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Hosteria Alpaka Quilotoa
Cold Spring, New York
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25 reviews
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“The best of the worst.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We decided to stay here while visiting Laguna Quilotoa. Dont get me wrong this place looks the nicest compared to the other accomodations in the immediate area but we wanted to get out of here as soon as possible. We had booked 2 nights at $25 per person (2 of us). $50 seemed quite steep for what they were offering. The place looks the nicest compared to other hostels in the area (this is definately the best looking place), the rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. The first night there was a larger group of people there which made it more fun. It was cold outside and the owners lit a fire for me a little earlier than the usual time (dinner) being I was really cold. They provided a small amount of wood but if you wanted the fire to actually burn for a little while we needed to go pick some out of the dry pile (most of the wood was wet). We had to light our own fire in the morning because it was still cold. The second night we were all on our own with the fire, we had to get the wood and start the fire ourselves. Starting a fire with wet wood is not easy. There is a wood burning stove in the common are but this space was usually occupied by the family. There was another stove in the room but they never lit that one. Included in the price was breakfast and dinner. Breakfast consisted of granola, yogurt, fruit, hard boiled or scrambled eggs and coffee or tea. The first morning they ran out of food but they did make more fruit salad. The second morning was even more basic and I had to ask for the coffee and hot water for tea. The dinners were pretty tasty and a decent amount, which was served family style. The first night we were in room 101 and there was plenty of hot (burning) water but no cold water at all, the cold water was working earlier but not when we wanted to take a shower. The next night we switched rooms (103) and when we woke up there was plenty of cold water but no hot water, even after running the water for 10 minutes. The family seemed nice but communication was hard. When we told the owner that there was no water she just shook her head - that is when we decided to leave. Of all of the choices in the area this is still probably the best and most expensive. Loved the puppies, Rambo and Rocky, they were the highlight of my visit. Suggestion, take a day trip and stay the night in another town. There is not much else to see in the town besides the crater. Just a side note, when we arrived there was no place open to get a late lunch. Bring some food if you are arriving late. This town could be a really nice place to visit but they just dont seem to care or put the effort into it.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Maybe it's the best choice in Quilotoa (we haven't tried other places as we only stayed there for one night), but I could imagine better places. Though the rooms are very nice, spacious and with wonderful feather blankets, it was really cold. We had an oven, but it wasn't heated, althought they offered it when we arrived. They have big entrance and dinning hall with heaters, but when we were there only one was turned on and the owners family was gathered around it. They didn't offer any warm space for their guests or heated up another. Dinner was ok, filling, but not really tasty. Breakfast was worse. For one night, after a long day of hiking, it was ok.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This place was the surprise of our trip. Absolutely loved the uniqueness of this place. An oven in each room is lit with real wood. The whole atmosphere is rustic and authentic. (H)umberto is the owner was really helpful. They wll also speak back to you in Qichua and how unique they actually speak qichua with each other. The evening meal was wonderful. Lovely soup followed by a copious main course. There is a self-service bar area and they rely entirely on your honestly - a sign they themselves are honest. I would have wanted to stay longer if possible and would go back if given the chance. Loved this unique experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

A dull building from the outside, but quite nice when inside.

Management was not very friendly, and the price was nothing like what we were told first.
They tried to charge 30$ a night per person, offering no low-season rate.

We eventually run away for another night at Chosita Hostel, 300m away inside the village.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

I agree with the other reviewers that Hosteria Alpaca is the nicest choice (so far) in Quilotoa. Quilotoa isn't a luxury town—the lake is stunning but it's mostly a destination for hikers and backpackers. And it gets chilly! At Hosteria Alpaca, the rooms & beds are clean & warm, with a stove in the room itself and big, downy comforters. When you're up that high, warmth is invaluable!

Prices seem to be somewhat negotiable, and include a solid dinner and breakfast. The main room is a little chilly, but you're welcome to gather around the main stove, where there's always hot water for tea or hot chocolate, and where you might get to hang out with a puppy, a cat, and a baby. The staff is friendly but I'm not sure how much English they speak; we just spoke Spanish with them while we were there.

Room Tip: Make sure there's a stove in your room! Also, we stayed in the main, new building and that seems...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We looked at a couple hostels and picked this one. It was the nicest in this small but growing town. The sign actually has it spelled "Hosteria Alpaka." It is the first place on the right before you actually go through the gate to enter the town.

Our room was large and pleasant. There were a LOT of houseflies in it when we checked in so we spent some time killing them. No more returned to bother us overnight. I think they come in while the doors are open during the day. We experienced this in another place in the mountains, too.

There was plenty of really hot water in the shower though the pressure was low. The room and bathroom were clean.

The room is cold but they offered to light our stove if we wished. We actually declined because the beds have down(!) comforters, which was a pleasant surprise (we didn't see that in any other hostel we stayed in).

The common area is nice and there is a woodstove going all evening. There are hot water kettles resting on the stove and tea out and available for you to make tea as you please.

Dinner was tasty--a chicken stew. I am vegetarian and the side dishes were plenty for me. Everything was served family style so we enjoyed socializing with other guests both around the stove and then at dinner and breakfast. Breakfast was also satisfying--yogurt, fruit, "granola" (actually just raw oats), and hard-boiled eggs.

Quilotoa is tiny so you can walk around town and down to the beautiful crater lake from anywhere in town. It looks like the town is doing a lot to expand their tourism structure. For now it is a nice quiet place to spend one night as you hike in the area.

There were cute puppies outside the hostel that are pets, not strays--evidence of this? They had little outfits! I took too many pics of them.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Chicago
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

First, there is a lot of effort in building-out the area to make it more of a tourist destination, so I wouldn't be surprised if this review is irrelevant in 1-2 years. From what I saw, most accommodations at Quilotoa are very modest. Almost every store or place to eat has a "hostel" sign on it. The Alpaca doesn't have first world heating, but it's cozy nevertheless. Each room has a small wood-burning stove for heat, and meals are communal. I found it quite nice. It's current location is actually a large addition to it's old neighboring location, and it still looks like their building.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor. It's just a tad further away from the common area.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hosteria Alpaka Quilotoa
Address: Moyopamba 3850 | A 200 Metros Del Mirador Laguna de Quilotoa, Quilotoa 050456, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Cotopaxi Province > Quilotoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Quilotoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hosteria Alpaka Quilotoa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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