We stayed here because of Trip Advisor reviews. I agree. They need a website. Had helluva time making reservas. Finally phoned and was able to get reservations with my very marginal Spanish. Everything else over two weeks in Ecuador was reserved over the internet.
Had some difficulty finding because this place was not in our (new and expensive) GPS database. With their street address and a decent map, it's not that hard to find, however.
The first thing I noticed after check-in? A pubic hair on the bathroom floor! Let's face it. You can tell when it's not yours. I left it to see if my novia would notice it. Apparently she did not, as I never heard anything.
A nearby dog was barking almost constantly. We were concerned that it would keep us up all night. But then it stopped, along with some curious moaning sounds. The next morning we spoke of it and were concerned that the dog may have been poisoned. But a few minutes later it started barking again! This time, we were relieved to hear it.
Hot water in the shower was great and so was the pressure. Not so for the sink.
Breakfast was certainly acceptable but I doubt it's the "best in Manta", as another reviewer wrote. Coffee, orange juice, fruit bowl, croissants with butter and jam, scrambled eggs with bacon pieces.
More like a small hotel in appearance. Rooms have TV and phone. Three levels. No handrail on winding staircase. But basic like a hostal
Asked for ice. It took a long time and then there was just a little. It seems in all of Ecuador they're stingy on ice and napkins, of all things! We later "bought" a larger bucket at a nearby restaurant for 25 cents.
I'm in agreement with others in that service and friendliness were great. Off-street secure parking available and convenient to the rooms.
On checkout we were charged $50 that came to $61 with tax. For the life of me I don't remember being quoted a rate when I made the reservations. But that is so unlike me.
Manta prices may well be higher, but compared to other places we stayed, even on the coast, this seems a bit pricey. I hope to yet write reviews on Hostal Aqui in Manta ($40) and Hosteria Mandalal in Pto Lopez ($44), the latter being our favorite place to stay in all of Ecuador.
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December 13, 2012
I´m so sorry for inconvenients you say have had and we had taken note to correct them. However, we are glad you enjoy your trip in our country.
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