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“Great value hostel”
Review of Hostal Chimenea

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Hostal Chimenea
Ranked #7 of 28 Hotels in Banos
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great value hostel”
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights in a private room with private bathroom. The room was very neat and clean (it's cleaned every day!) and had a nice little balcony with view on the entrance where we could see the hummingbirds flying around the beautiful flowers. The bed was good, as was the shower most of the times (some less presure at times everybody takes a shower, but overall it was good).

Rater are relatively low and I dont think we have had such good value for our money anywhere in Ecuador. I would certainly recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Hostalchimenea, Owner at Hostal Chimenea, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

This hostel has been the best one of our 2 months trip. Nice room with an amazing view on the mountains, we had a lovely balcony where sunbath and relax. The hostel has also a really nice kitchen on the last floor with a roof terrace, from this you can admire the waterfall. Staff has been really useful and kind, good laudry service an information. They have computers with internet always working and the pool. The breakfast is not included but you can buy there in the morning, I would advise the fruit salad pancakes. Super good!
Last thing, they have a spa service and the lady working there does really good massages for a really good price.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Hostalchimenea, Manager at Hostal Chimenea, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
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Normal, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013

I stayed at hostal Chimenea for two nights with a group. We had a six person dorm room. We each paid 7.50 per night. The room was clean and very comfortable. We also liked the location of the hostal--it was quite but close to the center of town. Breakfast was also reasonably priced and good.

One thing to note is that while we were there the pool was not working. The steam boxes and other amenities listed on the hotel website do cost extra. They are not expensive, but not free either.

Generally, if you are looking for a budget option in Banos Hostal Chimenea is a solid choice!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I stayed here in a private room with someone who I was traveling with.

The room is nice and clean. The bed is comfortable and cleaned every day.

It was so quite at night, that I did not had to use any earplugs to sleep.
The warm water is however sometimes not there. Depends on the time. If a lot of people shower at the same time, forget about water pressure.

There is a TV in the room with movie channels. I watched some movies while I was writing my blog.

The breakfast was not included and you can get a better deal elsewhere.

There is a swimming pool and sauna, but I did not used them. You can get a massage at this hostel for 25 USD a hour, but I would not recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We were booked into the Magic Stone but left after one night because the wifi wasn't working for us. We tried breakfast at this place the next morning and were impressed by the friendly and very efficient breakfast staff in the rooftop dining room. Our room on the second floor was nicely decorated with murals and plants strung along the ceiling and we had plenty of hot water and good pressure in the shower, a rarity in Ecuador to get both. Wifi was again a bit slow and intermittent but I suspect that is the Baños telecoms infrastructure.

The Hostal was very close to the main baths which was a bonus as we were getting up at dawn every day to go there and also just two minutes walk to the centre. Soundproofing is always a problem, particularly so as our room was just below the rooftop dining room when some people decided to have a few beers late at night, but other than that, a great place to stay for $19 per night for a largish ensuite room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights here. Cheap at $7.50 pp for a bed in a 6 bed dorm with private bathroom. No lockers which was okay for us as although all solo travellers, we travelled here as a group and so could lock the door. Don't stay here if you are solo though as although the pool is nice, there is no great comfy social area and the lack of locker would be a serious issue. Good breakfast and very fast laundry. Happy overall but wouldn't recommend it for solos.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Unfriendly and inactive staff. Stayed in a dormitory that was very stuffy, smelly and damp. Apparently the ceiling had been painted recently but it would still be a very badly ventilated room. None of us slept well.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Additional Information about Hostal Chimenea

Property: Hostal Chimenea
Address: Luis A. Martinez y Rafael Vieira, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Banos
#4 Family Hotel in Banos
#4 Spa Hotel in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Chimenea is a comfortable, safe and modern hostel: we offer dorms and private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, balconies, hot water and excellent views of the surroundings. Our prices are 8.50 and 10.00 per person include internet and tax. Our hostel offers a panoramic terrace, private parking, restaurant/cafe, guest kitchen, book exchange, board games, luggage storage, free internet and Wi-Fi, steam health bath, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. ... more   less 
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