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North end of the Malecon, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador   |  
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Cartagena, Colombia
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5 hotel reviews
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“Recomended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The hostel is an ecological hostel,is owned by a Brazilian/Ecuadorian family that has house near the "cabanias" . Each cabania has room for 2, or 3 or 1 person, there is a shower with hot water and a bathroom in each room. There are also dorms house above the reception . There are nice terraces and hammocks out side each room,witch makes it really nice to chill out when your there.
I loved the place because its very simple, natural, full of trees and plants, the price is low and the breakfast,that was included , was really tasty... The owners were very nice and helpful,and they make also bike rentals and bike trips,and surfing lessons for a fair price... We really enjoyed our time in Puerto Lopez!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We went for whale watching in Puerto Lopez and completely by accident we found Itapoa. We stayed there for 5 nights so we had time to relax, do some amazing whale watching trips and I have to say our stay was excellent. A hot shower in Latin America is always priceless. Excellent coffee and real homemade organic chocolate. Actually the best I have ever had.
Raul, you have one the most charming places I have been to.Thank you

  • Stayed August 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I stayed at hotel itapoa with my girlfriend for 2 nights. All in all, it was a good experience, the rooms were clean and cozy. The upper rooms are good and very "roomy" so to speak; the outer cabins by the garden are even better.
The location is great, almost at the end of the main street by the shore, just a walk away from the beach. Centric, but quiet.

The only downsides are the kitchen, which is extremely dark and damp, and you have to share it with the family that runs ( and lives in ) the hostel, and the shabby surroundings, which include a school, full of screaming children that can be heard quite well in the mornings..so try not to sleep late, because you won't.

I would definitely go back anyway.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This popular hostel is on the main street across from the beach. It's a pretty setting (gorgeous orchids!) with comfortable common areas and a great breakfast spot (breakfast is included in the price). We first stayed in the large tile building, which we liked quite a bit. I thought we'd like the cabins even more when we moved to one on our second night, but there was a lot of mildew in the tiny bathroom - definitely not as clean as the main building. The owner is very nice and accommodating. She offered to arrange a boat tour to Isla de la Plata the next day for a price of $40 pp, but we later found the same tour for $30pp in town (hint: you can bargain with the many operators!). Overall, Itapoa is a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Waterford, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed at Hosteria Itapoa for two nights, it's located right on the beach, less than a 5 min walk to nearby restaurants and the center of town. The hostel has a number of en suite cabins that were comfortable and clean. Breakfast was served overlooking the sea and included croissants with chocolate from the owner's cocoa plantation. The hostel itself feels very safe and the owners are extremely helpful, they arranged a boat trip to nearby Isla de la Plata which ran very smoothly. I would definitely return

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Saskatoon, SK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We arrived at 5:15 in the morning, waking the owner up. She let us hang out in the reception area until some others checked out. This place is right on the beach, which was a major plus for us. The kitchen is not good at all...but if you are not planning on cooking thats fine. The breakfast that is included is nothing fancy, but you did eat it looking at the ocean. The internet connection was really bad when we were there - but perhaps this is just Ecuador. The lady that owns the place is really nice, and in general we enjoyed our stay there... its not a good place for meeting other travelers, as no one really tended to hang out. We also stayed one night at Sol Inn, which has a more younger backpacker feel to it. This place is great if you are looking for some quiet.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson, Wyoming
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29 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Spent three nights there in one of the cabins. The cabins were rustic and looking a little rough around the edges. The rooms above the common area in the main house looked nicer. The owners are so nice and the breakfast is quite nice considering it is included in the price. No wifi is a negative as almost all hostels have it available now. The water is hot untill someone else takes a shower too and then there is no water at all. I found this the most annoying. The grounds are very well kept and attractive and it's location south of the main beach strip is a bonus. It is alright for a hostel and was certainly busy.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hosteria Itapoa

Address: North end of the Malecon, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Puerto Lopez
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Lopez
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay at the family run Hosteria Itapoa in Puerto Lopez in the center of a dry forest national park right next to the beach. We have a choice of cabins and rooms set in beautiful gardens, like a small piece of rainforest! Some rooms with several beds. All rooms have their own private bathroom with hot water. Breakfast and taxes included in the price. Take breakfast overlooking the Pacific Ocean! We also provide the chance to take treks into the Choco region rainforest and have a volunteering programme in Puerto Quito. ... more   less 

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