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“A little piece of heaven”
Review of Hostal Los Orishas

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Hostal Los Orishas
Ranked #3 of 5 Ayampe B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Los Orishas is a unique hostal located in Ayampe, Ecuador. The hostal has four rooms with private bathrooms and hot water, and is located about a minute from the tranquil beach of Ayampe. This place is so nice and quiet, the only "noise" you'll experience is the soothing sound of the ocean that'll put you to sleep at night. The included breakfast was delightful, consisting of eggs, fresh fruits, toast, coffee and an amazing fruitjuice (freshly made). Gabi, one of the owners, makes you feel like you really belong there; she's always so sweet and helpful! There's also an italian restaurant at the hostal, and with two italian co-owners, there's no need to say that the food tastes just like it does in Italy! The pizza huerta is awesome!!
No need to look any further... reserve your spot here for a great stay in Ayampe!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

If you want a quite place to stay in Ayampe with a very goog quality - price ratio Los Orishas is the place for you. Not in the seafront (but is really necessary to sleep with the ocean voice talking loudly to you all night long?), really clean, with some infrastructural detail to improve but everything is in shape. Excellent Italian food, very lovely family management (ask for Franca), people of Los Orishas is highly committed with natural environment protection and local community activities. Bring them a bag full of garbage collected from the beach and you will get a free cocktail!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We felt were taking a bit of a risk when we decided to leave the madness of Puerto Lopez on a week-long bank holiday and explore quieter options in the sleepy hamlet of Ayampe, a half hour south by bus. When we got off the bus, the entire hamlet was shut down. We wandered for ten minutes and found Hostal Los Orishas, close to the sea on a little dirt road. It was the place for us! We were welcomed by the very friendly couple, Marco and Gaby, who own the hostal and were given a neat and clean room on the ground floor.

From the moment we arrived, we were literally surrounded by friends! Marco and Gaby basically reclaimed the buildings from the jungle when they found that their dream was to run a hostal and restaurant in the remote spot and were from Italy and Quito (Ecuador's caplital city). They could not have been more friendly and welcoming. They even recommended particular jungle lodges for later in our trip when we were going to the Amazon, and highlighted worthwhile places to see in the area as well as practical information for buses etc. Internet is available and is an important feature in any hostal. Shortly after we arrived, a young American couple living in Quito arrived and we immediately became good friends, staying up late sharing stories in the open restaurant/relaxation area. We are still in touch! We also met some Americans living in Guayaquil who regularly vacation in Ayampe. Aside from this, even people who do not stay at the hostal come to the restaurant for the outstanding food such as homemade pizza and pasta - Marco is an outstanding chef!

It must be noted that Ayampe is not action-central. But it is a beautiful piece of Ecuador, and you could not do better than to stay at Hostal Los Orishas, where you can hear the waves hit the shore, relax with friends, eat some of the best (and most reasonably priced) food in Ecaador and enjoy hot water showers and clean rooms. Of our three months in South America, this place was our favourite, bar none.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Ayampe is a special town - small, undeveloped, beautiful empty beaches, great surf, and three places with excellent coffee! Hostal Los Orishas is 40 yards from the beach and has a handful of small clean comfortable rooms surrounded by hammocks and fronted by an open air restaurant that serves delicious italian food and coffee and good mojitos at a most reasonable cost. We had an amazing week.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank chris j
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in an upstairs room and really loved it. The room was clean and comfortable, with a nice bathroom. The view to the beach is a little restricted but it is nevertheless a little oasis with a great vibe and the beach is just around the corner. The Italian owners are very friendly, the food at the restaurant is delicious.

It is difficult to find local food in Ayampe and hostals and restaurants (serving tourists only) have prices that were well above what we were used to in Ecuador - just a note!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

I was here for a month and a bit working over the internet, learning how to surf, and hanging out with the amazing hosts Gabi and Marco. The rooms are great, good water pressure and hot water in the shower and the over all vibe of the place is very peaceful and welcoming. During my stay they had their families visiting from Quito and Italy and they all treated me like I was the long lost cousin, what a great time! I would recommend a stay here for anyone who wants to unwind a bit, have some italian food and maybe a surf in the ocean 200 meters away. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Raphael D
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We lodged at los Orishas for more than a week in August 2011. The hostal is very close to the beach (so close that we could hear the waves of the ocean from bed... amazing) and is located just in front of the laguna in Ayampe, a very small and quiet pueblo near the "city" of Puerto Lopez. The rooms are clean and cozy and the staff, Gabi, Marco and Giuseppe, is very friendly. Last but not least: great food!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Bastia80
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MGHG14, Manager at Hostal Los Orishas, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2011

Thanks! It was great to have a part of Italy on our little paradise. Hope you guys come and visit again!!!

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Address: Calle La Laguna, Malecon de Ayampe | Baja Manabi, Ayampe 593, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Ayampe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Ayampe
Price Range: $36 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The current style of life has a fast pace in which both nature and the good life of people is increasingly being run over. Finding alternative routes to re-cultivate the values, creativity and with great courage the members of this project are convinced that beeing surrounded by nature and enjoying the pleasures of life can be part of a new encounter between people, nature and a full life. COME AND ENJOY WITH US THE BEAUTIFUL NATURE OF AYAMPE, AT LOS ORISHAS! ... more   less 
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