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“Perfect position in Old Town”
Review of Hostal La Ronda

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Hostal La Ronda
Ranked #97 of 247 Quito B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Great location in the very safe heritage-listed area. Atmospheric old house with wonderfully friendly and helpful hosts, Hernan and Gloria. They organised day trips for us, arranged for our washing to be done and cooked breakfast each morning. At lunch and dinner times the courtyard downstairs became a restaurant. The rooms were comfortable, but unfortunately the old plumbing didn't deliver good hot showers.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

We spent an enjoyable 4 nights here. Gloria and Hernan are welcoming hosts. A decent breakfast was served everyday with great coffee.
We were in suite 1 which had a fantastic view of La Virgen del Panecillo. The suites were comfortable and spacious and had a small balcony to soak up the ambience.
Calle La Ronda is a fantastic location in the centro historico and walking distance to all the main sites in the area.
Be aware that it gets very lively on this street at the weekend, so if you are early to bed, you will want to pack your earplugs if you're not prepared to join in the fun.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

Very spacious rooms some with own kitchen and separate bedroom.
Its really in the center of the old town. The rest of Quito including the new town with more disco's, bars etc is easy reachable by bus.
The breakfast is very simple. One sandwich with ham and cheese, scrambelled eggs, fruit juice and tee or coffee.
One minor point is definitely the restaurant which is situated in the patio of the possada, just beneath all the rooms. Especial in the weekend it can be very loud with all the guests staying until 1 am. Forget the sleeping before 2 am. Gloria however (the owner) is very nice and helpful. They can drive or pick you up from the airport for $15. However a taxi is cheaper.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

La Ronda is perfectly located in Calle La Ronda (also called Juan de Dios Morales) within walking distance to all the sights in the old city. The hostal has 6 suites and is managed by Gloria and Hernan, with the assistance of daughter Kennia. Gloria speaks virtually no English while Hernan knows a moderate amount. Kennia is quite fluent. They are friendly, helpful people.

Calle La Ronda is a narrow, cobbled, pedestrian-only street which has been restored. The street has 24-hour security and is therefore quite safe (but note that the security does not extend beyond the immediate area). As vehicles are not permitted in Calle La Ronda, if you get a taxi from the airport you will have to be dropped off at the edge of the secure area and then find your way to the hostal on foot (only a short distance, but if you don’t know the area ……). Alternatively if you give Gloria your arrival details she will arrange for a pick-up from the airport that will be allowed through the road block and will drop you at the door of the hostal. We did this and it cost US$15 (a normal taxi from the airport costs US$7).

The six suites surround an internal restaurant. On the ground floor are two suites, reception, restaurant kitchen, etc. On the first level are three suites, while the sixth suite is the only habitation on the second level. This suite (suite 1) overlooks Calle La Ronda and has a nice view of the statue on El Panecillo. The suite immediately below (suite 2) also overlooks Calle La Ronda, but has no view of El Panecillo. The other suites overlook the restaurant area.

My wife and I stayed in suites 1 and 2 during our 5 nights at La Ronda. They were identical in layout. You entered to a large main room comprising two single beds and a lounge area with cable TV (basically useless for English speakers as there were only two English language channels and both had poor reception). Adjacent to the main room was a kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave, sink and breakfast bar (some crockery, no cutlery). Alongside the kitchenette was the bathroom (good size, plenty of hot water in shower but not in the hand basin), and beside the bathroom, overlooking the restaurant area, was the main bedroom (comprising double bed, small wardrobe, and two bedside tables). We were quoted US$45 for the suite but with the addition of 10% service charge and 12.5% tax we finished up paying about US$55 – still an excellent rate given the suite size and location.

Suite 1 appears to be the pick of the rooms – good views and the main bedroom escapes much of the noise from both the street and the restaurant area in the hostal. Calle La Ronda is a tourist street with bars (selling canelazo, together with other forms of alcohol), cafes/restaurants, and small shops. Although there is no traffic noise there is still the boisterous sounds of merriment. Most tourists to the street appear to be non-westerners without an intention to drink to excess and the noise is of the laughing/chatting nature rather than the in-your-face drunken yahooing that young westerners often feel necessary to indulge in. The street actually begins to quieten from about 11:30 pm and is pretty quiet by 1:00 am (however we stayed Mon to Thurs, not sure about Fri and Sat night). Also, never heard a dog barking our entire stay.

