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Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos
Ranked #5 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Mancora, Peru
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“Great Hostel”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

I have been to this hostel numerous times because it is what it says. There is a very relaxed vibe in the hostel. Breakfast is included on the price and typically consists of croissants with marmalade, butter, Tea or Coffee, fruit juice, Cereal and some bananas. There is FREE dinner in this place from Monday to Wednesday if you put your name down for it before 5pm. Dinner is cooked here on the remaining days on themed nights from BBQ night to Movie night.
There is also a kitchen available here.

There is a pool table and a TV with a large canoe full of DVD`s to watch.

There is WIFI available in this hostel. It has hot shower water and towels and a laundry service for $3 dollars for a giant bag of clothes. Beer can be bought here for $1.50 a bottle of Pilsener $2 for Club. Spirits are also available. Desserts can be bought here.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and multilingual. Their English is perfect. There is some amazing art work in the bedrooms to check out and the location is a 3 minute walk away from the thermal baths.

Do yourself a favour and check this place out.

Room Tip: Closer to the lounge area has better WIFI signal
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Very nice hostel with very nice people!
Well worth the money!
I stayed there in November and came back because I liked the atmosphere so much!
Everything is nice, the breakfast - which is included in the cheap hostel rates - could be a bit nicer!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We travell since 3 month in SA and this was the best hostel we have stayed.
Great place to meet lots of nice people, good drinks for a great value, monday- wednesday is dinner on the house. Pool table, bar, separate chill out area with TV and lots of DVD's.
Super nice room and clean with own toilet and shower. Banos and this hostel is just a perfect place to stay. We planed 3 nights first but we ended with 6 nights.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed a couple of days in Los Pinos Backpackers and it was so peaceful and relaxed. The owners of the hostel are so nice and make the best home made food ever! They organize great evenings and really try to make you feel at home. The living room is great to read, have a drink and play some pool.
Also a big plus is the fact that the owners speak english and can give you a proper advise about activities in the environment.
In general de rooms look good and are clean and the showers are nice and warm.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

This hostel is amazing. The rooms are wonderful and located in two dedicated buildings. There is a common kitchen; the common area is in a hut along with the reception, the bar, the tv/dvd corner and the pool table. Movie nights are with loads of popcorn. Outside you will find a good number of hammocks to chill out.
The best part of this hostel is the staff. They know their way around Baños and can help you with everything. We got very detailed and useful information during our entire stay. Breakfast is included, and from mon-wed you can sign up for free dinner - which makes this place a bargain.
The only negative thing are the info flyers with the penalty information, where it says you will be charged at least 5$ if you're too loud after a certain time, if you take towels out of the room etc. While the flyers are annoying, we never encountered a problem with the staff about the points listed in them.

  • Stayed October 2012
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lospinosbackpackers, Gerente at Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Thank you very much for your honest opinion. We also feel it is a bad thing, as you say, on the penalties. But there are people who will have to explain basic rules of coexistence. Never have problems that you know how to behave respectfully. It would be fruitless hereby anecdotes but you would laugh a lot.
Thank you again.
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We were two female students travelling through Ecuador and stayed here for 4 nights. The hostel is in a great location for all the towns amenities, being close to the pubs, square and tour operators. The hostel has great rooms, all with their own individual mood painted ceilings adding to the character of the place. The rooms have very comfy beds and nice hot showers (always a bonus). The communal area has everything you could want, with a pool table, bar/kitchen and a massive selection of DVDs. The food is great and the people running the hostel could not be more helpful and welcoming. The friendlieness extended to us all sitting down to watch a movie in the lounging area and the staff made us complementary popcorn. It was these attentions to details that made this place so great. At the moment it is quiet but hopefully word will get round and this place will become a popular place for travellers as we cannot recommend it enough. We had a great stay and hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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lospinosbackpackers, Gerente at Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Hello!
Thanks for your detailed opinion about us.
We can not say more, because you have said it very well.
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I have stayed at this hostel twice, and can't recommend it highly enough! The second I arrived, Josefina pulled out a map and told me all about the town and the tourist attractions that were nearby. Every time I had a question about Baños or about the room or anything else, Josefina and Martin had the answers! They are so friendly and make you feel welcome! The rooms are great, the showers are hot, and the beds are comfortable. It's literally a two minute walk to the town square, but it's just far enough away to feel secluded and quiet. I felt completely safe there, and never had any concerns about leaving my things in my room. Breakfast is included, and consists of coffee, oatmeal, bread with homemade jam, juice, and a banana. You definitely won't leave hungry! Speaking of hungry.. their food is AMAZING. I'm talking gourmet-status meals. If you stay at this hostel and don't order something off their menu at least once.. you're making a big mistake. When I go back to Baños, I will definitely be staying at the Backpackers Los Pinos again. Such a great deal for your money, and such a great couple that runs the place! I miss Josefina and Martin already!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos
Address: Ricardo Zurita Carrillo y Ambato | Barrio Los Pinos 150 mts from the Church, Banos 010151, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Great Hostels you will experience great moments. Meet other travelers, get involved in social activities, relax in the gardens and hammocks. Enjoy Pizza party on fridays.Free cocktails on wednesday and saturdays. Movie Nights on sundays with free popcorn!!!!!!!have fun at the meeting point, in were you will find a collection of movies (more than 300 dvd`s), books for book change, cosy lounge & living rooms , lots of table games pool table, internet, wi-fi , social activities.You will enjoy good music, cocktails, tasty food, homemade cakes and jams - not to be missed ! Rest in the spacious and comfortable rooms.For those who like to make their own food we have a fully equipped kitchen open all day.You will always find the staff ready to help you. We are onsite to help you with any issues and to enjoy the great atmosphere together.Our Hostel provides infomation and many recommendations about restaurants, regional markets, main attractions and truistic activities.We will help you finding the best tours in the region such as Jungle , Raffting, Canyioning, Canopy, Climbing, Parapenting, Biking, Trekkings. You can choose... to stay at a regular hostel or at a Great Hostelstay in a normal dorm or in a large dorm with murals and mountain views.stay in the dormitory or at cool designed common area.be close to buildings and noise or be close to mountains, waterfalls & hotsprings.enjoy congestion and griminess of the city itself or enjoy silence,good music, gardens & hammocks. ... more   less 
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