This backpackers' paradise is a series of cute little cabanas, each with its own hammock on the porch, nestled in a tropical garden filled with birds -- across the street from the beach. The beds are comfortable, but we had to use the mosquitoe netting (we stayed in cabin #9). There's plenty of hot water and good water pressure. The pillows are typical Ecudorean (small and hard), and the towels are small and thin, but for $13/night including breakfast it's hard to complain. Breakfast is served in the thatched-roof cafe (which is also the wifi hot spot) overlooking the beach. The coffee is excellent, and the breakfast is generous: eggs, fresh rolls, juice and fruit. The proprieter, Maria, is friendly and helpful in arranging tours around town or to Isla de la Plata. Oh, and they make organic chocolate!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hosteria Itapoa in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador is in the center of Machalilla National Park, and only lies 20 meters (65 feet) from the beach. The hostel set in a charming area surrounded by lush grounds. Our hotel is family run and much of the proceeds fund the Itapoa Reserve Rainforest Project, paying for conservation efforts and programs to protect the rainforest. ... more less
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