A beautiful old building situated in the even more beautiful old town part of Quito. Having stayed one night in the new town it's safe to say the old town is the place to go.
This hostel has won so many awards that it seemed the obvious best place to go and I did enjoy the 2 nights I spent here. That said I do feel it was overpriced for what you got.
The view from the top floor of the hostel (where inconveniently you'll also eventually find reception) is the best part of the hostel. You can buy meals and drinks to enjoy here if you want or just chill on the wifi. However the meals and drinks where too expensive for me. I also felt the staff could be a bit friendlier, the hot showers were pretty rubbish and no cooking facilities was frustrating.
I also think it would be so much better if rather than having to get the man at reception to come down 5 floors to open the bag storage room each time you wanted to get something, the security guard could open it. If he can be trusted to protect the hostel he should be trusted to open and lock the storage room. Also not having a key to lock your dorm with was very odd!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Secret Garden Quito is a friendly Australian/Ecuadorian/French family run hostel conveniently located in a quiet, authentic cobble-stone street in central Quito. Our 'barrio', or neighbourhood, is one of the few remaining Colonial districts and even our building is protected by a United Nations World Heritage listing. With a big improvement in security in the Old Town in recent years, plus 24 hour police patrols, our neighbourhood now enjoys a level of safety and security equal to (or often better than!!) most international capital cities.But there's more!!Our beautifully restored colonial building features a rooftop terrace/restaurant/bar with breathtaking views of the historical Old Town. Feel free to browse our hostal book exchange, chat with our friendly Ecuadorian and foreign staff, check your email (free use of computer and free Wifi), or just relax listening to any of our wide selection of music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel Quito