My Ecuadorian friends recommended Olon for its beautiful beach and a
short drive to the Montanita restaurants and night life. The Trip
Advisor had 3 excellent reviews of this little hostal Oloncito, with
its own access to to the most beautiful beach, comfortable rooms, and
good food. Sold on the fact that the owners were a German family.
I pictured comfortable rooms, good food, and good service
with European touches (more or less like a little B& B in Banos de
Ambato, of which I wrote the deservedly enthusiastic review).
Well, Trip Advisor gave no information of how to book a room. No
booking sites offered this hostal.either. So, I Googled their web
site, which is http://oloncito.com/en/hostal.html, and which gives
no address of the hostal, but only the following contact information
Tlf.: +593 42780527 Mobile: +593 99335626 +593 96909119
Their web site does not give either the address or the room prices.
When I contacted them via emal, I found out that their room price, not
that low for Ecuador, includes also breakfast, dinner, and
coffee/tea/water, all you can drink . Sounded a bit expensive for
Ecuador. And my question about whether I could have only room and
breakfast was not answered. But the quiet beach sounded very
inviting, and the 3 reviews were excellent. So, I made a reservation
for one week, .
However, after many email exchanges, I could not receive either the
hostal address or any clear direction on how to find them, if I
arrived on the bus. Nor whether there is bus station and a taxi stand
in Olon. I kept receiving answers "look at our map. and just just ask,
when you are in Olon, everybody knows the hostal owned by a German
family". My attempt to explain again and again that I had a back
injury and could not be walking around with my suite case, produced no
results. There were no more answers after the original "we have a very
nice room for you, looking forward to meeting you, see you there".
Thankfully, I took a cab from Salinas to Olon. Once we arrived in
Olon, a little town a few kilometers past Montanita, we drove around
for good 20 minutes. The map drawn by the hostal turned out to be of
little use. And no locals knew of the Oloncito hostal. As we drove
around around that dusty little town with unpaved roads, I saw no
restaurants. There was a big football field, as promised by the hostal
map. But the hostal was not to be found. Well, after 3 stops at
different hostals, we practically stumbled upon a little gate on a
very narrow unpaved street
It had a sign.
Thanks to my intuitions, asked the driver to wait until I see the
room. The man who opened the gate, the owner, neither spoke, nor
understood English (which is what their web site promised). Worst yet,
he knew nothing about my reservation, which had been made a week
before. He said that they had problems with the Internet for a week or
so. The dormitory room he showed me certainly was not my idea of the
nice room they had promised, The room no windows, had not been cleaned
in ages, and had the smell of bedding which had not been changed in
months. The man know nothing of the nice room for one person that I
had been promised. And he had no better room for me. To say that he
was friendly would be a great exaggeration.
The yard look untidy and in disrepair. But, yes, there was a gate to
the private beach, which did look pretty good indeed, When I said that
I did not like the room and would not be staying there, the owner did
not even bother to see me off to the gate, I thought t it was the most
awful place and unfriendly place I had seen in Ecuador.
Anyway, unless you are a teenager or looking for a camping
experience, steer clear of this place! It does not deserve the one
star that I had to give it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Oloncito Ecuador/Playa De Olon