Admittedly when I first came here I was a bit nervous particularly due to what I had heard about the surrounding area. However, if that was even an issue, which it wasn't, it was well made up for by the hospitality, thoroughness and attention to detail displayed by the staff. Ovi was exceptional in planning my 4 day excursion to the Amazon and the hostel staff also ensured that Omar was there to pick me up at the airport upon my return. In addition, he not only took notice of me being hungry but also stopped at a spot serving very authentic and tasty Ecuadorian fare.
The hostel itself has a very pleasant decor as well as a nice security system. The dining room is also ideal for meeting and mingling with other travelers. Speaking of dining, the staff are also very good cooks as a different entree was served each night for a measly $5 ($2 extra for a glass of wine). The staff was also quite accommodating to my picky tastes (I'm not a big cheese fan) and were able to satisfy my fussy requirements. Also, in one area there is a good amount of literature and info on excursions and travel ideas in the area, country, and continent.
A few other things to point out include Ovi providing a walking tour of Old Quito displaying vast knowledge. The tour included but wasn't limited to seeing the Presidential Palace as well as the President coming out and greeting everyone and the local market that served authentic Ecuadorian cuisine. There might have been an issue with the bathrooms, but I didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes. Sure the area isn't the best, but it is only a short walking distance to the main areas of Old Quito, which to me was far more interesting than the Mariscal District, and I never had a concern about security and, if I did, I would simply follow recommendations (and common sense) to use a cab.
I could go on but I'll sum it all up now. The hostel is clean and respectable, and the staff were extremely helpful and thorough in ensuring my needs were met. I honestly can't see myself giving this place any lower than 5 stars. Thank you for making my stay a very pleasant one and keep up the good work!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Community Hostel located in Old town Quito! Come and enjoy our FREE walking tour! our hostel offers several styles of accommodation to fulfill the needs of every traveler, including dormitory, private, and single gender rooms (female only). Our beds are the most comfortable in Quito, handmade by a local artisan carpenter. Sip on some tea or coffee from one of our two seated balconies and take in the beauty of an Ecuadorian sunrise or sunset. ... more less
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