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“The worst hostal in Ecuador to date”

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Hostal Cloud Forest
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

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

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great place to stay, cosy beds and excellent views. Owner is great, always making sure you've been fed and had something to eat. Dinner and breakfast are great, definetly get your money's worth. We highly recommend cloud hostel! Hopefully be back!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Matt F
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

A friend a I ended up to the Hostal Could Forest in January 2012 with no reservation. The hostel was packed with other travellers just hanging out and relaxing. We got a room on the second floor and the owner offered food and drink right away. We were quite hungry and thirsty so this was the perfect timing. The food was quite excellent at lunch and at night, and it was nice to have dinner in the dining room with all others guest. The manager wass very friendly and relax. Our room was clean and it was cool to chill out in the hammock right outside our door. There is also 2 computers you can use for free, board games and ping pong table.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kelvia
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is the first place we saw arriving from the hike from Inslivi, they had us once we laid eyes on the hammocks...
Great value, we paid $12 per person for a double with private bathroom with awesome shower pressure and hot water, the rate included breakfast and dinner. Our friends in a triple paid $15 per person.
On the first level they have a great game room with a ping pong table, 2 billards tables, and fusbol. Also they have wifi (spotty), or computers to use for $1 per hour. Wood stove to dry stuff is in the computer room.

The hosts are great, we arrived wet and muddy and they were kind enough to throw our clothes in the dryer.

Also a really good packed lunch to take on the next day's hike was $2.50.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Samina
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

This place is the budget hostel for chugchilan. It has all the basics and is comfortable. A hot furnace, hot water showers, warm blankets, dinner and breakfast. The staff are friendly but it is clear that this is the budget hostel by the hard mattresses, a bit sparse dinner (about an eighth of a chicken over rice), and skewed views of the beautiful scenery. This place was what I needed after a haters days walking but didn't really have much of what I wanted. WiFi didn't work (computers did), a sinking into my mattress, a huge dinner. Still a good value though!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank rooseM3
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

On our hike from Isanlivi we walked past the highly rated 'black sheep inn' and noticed the slide which was disgusting and looked like it hadn't been used in months. After noticing this, we were happy to have chosen cloud forest. Food was decent, beers were cheap, staff were helpful, there's a games room, and the water was hot. Only downside was the extra firm bed. Great place though!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Andrea N
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stopped at the hostal for three days on the Quilatola Loop. We got there really early in the morning having travelled to Chigchos on the milk float and hiked up with our bags for about 40 minutes. When we arrived we were pretty tired and they took our bags off us, showed us straight up to our room and told us to worry about checking in properly later.

The rooms were really comfortable with hammocks hanging outside and a clean bathroom (with really hot water).

At dinner that night they asked what we were doing the next day and gave us a map of the hike from the Quilatola crater back to the hostal. My boyfriend told one of the staff that he had a bit of an upset stomach and 20 minutes later a hot drink arrived at our door which they said was a natural remedy. The food was nice and when we got back from the six hour hike they fixed us up a plate of hamburgessas with a few beers! The bus out of Chugchilan goes at 4am. We came down at 3:30 to find little breakfasts packed up for us!

I really can{t say enough good things about this place, they were lovely, it was comforatable and cheap.

Room Tip: They light fires in the games room and dining room. If you can get a room above one of these the hot...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hostal Cloud Forest

Address: Chugchilan, Chugchilan 050751, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Cotopaxi Province > Chugchilan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Chugchilan
Price Range: $13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
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 
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