Hostel Coco Loco

Hostel Coco Loco

Fernando Cassis, Malecon, Canoa 131451 Ecuador
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4.5
#3 of 10 hostels in Canoa
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
3.5
Service
4.3
Value
4.3
Hostel Coco Loco is a beachfront Hostal with beautiful gardens and views of the sea. We have a quiet, chilled out vibe with palm trees and hammocks and a bar with rum, cold beer, and great service. You'll find Coco Loco comfortable, convenient, and a lovely escape. Please come join us for a couple of days.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Beach
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Fireplace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Fernando Cassis, Malecon, Canoa 131451 Ecuador
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 55 out of 100
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Manta Airport
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Mariscal Sucre Airport
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Quentin B wrote a review Jun 2021
Quito, Ecuador
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I could only recommend this hostel. It's adorable and cozy, the staff is very nice, and the rooms are clean and simple, with mosquito nets and ceiling ventilators. The most amazing point for me was definitely the balcony where you can chill for hours in the sofas or hamacs! The patio is also very comfy and cute with a lot of shadow and place to sit. The kitchen is also nice even if it may lack of utensils.

Finally, I would advise any travelers to go for the 4 or 6 person rooms instead of the 10 people room. It might me more expansive, but worth it, the rooms of the first floor are way better!
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ross Bright, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Jun 28, 2021
Thanks for the review Quentin, glad you enjoyed your stay! Yes the balcony is a great place to chill, and I'll have a look at the communal kitchen and resupply whatever utensils are missing, thanks for letting us know about that. Also just to clarify you're correct the upstairs 4 and 6 person dorm rooms are newer and nicer, technically they're listed at $12, while the other downstairs dorm room is for 8 people and listed at $10, but while we wait for tourism to recover completely it's not unheard of for us to negotiate room prices. I'd rather put people in the nicer rooms anyways, they're more spacious and have higher ceilings and a bit nicer bathroom. Anyways, thanks again for staying with us, happy travels!
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Alejandro E wrote a review May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Birds sounds, sea waves, surf, read, friendship, cousine, memories from Canoa, I’m in a paradise, cleaned rooms, zero mosquitos, everything here is organized. Drinks are the best, made chill nights. The music is good, and sometimes travelers play too.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Normally from Monday to thursday doors close at 8:30 but don’t means that you can’t stay outside.
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Menchu wrote a review Mar 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love canoa. just in front of the beach this hostel is perfect for surfer for lovers and people that like to chill. The hostel is pretty new and their staff treat us like a family member, we could not be happier.❤️
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Hostel_Coco_Loco, Manager at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Apr 19, 2018
Thanks Carmela V, it was great having you and we're very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Cheers!
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DaveL151 wrote a review Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a lovely place. The owner was really friendly and helpful. Rooms are nice and comfortable, everything is new and well designed - the owner clearly has a vision for it. They were still finishing the bar when I was there but that should be really cool once its done.
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Date of stay: January 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Hostel_Coco_Loco, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Feb 7, 2018
Hi DaveL443, thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your stay! And in case anyone is wondering, as of Feb 6 the bar is open and it did indeed turn out really well, check out our Facebook or Instagram pages for pictures, cheers!
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Anneka Tank wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
At risk of sounding like a cliche, I booked 2 nights and ended up staying 2 weeks. You know a place is good when that happens...
I booked a private room as it was only $2 more, but the dorms were some of the nicest I’d seen.

Amenities like hot water and available bathrooms were fantastic, wifi was decent (enough to cosy up to Netflix) and the kitchen was well equipped so that I was cooking daily. It didn’t matter that breakfast was not provided, as we congregated around the free coffee every morning with the Coco Loco family and made our own breakkie most days. The main social area was by the kitchen and bar/reception, with plenty of hammocks and tables to chill at, as well as an upstairs chill area which was big enough to do my workouts in the late afternoon.

The staff were super friendly and always smiling. They got to know you by first name after only a few days, and I found myself joking with them everyday.

Canoa is pretty quiet during the weekdays but this didn’t matter with the wonderful people staying there that made it the perfect environment.
The people in the hostel became like my family and the staff were always happy to help and smiling. There’s nothing to complain about whatsoever. My reviews are often long and extensive but without anything bad to say... it ends here. Best place to go. Book now.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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mario_s0292 wrote a review Apr 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had booked three nights at Coco Loco Hostel and stayed for 7 nights; it was hard to leave. Coco Loco is a beautiful, cozy and relaxed place in front of the beach. The dorms are very clean (they clean daily) with comfortable bed, mosquito-nets and fans. The bathroom has a luxury design and is super clean and comfortable too with hot shower. The common area has different chill areas with hammocks, there is a grand balcony on the beachside. There is a bar where they serve breakfast, cocktails and draft beer. Every evening the volunteers cook delicious vegetarian dishes for only $3.50. The staff is lovely, a combination of volunteers and locals. They are engaged with the guests and are very helpful and friendly. I enjoyed my stay in Coco Loco a lot!!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Hostel_Coco_Loco, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Apr 19, 2018
Thanks for your review mario_s0292, glad you enjoyed your stay, hope to see you again next time you come to Canoa!
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Pearsemk wrote a review Nov 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here while they were constructing the new dormitories. Honestly the construction didn't effect my stay at all. The new owner Ross is guaranteed to make a success (so if there is some old bad reviews you can forget about them) of this place as he knows what it takes and I would say this place is going to be an even bigger haven for backpackers in the future.

