I decided to stay at Hotel Montecarlo in Riobamba. The hotel has a central location, it seemed to be nice and I hoped it would be a quiet place where it was easy to sleep.
Hotel Montecarlo is situated in a restored building from the beginning of the 20th century. The 22 rooms are situated around a nice indoor patio. My room was on the second floor (first for some) and was not facing the street. In the room there was a desk with chair, shelves and hangers and a comfortable bed. There was also a small table that I moved so it was close to the bed (to put things on). There was a lamp above the bed which was good for reading. In the room there was a large window facing the indoor patio, but luckily it had thick curtains. However, there was a small window above the door without curtains, and outside there was a lamp. It was too light in the room for sleeping, but when I went down to the reception to tell them about it they turned off the light that was right outside my room.
Most of the time the hotel was quiet but it will depend on the other guests. The first night I woke up around midnight when two guests came back to the hotel. They were not noisy but you hear every noise through the door. The second night there was someone in the room next to mine, I didn’t hear that person through the wall, but when I was in the bathroom I could hear someone brushing the teeth in the bathroom next doors.
In the reception area there are two computers that guests can use for free.
I paid $25 for the room (July 2013). Breakfast was included and was served from 7:30 in the morning. For breakfast there was coffee (or tea), juice, bread, butter and jam.
Well Located Hotel in Riobamba
The Montecarlo is by no means luxury, but perfectly fine if you're not too picky. The location is perfect, in the middle of town, about a 5 min walk to the train staion. Rooms are spacious and clean, if worn around the edges a bit. The shower only bathrooms are very cramped. A heavy person might find them a tight squeeze. Some rooms have balconies, from which you can watch the action on the busy streets below. Staff are nice, and will open the attached cafe for a bite on those very early mornings when you need to catch the train.
Unique Quality: Short walk to the Devil's Nose Train. From what I heard, they have the only cafe open in the wee hours for the early morning train riders...even though the included breakfast is nothing special.
A Fine Value
This perfectly fine hotel is very economical, and well situated. I arrived in Riobamba in the late afternoon, and there was only one room left. The bathroom was small, but the water was hot.
Unique Quality: The hotel is one of those Andean establishments built around a courtyard. Therefore, it is not very quiet, but the noise level was reasonable. The service staff was most helpful and courteous. The restaurant opens at 5 a.m. on train days.
Directions: On the main street, between the train station and the post office
a good home base for the Riobamba/Baños area
Hotel Montecarlo is right in the center of the main street of Riobamba - complete with a restaurant and cafe. Very friendly staff, always helpful, and caters to the guests' needs. (On the days the Nariz del Diablo train runs, they begin serving breakfast at 5:30AM.)
Unique Quality: Good accommodations and definitely a good price.
Directions: close to España on the main boulevard of the city.
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Montecarlo Hotel Riobamba
Address: AV.10 De Agosto 25-41, Riobamba, Ecuador
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