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“Bait and Switch on New Years”
Review of Hostal Montezuma

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Hostal Montezuma
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Arrived in Montañita on Dec 26, and went in person to pay upfront for a private room for the two of us for the hardest dates to book, Dec 30-Jan 2. The prices were jacked up to $43/nt total for the one room, but this is common practice.

We watched the main front desk guy update the reservations book and we had a receipt and everything. However when we showed up on Dec 30, they said there was some confusion and there were no rooms left. He then apologized profusely, and it could have been an honest mistake hence the two stars and not one, but this is the busiest weekend of the year and now we had no room.

He offered a refund but we stood their helpless, trying not to be angry as we were in his hands now. He led us on a short walk to two other unofficial hostels (no signs), asked his friend across the street if he had anywhere we could stay, and eventually he found us a room a block down in an unmarked unfinished building. It was nowhere near the quality of the room we saw in Montezuma, but we still had to pay the full amount.

To his credit he let us sit in the lounge for those four days to use his spotty wifi, since the new room had no wifi/kitchen/restaurant/anything at all. The wifi was down for two days but they didn't really seem to care.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The place smells like a sewer, has filthy curtains, disgusting toilets, stained walls, .... and the staff are rude and unhelpful. Don´t waste your time here, the Pakaloro next door looks much better. There are many options in Montanita, though this place must surely be amongst the very worst. You have been warned.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Cormac R
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

So we arrived to Montanitas late in the evening and saw a banner for this hostel and decided to check it out. Got a private room on the second floor with 4 beds and private bathroom for 8$ in a decent location. That's about all the good things that I can say about hostel Montezuma.

Wifi connection was horrible and receptionist didn't even know the Wifi password. Breakfast is served only on weekdays and you could barely call it breakfast.

Walls were paper thin and the smell in the whole area was disgusting, smelled like sewer.

Our door wouldn't lock. Asked the receptionist to fix it, he just adjusted the lock but it could still be easily opened. By the end of our 2 day stay we had an ipod and a couple of other electronics stolen from the room.

To top it all of all 4 of us got bedbugs and the staff didn't seem to care about it. Once we were checking out they asked for the full amount per night and when we gave him a 20 - he said he didn't have change even though he did. Laziest staff I've ever met.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank simongeta
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed there for 4 nights during april ( a couple ) and found the place to be pretty cheap. 7 dollars each for a private room with bathroom, breakfast included.

The staff was friendly, though minding their own business most of the time.
The room was very damp and I woke up with a sore throat every day...even if the room had one fan, it didn't work that well and most of the time we ended up just having to go out during the day. The hostel was very noisy, but this was to be expected from montañita, however a few residents at the hostel insisted in having a tv out of their room blasting bad music for hours on end.

all in all I think we got what we paid for. Next time I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a cleaner/more comfortable place.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DarioJ
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

I had higher hopes for hostel montezuma. After reading about it online I had hoped to find a big party hostel. However what I did find was an average hostel where the party happens outside. Rooms have about three beds and start at 8 dollars per person. Breakfast is included but not on weekends. There is no wifi but there is a very expensive Internet cafe downstairs. No real place to hang out on every storey there is a small balcony but not big enough for a crowd. No mosquito nets but there are fans. I wasn't necessarily impressed but all other hostels around it start at about 13 dollars a night so for the location I would say it was decent value

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I've been traveling alone through Ecuador for a while now, and it's always interesting trying to meet not just friends but people along the way. The main receptionist here was always incredibly helpful, chatting with me about things to do and trying to set me up with other people from the hostel. The hostel itself is very nice considering the price/area ($7 in a less developed part of the coast) and has a good environment for meeting other people. I'm not sure if the receptionist speaks English. For the price of $7 you will recieve hot water, hammocks to chillax in (first come first serve though!), huuuge tables to socialize at in the main lobby, and breakfast each morning--although if you're really into the Montanita spirit, you won't be waking up in time to take advantage of this. BUT. It's there ;-)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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5  Thank cjfalkenrath
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We spent 10 days in this hostel, they got good prices acording to the rooms and a breakfast as big as I nowhere else get before.
Stuff is very friendly, they gave us a lot of informacions about trips and all the movement. The hostel is in the best ubicacion, in the whole center but not as much noise like in the other Hostels around, after restaurant close guests are aloud to use the installations with music etc. and consume the own drinks. We drunk a lot of ,,,,he he he
A Hostel not as comercial as the other ones.
- We made a lots of friends and come back for shure-

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank masonet
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Address: Calle de los Cocteles y 10 de Agosto, Montanita 100156, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
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Ranked #56 of 97 Specialty Lodging in Montanita
Price Range: $32 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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