You could stop in worse hostels on arrival, staff are friendly and helpful, beds are comfortable, food is good. Nice hot showers, a book exchange, laundry opposite doing same day turnarounds and an excellent tour company located on the ground floor who do a good free walking tour around the old town.
It's expensive, whether 'staff have to be paid' or whatever, there's no getting away from this fact, you can get a basic room of your own in a cheap Ecudorian hostal for the price of a dorm room here.
Reception is at the top of a 4 floor flight of stairs and bizarrely enough forms part of the kitchen.
Location... good or bad depending on what you want, San blas is a quiet area a good walking distance to any decent shops, bars, nightlife etc.
A lot of non-Ecuadorian volunteers/paid? working here (and they're friendly enough) so with all the backpackers it's very gringoland-ish, not an authentic Ecuadorian experience.
No kitchen or fridge for guests
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Secret Garden Quito is a friendly Australian/Ecuadorian/French family run hostel conveniently located in a quiet, authentic cobble-stone street in central Quito. Our 'barrio', or neighbourhood, is one of the few remaining Colonial districts and even our building is protected by a United Nations World Heritage listing. With a big improvement in security in the Old Town in recent years, plus 24 hour police patrols, our neighbourhood now enjoys a level of safety and security equal to (or often better than!!) most international capital cities.But there's more!!Our beautifully restored colonial building features a rooftop terrace/restaurant/bar with breathtaking views of the historical Old Town. Feel free to browse our hostal book exchange, chat with our friendly Ecuadorian and foreign staff, check your email (free use of computer and free Wifi), or just relax listening to any of our wide selection of music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel Quito