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“Good Value / Great Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Big Ralph's Hostal

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Av. San Lorenzo S/N | Sector San Lorenzo, Salinas 00593, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #1 of 32 Salinas B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cornelius NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Good Value / Great Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Ralph Hostel while visiting Salinas. The accommodations were small but adequate and exceptionally clean. Ralph and his wife Adrian built this Hostel from scratch, they are wonderful host and a wealth of information. HERE'S YOUR BONUS, Ralph is a trained chef and has worked in some of the finest establishments in England. The food here is 5 star, beautifully presented and the best we have had in Ecuador. AND they just completed a new outdoor patio / garden!!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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South Chailey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A had a really enjoyable stay at big Ralph's . The rooms are simple, clean and secure. The wi-fi is good too
Andrea and Ralph are genuinely lovely people, and you are made very welcome.......and then the best bit is Ralph's food!!!
Cooked breakfast or what ever you fancy is a work of art. You will not be disappointed by the food here for breakfast or the evening meals served in the restaurant.
I'll be going again!

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Comox, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We stayed at Big Ralph's for 2 days in October 2014 and found it to be a very relaxing stay with excellent food. Hostel security is top notch.

We decided that most of the other reviews were quite accurate. The room was clean, and we found the bed very comfortable. It was fairly quiet at night. Although we didn't need the air conditioner, we tried it for a while and it worked well. We don't understand Spanish well enough for the TV to be useful but it worked fine. We couldn't find any English channels, but we can watch TV at home.
Ralph and his staff put together good breakfasts and we really enjoyed the fish & chips. We noted that a number of expats living in the area came just for the food, so Ralph has obviously cemented his culinary reputation in the area.
Ralph and Andrea are very friendly and helpful. Andrea speaks excellent English (she spend 4 years in London) and Ralph is English. We found them uncomplainingly helpful. Having read one of the earlier reviews about the gates being locked when someone wanted to go for an early walk, I asked Ralph if there was some way I could get out in the morning (I'm an early mrning walker too). "Sure",he said, "We get up early to take the kids to school. Tell us when you want to leave and one of us will let you out." I left for an hour long walk at 6am.

Ralph and Andrea have been continuously improving Big Ralph's for several years. More plans for improvement are currently underway and will make things even better. The only downside that we noted is that there isn't really comfortable common area seating, and common area plugins for computer users haven't been installed yet. But I'm sure that these and other improvements will occur over time. WIFI signals were strong.

Staff is excellent and very trustworthy. Secure parking for vehicles is out back behind locked gates. The beach is less than a 5 minute walk away, and the malecon begins a 10- 15 minute walk away. (We actually walked down the beach to the malecon.) Apart from Ralph's excellent food, there are a number of local restaurants to choose among, including a wood fired pizza restaurant next door.

We found Big Ralph's a great place to stay in Salinas.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Stayed three nights, great place, quiet, clean, food is very good, owners are extremely helpful, speak English. Highly recommend this place. A little ways from the Malecon, but with only $1.50 cab ride to get there, this is a good location. Richard S.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We stayed a night at Big Ralph’s on our way back down the Ecuadorian coast. This is the second time we have stayed here. The rooms are affordable and clean. There is a small bar and tables in the back area by the rooms. The front area is the restaurant and what a great restaurant it is. Ralph was a chef in Britain and brings his flair for cooking to Salinas. His food is the best in town. His menu is small but everything is great. Try his fish and chips. This trip I had a tomato and mozzarella salad and homemade tortellini stuffed with ricotta and spinach. He also had beef curry, hot thai noodles (you don’t find this very much around here), braised beef with garlic mashed potatoes, shrimp and chips……..just to name a few. Ralph puts out gourmet food in a beach town where you wouldn’t expect it. I wish he would move to Cuenca and open a restaurant. He and his wife Angela are two of the nicest people you will meet. Big Ralph's is off of the malecon a few blocks, but it is a short walk to the beach and well worth it.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kemah, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stayed with Ralph and Andrea and were treated like family! Ralph is an amazing cook and serves the best fish and chips I've ever had. Andrea helped us find our way around Salinas and was very accommodating to our needs. We took several walks down to the beach. This was not the beach where every other tourist went. Ralph pointed the way to a more secluded beach. We love their place and hope to be back some day!

Room Tip: Our room was right outside the restaurant. It was an excellent location.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mebane, N.C.
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife and I went to Salinas for the weekend. We wanted to get away and hit the beach. We made our reservation on line and booked a couples room with a private bath. The room was equipped with Air Conditioning and a TV. The whole Hostal put us in the mind of an English Castle and The walls were white and crenelated. The bed was comfortable and the courtyard was sunny and open, decorated with natural wood tables and chairs. The Staff was amazing, they tried everyday they could to make us comfortable. We net some wonderful people who were also staying there. The price of the room was $49.00/night and included breakfast. Ralph is a Chef without equal. Every meal we had there was 5 star. He runs the place with his wife and they are team that can't be beat. Friendly, helpful, and knowledgable about Salinas and the surrounding areas. All in all a great place to stay that we will return to, and recommend to our friends.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Big Ralph's Hostal

Address: Av. San Lorenzo S/N | Sector San Lorenzo, Salinas 00593, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Salinas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Salinas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big Ralph's Hostal is a small English - Ecuadorian business in Salinas a few steps from the beach. Services and facilities available at Big Ralph's Hostal include a Restaurant, bar and private parking. Our bedrooms are supplied with air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and national TV. Spoken languages: English & Spanish. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Big Ralph's Hostal Ecuador/Salinas

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