Suite 2 (immediately below suite 1) did have a couple of drawbacks. First it is closer to the street, so street noise in the main room is greater. Second, the windows of the main room are at the same level as the street lights outside so the room remains quite light, even with the curtains drawn (the curtains need to be thicker and/or have backing). I would find it impossible to sleep if I was in one of the single beds in that room. The main bedroom of suite 2 is sheltered from much of the street noise and light, but not from noise coming from the restaurant directly underneath. The walls of the bedroom appear to be just a wooden veneer, and if you are in the bed when the restaurant is being used, or when there are people chatting around the reception area, you will hear the conversations quite clearly. The good news is the restaurant is only open Wednesday to Sunday and, based on our Wed, Thurs stay, unlikely to be open after 11:30pm. If you go to bed later rather than early you shouldn’t have any issues.

Talking of the restaurant, it serves tasty, simple meals at modest prices, including the local favourite – seco de chivo (goat stew). A good breakfast is included in the room rate – excellent brewed coffee (or tea), fruit juice, toast with jam or scrambled egg.

The hostal offers various tours, which are explained on their website. We decided to take a tour to the cloud forest area (Bellavista/Mindo). Although the website says US$100 for two people, we were asked to pay US$120. We were willing to pay the extra because the tour included a few additional features, such as Mitad del Mundo. Entrance fees, etc are on top of this. There was only the two of us, together with Hernan, who drove, and Kennia, who was our guide. Both did a great job and we had a wonderful day. We were thinking of doing the Cotapaxi tour next day and when I inquired about the price I was told US$120 (notwithstanding the website says US$100). In the end we decided not to go. But the hostal should update its website if the prices quoted there are no longer valid.

One final point, the family do not live on the premises. Thus there are periods, especially at night after the restaurant has closed, when there is no-one in attendance. This is a little unusual but not a major safety threat in this area given the security outside.

If my review was based solely on suite 1 I would give a ranking of 5 because of the exceptional value. However there were some noise issues with our stay in suite 2, and a few other minor things, and therefore I have settled on 4. If you want to stay in the old city (and that’s where all the sights are) I recommend you seriously consider staying at La Ronda. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

My friends and I went to Quito en route to the Galapagos Islands and stayed at this Inn for 3 nights. The hostel is run by a very kind couple, who picked us up at the airport (even for late flights) and arranged for us to get back to the airport (even for very early flights). The husband speaks some limited English, but Google Translator takes care of all translation needs if your Spanish is limited. The hostel is overall very clean, and the rooms are large, spacious and comfortable. The neighborhood feels very safe, and the streets are often filled with people into the late evening. However, this can be a bit loud on Saturday nights, making it a bit hard to sleep. Sunday and weekdays are usually quieter. Also, be prepared for Quito's cold weather at night (probably in the 50s). The hostel didn't have heat, but they'll kindly provide you with extra blankets if asked. Breakfast is good including eggs, toast, juice, tea and coffee. The in-hostel restaurant also is a pretty good place for a quick eat, and has a really nice owner (separate from the owner of the hostel). The hostel is also close to lots of sights in Old Town, though it doesn't matter too much where you are in Quito as a cab ride anywhere in the city will only cost you $2 to $4. Overall - a great hostel at a great price (about $20-25 person). Highly recommend it! (Also, if you don't want to bring all your luggage with you to the Galapagos - the staff will kindly store it for you until you get back).

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

very clean and comfortable rooms. hernan and gloria are very friendly and helpful. tasty breakfast included every morning and they let us store our bags while we were in the galapagos. felt safe in the la ronda area. airport pickup and drop-off very convenient. a little loud on some nights, but overall great hostel in historic center. highly recommended!

Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

if you want to be in the center of an old town and at the same time enjoy the pleasant night life then the Hostal la Ronda is perfect for you.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Juan de Dios Morales Oe 330 Y Guayaquil - La Ronda, Quito 593, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #97 of 247 B&Bs / Inns in Quito
Price Range: $40 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SUITES - APARTAMENT - HOTEL - HOSTEL "LA RONDA" is located at the heart of Quito's historic center, declared a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. The city's history and tradition comes alive when visiting the churchs, museums and national monuments that surround this wonderful colonial building, offering its visitors an experience into the past. ... more   less 
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