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“For the younger traveler” 2 of 5 stars
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C/ Abdon Calderon y Simon Bolibar, Otavalo, Ecuador (Formerly Samay Inn)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 Otavalo B&B and Inns
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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“For the younger traveler”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We have just returned from 3 weeks in Ecuador. We had planned to stay at the Flying donkey for 4 nights, based on Trip Advisor reviews. However, we checked out at the crack of dawn after one night. We are young at heart, but I believe this hostal is for the young in age. Even though we had indicated we were retired educators, we were given a room right on the outside. The noise was unbearable--and the skinny curtain did not keep out the light from the street light right in our face. I killed 3 bugs before I sat down my luggage. To explain, this hostal faces two main streets. After the noise from fireworks subsided, we heard every car with a boom box. (I guess Otavalo will never do anything with noise pollution??) Anyway, at 3 am someone starts ringing the bell to be let "home." Finally they enter. At 3:45 the same thing. And at 4 am the person across the hall has TV blaring full bore. Was no one paying attention,?? This was a big ugh for me. Sorry--but I can't believe this gets such high ratings??

Room Tip: If you want any sleep, get an internal room. Employees were nice, but sure glad we didn't pay a...
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Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paul J, Propietario at Flying Donkey, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
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estimada Caroland Richard, Gracias por tus comentarios, son la razón para seguir mejorando en nuestra atención, lamentablemente hay cosas que se nos escapan de las manos como en todo lugar y local, por ejemplo no podemos salir en contra de una festividad de la localidad y pedir que se trasladen los fuegos artificiales fuera de la ciudad, tampoco puedo impedir el paso de los vehículos por las calles aledañas y de que la poca luz que entra en las habitaciones sea molesta para ciertas personas, somos un hostal que atiende las 24 horas del día y lo tenemos que hacer así, si algún huésped llega por la tarde o madrugada debemos atenderles ese es nuestro compromiso que mucha gente valora que no se se ponga restricciones u horario, lo que no estoy de acuerdo es que digas que la limpieza no sea la adecuada al decir que encontraste bichos en la habitación, tenemos un equipo que lo superviso personalmente y la limpieza es nuestra prioridad, muchos viajeros han pasado por Hostal Flying Donkey y eres la primera que hace una mala critica de mi local, me enorgullece el haber emprendido este negocio y la proyección que tengo de este, gracias, agradezco tu critica, pero la valoraría mas si fuese una critica constructiva y no una con mala intención, siempre estamos dispuestos a escuchar consejos para poder ser mejores. Gracias
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The location is close to the markets, the rooms are very bright and the shower great. I had a single room with shared bathroom, it was great not to be in a dorm for the same price!!! The owner is very friendly and gives very good recommandation. Do the trek around Cotacachi volcano/lake, it is lovely!!! Enjoy Otavalo!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Crucita, Manabi, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

A group of four, we totally enjoyed the Flying Donkey and it's owner. Clean, friendly and very affordable. A great place to start a day of seeing Otavalo and the surrounding areas. Paul very helpful host in all our travel needs! I would have rated higher if the beds were softer and less light came in the windows from the street lights. A great value to save money for the markets!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Flying donkey, was a great combination of good people, good price and great location.
We had a great time staying in the hostal, Paul was very informative his knowledge of the area was very helpful, every day he was pointing us places and attractions and we visited them all. the area is amazing, you can easily spend a week around. there is a common kitchen and supermarket near by so we could save money by cooking our meals (as long as you clean the kitchen and treat it as your own home).
Many thanks to Paul and Dudu, when ever we come back, keep some space for us! :)

Room Tip: Las habitaciones del lado sur son más tranquilas.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Stayed at the Flying Donkey with my boyfriend for a whole week. It's truly the best value for your money. The hostel is new, clean, safe, has a fully equipped kitchen and common room, is in a perfect location near the famous market and the city center, and this best part of our entire stay was the amazing owner Paul. Paul will go above and beyond to ensure you have an amazing stay while you are there! We will definitely stay here again when we come back to Otavalo! Thanks Paul!

Room Tip: Rooms that are on the top floor facing away from the street, seem to be the quietest, but all the st...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Although the name of the hostel is humorous, your stay at this place will be no joke. Otavalo is a beautiful town snuggled in the andean mountains, and there is much to see and do. The hostel is a great place to begin the adventure. The owner, Paul, is kind and personable with excellent advice on touring the area in the style of daytime or night time activities. He keeps a clean, easy-going atmosphere. If you need a place to rest, clean up or get to know some locals this hostel is the place to do it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

quiet, clean hostel in Otavalo at very reasonable prices and in a convenient location. Owner Paul is incredibly helpful and a great source of information about the town and nearby places to visit. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C/ Abdon Calderon y Simon Bolibar, Otavalo, Ecuador (Formerly Samay Inn)
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Otavalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12

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