Olguita Hostel

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Banos, Ecuador

Olguita Hostel Banos Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Olguita Hostel Feb 13, 2014
City of Banos is full of Hostels and other cheap lodging so we just walked from the bus station towards the center and asked for prices and looked at the rooms. Most of the places around the bus station are between 10-15$ per night but I generally don’t like that area of the town and looked for a bit more relaxing and tranquil spot. Olguita Hostel is next to the small park, surrounded with post office, government center and small coffee shops/restaurants. Banos is a small town so you can cover it in easy 10 minutes walk and this place was kind of the center of the city. Reference hostel that I was looking for did not work so I walked in the next open door and got the room for $8 including breakfast.

Place is run by couple young guys that work as receptionist, cleaning crew, food making, security and everything else needed for the functioning of the hostel. Entering the small door takes you to the hallway that opens to the small courtyard and reception area. Usually there is one of the guys sitting there or they are in the kitchen area. Kitchen area is also on the bottom floor and the guys are the only one to use it and they make pretty good omelet breakfast. That breakfast is included in the price of 8$. Guys are nice but they are not going to smile to you or chat about anything. They do not speak any English.

I was on the first floor (there are three floors) in the weird small room that fits bed , small table and TV. There is no much privacy in this room because it is right on the passage and only windows are towards the hallway. Aside of that top of the wall towards the next room is open with perforated bricks, so all noises and happenings in the next room will be heard and experienced…

The only shower you can get is on the third floor which is totally unacceptable, but that is not the worst part. Bathroom is so small that I could barely get in, usually no toilet paper available and cleanliness is on the very low level. There is only one sink on the floor and it is on the balcony, with the water flowing on the rooftop. Most of the rooms do have their own bathroom and shower, so that is maybe the option to go if you are in this hostel. Always check the room first before you say yes to it.

The only reason why I stayed there is that I was too tired to look for other options (and there are many) and I was going to leave next day. Being tired has it good sides, such as falling asleep fast and strong…

There is alright WiFi network in the hostel. Few good hearty food restaurants are just on the corner across the road, and market is a block away.

Stay here if you must, but look around because almost every block has at least couple hotels/hostels.
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