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“Could have been better”
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Big Ralph's Hostal
Ranked #2 of 44 Salinas B&B and Inns
Missoula, New York, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Could have been better”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Ralph and Andrea are very nice people but the room my wife and I had was nice but we feel it the floor could have been cleaner. The food was good, Ralph did an awesome job on everything we ate.

It is a bit of a walk to the beach but it's a nice walk, We also feel the room was a bit over priced as well at $45

We will do some better surveillance next time before we commit. Overall it was a good stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Salinas
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18 reviews
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

After going here for 2 years, never a bad experience or meal. Ralph is a first class chef and his food and presentation is excellent.

Andrea, his wife, is a kind, caring and helpful person and it is always a pleasure to visit Big Ralph's Hostal and Restaurant. Nice place to stay and/or eat!

Great food, great place to meet other Expats and Ecuadorians and gather information.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed two nights at Big Ralph's during our visit to Salinas. Ralph and Andrea were gracious hosts who were helpful with providing information before our arrival and during our stay. Our room was basic but super clean. The shower had plenty of strong, hot water :). Unfortunetely the in house restaurnat was not open for dinner during our stay (low season), but if the scrumptious breakfast prepared by Chef Ralph was any indication of what they offer for dinner -- don't miss it. The Hostel is an easy walk to the nearby beaches and several good restaurants. We plan on returning to Ecuador in the fall and will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Wow what a warm friendly welcome we got from Big Ralph and Andrea. Rooms were basic but very clean. Powerful showers and lovely breakfasts. The hostel is in a safe area away from the noisy beach areas but close enough to walk too approx 10 mins to sandy beaches. Try eating eating in restaurants 1 block from the beach front as food fresh and tasty but not gringo prices. Recommend a trip 'whale watching'

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Prattville, Alabama
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I stayed at Ralph's and Andreas Hostal for three days and very much enjoyed the hot showers and many conversations with Ralph about his days in England and all the current and future improvements and expansions to the Hostal. I could tell a lot of love has gone into building and maintaining the Hostal. The breakfast was very good: Ralph is a certified English Chef and the breakfast reflected those certificates(see photo:fresh squeezed Orange juice didn't make it into the pic). I very much enjoyed my walks to the Malecon, but other options are taking the bus for $.25 or a $2.00 Taxi to the Malecon, if that is your preference.
The weather(it is winter in July) was overcast and chilly for Ecuadorian standards, but still enjoyed some great Whale watching and had my clothes cleaned from a little place around the corner very reasonably.
They actually drove me to the mall a day during my stay while showing me some of the interesting places to visit in Salinas.
I would stay at this Hostal when I return to Ecuador in the Summer and very much enjoyed every minute of the room and conversations with Ralph and his very good breakfast.

Room Tip: There is no bad room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Singer Island, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Simply put, you won't find better.
Gracious hosts, great food, & a clean quiet room.
Ralph & Andrea could not have been nicer, but sadly had no control over the weather.
Salinas itself is great, lots of expats & Gringo Bars.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Las Vegas, NV
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

The weather didn't dampen our trip to this beach town in Ecuador. We had a good time at Ralph's and Andy's place (Andrea). We were looking forward to fun in the sun. No sun. So we looked for fun in the places we ate at the Malecon and in town recommendations by Ralph. The walk to the Malecon (Boardwalk) was about 10 mins from the hostel. Andy and Ralph were gracious hosts giving us an insight into Salinas that is rarely encountered by visitors. Walking around, we felt safe. The accomodations were basic and the breakfasts were filling.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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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 44 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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