I rolled in here with no great plan on how long I'd stay. The owners were fine with that. They have a restaurant as well as the accommodation services that they offer.
I was offered a single room for either $32 or $35. I plumped for the 35 bucks job. Its en suite, double bed, Olympic sized bath tub with a shower and Jacuzzi. There's no tv in the room if that us important to you. Wifi is available throughout the building.
No issues accommodating my speciality diet. the breakfast they improvised for me was immense and kept me going for hours. I ate in the restaurant 1 evening and seen something I'd never seen before, quinoa soup. I gave it a go and enjoyed it. I had soup, main and a juice for dinner and this came to 13 dollars.
Location is a 3 min stroll for the thermal bath that opens in the evening, next to a big waterfall. Its around a 5 min walk to the very centre of town (Banos is small and at no point did I feel threatened in this town).
The owners are from USA so that clearly helps English speakers who aren't too hot speaking Spanish. Its owned by the same people who own the Stray Dog brew pub.
The girl on reception was very pleasant and girl who served me breakfast was fab.
Unsurprisingly they also have an art gallery if that is your thing.
Paying by plastic carries a 5% additional charge.
I'm perfectly happy with this place. I think they got the price for the room pretty much spot on and staff were very nice.
The Hostal Abalorio is a quiet place, only a few blocks from the main square in Baños, Tungurahua Province in Ecuador, they have cable TV, hot water an amazing view from the top floor where the restaurant, cafeteria is located, there is a chimney for those cooler nights, internet, a pool table and plenty of fun and friendly atmosphere. The owners, a german-ecuadorian partnership attend you personally and are full of knowledge about the area, tours and other activities.
If you are looking for a quiet place to sleep after the party or the many adventure activities in Baños this is the place.
Amazing view from the top floor, super atmosphere, freindly staff and owners.
To continue about this place: it is small. If I say they had 20 rooms that might be a bit much. It is clean and comfortable but nothing fancy at all. Most of the rooms are upstairs but they do have a few downstairs. The Gallery is toward the front of the Hotel and there are alot of paintings throughout the hotel that are for sale.
This place kind of reminds me of a hippie spot.
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My cousins usually stay at the Hostel el Eden but they were booked so we walked around to see where we can get a room.
We found this place, I originally thought the name of the place was called Hostal de Arte because thats what it says on the sign but in small letters you will see Huillacuna.
They charge per person and you can choose to have breakfast or pay a lower fee and not have breakfast. I believe we paid $8 per person and that included a good breakfast. We had cafe con leche, fresh squeezed juice, fruit, eggs, ham, toast, coffee, yogurt and granola. For the price, you can beat it.
The rooms were simple but we had our own shower and two comfortable double beds. They actually took us to a few of the rooms to see which one we wanted.
The service was great, the rooms were simple, the breakfast was delicious.
The place is also an art gallery. It is a very unique place. I little bit on the tacky side but cozy and in a great location of town.
The owners like to collect antiques and hang them around all over the place. If you get there early or if there isnt too many people around you might be able to get you car inside the place, If not you will have to park on the street. In the middle of the hotel is an open area. In the morning you can have your breakfast there and in the evening and night they often play live music. Nothing fancy just locals and tourist getting together to play anything from church songs to filk music.
The music might have kept me up all night but I was so exhausted that I slept through all the noise. We all did.
If I come back to Banos and I am on a tight budget like I was on this visit I wouldnt mine staying here again. Enjoy the pictures.
Great place. You get your own private room with private hot water bath and balcony for 6.50 or 7.50 per person per night. The place is quiet and safe and has a roof top area for breakfast, cooking and enjoying the views and sun. Internet is free all day long, you can help yourself to soda and water from the kitchen and you can also sign up for a bano de cajon steam bath experience. There is a pool but its not filled with water (yet?).
Posada Marques is located in a very quiet neighbourhood of the town. The only thing you can hear is the birds singing on the trees of the lush garden. So relaxing! The front rooms have great views to the waterfall and so does the roof top deck. The rest have views to the garden which is equally wonderful. They are very spacious and wonderful decorated in most appealing colours. They have large private bathrooms. The hotel is very clean and offers other services, too, as massages, security safe, laundry service, garage, luggage room and ...salsa dancing courses!
But the best is their soft and firm beds with a wonderful duvet of the best quality. I always slept like a baby. When I mentioned it to the lady owner she said that sleeping well is very important. It's true! It was the best bed I have slept in in South America! There is no breakfast or kitchen but the excellent restaurant in Posada del Arte is just next door.
Singles are 15$, doubles are 16$-20$-25$, triples35$ and quadruples 45$
Taxes are included in the price.
A lot of character and an artistic point of view not only in the decoration or the paintings on the walls but in the atmosphere and the excellent food, too. The rooms are decorated with a fine taste of colours and the whole business is run with dedication to quality. Its restaurant is incomparable. The inspired paintings of Ecuadorian artists are for sale. Get into the virtual gallery to have a look http://www.posadadelarte.com/gallery/
Nothing is disturbing in this hotel. Great service, delicious cuisine, unique ambiance, wonderful views of the waterfall from the roof top terrace, fantastic breakfast included, friendly and helpful staff. Even the views to the lush garden is really pleasant. There is a reduction of 5$ per person if you don't want breakfast. There is hot water 24 hours, and bikes for rent as the owners are bicycle lovers. There are even fireplaces in some rooms!
