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Backpackers Balcones

Barrio El Recreo Calle Las Cucardas Barrio El Recreo, Banos 180250 Ecuador
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This is a wood hostel built by myself, it has many rooms with private, shared bathroom and kitchen. we are located 15 minutes away of the center of Banos, out of the noise, but surronded by nature. it's a really quiet place where you can relax. We hire bikes, and we also have a travel agency, so feel free to ask for any tour, we will help you.
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was drawn in the by the really cheap price. had a shared kitchen which was nice. about a 20 min walk from downtown, which is ok, but meant we ended up taking taxis back and forth more than i would have wanted (just far enough to be annoying to always make the walk). walls are just boards however, so not so sound proof. that said, guests were pretty respectful while we were there, not a party hostel per se, but nice common areas to make friends if you want. nice green feeling and views of the surrounding hills.
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If funky is your thing then go for it. We stayed in the upstairs cottage and it was fine. There was hottish water, a good view of the river and a nice, gentle slope to the floor. It is pretty far from anything else you would want to see or do in Banos. If you plan on biking and value your life, DO NOT rent bikes here.
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I loved the energy, the style and everything in this hostel. There are many chilling balconies around, a fully equipped spacious kitchen, and a lovely garden. The location is just outside the center, but on a walking distance from the bus station. Tips: Rent a bike and go for a long ride, the hostel staff will give you all information for the tours you can get.
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Truthfully, my assumption is that the owner falls somewhere on the bipolar spectrum. Everything seems to be done on a spontaneous whim. Super kind and nice sometimes, standoffish, distracted and not present in the next moment. You can book excursions thru the hostel, which is convenient...but The volunteer there had little or no information on the excursions you could book there. The info she did possess was minimal and lacked any level of genuine interest...she couldn't sell food to a starving man. It's a prety far walk out of town. Which is good and bad. It's quiet and secluded but it's so far from everything. The beds were comfortable but I found equally comfortable beds for a cheaper price in town. If you're willing to spend an extra dollar per night you can find private accommodation in town. Small qualm, but no towels or soap provided either...Which means nothing to a traveler but when every other accommodation know checked does offer that, for the same or cheaper, it's a decent additional perk The major selling point for this place is the social exposure. It comes up first on booking.com because it has the cheapest dorm so many backpackers book it. Banos is very social tho so meeting people is easy here. I would not stay here again.
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Response from Manuel A, Propietario at Backpackers Balcones
Responded Feb 12, 2018
We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay here. We´ve been working very hard to restore the travel community´s faith in our hostel by upgrading our reservation system, making the kitchens more user friendly and well-stocked, making check ins easier and more convenient for guests, making the dormroom more private, and promptly taking care of any repair needs. This is a beautiful place with beautiful people working here and really lovely guests. It is a peaceful 15 minute walk /$1.50 cab ride to our hostel (as described in our ad). Most of the people that truly enjoy this place are those looking for rest where they sleep and excitement away from where they rest. Our guests sleep well here next to river and the mountain. Our beds are very comfortable, our place is clean with beautiful flowers everywhere, it has wonderful rustic charm and great breezes flow throughout. We do lend towels to guests that ask and (on occasion and when requested) we can supply a little travel soap. Manuel is a really great guy. He is an introvert that loves people and works constantly to make sure he is taking care of everyone and everything around the hostel. Were it not for the occasional international volunteer, he would be a one-man-show. No one knows tourism like Manuel, since he worked in Banos tourism for over 20 years and still has all the best connections. We wish you a great journey and hope you find all the best places to travel around the world. Sincerely, those that care for this place and
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Our host, Manuel was great. He went out of his way to help us when my daughter was sick, driving us to appointments and acting as out interpreter. Very much appreciated. The place is comfortable enough. Everything was clean and the place is on a side street that is quiet. The sound of the river below can help put one to sleep.
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$11 - $16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
EcuadorTungurahua ProvinceBanos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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