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.
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Isla Isabela Hotel Quito
- Hostal Isla Isabela Quito