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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend staying here: the hostel has a nice common area with kitchen and fireplace.. great to hang out! The staff is very nice and helpful. The laundry service is incredibly fast. On some days they have Canelazo (spelling mistakes included).. a typical Ecuadorian drink. So I can definitely recommend staying here

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hostal looks really colourful and has a nice common area. Nice and helpfull staff that speaks a little English. Our room was on the kitchen site where the fireplace is. It was quiet in the morning but music and chatter in the evening. The noise stops at 23.00 so it's not that bad. You can here the street sounds... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I think that the private rooms are a lot nicer than the dorms that smells like mold and had no window. However the room and bathroom was cleaned daily and the fireplace was nice. If it's not too cold in Baños this place might be a good place to meet people, as the common areas are all outdoors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel was awesome! Santa Cruz is one of the cleanest paces I've stayed. It had a great common area with a fireplace and hammocks. The staff was awesome, especially Enrique, who didn't speak much english but made us feel so welcome; he makes amazing cocktails! The showers were actually hot, the wifi was good, the kitchen was well stocked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually and stay in the location. I take my tour groups, friends and family. the own a great toru company too. the rooms are nice, clean and have a general comun area and kitchen that i love to use. walking distance to the hot water springs. restaurants and bars.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Stayed here for 5 nights and was although happy. Costs you 8$ in a 4 person dorm with attached bathroom. They have a lovely common area with beers, sodas, kitchen, computer, firepit, games and lots of hammocks. The guys who stayed there with me were nice as well. Absolutely reccomendable.. If you are looking for a cheap option, don't follow... More 

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Thank Maximilian W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

we stayed here 2 nights which turned into 6 nights, the staff spoke no english but checking in and out was a breeze as i speak 0 spanish, it was 20$ for a room with a private bathroom and there was 2 of us staying in it pretty good price as it was carnival. the rooms are nice with big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

Nice hostel with frindly staff ! I dont speak spanish they dont speak english and that was fun ! You can book tours with Geotours through them.. Close to the church and many restaurents..! Few hammoks around to relax..nice powerful hotwater shower.. clean and spacious washrooms..open kitchen and common area ! Only downside is wifi ! It never worked for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

my husband and I stayed here for one night. It was $25 for the room - a matrimonial bed, private bathroom, use of the public kitchen, and breakfast up to $2.50 free. It was comfortable enough. The only thing was the noise level. The hostel has two locations to get a room. One side has the restaurant where you can... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Nothing exactly wrong but nothing really right either. Nice communal area that gets cleaned at some stupid o'clock and is noisy till late. Staff are pretty inattentive but location is nice. Price is quite high for this type of accommodation.

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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Dry Cleaning
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Santa Cruz Backpacker’s Hostal is one of the classic hostels in Banos, Ecuador. Created for a new generation of travelers, offering shared dorms and private rooms. A fun and colorful environment, with wall art that will energize you up to start your adventour day in Banos. 'Cause in this city, you're not aloud to miss the tours and extreme sports, with all the great discounts from the hostel! Our instalations count with free WIFI 24 hours, a well equiped community kitchen and many cozy lounges to relax and interact with other travelers.  Double rooms with a queen size bed  Twin rooms with two single beds  Triple rooms with a queen size bed and a single bed  Four-bed dorms with two bunk beds  Five-bed dorms with two bunk beds and a single bed Check in at 14:00 Check out before 12:00 ... more   less 

Additional Information about Santa Cruz Backpacker's

Address: Av 16 de Diciembre | Luis A. Martinez & Montalvo, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Price Range: $15 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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