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Hostal Princesa Maria
Ranked #1 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We liked this hostel. It is clean, the rooms are comfortable and it has a nice kitchen. The staff is also very helpful, especially Saulo. He will take his time to help you out with any question you may have. The location is nice too because it's not too close to the center so you're away from the noise. Our room was a bit noisy though so we would recommend you get a room in the back.
It's definitely has a family feel to it and can feel aj little strict. Aside from that it is great.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We wouldn't stay in Princesa Maria if it wasn't recommended because was to cheap. Private room with ensute - $7pp. Comfortable, clean, great location. Saolo and his father are the friendliest hosts you can get.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank RomanAboveTheLake
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Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

This place simply feels like home. Comfortable clean rooms and bathrooms. Close to many good restaurants and trailheads and the staff are so friendly. Wifi and computers are fast and they have a good clean kitchen.
Safe and comfortable and awesome.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Evan M
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This place makes you feel at home. I stayed in a double room alone (at the price of $10, very cheap) with ensuite bathroom and tv. It was very clean and water pressure and temperature were perfect. It does not include breakfast, but the market is just a block behind the building. The owner and his family is very friendly and attentive, they make a real effort with guests. The communal places are very tidy and clean. If you are looking for a party hostel, however, this is not the place to stay, as doors close at 11pm.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Zsofinyecz
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Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

I have stayed in many hostels in South America and this one is right up there as the best. It felt like home.

The hostal has a very friendly owner and son where nothing is a problem. Great kitchen and communal area which is kept very tidy.

We stayed in private room which felt very homely and included ensuite bathroom.

They sell beers at next to cost price as well have great internet. They also arrange tours with the better companies in banos and get you a good price.

Location is 5 minutes walk from the main square but far enough out of town to be ensure you get a good nights sleep.

This hostal has a good vibe but definitely is a party hostal at least it wasnt when I was there.

All this is very hard to fault at the current price of $7 per person for a night.


  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Tim G
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed here in a private room with bathroom and the hostal really is great. It is a family run hostal and the service is incredible, the mum, dad and son helped with any questions we had, made us feel extremely welcome, arranged activities for us in Baños at an unbeatable price compared to the other agencies we asked, and generally looked after us. The price and quality may be on the same level as other hostals in Baños but the warm atmosphere and service are uncomparable. The rooms are basic, as you would expect for the price, but clean and I slept great! I wouldn´t hesistate to recommend this hostal to others who are going to visit Baños!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

In Sept. 2012 I stayed in Princesa Maria, Banos, and stayed for 3 nights. The first 2 nights, I stayed in a 5-bed-room with bathroom, the last night in a 2-bed-room with bathroom.

BAD:
- The bathroom smell (wet, old) filled the 1st room.
- The matress was incredibly old, worn out, uncomfortable. It was difficult to sleep.
=> They told me that they are changing mattresses step by step; check if yours is ok!
- After the first night they agreed to give me another room, but when I came back in the evening they had forgotten to change.
- Very, very little water coming from the shower in the 2nd room

GOOD:
+ In the common area it was easy to meet other nice travelers.
+ The owners are friendly and helpful, especially the son of the family.

In total:
I read references calling this "the best hostal in South America". The hostal is ok, especially the possibility to meet other travelers is important and good, but it's not the best hostal of this continent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hostal Princesa Maria

Address: Rocafuerte and Mera (up the hill at the corner), Banos 010151, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Price Range: $21 - $33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Princess Maria is a 3 floor building, with wooden floors, well equiped kitchen, large spacious rooms, hot water private bathroom and much more...The adress of our hostel is Rocafuerte y Mera (esquina)To find us you have to walk 3 blocks straight to the park and 3 blocks to the right following rocafuerte street Up The Hill, we are a blue building right on the upper corner of Rocafuerte street.If by any reason you cant manage to see where are we located you can call us and we will be ready to tell you an accurate description of our address.Princesa Maria is not a party hostal, we are a small and cozy business, we offer the basic services for you to enjoy your stay in Banos/Tungurahua, Nothing Luxurious, we just give you enough things to feel at home within an environment of respect and happiness. ... more   less 
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