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“Planned on staying 2 nights, 1 month later we've only just left....” 5 of 5 stars
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La Esperanza, Ibarra, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Ibarra
Ibarra, Ecuador
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Planned on staying 2 nights, 1 month later we've only just left....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Aida, the lovely lady who runs the hostel treated us like family from the time we arrived. She made me fresh chamomile tea when I was ill, cooks delicious pancakes with home made jam for breakfast and, if you ask her, loves to tell the fascinating story of how the hostel began (with the hippies, Bob Dylan and some of Pink Floyd kicking things off in the 70s). Aida speaks perfect English and if you're finding it difficult to get in contact, there is no need to book ahead unless you are a large group. There's space for about 70 people in a variety of clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, so she'll always let you stay. The property is so large and nicely laid out that it's possible for families and young travellers to stay simultaneously without getting in each others way.

The surrounding mountains and volcanoes are breath-taking, the local people are friendly and Casa Aida is the perfect base to explore from. Jose, our new friend and Aida's adult grandson, is also a guide for the surrounding area and seems to have the best rates around.

I can't praise this place enough and can't wait to return some day!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mount Shasta, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Casa Aida is an inviting hostel in a beautiful setting. It was a perfect place to stage a climb of nearby Volcan Imbabura. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and Aida and her staff are welcoming, friendly, warm, inviting and knowledgeable. Her pancakes deserve the "famous" rating they've earned! They were just what we needed to fuel our hike up Imbabura. This was a special place with good food, friendly people and a beautiful, serene, peaceful setting. It was unique to our travels through Ecuador.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Detach yourself from all your concepts of luxury and superfluous and surrender to a place where joy prevails. Take the opportunity to try the homemade pancakes and hot chocolate ....
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Casa Aida it is located in a indigenous community in the middle of Andes, near Ibarra, Ecuador.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I'm not sure what it is about Casa Aida but it is a place you never want to leave! Filled with peace & serenity.. Aida the lady who owns the hostel has got the most amazing life stories that she loves to tell you about! Truly inspiring woman.. She basically invites you into her home, her grandson is a tour guide so if you want to hike to the volcano or lagoon he can take you for a reasonable price! We paid $16 for our room, breakfast & dinner. Proper home cooked meals & the pancakes for breakfast are delicious! I even helped Aida prepare dinner one evening, she taught me how to cook equador style & told me more of her amazing stories! I hope to return to her home one day, it's one of my fondest memories of South America!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Casa Aida is the perfect place to chill outside of the smog of the big cities. My fiancé and I staid here for 3 days. The breakfast and dinner are included in the price. The rooms are basic but there is nothing missing. They have many nice furry dogs and a lovely cat.

From here we went to climb the Imbaburra volcano with Jose, guide who is also working in Casa Aida.

  • Stayed May 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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Quito, Ecuador
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Two phone numbers I tried were wrong and disconnected .. the contact form on the website does not work!! Anyone have the contact number!!?? thanks well I guess this is not a review, and I will be happy to CHANGE this if I can figure out how to contact them, thanks!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Dax, France
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Bonjour, Hola, Hello!
Please do not miss this place! Do not meet this lovely hostal and this lovely person!
Not easy to describe Aida in a few words. A very shortcut would be : Big heart, big breakfast. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Esperanza, Ibarra, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Ibarra
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Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Ibarra

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