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Hostal Kundalini
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Montanita
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Hostal Kundalini is a peaceful retreat from the often chaotic Montanita, and is only a short walk along the main road or beach front. It is directly accessible from the beach and has a broad lawn and gardens and is beautifully set surrounded by trees. The staff are a real help, particularly accommodating and helpful in dealing with our limited use of Spanish. There are several rooms with broad balcony's (perhaps too broad given the shortness in space in some of the rooms) with hammocks for just relaxing and admiring the beach view. WiFi is reasonable though accessible mostly in the common areas. The breakfast is fine, fruit, scrambled eggs with onion and tomato, fresh juice etc.. but if you're lucky enough you might even see whales off the beach at breakfast like we managed to. Showers were a little mix and match and water pressure seems affected by power outages which can be common. Either way, it's a great choice if you're not into the 24 hour party scene at Montanita, particuarly on the weekends.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Kundalini is located right on the beach so you can hear the waves from your room. Each room had its own hammock outside its door, plus five more down by the beach. This place is very quiet, and only a five minute walk to the centre of Montanita where all the action is. I recommend staying at this place - its a gem compared to all the others down in the town.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

a quiet nice hotel, close to the montanita surf point.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

I just loved staying here. Nice and quiet, still close to the city. And right on the beach! Loved it!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank staleb
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Room was a little to rustic for my taste. Very dirty and the shower was smaller than a phone booth in London. Take some flip flops cause shower floor is nasty. Breakfast is very basic ad you are constantly reminded not to drink more than one juice or coffee. Staff does not answer are hellos and ignores our requests for towels. For some reason the owners and administrators of this hotel think they are too cool to acknowledge everything is done as cheap as posible including the service, sheets, towels, breakfast. This place is perfect for a no thrills backpacker but not or someone that needs a vacation. I hope they realize that by giving quality service and they could do much better because the location is very nice. I recommend they hire some professionals and not have the gardener run the place.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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4  Thank Picoto3
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Management response:Responded July 6, 2012

Hi! thanks for your comment, for us is a surprise. We hire Xavier Pino as a new manager of the hostel and everyone in the hostel is very happy by his attention and service. I think you visited the hostel years ago, when we just started. We took off the sign of one coffe and juice per person like one year ago thanks to the customers critics! we improve our breakfast a lot and we are in constantly improvements! hope to received you again in a better way! i garantee the best included breakfast in Montanita and the best service from Xavier Pino, the new manager! Have a nice day.

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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Our first night in Montanita, and if we'd known, we would have booked for the week. The staff were incredibly friendly, the eggs and fruit breakfast lovely, waking up to the sounds of the sea and lazing on the room's hammock was idyllic, and close enough to the nightlife, to wobble home without being so close as to hear the revelry. It's absolutely basic, but extremely clean and for this price, I couldn't imagine better.

Room Tip: Ocean front with balcony and hammock are lovely.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank lucytaffles
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We had a booking for 7 nights but stayed only 2. The location is super great - right on the beach, not exactly in the village, so you avoid the busy nightlife but you can be there in 5 minutes by walk. The surf Point is about 10 minutes along the beach. View is great.
But - rooms are only basic, did not feel much comfortable and relaxed. Bed is not very comfortable, room is dark with a very small window and sterile white tiling on walls. The biggest problem was poor ventilation, so without a/c it really gets hot in the night (fan does not help too much). And wi-fi sygnal does not reach to the room, so u have to take you lap top to the common area. Also breakfast is too simple - scrabled eggs, toast and banana everyday. Signs that you should not take more that one cup of coffee and one glass of juice were already too much.
Overall - if you are looking just for a place to sleep when you come from a party at 2am or later and do not want to spent much time relaxing in the hotel, it is a great place for you. If you want more comfort and good sleep, find something else.
PS: If the staff bothered to give us some smile or at least answered to our "Buenos dias" we would definitely stay longer. Sometimes these small things may be very important.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Nikaot
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HostalKundalini, Owner at Hostal Kundalini, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2013

Thanks for your comments! we really use comments to improve our service. I want to let you know that we have put air conditioner in almost all the back rooms that are the most affected by the climate! Also, we take off the signal of "only consume one per person". Its true that wifi signal is not good in the rooms, but this is a problem of Montanita in general, the internet provider is not good, so we preffer to have good internet in the social area for common use, we just put internet for the hammock area infront of the beach and in the breakfast area! Hopping to have you again in our hostel and sorry for all the inconvenience, we promise you the next visit will be better!

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Additional Information about Hostal Kundalini

Address: At the beach 200 mts walking from north from the town, Montanita 5939, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Montanita
Price Range: $22 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Kundalini 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the bottom of the sea in the best area of Montanita, where the silence allows you to rest at night. Restaurants and bars are only at 2 minutes walking. Clean rooms with private bathroom, air conditioner, hot water, wifi, private hammocks and all you need at the beach. ... more   less 
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