco-friendly hostel with the family tourism alternative that privileges the contact with nature and the best accommodations and personalized service that a family wants on their vacations. ... more   less 
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