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Community Hostel
Pedro Fermin Cevallos n6-78 Olmedo, Quito 170130, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #3 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Quito
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“Community is not just a word.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Community is not just a word at this place. Having Breakfast all together on a huge table is part of staying at this hostel as well as visiting the local soccer team all together.

The stuff is really doing an outstanding job - all are very happy to support you with your plannings to discover Ecuador. This is not it, they also prepare good breakfast (2,5$) and dinner (5$).

The hostel offers Wifi, free filtered water, free notebook usage, free kitchen, free towels, free dvd player (including DVDs) in the social area,...
They are also happy to arrange airport pick up for you.

There are different kind of rooms, I stayed multiple times in a private room. These are large and clean. The bed is comfortable and the room offers large windows.

I have traveled Southeast Asia intensively, Australia multiple times, all Europe, parts of Africa and several countries in North and South America, the experience of staying at this hostel is absolutely unique.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is the place to stay in Quito. We travelled across Ecuador for 10 days and this was by far the best hostel that we encountered. The rooms are clean and the beds comfortable. The food was fresh and the recipes were delicious. The quality of the meals was rediculous for the price. The hostel is set up well, with a guest kitchen and community spaces that encouraged interaction between guests from all over the world. The owners were very professional, friendly, and accomodating. The location in the Historic District was a short walk away from a number of beautiful cathedrals, plazas and parks, and right next to Quito's cental market. We walked everywhere day and night with no problems. If you're looking for a clean, safe base of operations from which to explore the city, and appreciate a community vibe, this is the place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marco_FQuito, Owner at Community Hostel, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your response! we loved having you around and come back, Ecuador has a lot more to discover!
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Cajamarca, Peru
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

There's a reason why I visited this hostel 4 times in 3 months! It became my home away from home. The staff, the volunteers, the community and the atmosphere kept this 33 year old female coming back for more good food, clean and cozy beds, man-sized fluffy towels, spacious rooms, lovely bathrooms, amazing friends and classic guitar melodies (not guitar hero). I miss it even now!

If you're looking for a place that has all the bars and restaurants like your cities at home, you can take a T-10min. bus ride or an enjoyable 20 minute walk to the New Town aka "Gringolandia." This hostel is located in the heart of the Old Town where you will experience the essence of Quito and walk to every sight with the new friend you just met when you entered the hostel. Making friends here will be the easiest thing you do!

The Old Town is as safe as the New Town. Be smart about where and when you walk as in any unknown neighbourhood. Printed bus schedules do not exist in Quito because the buses have such a high frequency that you will have no problem finding a bus to your next destination. The hostel has awesome city maps that show the local bus lines in detail. It also has plenty of information for travellers - especially in the staff's heads. They would way rather talk to guests than work on their laptops so ask them! Just a note...WiFi is pretty good here now that they have a router on each floor.

There's always something about a hostel that is not perfect. This hostel has only been in business for 11 months (more or less) and is only improving. If you find yourself waiting for someone to let you into the hostel, feel free to smile at the passers by, chat with the delightful Patrona (Marco's mom) next door or just ask one of the employees in the neighbouring shops (owned by Marco's family) to open the door for you as they have keys - it's that easy.

The bathroom situation is in planning mode as the Community Hostel building is a recognized heritage building so any building changes have to go through the necessary governmental hoops. Be patient, the four "bros" from Oregon are on this.

Turn your negatives into positives if you have them. We, as travellers, are the ones accountable for our experiences so make the best of them. It's not just the staff and volunteers that make a hostel but the guests as well. If you have feedback for this hostel, try to be constructive instead of destructive so your words can actually make a positive difference. :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marco_FQuito, Owner at Community Hostel, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Vimi!!! Girl come back for a fifth time! we are waiting for you! Thanks so much for the review! you know we loved having you around ! or maybe we will just pop up in canada and pay you a visit!
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Community Hostel is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at.
My cousin and I stayed here in Feb 2013 and had an absolutely amazing experience.
The owners and volunteers are a great group of people, truly going out of their way to help make my Ecuador trip memorable.
They had great advice on local sight-seeing, as well as fun activities for day trips in and around Quito.

It had a such an open and accepting vibe. I immediately felt accepted as part of the Community Hostel family. The Hostel was extremely clean, the beds were comfortable, and bathrooms and showers were cleaned twice daily. The showers were warm with good pressure.

