Hostal Yemaya

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Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
(05) 230-0122

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Hostal Yemaya Puerto Lopez Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Hostal Yemaya Jun 01, 2014
Hostal Yemaya is hosted in one of the new, modern buildings few houses away from the beach in Puerto Lopez. It is very easy to find it when you arrive to the town by the bus. As usual in this part of the world, main highway goes through the middle of the town dividing it to the older part where most of the fisherman and local business are and residential area further away from the beach. Hostel is easily visible white building across the fire station, one block from the local market. Puerto Lopez is thriving fishing town with sizable fleet and every morning there are loads of fish, sharks and other see creatures being sold, cut, prepared or taken away. Fishermen port and fish market is right next to large well designed modern pier.

From outside hostel is totally modern with large glass windows and modern façade. Entrance to hostel is also glass door and it looks more like ok hotel then surfer hostel. It is run by few surfers and their families, very friendly folks, you can ask them about anything and they will give you good recommendation. Most of the people working in the hostel speak ok English. You can rent boards and get surf lessons from the guys in hostel for normal price of 8-10$ for board per day.

There are three floors and a rooftop in this hostel. First floor hosts reception, small “garden” and bunch of rooms. Second floor has a couple of large dorms and private rooms. All rooms are accessed from long balcony path. Third floor is reserved for people living in this house but it is not totally off limits.

Terrace on the roof top is work in progress but the front area has some kind of covered place with couple of hammocks spanning the poles. That terrace was my favorite spot because of the perfect end of the day breeze, internet connection and great sunsets. Internet is available through the whole hostel and it has good strength.

My dorm had bunch of double beds that were placed in metal frames and not too shaky so sleeping was good. Interesting thing is that we had two dedicated toilets and showers for this dorm. Both bathrooms were good, hot water was more on the warm level but that’s fine for the hot surrounding. You do get the towel and soap when you check in and if there is need for extra fans, you can get them from reception. During the day it is a bit hot in the room so fans are working their magic. There is no breakfast or food in hostel. Right next door there is breakfast shack that caters mostly to foreigners. Food there is less than average but coffee is great.

I was there in February which is not season but few places in the area are still trying to enforce higher prices. Yamaya’s dorm is priced $10 which is totally fine and fair. There is number of restaurants in the area but only few have any food after 5PM. Breakfast and lunch are main meals in this town.
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