We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good hostel but terrible wifi”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Hostal Princesa Maria
Ranked #1 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 23, 2012

This hostel is a nice place to stay with clean, really comfy rooms and thoughtfully provided extra blankets. It is quiet and the hostel will organise any tours you want. It is also one of the cheapest jostels in Banos, great value for money. The one big drawback is the speed of the wifi - it is dire. We asked the staff and they said it was like this in all of Banos but I know this is not true having visited friends in other hostels. Easy thing to fix to make the hostel great.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank CrazyPenguin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (381)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

217 - 223 of 381 reviews

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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank MandAandV
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank RomanAboveTheLake
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Evan M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Zsofinyecz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Tim G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank traveladdict1234
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Banos hotels
0.0 mi away
Hostal Chimenea
Hostal Chimenea
#8 of 27 in Banos
380 reviews
0.0 mi away
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos
0.0 mi away
Hostal D' Mathias
Hostal D' Mathias
#2 of 73 in Banos
199 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
La Casa del Molino Blanco Bed & Breakfast
0.0 mi away
Plantas & Blanco's Hostel
0.0 mi away
Erupcion Art Hotel & Hostel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hostal Princesa Maria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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 73 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Price Range: $19 - $38 (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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and HostelWorld so you can book your Hostal Princesa Maria reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hostal Princesa Maria Hotel Banos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing