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“All I´m saying is free laundry” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostal Chasqui
Piedrahita 141, Otavalo, Ecuador   |  
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Qormi, Malta
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“All I´m saying is free laundry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Yep, in all of South America this was the only place that offered free laundry. Needless to say we all did our laundry twice in the two days we were there! And Robert and Milton are the sweetest Ecuadorians you will ever meet. They go into detail when describing and they can speak really good English. The rooms are cosy, the shower is so hot, and the kitchen up on the roof is the warmest rooms of all. Plus the view from up there of all of Otavalo is quite a treat.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We loved this hostel. The owner is super friendly, the guy who cleans is very friendly too, the rooms are comfortable and big, there's hot water, a big kitchen and a tv and dvd player in your room with tons of movies. And.... free laundry!!! It's not that far away from the center and it's not in t where you hear the noise. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Santa Marta, Colombia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Such a nice hotel, very friendly owner who will go above and beyond to help you plan your trip in Otavalo, nice rooms with DVD and tv and a great base to explore the city. The hostal itself has so much character, really spacious and great to chill in, highly recommended if you are planning to stay in Otavalo.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This was probably my favorite place to stay in all of my trip to Ecuador! I stayed here a week while I took Spanish classes in Otavalo. The roof had great views of the city. The room was clean. There was always hot water in the shower. The location was at the edge of the downtown, where it was a little quieter but still walking distance to everything. The kitchen was functional and allowed me to cook for myself. There was laundry onsite which was free for guests to use. Roberto and the other young man who works there were both exceptionally helpful. It was definitely a great value for the price!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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166 reviews 166 reviews
104 hotel reviews
Reviews in 108 cities Reviews in 108 cities
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at $20 per night. 8 blocks from bus terminal...easy enough walk but grab a taxi for $1 if you have bags. Short stroll back into main square and close enough to the main areas. Coped with my limited Espanol and map with all sites provided on arrival as well as an English briefing. This is low key and budget but good value for money. Front door key provided. Room was spacious and a very comfortable bed with warm blankets etc. Pillows a little small and hard but didn't prevent a good nights sleep. Hot water at all times after a minute to warm up. Basic room but did the trick. TV and DVD library. WIFI a little patchy but good enough for short stay. Kitchen and deck on top floor. Not flash but functional. Town felt very safe at all times. Place was pretty full both nights and was able to get a good sleep both nights. Not soundproof however and you do hear people talking outside the room but most people are in bed early for an early start to the markets. $1 taxi to the bus terminal for first bus back to Quito at 7am and panaderias open at terminal to grab breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Hostal Chasqui for 6 nights. The rooms are nice but unfortunately we were there at a bad time and the bad management of the situation makes me write my first negative review of a hostel. There was a basketball tournament in town and 50 teenagers stayed at the hostel. You can imagine the noise that such a big group of teenagers makes. Every night they were partying right in front of our room or just above on the roof top terrace. Most nights they finally went to bed at midnight (to then start slamming doors and shouting again at 6.30am) but on their last night they went totally crazy and the night ended with them (accidentally?) throwing a big pot plant from the roof top onto the patio in front of our room. It was 3am! Neither the coaches nor Roberto from the hostel tried to control the kids, so my boyfriend had to go outside.... I only got a few hours of sleep and my boyfriend was so angry that he didn't sleep at all. Therefore the next day was a mess too... We had been very understanding until then but after that horrible night (and also because we couldnt move into our room before 7pm when we first arrived) we asked if we could get a discount. Roberto said yes but we didn't actually discuss what this meant. Not only was he unable or unwilling to control the teenagers, what really got me upset was the "discount" that we got: $2! I find this really pathetic if you consider that we stayed for 6 nights and therefore had to pay $120. So it's a discount of less than 2% ! Wow!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Our room was a decent size - but the bathroom was very cramped. Great view from terrace. Not central, but the town is small enough that it was no problem to walk everywhere. Didn't have a lot of interaction with the staff, but when we did they were helpful. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piedrahita 141, Otavalo, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Ranked #3 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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