At the hostel you have an option to buy breakfast and/or dinner, which i HIGHLY RECOMMEND! These guys are amazing cooks, providing delicious healthy gourmet meals for a very reasonable price.

I loved the location. Right in the heart of old city, within walking distance to multiple parks, fruit markets, plazas, and colonial landmarks.

I originally intended to stay in Quito for 3 nights, but during my month in Ecuador I ended up staying at Community Hostel for 10 nights because I loved it so much. I used it as my home base to rest up, relax, and regroup between my various side trips (Amazon, Galapagos, Mindo etc). I met sooooo many amazing people at the hostel-other travelers and the hostel staff themselves.

5 stars!!! This place rocks!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marco_FQuito, Owner at Community Hostel, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
You both know we loved having you around! it was a great time and you said you would come back so I am holding you to it! if not I am coming to NY to visit!
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Bischofszell, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were lucky that our cab driver knew were to drop us off at 3 o'clock in the morning. The following two days it was very difficult to find a cab driver who knew the place. be sure to have the exact address when getting around in the city. the shared bathrooms a spacious and clean so is the double room. Place is clean and it's best if you only speak english. Thanks for the pleasent stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I stayed here on two separate occasions for a total of three weeks on a friend's recommendation.

Location: Loved it. Go to Plaza Foch (Gringolandia) if you're looking for bars & restaurants, but if you want something more authentic, staying in Old Town across from the Central Market, interacting with locals is the way to go. one block to a major bus station (La Marin), catch a 25c Ecovia to Mariscal or take a $2.50 taxi for your weekend partying.

However, locals DO often say "you're staying THERE?!" but I never once heard of any safety issues from fellow guests. 7 of the top 8 things to do on Tripadvisor are in Old Town, so I have no idea what the last reviewer saw. Granted at night and especially Sundays it is very quiet with few restaurants choices, but the communal kitchen is handy. And I don't know what the last reviewer does in his travels, but these are all in walking distance: Basilica, Casa del Alabado, Plaza Grande, La Ronda for nightlife and Parque Itchimbia (great spot for a jog). And there's a hare krishna center if you want to get your yoga fix.

Value: This is not the cheapest hostel in Quito. What you're paying for are new beds, fresh sheets and plump pillows. Breakfast is $2.50 and is lovingly prepared by the staff or volunteers.

Service: The hostel is run by a combination of rotating volunteers and the original owners - four awesome people who studied in Oregon. The Ecuadorian connection, Marco, is a stand up guy who gives back to the community, and his mom is the sweetest lady who owns the shop next door and is always there to help you find anything. Shoes fixed? Doctor? She even got me out of a pinch with the airline. She knows all!

So expect some guitar playing, excellent coffee and healthy, quality meals in a positive environment. Keep in mind there are volunteers here and the atmosphere is very relaxed, so if you're a demanding type who wants sliced limes with your tea or hotel concierge service, go somewhere else. But everyone is always so helpful with directions and suggestions, so check your ego and demands at the door while you wait for someone to come down the stairs to open it (you'll see what I mean).

I want to thank everyone at the hostel for making me feel at home and making my Quito experience so memorable. I'm grateful to have met several genuinely good people during my stay, we will meet again soon!

Room Tip: Bring ear plugs unless you enjoy the sounds of Quito: horns, car alarms, dogs barking and the bustle...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Based on all the great reviews and recommendations, we were excited to stay here but it was really disappointing.

First of all, the location is terrible. Sure, it's close to the historic center, which is nice to walk around in for a couple of hours, but it doesn't feel safe at night and it's not really within walking distance to anything else - restaurants, parks, bars, shops or any fun Quito activities. We stayed in Ecuador for almost two months and whenever we met someone from Quito and told them what neighborhood we stayed in, they would grimace like they were surprised we got out alive. This actually happened on several different occasions.

No breakfast included, although you can buy one of their overpriced ones. (Or go outside and buy some bread and fruit for a quarter of what they charge.) Likewise, the hostel offers a family-style dinner which was skimpy for the price. We paid $10 for two small bowls of pasta and sauce. But, like I said, there aren't a lot of options for the location.

The guest kitchen is poorly stocked, as in it has nothing there if you want to cook something. As others have mentioned, the lack of bathrooms is ridiculous. No Tv in the communal room and wifi is slow because all the owners hang out at the kitchen table on their computers. The website said there were laptops for use, but when we were there, they had one sad one with a broken keyboard. Also when you buzz to enter the hostel, somebody has to run down three flights of stairs to let you in. Not ideal.

