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Posada Tambuca
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Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Our first accomendation in Ecuador and the best. The owners are so friendly and helpful. They didnt speak english and we dont spanish but we solved the communication with google translate. Our room was cleaned very well. And it was a pretty new room. The breakfast were so good. And when we departured early in the morning we got breakfast too. I really recommend this place!!! The pick up service from the AirPort was expencive. And its a little walk around 5 minutes to the Mariscal. Otherwise everything was perfect!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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2  Thank Johanna90
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

My fiance and I chose to stay here for 5 nights total. We first stayed there for 3 nights, then did a tour outside of Quito, and liked Posada Tambuca enough to come back for 2 more nights.

When we first arrived, we were greeted by Carlos, who was very helpful in telling us where we should or should not go after 9pm in Quito. He drew on our map to outline the dangerous areas. He also gave us a good restaurant recommendation. The second day, we met Yolanda, who was equally nice and gracious. The hostel is a convenient short walk away from Plaza Foch with all its restaurants, as well as from nearby bus stations.

At first we stayed in a double room on the 2nd floor. The beds, as other reviewers have said, are very comfortable. The linens and comforter are very clean and warm. There was enough space for us to place our backpacks. The shared washrooms (2 toilets, 2 showers, 1 sink) on both floors are always very clean, and we found the hot water abundant. We rarely found the washrooms occupied. Breakfast was very filling and nutritious, always topped off with freshly made juice.

When we had to leave early for a tour, Yolanda made up a packed lunch for us, with yoghurt, apple, some crackers. She also woke up early so that she could make us some fresh juice. So nice! Then, another day when we had slept in until about 9am, Yolanda made sure that we still had our hot breakfast with eggs, bread and fruit.

The only downside of Posada Tambuca is that it can be quite noisy, with people walking to and from their rooms and to the bathrooms. However, nothing a pair of earplugs won't fix!

I would definitely stay at Posada Tambuca again. The hosts Carlos and Yolanda are some of the nicest people you will meet in Quito!

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor tend to be a bit quieter - away from the breakfast and common room.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Mich789
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

The hostel staff attitude is awful and irresponsible!

We arrived to Quito on October 26th, 2013, by bus from Guayaquil, and went to this place to ask for available rooms. Arrived to the place at 6:30am. The lady (owner, later I found her name as Sra. Yolanda) showed us one room, but we did not like it much (it had shared bathroom). So we agreed with her that we will try to find some place around, and if we don’t find anything, we will be back and take this room.

When we left the hostel, one block away two local guys tried to rob us with a knife, and to rob our backpacks and phones. Kind of a dangerous incident isn’t it? Fortunately, we managed to fight back, and they withdrew away. Though we were a little wounded.

So, we decided not to continue risking and looking for another hostel, and went back to the place and take the room we were shown.

We got a huge a surprise when we rang the bell of this hostel, and the lady (Sra. Yolanda?) hesitated a little and then said that sorry, no, she does not have anything for us. We tried to explain that we were attacked and were wounded and we needed to take the promised room. The answer was “oh, what a pity” and then the door closed. And we had to walk away at 6:30am, looking for another hostel or hotel, bleeding and feeling robbed.

This is not directly about the quality of the Posada Tambuca.
This is about the attitude of the staff like this: “I promised you something, and I changed my mind 10 minutes later, and I do not care that you got a bad incident. I simply do not care. What a pity!”.
Such attitude cannot be accepted in a civilized world, and please try to avoid this place: no one knows what they also do not care about…

Room Tip: Please avoid this place. The owners are irresponsible and don't keep the agreements.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank vladorange
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I had arranged an airport pickup via Posada Tambuca and upon arrival we were greeted by a really nice taxi driver who took us to the hostel. Yolanda, the owner of Tambuca was wonderful, gave us maps and excellent recommendations on what to explore in Quito, my brother and I felt like we were at home! Some of the best things about this place is the comfort of the beds, we had the best sleep ever. Considering that we had to leave earlier than the time when breakfast was served Yolanda was nice enough to wake up earlier and prepare it for us. It was delicious, I won't forget that freshly squeezed juice, yumm! I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone, it was perfectly located and the owners make it such a special place.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 'banos' room and would highly recommend it
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Salsaa
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This hostel was nice and the free breakfast was above average. My boyfriend and I speak extremely broken spanish and Yolanda and Carlos, the owners, went out of there way to help us out even with the language barrier. They have a kitchen that you can cook in along with all the cookware you need unless you have left overs I didn't see lids to the tupperware. You do have to share a bathroom even in a private room but I saw the cleaning lady clean the bathrooms everyday. The beds are also great and the heavy comforter will surely keep you warm all night. It's located in a more quite area in between New and Old Town Quito so it's not too far of a walk anywhere. Overall I liked the hostel and loved the owners, It is a little expensive but you have everything; hot showers, WiFi, computer access, free yummy breakfast (coffee, fruit, juice, eggs, bread, hot coco), a small travelers library, and a friendly environment. I would recommend staying there.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Andrea P
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