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“Lovely friendly hostel with fantastic breakfasts”

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Plantas & Blanco's Hostel
Ranked #14 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Reviewed May 7, 2011

This hostel has very friendly staff, and a fantastic roof terrace with views over the hills. The cafe on the terrace serves incredible breakfasts, including fruit salads, pancakes, fresh fruit juices... (not included) - probably the best breakfasts we've had in South America. The rooms are spacious and light, and very clean, and the bathrooms were excellent. The only downside was the plastic bed protectors on the beds...
Very nice, chilled out place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

Plantas y Blanco was our favourite hostel on our recent 10 week trip to Ecuador. I stayed there on 3 separate occasions. The roof terrace cafe has great views and serves really fab breakfasts - gorgeous wholemeal breads from the bakery next door with wonderful strawberry jam, huge fruit salads, lovely fresh juices, pancakes and more. The steam bath is a unique and hilarious experience. I don't want to spoil the fun by describing it too closely - suffice it to say, prepare for surprises.
If you don't fancy the steam bath, just down the road is a lovely scenic spa bath by a waterfall. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the location is very good. A great place to hang out, whether you're travelling on you own or with friends or partner.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

We stayed here one night in a room on the ground level. It did not have any windows that opened an was right next to 3 shared showers, so the room was humid and stuffy all day and night. At night they shut metal shutters over the windows in the room so it feels like a prison.

The next day we moved to the Princesa Maria and were happy.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Some weeks ago I stayed in Plantas y Blanco in Baños for only one night. The hostel seems to be nice but after my arrivel they have stolen my netbook, my camera and my ipod out of my locked private room. As I talked to the Management they were not surprised at all and they just told me, that it is not possible that it happend in their hostal... blablabla. It was so angry because I knew that only someone from the hostal has the key to open the door. Nothing was broken and I closed everything properly.

A week later I met a guy, who stayed in Plantas y Blanco as well and they have stolen his watch and his friend 160 US-Dollar....

So, don't go to Plantas y Blanco if you like to keep your belongings.

Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

A good friend of mine stayed in this hotel. She was out of the room for 1 hour to get something to eat and when she came back her camera and her laptop were gone and the room was locked again. The hotel didn't really try to help her and went to the police before she could.

Other travellers told me that they lost 50 $ in their room...

I would never recommend this hostel! There are much better ones in banos!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 10, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for a night. Great atmosphere. The roofterrace is great. You can take your own drink out of the fridge and write it down. There is free internet. Only downside was our room. It was a little noisy, because it was directly at the street.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2009

This is just a really, really good hostel. Our double room was clean, comfortable and quiet, with a nice, strong, hot shower. Our friend's dorm room was equally so. On the roof is a cafe that serves absolutely brilliant breakfasts (desayunos are not included, but for $9 a night you can't really complain) and has free wi-fi, cheap beer and sun loungers so you can soak up the Ecuadorian rays. This place is so good it even has it's own health bath service. So you can pamper yourself for a ridiculous $2.75 p/h. This is place is so good, I'd recommend it to my gran.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Plantas & Blanco's Hostel

Address: 12 de Noviembre y Luis A Martinez, Banos, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Tungurahua Province > Banos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Banos
Price Range: $13 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Plantas & Blanco's Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Plantas y Blanco has been one of the most popular hostels in Baños. That is because we really care in having a neat place that offers everything the traveller could need. Rooftop cafeteria with one of the best breakfasts and view in town, drinks, tea and coffee self service, table games, very recomended healthy steam bath, bakery, classic films available, book exchange, laundry, etc. ... more   less 
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