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“Princesa Maria in Banos Ecuador” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hostal Princesa Maria
Ranked #1 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Princesa Maria in Banos Ecuador”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

A very good hostel in Banos Ecuador. The owner and his son are always there to look after you and very hospitable and friendly.
Good rooms and good value for money.
The kitchen and Wi-fi all work well. I would go there again for sure.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RBC C
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

For $8 each for a twin private room with ensuite, this has to be the best value hostel we've stayed in so far. Included in the price is free wifi, pretty good kitchen, great communal area with DVD player and really attentive staff. Not included is breakfast or tea/coffee. Despite not being a "party" hostel we still met some great people to go out with. I would recommend Princesa Maria to any traveller going to banos!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hheart_142
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

I stayed in Princesa Maria more than 10 dayes and I must say I'm very impressed with everything this family run hostel has to offer; with the very friendly service, spotlessly clean rooms (private bathrooms and clean towels every day!). The location is great too - about 3 min walking from the main square. There is also a wifi, a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and a comfortable common room where you can relax and watch tv. The hostel gives you a cosy homey feel and always smells of cleanliness. Victor and Saul will always make sure that all your needs are met and that you feel at home. Thank you very much for your hospitality! I will definitely come back one day if I'm back to Ecuador.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mafiola
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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Cheap accommodation in Baños with all that you need:

- Private, large room for two for 14 USD
- Hot water shower - not unimportant for a rainy day in Baños
- Kitchen available for cooking
- Good enough Wireless Internet
- Friendly staff who are very helpful to advice and introduce hikes and activities in the Baños area, both in English and in Spanish

The only minus is that they actively asked for positive Tripadvisor-feedback. I am happy to share feedback, and do not need to be pushed anymore.

Everything else was fine - we were very happy with our stay here.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Traveller-and-eater
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Los Angeles
Level Contributor
54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Objectively, it's a hostel that's been around for a while. That means they know what they're doing, the kitchen/common areas are great, the place is bright and cheerfully colored, and they have their services down. It also means the wifi can cut out, it could use some new paint/grout some places, and some rooms have some lumpy pillows/hard beds. They go out of their way to be helpful and make sure the place is quiet at night.

Really though, it's all good enough, good value, and pushed straight over the top by the family. I only stayed for one night the first time and the son Saulo still accompanied me to the police station and across town to get my police report for an incident in another city entirely. Later on they even took me to a wonderful festival in a village an hour away. It was a wonderful way to spend a day and a wonderful family to get to know.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lily C
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Quito, Ecuador
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Such a cute hostel, great owners, family run, very friendly and helpful.

I stayed here back in October, (now that I'm home I have time to write these reviews) and this was my favourite hostel on this trip! Some places make a big deal out of giving you a towel, or changing them.This place always had service with a smile. I can't remember the guy's name (the one who works during the day) but he was very cool and nice to talk to. His dad (who worked at night) was also friendly. Great value, clean rooms, friendly people and other visitors were nice too. What more could you ask for?

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anonymous A
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Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
187 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CrazyPenguin
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Property: 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 66 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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