I saved writing this review for a full 6 weeks of staying in budget hostels, just to be sure it really was the worst as I want to be fair. The price is low for the village (but higher than average compared to others i have stayed in). Other places in or near this remote village on the Quilotoa loop are more expensive but so much nicer (as far I could see from visiting). All hostels include dinner and breakfast in the room rate. What made this hostal so bad for me is the really low quality of food and the really loud noise and the really cold rooms.
Firstly the food : This is the only place that I have eaten truly bad soup. It may have been from a packet and over diluted, then reheated, but it was really awful. The breakfast rolls were as hard as the wooden table. True the staff noticed that we were not eating them after sawing them in half and so changed them for really hard pastries, but this did not help. I know locally no preservatives are used for making bread here, but these rolls had to be at least three days old. There was yoghurt in a large plastic container, but no bowls to out it in. There was an egg (yes only one) but mine had shell in the white and was swimming in grease and hard to swallow without any bread. I could go on with more details, like the unidentified meat(?) mince/lumps which came with the dinner rice, but this could into a novel. So I will leave the food detail for now. I might put more detail in my blog with photos....
Noise - Cold : The rooms are not heated, but there are sheets on the bed made from fleece material. Everywhere else to stay on this route had some form of heating. Te building is built of wood and so you can hear everything , from all the rooms. The wind through the building means that the doors bang all night.
We stayed at the same time as a large party of 20-something's, who took advantage of the help yourself to beer approach adopted by the staff (you fill in your own bill and present this when you check out, but I wonder how well that worked for the hostal with these guys). As a result, they stay up late making LOTS of NOISE, and did not confine themselves to the dining room, or afterwards even their own bedrooms, preferring to race up and down outside everyone else's bedroom in th wee hours.
Our room had two extra beds upstairs which we did not need, but these had been left just as the previous people had left them when they left at some point prior to us checking in.
PS. There is no pool, but cannot remove the rating
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cloud Forest Hostal in Chugchilan is best value. We offer nice rooms, cleanly made and heated (if you have a reservation). Hot water is in all rooms provided. In the price included is a good dinner and a big breakfast (if you're an early riser or have to catch a bus, take qith you one of the lunch packs we make;). You're cold after the hiking day? Tell us and we heat the Turkish bath for you and your friends. Our hostal is the best point to start your hiking on the Quilotoa-Loop. We have maps and descriptions for the trails to Isinlivi and Quilotoa and provide guides for hiking or horseback riding, if you need one. WiFi is included as well as the games room with billiard, table tennis and foosball table. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Cloud Forest Ecuador/Chugchilan