Matt was an absolute gentleman who was working there also and I found all the staff to be very friendly and so welcoming. They advised me where I could rent surfboard that may suit me better although they had a good choice of boards.

The breakfast was lovely the hot shower was the best I have had on my travels and I would go as far to say as it was better then one I had in my own home which was a real pleasure to come back to after being in the sea.

Overall couldn't fault the place and that was with all the building work they where doing. Great value and really clean room and spacious.

Thanks for such great hospitality and wish you guys all the very best in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Hostel_Coco_Loco, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Nov 27, 2017
Thanks so much for your vote of confidence Pearsemk, it was great having you stay with us, happy travels!
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skeltonh wrote a review May 2017
Dublin, Ireland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is beautiful and has a great location but unfortunately we didn't enjoy our stay. Our double room was very basic, light fittings hanging off the wall, not the cleanest sheets, generally could do with a quick spruce up. The bathrooms were some of the dirtiest I've seen throughout Latin America. Also the staff aren't the friendliest. I understand the hostel is in a period of transition but simple things like cleaning the showers every day and smiling at guests should be first priority.
They do have an awesome hammock area out the front right on the beach,they offer cheap water refills, surf updates and cheap breakfast options. WiFi wasn't bad either. Would recommend when the basics improve.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from hostalcocoloco, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded May 3, 2017
Hi skeltonh, I'm glad you were able to appreciate some of the hostel's amenities despite our shortcomings. As you pointed out we are in a transition period and we're about to undergo major renovations to address some of the problems you pointed out, including new sheets and pillows, new paint, light fixtures, furniture, and even more chill out space. We do clean all the rooms every day, and if you had told us that you weren't satisfied with the state of your private bathroom we would have happily fixed it for you. As for my employees, there is certainly a difference between local standards of customer service and international standards which you're accustomed to, so I have been working hard with my staff (who are all brand new) to get them up to speed. I assure you that they're all really lovely people so whatever put you off about them was probably just a simple cultural misunderstanding. In any case, I hope you had a nice visit in Canoa and that you enjoyed the rest of your vacation. Cheers.
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JLA62 wrote a review Oct 2019
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are not your 20-something backpackers, but are travelers in our 50s who enjoy a more fun environment than a stodgy hotel. Russ and his team (including the very loveable WunderMutt) were all fantastic. The rooms and the grounds are clean and very well-maintained. It is evident that Ross takes great pride in making sure that Coco Loco is the best place to stay in Canoa. We were in a private room with a private bath. The bed was comfortable and housekeeping was willing to change linens every day, although we did not think that was necessary. The swinging wood window shutters kept our room super dark when closed. Yay for being able to sleep in during vacay! When the shutters were open we had lively views of the beach and a great ocean breeze. While it is a hostel, there is no element of roughing it, and I would truly describe it as an upscale hostel... really more like a hotel. The dining area is a great place to hang out for an extended breakfast. The bar has Happy Hour specials and Ross stocks GOOD liquor at the bar and enjoys offering more upscale cocktails at budget traveler prices. You are about 50 steps from the beach and about 25 steps from many very affordable local restaurants. There is a very nice and welcoming ex-pat community in Canoa. We were caught in the “Canoa Vortex” (as it is jokingly called) for over 3 weeks. We arrived in Canoa expecting to stay for 4 or 5 days, but were so happy in this chill little village so we stayed and stayed ... and am sure that we will return again. Great beach for walks, surfing (Coco Loco has boards for rent), great social scene. Do yourself a favor — quit searching for any other places. Just book your stay at Coco Loco!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Ross B, Owner at Hostel Coco Loco
Responded Oct 28, 2019
Thanks JLA62! It was a pleasure having you guys here, glad you enjoyed it, I hope you have a great season and I look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Canoa!
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TiffanyJoanna wrote a review Dec 2018
Quito, Ecuador
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Coco Loco is the nicest hostel I’ve ever stayed in. I was made to feel at home there from the time I arrived. From the welcoming owner and staff to some great fireside chats with travelers from different parts of the world, there was never a shortage of friendly faces and interesting conversation. On top of all that our room was adorable and impeccably clean, the management was upfront, helpful, and organized, and the location was ideal for what I wanted out of my beach trip. I rented a surfboard from the hostel most days, explored the charming town of Canoa, and sometimes just grabbed a book and crashed in a hammock all day to soak in Coco Loco’s ocean view. At night Coco Loco serves family-style vegetarian dinners, and the bar has the best cocktails in town. Their Moscow Mule is so yummy! And don’t leave without trying each of their breakfasts at least once. (I haven’t found eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, or biscuits and gravy in too many other Ecuadorian hostels!) If you’ve stayed in lots of hostels then you know how hard it is to find all these components in one place, but Coco Loco has done it right. If you’re looking for good vibes at a great price, then you can stop looking! Just be warned that once you get here, you might not want to leave.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Alejandro E wrote a tip May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Normally from Monday to thursday doors close at 8:30 but don’t means that you can’t stay outside."
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Gregg T wrote a tip Jul 2018
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I peeked in to a few rooms, and they were all very nice."
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Sean F wrote a tip Mar 2018
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Second-floor rooms have a great view of the beach/ocean and enjoy a stronger breeze at night off the ocean."
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$28 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
EcuadorManabi ProvinceCanoa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Which popular attractions are close to Hostel Coco Loco?
Nearby attractions include Passion Flower Cosmetic (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostel Coco Loco?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Hostel Coco Loco?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hostel Coco Loco?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hotel Bambu canoa, Cevicheria Saboreame, and Surf Shak.
Is Hostel Coco Loco located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Canoa.
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