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Hostal Chasqui
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Awesome place”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We had a large double room with private bathroom for $12ea per night. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The bed was very comfortable and with good pillows (which is rare!). There is a big kitchen with two cookers and three fridges. There are multiple sun decks (some hammocks/ comfy hang out furniture would be a nice addition and we just might not leave). There is a TV and DVD player in the room with some DVDs. The shower was hot. There are sinks and a washing machine you can for free. The rooms ate quiet and dark at night.
The best thing about this place though is Roberto the owner. He couldn't be more helpful. Every person that arrives he gives a full very useful orientation with a map describing all the highlights of the town and what to pay for each part. He is super helpful with everything and could not be more attentive. He genuinely enjoys helping people which means its a pleasure for all concerned. Absolutely top rating from me for a hostel.

  • Stayed October 2013
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jena
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We stayed several nights at Hostel Chasqui ($12 per night per person) in a double room with our own bathroom. Both were clean and comfortable. The hostel is a short walk from the main plaza and has a huge communal kitchen on the roof top with a view on Otavalo and its surroundings. Owner Roberto is a great guy, helpful and always up for a talk or a story to tell. He makes you feel more than welcome.
There is Wifi and a washing machine that you can use free of charge.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

we stayed 2 nights in a double room with private bath.

+ wilson is a nice guy and informed us well about otavalo as well as the things to do
+ free and reliable wifi
+ well situated in a quiet corner (5' walk to the market, center, atm, and supermarket)
+ common kitchen for use
+ huge rooftop with great view
+ free use of laundry facilities

what could be improved in our view:
- refurbish the rooms a bit and make sure that there is warm water all day
- provide a few nice chairs on your fantastic rooftop
- make sure that the entry does not look abandoned (we felt as it would not exist anymore)
- bathroom and common could have been cleaner (but have not been dirty either)

our conclusion: okay place with good value for money. but the place could be much better with a few minor improvements (and then you could easily charge a few dollars more...)

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank swisscouple1983-rtw
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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had a pleasant stay at Hostal Chasqui but this was mainly down to the staff. When we arrived Milton gave us a tour, a map and loads of information about the town and excursions that we could do. Both he and Roberto were always friendly and tried to fix things straight away for us. We had a double room with a bathroom for $24 a night. It was very cosy, the beds were comfortable and it was very clean. The wifi didn't work in the room, but worked just outside the room where there were some chairs. There was a DVD player in the room and they have a massive collection of DVDs (many in English) so that was great. The shared kitchen is massive, but could do with a bit of a clean and at times the fridge was unplugged.
The main issues we had was that we only had hot water on one of three days, there was no water at all two of three mornings and there seemed to be only one gas canister, so every time we wanted to use the kitchen or the shower we had to ask for the gas...
An advantage of the hostel is it's location. It's close to the centre of town but far away from the noise.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

After a 15 hour bus journey over the colombian border, I really could care less what the hostel was like as long as it had a bed- Hostel Chasqui was SUCH a welcome sight! They welcomed us in late at 11:30, and gave us our choice of two 2 rooms.The owner (Roberto?) and main staff guy (Milton) were always so kind to us, and every suggestion they made was great- food, outings, etc. the room was spacious enough for us and the shower hot, we added 4 days on to the itinerary and stayed a week! They will come clean the room and change linens, but asked us first. The kitchen is totally decent for cooking, plus has beautiful views. You can easily walk all around town safely, I think we only took a cab one time. I can't say enough nice things about these guys or Otavalo!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Namastekelly
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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Roberto who runs the staff was the most useful and friendly hostel owner I have come across in nearly 2 years of backpacking. He gave us lots of information about the surroundings, onward travel to Colombia, and a map.

Room was very clean, bed and linen was fine. Kitchen was large and reasonably well equipped. Roberto even offered to make us popcorn, which is a personal favourite.

With this hostel you can't go wrong in terms of room, facilities ect.

But the staff are outstanding and give you all the insider helpful advice which really helps to make a place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Josie B
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We were planning on staying here one night just to hit the Saturday market. We ended up staying three nights because the staff was great.

Upon arrival, the owner (we think), dropped our stuff off in our rooms (very clean, with bathroom, TV and DVD player), showed us the vast array of DVDs incase it rains, the washboard, the beautiful kitchen and multiple terraces on the roof overlooking the entire city. Pointed out the landmarks from the roof as well as on a map that he designed himself. The map listed prices and times as well as restaurants, landmarks and hours of operation. Super useful.

Every time we saw him or his son (we think) they were very nice and helpful.

We would recommend this place in a heartbeat, already have.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nick03717
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Property: Hostal Chasqui
Address: Piedrahita 141, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
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Ranked #5 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Otavalo
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Number of rooms: 20
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