Chicago Hostel

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andrejav andrejav
666 reviews
Chicago Hostel Jun 24, 2011
Looking from the rooftop terrace, large new cathedral at the entrance to the old city pokes your eyes during the day, and blinds you with blue lights during the night. (if you wear protective goggles you’ll be fine)

Quito is town stretching south-north around old center, and it is super easy to find orientation points at any time. Large mountains surround the city from east and west, so city is only couple kilometers wide, but more than 20km long. Airport is on the north, very well connected with the rest of the city by bus and trolleybus lines. There is no need to spend money on cab rides, bus or tram are dirt cheap (25c, they use US dollars as currency) and they take you very close to any location in the city.

I came from the airport, walked out of the terminal, 200m to the street in the front where I got into “blue line” bus, which took me to the station one block from the hostel. After short walk uphill, I got to terracotta colored building that is Chicago Hostel.

Owners have two cool dogs, and they also live in the building. Bottom floor is front desk, computer room, exchange book place, small bar and they also can prepare food for you (breakfast is not included in the price). Girl that runs the place tries to play tough business person with not allowing anyone to drink in the lobby if the drink is not bought at the bar. That is OK, but enforcing same rule for bottled water is lunacy… They have two WiFi places that cover whole hostel, and have excellent service most of the time. I was paying $10 for dorm room, and that was one of the cheapest recommended solutions.

Dorm room is very unusual having two bunk beds divided with wooden wall to make “semiprivate bunks", with one bunk having access to the front door and other to the bathroom. No matter what you do, you have to go through other people’s part, so there is no really point to that wall at all… If hostel tears down that wall it would be much more space in the room, and they could even add one more bank bed… There are no lockers, beds are not too strong, and showers are excellent with hot water available.

Breakfast could be served in hostel if you order it night before (which I find ridiculous), and it is a bit overpriced. Around three blocks down the hill there is Mercado Central which has lots of very cheap and good food and juice places. In this town, paying for breakfast from hostel with such proximity of market should be treated as a crime due to variety of local food choices. Juices are too good to talk about them, but just to mention mix that I was served: something like Kiwi juice, green tea (possibly coca tea), milk, egg, and some sugar… Tastes great!

Hostel is located close to old town, and you should see major churches for their beauty and uniqueness, climb new cathedral towers and just walk around a bit. Your first day is probably going to be a bit tough for walking due to the lack of air on 3000m, but second day you’ll feel much better.

In general hostel is not bad, but I will look for another one next time I am in town.
Simply love this neighbors :)
market stalls are super clean, and…
Lots of baroque churches around
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TalanandKara Talanand…
3 reviews
Aug 23, 2009
Nice rooftop terrace. (Apparently Secret Garden has better views, but this place is more relaxing)
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tillgrady tillgrady
1 reviews
Great location in San Blas, the old town area of Quito Aug 13, 2008
My stay at the Chicago Hostel has been very good. Hot water for showers and a nice breakfast on the rooftop each morning from 8-10AM. I checked in last week and have used this as a base for travel in and around Quito, Ecuador. It´s a family business and the father and son once lived in Chicago, Illinois in the USA for three years, hence the name. Good clean rooms and a very friendly staff.
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akdreamer akdreamer
1 reviews
Aug 25, 2007
If you want a friendly, clean, and cheap place to stay in Quito's old town, you NEED to check this place out. The staff speak enlish and are always very friendly and get you what you need. The rooms are always spotless and an average size. The cost is only 7.50 a person including a private bathroom and breakfast on the terrace- which is also amazing. It is very conveniently located, not on the main street but very close. The one complaint I would have is that it's a little noisy when your trying to sleep with the cars outside the window. But if you were smart and brought your earplugs it's no problem. All in all, a fantastic hostel!
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