This was the first place where I stayed in Ecuador. I've stayed for tenths of times since, until I definitely settled in Quito. I've stayed both short term (2-3 nights) and longer stays (two weeks or so) both by myself, with my wife, with my parents and with friends. I've read a lot of the comments and I tend to agree with the following insights: 1. Place is representative of Ecuador hospitality for tourists. 2. Staff is friendly and helpful although language might be a barrier. Owner is accessible and there's also on-site staff (they live by the entrance) 3. Quality differs per room. They have an upper floor, a wing by the entrance, and lower floor rooms. Ask for a tour, walk around and try to decide the room before settling. 4. Earplugs are necessary. The entire La Mariscal district lives and breathes foreign tourism, party and all the attached pros and cons. Noise is one of the cons. Arupo is not necessarily the one with the worse problem, but is still necessary. Also, some tips: you have a very nice living room area with Internet (don't expect Wi-Fi to reach all parts of the Hostal) and TV, an opportunity for making friends, you have access to the kitchen, you can ask food deliveries or buy to-go from any restaurant in La Mariscal and eat around. Sometimes they're full for some nights and will try to relocate you in a nearby hostel -- in that case, please don't accept any in the same street (Juan Rodríguez) especially the one next door: they are all of inferior quality, and the one next door we dubbed it "Doors of Hell" // That said, I still recommend Arupo to friends and visitors that are OK with staying in a party area.
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