I'm going to write the bottom line first: I would never stay here again.
The neighborhood: seemed safe and quiet, but I didn't explore it at all except to buy a yogurt at the tienda across the street. Not near tourist stuff, so it seemed.
Check in: I walk in the lobby to the welcome poo left on the floor by the owner's dog. When I mentioned it she just laughed. My f flight had lost my luggage and she was very kind and said she'd call the airline for me the next day to inquire about it. The lobby has one computer, which I used to email.
The room: smaller than my bathroom in the States with no windows or decorations whatsoever. I was just staying one night though, so no big deal, but I did feel claustrophobic. The tiny bathroom had one small vent-window that apparently shared with the guest's bathroom on the other side. We could easily hear each other's private business. Gross.
Sleep: I would have slept well on the comfy bed, but due to very loud rude guest, I did not. Guests come in at all hours of the night, buzzing the front door bell relentlessly, and talking loud as to have no respect for other sleeping guests.
Breakfast: simple but good breakfast cooked in the terrace overlooking beautiful historic Quito. Staff is very nice.
Check out: I gave my key to an older man and he didn't say goodbye or thank you or anything. All other staff though was very nice.
Overall: The thin walls and loud guests ruin this small, family run hostel. Otherwise, it was a good deal for solo budget travelers like me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago Hostel was founded in 2003 in a modern building with modern structures and strong bases. These facilities were created to be a hosting business from the beginning. The rooms and bathrooms were not improvised so that they have adequate ventilation, adequate natural light and the system pressure and water temperature was set to supply a large number of people. Chicago Hostel is a family business with friendly and helpful staff, we are located in the heart of the city, inside a traditional neighborhood Quiteño considered part of the Old Town. It also has a good level of security and there is a police station two blocks away from our hostel. Privileged location, very close to the beating heart of Quito within walking distance to the main tourist attractions. We are located one block away from a main avenue where there is a lot of public transportation which could drive you to the rest of the city as La Mitad del Mundo, Teleférico, Airport, Interprovinciales bus stations, local bus stations, etc. We work hard to provide you a spectacular stay, help you with directions, information about transportation, safety tips and several recommendations that travelers need to have a nice and quiet visit to our city. We offer a place where you can rest and recharge your energy for a new day. We offer you a lot of tourist information, besides we can help you with tours inside and outside the city, we offer you a top terrace which has a wonderful view of the city, its surroundings and the idyllic Pichincha mountain. Hostal Chicago is home for tourists from around the world. Enjoy a friendly, fun and intimate atmosphere. Our facilities include spacious and comfortable rooms, full private bathrooms, showers with hot water 24/7, daily housekeeping service, free WIFI, general security lockers, covered and decorated top terrace, free use of kitchen, a Coffee-Bar with a wide range of drinks accompanied by cable TV , good music, WiFi signal and a pool table. Do not expect a five star service, expect a service where our staff strives to help you to get your way and get there safely. This is a spectacular place to relax and unwind in a great environment where prevails cleaning , companionship , friendship and respect among everyone. Do not hesitate ! Looking forward to your pleasant visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago Hotel Quito