Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to share my experience at Community Hostel in Baños where aka a heaven for activities among backpackers. This town is also in the middle of the route to Guayaquil from Quito. Many travellers visit this city to do activities on the way to Guayaquil where you can take a flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time and budget to visit the Galapagos this time, so I just visited Baños so that next time I just can fly to Guayaquil directly without dropping by other cities. I planned to visit Tree house and Devil’s Waterfall and have a relaxing moment while I was there. However, nothing went as I expected so I had to stay and relax at the accommodation for two days.
How to get to Baños from Quito
Like most other travellers, I took a bus which costs $4. For the issuing the ticket, the ticket booth charges officially $0.20. In total, it costs $4.20. However, some of the salespeople always try to rip off, thus it’s good to ask the ticket price (without issuing fee) first before paying. The bust takes usually 3 hours and half depending on the road conditions. From the bus terminal to the hostel zone is walking distance, and it takes about 10 mins by foot.
The Community hostel is located about 10~15 mins away from the bus terminal. You may find many accommodations near the church in the center of the town, but this one is a bit further than that. It didn’t seem dangerous, but it was pretty dark at night so I wouldn’t like to go out at night alone.
The first floor is a community room where you can have breakfast or dinner and also there were evening programs such as movie, game, or karaoke in the evening. Which means, it can be pretty noisy at night. I was assigned a room on the third floor, but there wasn’t a lift so it was a bit difficult to go up with my carrier. I reserved a double room with private bathroom. The room was spacious and equipped with simple things. Sometimes there’s no towels but you can ask at the reception to give you the towel. I am not sure about the shared shower, but there was not toiletries except toilet paper.
At first, I wasn’t sure why this hostel had so many complimentary reviews. As soon as I saw the breakfast, my curiosity was solved. The meal was awesome with reasonable price. For breakfast, you write down your name on the list, and wait to be served ($3.5). Also you can reserve dinner for $5 (every night they prepare different meal) by 5 p.m. I would suggest be punctual if you like to reserve, because I went to reception to reserve my dinner around 5:30 p.m. and I was told it was too late to order.
Services and others
All the staffs were very friendly and attentive to any requirements. The only thing I found uncomfortable was they only accept cash. There are banks nearby, so you can withdraw cash without any problems, but still it was inconvenient. Each night costs $28 and including two breakfasts for two people, I paid $70 in total.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂
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Address : ambato y arrayanes Baños de agua santa, 180250, Ecuador