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DreamKapture Hostel
Reviewed February 24, 2010

Dreamkapture provided us with choices of boat trips and answers questions before we made a decision. We booked the trip from the USA and all the paperwork went fine. They also booked airline flights for us to/from Quito/Galapagos island. Upon arrival at the Baltra island, we were met by the boat guide as Dreamkapture said.
All in all, we had a very positive experience with Dreamkapture.

Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
1  Thank quocluu
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Reviewed November 7, 2009

We stayed for 1 night before flying to Galapagos. Although it was clean and beds fairly comfortable, the staff were pretty rude (not offering any kind of help or elaborating on anything when we asked for something), there were only fans (and it was hot when we stayed), there was only one bathroom downstairs and in the morning, all the tables were full for breakfast. I asked for just a juice and the lady said no because there were no seats. Given it could have been a miscommunication, she certainly didn't stop me when I said we didn't have time to wait. Not my most favourite place to stay, but it wasn't terrible.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank pippa-h
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DreamGalapagos, Propietario at DreamKapture Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Thank you very much for your comment which was useful to analyze during this time and use as a feedback. Now a day, people who was working in the hostel is not here anymore. We have prepared people who received training from courses organized by the Municipality; the idea is to promote tourism with a good service. This program started last year and we were one the first hostels to be part of this program hiring people, and helping others to do their internship in our hostel to be able to find a job in other places.

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Reviewed May 21, 2009

I stayed here briefly in Guayaquil and would not recommend it. The Hostel is in a bad location as downtown Guayaquil is progressing rapidly and is a great place to be. It takes 30 minutes in a bus or a cab to go downtown and the neighborhood where Dreamkapture is located doesn't have much to see and is pretty grimy. The pool doesn't usually work and no one is in it, the computer that's used by guests is over 10 years old and the connection is extremely slow, and there are parrots that will definitely wake you up at 6 or 7 in the morning. The dormitory rooms are extremely hot and have terrible circulation while noise and light also come in as the walls are very thin. I would not recommend this hostel unless you absolutely need to stay in this neighborhood.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Thank bryanthompson
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Reviewed November 22, 2008

The staff are really friendly and helpful and that{s about where all the plus points end. We paid 32$ for a really badly lit room with no closet space (in fact there was hardly any space to move around). The bathroom was even more poorly lit and there is no hot water at all. It gets tepid at best. The walls are paper thin so you'll either be woken up by your inconsiderate neighbours or the owners parrots!

The social area consists of a few sofas with a TV, reminiscent of a hospital waiting ward.

This hostel is in the neighbourhood of Alborada and will cost you 3$ to get into the city. Downtown Guayaquil is a bit of a dump so would recommend staying in a hostel in the northern suburbs just not this one!

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Thank ashah_008
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Reviewed November 20, 2008

Before arriving at the hostel we were a bit concerned about the monkeys - but finding out from the staff that they were part of a program put our minds at rest. We really liked the hostel, the atmosphere, our room and the common areas. the included breakfast was fine. The floors weren't the cleanest but the friendliness and local knowledge of the staff won us over. We also found Guayaquil pleasant, especially eccentric Las Penas.

We stayed at the hostel as we got the first night free for booking a Galapagos trip with the Dreamkapture agency. We approached them knowing which boat we wanted, having done a lot of research. Booking a Galapagos trip can be pretty daunting as (for a budget or RTW traveller) it is a big chunk of change - so of course feeling reassured by booking with an agent is a good idea. Dreamkapture were one of the few agencies we found dealing with the budget end based in Ecuador who spoke good English, they were very helpful, and, even though other agencies came in cheaper, they offered the free night and we felt good them.

We were very happy with our trip and the boat - even though it was a lot of money we still think that the Galapagos trip was the best value thing we have done in 7 months in North America, Latin America and NZ so far. But we weren't happy with the agent. We had some inside info and asked to avoid cabin 6 (engine noise) and one of us was a vegetarian. When we arrived there was no veggie food at the welcome dinner and the crew didn't know about it for the trip. And the cabins were handed out at random even though we were told we had one booked. And also we were given the wrong flight times - the main job of the Galapagos agents is to book the flights that connect with the boat itineraries. Giving us the wrong flight times was very confusing.

We were able to deal with these small issues easilly ourselves and had a great trip. But it made us realise that we could have saved a large amount of money and hassle by booking directly with the agency associated (in this case related) to the boat owner. We would advise anyone on a budget, who knows what boat they want, to research and contact the boat owners and book direct.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank MC_Deli
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

After a long journey from Peru some friend recomended this place. We stayed 3 days, enjoyed the pool, the parrot's and the french toast. If you go say hi from Fanny and Todd!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank toddfanny
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Reviewed September 3, 2006

We booked a room directly through the Internet. The room ($32) we requested with air was declined after we arrived at the hotel; the reason being that there was a conflict when someone else booked at the same time. We decided to give it a try anyway and got the only queen room with a fan ($26.) next to the stairs. The place was lacking with no closet to hang your clothes, nothing to place your baggage/luggage/backpack except on the dirty looking green stained floor. We hung our clothes on the window rod and on the shower curtain. The floor looked so grungy you didn't want to walk on it. The bed was comfortable enough and the fan was quiet. When we were first shown the room with air we had the clerk turn on the window air-conditioner briefly and I noticed it was quite noisy.

I noticed toward the back of the hostal was a newer section of the hostal, but it was for public and shared bathroom area.

The place has very noisy parrots, so unless you don't mind listening to them sqawk very loudly at 7 am, don't stay here. If you are an early riser, there's no problem

The 'hardy' breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of toast, juice, instant coffee, and jam.

We parked our car in front of the hostal. They do not have private parking. As we were leaving the owner came up to our window and gruffly asked if we stayed in his hotel as we were blocking his driveway. He said he was going to call the police. The staff the day before helped us unload our luggage and said our parking spot was fine.

All in all, unless you are a backpacker, don't mind hot humid weather and sqawking noisy birds as your alarm clock, then stay here. Otherwise, there are better places for the price. Needless to say, we left and stayed at another hotel the next night.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank DKV
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Address: Alborada Doceava Etapa Manzana 02, Villa 21 | Calle Juan Sixto Bernal, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Guayas Province > Guayaquil
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Guayaquil
Price Range: $10 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dreamkapture is only 10 minutes away from bus terminal and the airport. Dreamkapture Hostel is located in the suburb of Alborada just north of the center of the city. There are many great restaurants nearby where you can enjoy local crab dishes, ceviches, and other typical foods. Dreamkapture is located near shopping, restaurants, and theaters. Our neighboorhood is friendly and the people are nice and helpful.Members of our office staff speak Spanish, English, and even French, and offer great information about Guayaquil, Galapagos, Jungle, Buses, and all of Ecuador.Members of our office staff speak Spanish and English, and offer great information about Guayaquil, Galapagos, Jungle, Buses, and all of Ecuador.Our hostel is a friendly and comfortable place where happy people are always welcome! ... more   less 
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