My boyfriend and I were quite excited to stay at a quiet beach location, cook for ourselves and enjoy peaceful afternoons and morning Spanish classes. We could not have been more disappointed. Aside from the email contact with the Canadian owner in Quito, the our experience was entirely unprofessional and extremely stressful and uncomfortable.
The classes are awful: the teachers/hostal managers uninterested in anything but your money, saying you're going on a field trip to the market during class hours when in fact they are buying their own groceries.
The place is not nice nor well-located: it's very plain and isolated and not kept up well. It has the most disgustingly unclean kitchen I have ever been in. We had to burn incense inside just to stand being there to prepare salad. Ants crawl over shelves and pots sit on the stove fermenting for hours. It reeks of years of fish and grease. Rooms and plastic tables and chairs outside are very simple and not kept up well. Managers Maria Elena and Juan Carlos are nice but unhelpful and do not display a hospitality attitude. For example, upon arrival we were given one towel and when asked for another were told that we needed to share few days until the laundry was done. Most other travelers we met also felt oversold and many moved into Canoa, the small town a 20 min walk down the beach or a $2 taxi ride to Sundown at night. Also, at the moment there is a lot of construction and the place is hard to find upon arrival. Possibly the only saving grace here is the family's cute wiener dog named Marley.
Hotel Bambu and Hotel Baloo are very nice in Canoa, and we found ourselves walking into town and paying for a taxi every day to escape the place we were paying for. I strongly recommend those instead.
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- The Sundown Beach Hotel is under new management and direction since April 2013, and has been undergoing remodeling of both rooms and garden areas. We currently offer 16 beachfront rooms, some with balconies or large porches, all with private bath. Two suites have two bedrooms sharing a bath. For long-term guests we offer meal packages, or optional use of guest kitchen facilities. ... more less
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