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Vibes Hostel
Ranked #72 of 272 Specialty Lodging in Quito
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

nice comfortable hostel,located in mariscal tourist district.

great staff ,free breakfast ,very comfortable beds! good kitchen
nice bar downstairs although beers are expensive compared to many bars in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

I´m really not sure where some of the people reviewing this place have stayed. My 2 weeks at Vibes was two of the best I´ve spent in one place!

Firstly Santi the owner is one of the most helpful and friendly people I´ve ever come across, always willing to pick you up or drop you off at the airport, spent half the day driving me round Quito looking at buses for Lima, and takes everyone to town when we want to leave the bar at night! Basically you can count on him to look after you. The rest of the staff, bartenders and reception, are equally helpful and always up for a good time. The location is great, a few doors down from a bus stop, right on the edge of plaza foch with everything you would need right there. The whole place is clean and well maintained with hot showers. The kitchen is great and well equiped and the lounge is perfect for those days where all you want is to sit comfortably and watch one of the MANY films on offer. The dorms are also comfortable and clean, the sheets being changed every other day it seemed! Breakfast is good with fuit and toast, tea coffee and juice. All you need.

Basically as long as you are looking to meet a bunch of great people, and have a good time, whilst experiencing what Quito has to offer - you will love it, and Santi will no doubt help you make the most out of your time there. It books up fast so get in there while you can, you won´t regret it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Let me start off by saying…WHY DOES ANYONE WANT A COLD SHOWER? Come on people, what's wrong with you? I don’t understand how unless you live in a tropical desert (which Quito definitely is not) you would ever want a cold shower. How does that even get you clean? I clearly remember learning that you need soap and HOT WATER to kill bacteria and germs when you oh, wash dishes, laundry, the kitchen floor, oh, AND GET YOURSELF PROPERLY CLEAN.

Well, Vibes may have super comfy beds, and Wi-Fi that gets into the bedrooms…but COLD SHOWERS? Their hot water is literally a bucket outside under a plastic 'roof', a 'roof' which sits a foot above the bucket. So basically your ‘hot’ shower is only slightly warmer than the air outside. Oh, and most of the showers are outdoor showers too. Plywood rectangles on 3 sides, with a curtain on the fourth.

Only 2 showers are inside, and its not totally separate. The first ‘bathroom’ is a sink and a shower. Through this room is a door leading to a small room with a toilet and a shower (with a window that is permanently open and lets in all the cold air). So if you are showering in the first 'room (the only one without outside air) you have the possibility of someone in the second shower just walking through.

Ok, whatever, that part really isn't that bad unless you are super private…but we live in dorms. We are use to changing in front of total strangers of both sexes.

But cold water? And outdoor showers? Why would anyone want to take a cold shower, in the cold outdoor air, in Quito – a city above the clouds that has permanent late New England fall weather?

So even though the beds are dank, and the Wi-Fi is strong, as soon as the 3 days I booked was up (because they wanted 48 hours notice to cancel a reservation, so by the time I realized about the pellets-of-ice-beaning-your-face-showers I couldn’t really steal out any earlier)…I moved across the street.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

I was looking to meet more people to travel with and a friend recommended this hostel. Located on the outskirts of downtown gringolandia, its right next to a ton of great bars, restaurants an discotecs. Comfortable beds, plenty of showers with a good breakfast every morning. Incredible value for just 7 dollars a night. Downstairs there is a big kitchen for cooking, and a huge lounge area with a big tv with a ton of dvds to watch. There is a bar, plenty of tables and chairs, and a pool table. Overall one of my favorite hostels that I've ever stayed at. I met 3 or 4 people instantly that wanted to travel with me to Banos several days later.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Handog6
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

I chose this place based on the reviews on Hostels.com and a friend who told me that this is the best area to stay in.

Well, I'll start off by talking about the area... absolutely perrfect. Walking distance to the main tourist square, only minutes away. Square Foch has so many places to drink/eat/hang out etc.. and there's loads of other great bars in the area.

The hostel has a lot to offer. There's a huge common where drinks are served (cheap) from 8pm to midnight! A great place to meet people and hang out. There's also a pool table and tv with couches. There's a reasonable sized kitchen and a dining room with sufficient space. A computer is available if needed and there's WIFI throughout the building. I stayed with my bf in the double private, shared bathroom. A great room as it even has a kitchenette! The upstairs bathroom would be my only negative, oddly organised with the shower and toilet in te one room. So, if you're busting, downstairs you go. There are more bathrooms downstairs, but when you're staying upstairs it's annoying. Breakfast is included each day, coffee/tea, toast, cereal and bananas!

The customer service at Vibes is EXCELLENT! Santiago is always around to help you out and he speaks perfect English, which is a great help! He gave us a map and plenty of advice on what to do and see around Quito. I highly recommend the cable car and the long, hard walk to the volcano. Also a visit to the Middle of the World is great fun, but don't miss the REAL monument at the Museum Solar! The view from the Basillica is well worth it and a walk around the old town is a must. You absolutely have to check out the local cuisine, only $2.75 for a huge plate at the Ecudorian restuarant near Foch Plaza, no name, but near the red wall with the graffitti!

Overall Vibes is the perfect place, for singles and couples (if you can get the double room). Perfectly located and great priced.

Room Tip: Choose the private double, shared bathroom. It's upstairs and has its own kitchenette. A lovely...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KylieInAsia
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

i met the most amazing people at this hostel! i was there for a little over a week and everyone who came and went was incredible! the people running it are so helpful! anything you need they'll help you figure out! such a relieve when traveling somewhere new!
i'll never forget this place!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Address: Joaquin Pinto 132 | 6 de Diciembre, Quito 170143, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Ranked #72 of 272 Specialty Lodging in Quito
Price Range: $16 - $17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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