Prices differ depending on the type of room you choose.
Rooms with view of waterfall & fireplace 24$ for 1 person / 42$ for 2 and 53$ for 3
Rooms with view but no fireplace 21/38/51
Rooms with garden view & fireplace 24/42/53
Rooms -garden view-no fireplace 21/38/51
Rooms -no view 19/32
Children 1-4year old are gratis. From5-12 half the price
The tax of 12% is added to the prices.
Get in their nice page and have fun!
I love it here. It'll be the most popular as the guidebooks hear about it.
I've been in Baños for 4 weeks now and been through 3 hostels and this one is the best.
Hostal Chimenea sits between Plantas y Blancas and the town waterfall. It is only 1 year old.
It is 20meters from the road so noise is minimized. The rooms are all slightly larger and cleaner than you'd expect for the price. Every room includes beds that are newer and larger than most hostels, power outlets, wood floors, a covered table, chairs, private bathrooms and patios. There is no such thing as walking down the hall to a bathroom here. There are 4 floors and a rooftop terrace which serves great breakfasts and lets travelers cook for themselves the rest of the time.
I've been here for 2 weeks. I sleep to the cool mountain breeze, awake to a beautiful view of the town and mountains, enjoy a home cooked meal upstairs, take a hot shower, lazily read on my private patio, soak in the sun on the terrace, check my email in the lobby and basically enjoy the best of Ecuador.
This hostel has a few things that the famous ones don't and for an equal price!
2) Private Patios
3) Fresh ground coffee, fresh made jams, fresh made breads
4) On-site steam baths
5) a kitchen that's available for tourists to use
6) a fridge filled with coke, water and beer. It's on the honor system 24/7.
7) (soon to come) a pool with patio bar
8) (soon to come) tvs in every room
The owners were trained by the best. They sleep downstairs in the main room so they know who's coming and going. The gate and front door are open 24/7 with no annoying buzzers to ring.
When at Pailón del Diablo, we stopped for a drink at this cool little cafe with fabulous views of the area. It was quite well furnished but retained a jungle flair nonetheless. They played nice relaxing but atmospheric music and the prices weren't all that bad considering the location. What really drew our attention was that they had cabins for rent. I'd not read anything about them and can't seem to find anything on the Internet but it sure seems like a great place to spend a night. It must be incredible at night with th sounds of the jungle and waterfall. Of course, you'd have to hike down but at least you could enjoy the area when there are no tourist around.
Sometimes hostels become so popular you have a hard time getting a bed space or an elusive private double. They often start annexes but rarely do they live up to the original facility. One great thing about meeting fellow travelers is finding out about new places to stay. Chimenea is one of those places. We met a couple on the Quilotoa Loop that said they tried to get a room at Plantos y Blancas to no avail but that they put them up in their auxiliary hostel which turned out to be fantastic. So, we bypassed the popular original and went right to the one they’d stayed at. It was a modern place, more like a mid-range hotel than a hostel. The room was by far the best quality of our whole trip to Ecuador and biggest too.
The private balcony was a real plus with a decent view to boot and the shower was hot, hot, hot all the time due to the geothermic nature of Baños. The rooftop terrace was nice but unfortunately not very happening so we only went up there once. I guess Plantos y Blancos would be a lot more fun if you were a solo traveler but for a couple, Chimenea was perfect. It was only $14 per night.
This place is perfect for your stay in Banos. It's well located(3 min walk to the thermal baths), comfy, beautiful, and the owners are the most laid back couple on earth. Each room is different, so you can check their website and pick your room. The attached restaurant is fantastic, and you don't want to miss the excellent breakfast served here in the morning(included with price of your room). Art lovers take note, the joint is loaded with all types of fantastic paintings from local artists, which are for sale. Hands down the best place I stayed in Ecuador...and also the best breakfast.
- Rooms with ensuite bathrooms, quite large and comfortable
- Very centrally located
- Friendly owner
- Excellent shower
- Just 6 rooms available but there are tonnes of hostels everywhere so there is not need to worry if this is full
First time I visited Baños I stayed in this hotel. Next time I stayed in another as I wanted something cheaper. This hotel is really nice, the rooms are great and the restaurant serve a nice breakfast.
I paid 4$ for a single room.
Definitely I recommend Hostal Llanovientos. I arrived without reservations and Mr Vieira was friendly and very helpfull person. He even helped me find another hotel because his was full for the next day. He has a lot of information about things to do in Baños and vecinity.
The Hostel Llanovientos offers nice quiet rooms with Cable-TV, private bathroom and hot water. The Hostel has a spectacular view over the city of Baños de Agua Santa.
Hostal Llanovientos has an exotic garden with hammocks, cafeteria. Llanovientos also has Medical attention, Internet and Fax service, kitchen facility and laundry service.
The Hacienda Leito, in the Patate Valley just before reaching Banos, is a nice way to see country life in Ecuador. The owner of the Hacienda owns all the property in the valley, so you are allowed to stroll across the rolling farmlands without worry of trespassing - only the cows take notice!
The owner, Carlos Restrepo, will set you up with a guide if you want to hike or ride horses into the mountains.
At night, you have a clear view of the volcano - though you are just far enough away to survive if she blows!
The food is phenomenal
The rooms are huge, and filled with antiques
THe views are unbeatable
The staff is very friendly
The food is great
The atmosphere is perfect!!!
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