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“Great rooms, AC, pool - nothing for low season!”
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Charo's Hostal
Ranked #5 of 43 Montanita B&B and Inns
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Hamburg, Germany
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156 reviews
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“Great rooms, AC, pool - nothing for low season!”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

I've stayed here twice already - once in 2008 in peak season (March/ April). Great value for money, especially because the rooms have AC and mosquito nets.
Pool is clean and hotel was lovely taken care of.

Second stay was in July 2013. It was low season and unfortunately raining for 10 days straight. However, besides the weather the hotel had decided to renovate the "common area", i.e. entrance hall, pool tables etc. They started at 7am and ended late at night. It wasn't too much of a vacation this time to be woken up by hammering and sawing of ethernit ...
In addition there was no hot water the first 2 days (which is quite bad in weather of 12-14 degrees Celsius), and the internet didn't work on some devices at all.

We could however negotiate to not pay the full price due to the inconveniences. Plus points for that.

Generally a great location to stay at in peak season, to be avoided in low/ renovating season. Booking in advance is always recommendable.

Would anyways stay here again next time as the location is great (away from the noisy party street).

Room Tip: If you book in advance make sure to ask to get the rooms in the 3rd floor with the ocean view. Those...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

I've stayed here twice. The 2nd time was after a very disappointing stay at Sole Mare. For the same price, I got an AC room, swimming pool, and jacuzzi that SM didn't have. Breakfast is always great. Charo's is a block away from the bustlling hub of the town, so it's far enough away to not be engulfed in the noise. All you hear is the sound of the surf at night.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

After traveling to Montanita - i have to say this hotel was very good. The attention was great. The pool was clean. The restaurant was fresh and clean and good food. Its not a 4 star hotel but its a place to sleep after a day at the beach and pool.
one thing i do have to say not all rooms have air conditioners. and the second one we were in had a loud one. perhaps updating them wouldn't be a bad thing but that was the worst thing i can say about it.
we travel with children so i want to make sure that they are most comfortable. that said our toddler couldn't play on the floor because the floor did get dirty rather quick with sand and water from the shower. You have to make sure you request the towels.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Otavalo, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We were so happy to find this place. The owners were so friendly to us and even made an exception for us. There was only one room left, it was for 3 people, but there were only 2 of us, so they let us have breakfast included in the price as well. It was so relaxing, even though it was packed I didn't hear any of the other guests. All I could hear was the waves crashing against the beach. I could see them too while I was swinging in a hammock on the balcony outside our room. Just amazing!

The room was very nice. Bathroom was clean and great water pressure in the shower. Lots of electric outlets for all of our chargers. The room had air conditioning, which we didn't have to use, and a tv. The beds were comfortable.

We jumped in the pool the night we got there, which is a nice option because the next day at the beach the waves were a little too strong to really get in too far. We also sipped Pina Coladas and Mojitos by the pool from the bar that's right there.

The breakfast in the morning was really good too. My friend got "Desayuno Charo's" or something like that and she said it was wonderful and I got a fruit salad, which I wouldn't normally attempt, especially when travelling, but the place looked very nice and clean, and I didn't get sick.

The hotel is right on the beach, with an entrance at the back where you can hose off a little before entering. It's always a nice feeling to get all the sand off your feet.

I wish we could have stayed longer here, but next time I'm in Montanita, I will definitely try to stay here!

Room Tip: Try to stay on the 2nd floor if possible. The views of the ocean are amazing and there are hammocks...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The location is wonderful - right on the beach. The swimming pool and hot tub!! Very nicely maintained property. Clean rooms. Fair pricing. Good breakfast, though not included into the room rate. BUT it is not a friendly place. The published list of don't-s , which is handed to you, is way too long and threatening. The list of must-do-s outrageously demands that you shower before entering the building, if you are coming from the beach. It could be very funny, if it were not so sad :(

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2012

This hotel has a brilliant location. It has a gate right onto the beach and the hotel itself is right in the middle of things. The pool was very clean and the hot-tub was great fun. It was lovely to sit in the hot-tub and look out onto the beach The pool bar was not overly busy and the prices seemed reasonable.
Our bed was extremely comfortable. The room was not that big but it was spotless. The AC was brilliant and it was a life-saver at nighttime. We were pleasantly surprised that the hotel had very good satellite TV.
We really liked the fact that when we returned at night time there was always someone on reception.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants feel safe and fun time in Montanita.

Room Tip: Try get a room with a view of the beach.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington D.C.
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Upon arriving to montanita we began our search for a hostal to stay. We looked at multiple hostals, some relatively nice but not what we were looking for. Then we found Charos, from the outside it looked extremely nice with nice balconies on each room, so i decided to take a look at the room, wasn't disappointed! The room had satellite tv, hot water, and even AC! The price of the room was the same, or less than the other ones i had previously looked at. The owner spoke perfect english and was very friendly. We had planned on staying for 2 nights but ended up staying a week. The hostel aslo has a restaurant with the best breakfast you can find in town!! Along with a swimming pool and hot tub. I deffinately reccomend staying here you wont be dissapointed.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Charo's Hostal
Address: Montanita, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
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Ranked #5 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Montanita
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Number of rooms: 26
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