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Hostal Isla Isabela
Ranked #100 of 232 Quito B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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53 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“OK for one-night”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

I recently travelled to Ecuador for a short vacation. On my return journey, I had a 10 hour overnight layover at the Quito Airport and chose to stay overnight at Hostal Isla Isabela instead of hanging out at the airport for 10 hours.

The hostal is located in a vintage mid-century modern house, about a four-minute drive from the airport, in a seemingly safe residential neighborhood. As I walked around in the neighborhood I noticed that there were several bars and restaurants nearby.

I stayed in a single room with an ensuite bathroom. The hostal is close to the airport, so there was some plane noise that could be heard from the room. My biggest disappointment in the property was actually the physical condition of the house. While it was generally clean, parts of it seemed to be in disrepair and in need of paint. In my room, there were tiles missing in the floor, a hole in the bathroom wall covered with tape, and a bathroom cabinet with the door smashed in. On a positive note, I did have plenty of hot water in the bathroom.

I generally got the impression the house had not been updated at all since it was built in the 1950's or 60's. It reminded me very much of the set of “Bewitched” or the “Dick Van Dyke show” I was unable to charge my notebook as the electrical outlets were very old and not compatible with American plugs (the only place in Ecuador I encountered this). I was also unable to connect to the wireless internet (even with the password) that is supposedly available at the hostal.

That staff I encountered at the hostal were fine. Francisco, the manager, speaks good English and gave me great advice on dining spots in the neighborhood and made sure that were transportation arrangements were made to return to the airport the next day. The night clerk, I did not get his name, was also helpful. He made sure I was up in time to catch my flight the next morning.

FINAL VERDICT:
The hostal was fine for what I used it (overnight layover) for as there are really not any better choices near the airport. If you do not need to be near the airport, however, there are plenty of places in Quito that have more convenient locations and provide better accommodations at a similar price point ($30 per night). I probably would not stay there for more than one-night.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

A wonderful bed and breakfast. Very close to the airport, attentive, friendly service and a delicious breakfast. The free airport pickup at any hour of the day was wonderful. We felt very welcomed and comfortable here.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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denver, Co
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Isla Isabela is a quaint bed-and-breakfast (hostal) for $30/night per person, including complimentary internet on a computer in the lobby and a plated breakfast each morning of eggs, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices such as tree tomato/papaya/mango, and coffee/tea.

I was impressed with the first-class staff who seem to do everything they can to make you feel at home, like family. The owner greets you with a warm smile as you enter the building protected by security gate. I felt comfortable staying as a single female traveler. The streets in this area are all named after the Galapagos Islands and is mostly residential. And, on Sundays the main thoroughfare closes down for bicycling & fitness activities--Quito is a beautiful place!

The 10 guest rooms are basic with a few nice touches, such as a phone, a closet, a private bathroom, windows that open, and a wall-mounted TV with remote.

The noise of the airplanes flying by was loud during the day, but stopped at night. I hear that the airport is being moved out of the city. It seemed to be a decent location, although a bit out of the way for travelers may prefer to stay in the midst of the action in the Old City or Modern City. But, you're just a $2 cab ride away from anywhere in the city. I will stay here again and recommend this hotel to travelers visiting Quito!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Chula Vista, California
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

We decided to stay at Hostal Isla Isabela for 1 night. We arrived late on our international flight and left early the next morning for the Galapagos. Therefore, we wanted a hotel close to the airport. The airport pickup was great. A very sweet woman from the Hotel was there to pick us up even though it took forever for us to get through immigration and customs. The hotel is close to the airport. The rooms were a bit outdated and the street noise was quite loud. There was a bar just down the road that played loud music late into the night. The room was fairly clean. There were a couple of hairs on the bed and in the shower that were not ours. The breakfast was tasty, fresh fruit and croissants. I recommend this hotel for 1 night, but not longer.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Conway, Arkansas
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We booked online and they were there to pick us up at the airport. The room was very clean and comfortable. The only downside was the street noise on the weekend, but I think you would get that in most places. They provided us with transport to the airport at an unreasonable early hour for our departure flight, and also to and from the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. We had a wonderful stay there and anything we needed they were able to provide or answer questions for us about anything. They also had nice hot water, always a plus! Great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oudega, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

We've stayed several times in this hostel during our stay in Ecuador. What strikes most is the friendliness of the staff in this hostel. They will always give you a smile and help you with wathever they can. Therefore this place is highly recommended by us.

The location is close to the airport and if you don't mind taking a cab reasonably close to the old town (say about 20 minutes). Due to the proximity of the airport you will hear planes coming over, but probably this will not be the only neighbourhood having to face this and a new airport is being build and will solve this problem. Just use earplugs and you will be sound asleep in the meantime..

The rooms are kept spotless clean but do show some wear and tear from the years of service. The free shuttle service is great!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Paris
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

I stayed with my daughter (aged 20) for 3 nights at the beginning and end of our travels in Ecuador. We were extremely well looked after by everyone, and made to feel very much at home. The owners (everyone seems to be family) even provided 2 free airport transfers each way (my daughter and I arrived from different destinations) including a departure at 4.45 am! Rooms are simple but comfortable, and the hotel is perfect for arriving and departing Quito, being close to the airport. It's a bit out of the centre but taxis are cheap so no problems. Thoroughly recommended and thanks again to everyone (Monica, Charlie the guys and of course Olga).

  • Stayed May 2010
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Property: Hostal Isla Isabela
Address: Calle Isla Isabela N41-21 y Calle Isla Floreana | Bullfights Area, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #100 of 232 B&Bs / Inns in Quito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Isla Isabela 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an establishment with more than 19 years of experience. Our goal is to make you feel at home !! We offer the services that you will only find in a hotel. We are located in a safe place, close to banks, parks, C.Comercials, sites of historical interest, access to transport and gastronomic places.We will provide information on all this! Our rooms are some very spacious to accommodate families and others for 1 or 2 people. All have private bathroom- wifi- hot water- cable TV- laundry- garage and facilities in the with the kitchen. We normally only serve under reservations. Our staff is very friendly and we want you to feel good, to talk and talk about our cultures ... Come, meet and enjoy !! Your home in Quito ...Comfort and excellent localization. You will enjoy staying with us. We are looking forward to receiving you! ... more   less 
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