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“Great experience, wonderful hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Big Ralph's Hostal

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Big Ralph's Hostal
Ranked #2 of 43 Salinas B&B and Inns
Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great experience, wonderful hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

We were really glad that we stayed at Big Ralph's Hostal. The location is good, the food is nice, and the hosts (Ralph and Andrea) were marvelous. They are a wonderful couple who went way out of their way to be helpful. If you want the Ritz, you took a wrong turn, but for real people and great hospitality, this is perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Harrison Mills, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

They are the warmest and friendliest people who treat you like family. The food is outstanding and I love the family atmosphere. Also it is very, very, very clean and that is comforting to know. I can`t wait to go back and have big Ralph`s Green Thai Curry. Big Ralph`s burger was amazing as well.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank debrakallen
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San Francisco, California
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Back again, I have been here before and enjoyed not only the food but the warmth of the owner and fellow customers and guests.
Since my last visit they have improved the place, they have a new sign window and door as you enter, its looks more like a castle now which goes with their signature dish, Fish & Chips.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

The hostel is located close to the beach, in walking distance. We called to make a reservation, one day in advance and arrived in Salinas before lunch. Although the check-in was at 12:00, Ralph, the owner led us to our room which was already prepared.
The hostel is new, clean, has its own restaurant were you can serve breakfast and dinner. There is also a bar and a small inner yard for hostel's guests.
The room and the washroom are spotless clean. The sheets are new and smell good, the room felt very cozy, like being home.
There was not too much noise from the street so we slept like babies. The hot water was real hot water, not like other hostels were is barely warm. After one day of going around in the city, there is nothing that you would appreciate more than a long hot shower and a good meal.
At Ralph's hostal we have found much more than this. We had wifi access, free parking (inside the backyard of the hostel, so we didn't have to worry about leaving the car in the street), tips on the city of Salinas, and a real insight on living in Ecuador. We also had a great company: Ralph and his lovely wife and family - all so friendly and helping. Not to mention that we had a real UK chef preparing our meals. We felt so spoiled!
Did I mention that the fish and chips I had were the best I ever had - you really have to taste it! And this is not the only dish on the menu!!!
If you plan to visit Salinas, and you are not looking for a 5 stars hotel, than this is the place for you! Great price, great quality, great chef, great time!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Conway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Ralph does everything to see to I toy are comfortable. We arrived late at night an Ralph was waiting for us. H saw that we were comfortable an explained everything. Ralph's breakfast was great. He had everything to make us feel at home. We had dinner at the restaurant and brought our driver to enjoy Fish and Chips. Everyone agreed that the fish was the best. It was great that a number of locals english speakers always drop by to eat and talk.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

We didn't stay here, but we came one night to eat. The fish and chips were simply delicious and the service was superb. Ralph chatted with us for a good while after our meal and even gave us his business card, offering us to contact him if we had any questions with regards to our eventual move to Ecuador. Pure class, much appreciated. We'll be eating there again very soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Marc L
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Salinas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

The rooms are very clean and have everything you need to have a good nights rest. The location is excellent, close to restaurants (Big Ralphs Fish and Chips is the best one) and just a few blocks away from the beach/malecon, where you’ll find a variety of bars, clubs and more restaurants. If you’re worried about security, it is very safe, a police station is right around the corner. Good rates compared to other hostels/hotels on the malecon. The owners, Ralph and Andrea, are very nice and friendly so I’m sure you feel right at home... I did.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Big Ralph's Hostal
Address: Av. San Lorenzo S/N | Calle 53, Salinas 240207, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Salinas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Salinas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big Ralph's Hostal is a small English - Ecuadorian business in Salinas a few steps from the beach. Services and facilities available at Big Ralph's Hostal include a Restaurant, bar and private parking. Our bedrooms are supplied with air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and national TV. Spoken languages: English & Spanish. ... more   less 
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