Every other hostel I've been to has helpful information for the city or place you're in and for your onward travels, but this place was absolutely void of any city maps or pamphlets or bus schedules or business cards for future hostels. Not a great place to start your Ecuador adventure.

Basically save yourself the trouble and stay in La Mariscal - it's cheaper and way more fun.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marco_FQuito, Manager at Community Hostel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
It seems that the majority of your complaints about the hostel have to do with an uncertainty about the available hostel resources and our surrounding area. For example, you mentioned that we are “not really within walking distance to… restaurants, parks, bars, shops, or any fun Quito activities.” However, we are a 10-15 minute walk from Itchimbia Park (http://www.quito.com.ec/en/index.php/get-to-knowquito/dont-miss/itchimbia-park), Alameda Park (http://www.in-quito.com/parks-quito-ecuador/quito-parks-alameda.htm), and El Ejido Park (http://www.gringosabroad.com/quito-el-ejido-park-parque-el-ejido). Furthermore, we are a 10-15 minute walk from Café Mosaico (http://www.cafemosaico.com.ec), Café Dios No Muere (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294308-d2319863-Reviews-Cafe_Dios_No_Muere-Quito_Pichincha_Province.html), and handfuls of local “hole-in-the-wall” family restaurants, coffee and snack shops, and vegetarian restaurants. Many people feel that discovering the sights and locations of the historical center IS the fun Quito activity that they come for, and this is the experience that we offer our guests. The majority of bars are, like you mentioned, located in the Mariscal, which is a fast two or three dollar cab ride from our front door. Please exercise caution within the Mariscal, however, because, despite sometimes feeling more comfortable to travelers, the Mariscal is statistically more dangerous than the Old Town. This is due to higher concentrations of travelers (who are most often the targets and victims of petty theft), immigration policy changes in 2008 allowing entrance into Ecuador without a visa (resulting in an influx of thieves who migrated to the area for its tourist density), and a stronger police presence within Old Town Quito.

We do not advertise that our breakfasts are the cheapest option for our guests. Like you said, you can step right out the front door into the Central Market and buy fruit, bread, and all other manner of produce at genuine local prices. This is in fact one of the best perks of our location! We like to further offer our guests the option of high quality, homemade, and substantial breakfasts with a daily-changing menu. Our breakfasts have consistently been well loved and appreciated by guests. The “bang for your buck” value in both our breakfasts and dinners is reputedly quite high, though we certainly understand should you choose not to partake. It’s for this very reason that we offer a separate kitchen dedicated for guest use. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, etc., though if there is something you need that you can’t find, please never hesitate to ask us. We cannot help to solve a problem if we are unaware the problem exists, and it is very likely that we have what you need in our staff kitchen upstairs.

On the wall in our dining room is the largest and most detailed map of Quito available for purchase, bought from the Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador. On it is listed every street in the city, as well as a catalogue of all major buildings, institutions, recreational offices, tour agencies, malls, movie theaters, travel offices, hospitals, plazas, parks, museums, embassies, libraries, and cultural centers in Quito. We also offer foldable tourist maps free of charge. The desk next to the balcony door is dedicated to informational resources. Displayed are brochures and cards for hostels, travel agencies, and Spanish schools in Quito, Mindo, Banos, Cuenca, Machachi, Otavalo, Cuyabeno, Cotopaxi, Maquipacuna, Napo, Guayaquil, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, as well as Medellin, Cartagena, and Cali in Colombia, Eduardo Avaroa in Bolivia, and Lima in Peru. Furthermore there are guide books available for reference free of charge for Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico & Central America, Chile & Easter Island, Ecuador, and Footprint’s South American Handbook. I’m sorry that you didn’t see these resources during your stay at the Community Hostel. While staying at any hostel, please ask the staff about your questions regarding Ecuador or anywhere else in South America. We would have been glad to refer you to the available resources.
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Address: Pedro Fermin Cevallos n6-78 Olmedo, Quito 170130, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Quito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Community Hostel located in Old town Quito! Come and enjoy our FREE walking tour! our hostel offers several styles of accommodation to fulfill the needs of every traveler, including dormitory, private, and single gender rooms (female only). Our beds are the most comfortable in Quito, handmade by a local artisan carpenter. Sip on some tea or coffee from one of our two seated balconies and take in the beauty of an Ecuadorian sunrise or sunset. ... more   less 
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