Good size rooms, bright, colourful and clean. Friendly staff, they didn't speak any English which gave me a chance to practice my Spanish! They were quite thoughtful, offering an extra blanket and making the effort to chat to me with my limited Spanish. The hostal is in a great location and has a good kitchen also.
Visited midweek so didn’t get the full effect of the market vibes in Otavalo. Felt like 95% of things sold there were not hand made or artisan but cheap knockoffs shipped from China. Anyway about the hostal... Clean and tidy hostal centrally located in town. Nice little kitchen to cook backpacker meals. Smart and tidy dorm rooms - we stayed in a triple dorm. Comfortable beds with nice bright colourful bedding. Our room was on the front corner of the property so a little noisy in the morning. Pleasant and helpful staff - helped organise a local laundry service. WiFi didn’t work on our arrival but was soon restored by the evening. Shower was a little basic - only 2 washrooms so we often found we would be waiting for the facilities at peak times. Hostal was a little cold throughout as the doors were left open - may be the time of year but we ended up sleeping in thermal clothing and wearing our down jackets most of the time when indoors. Otherwise a good stop off en route north to Colombia. …
Nice hostel but on the day we left they were doing renovations which meant we had to leave at 12pm (no problem) and couldn't leave our bags anywhere (more of a problem). Staff were quite rude about it, repeating over and over and making clear we weren't welcome. Wouldn't have been an issue to put all our stuff in a corner somewhere or even in a car or something. Instead we had to walk around and find somewhere else to put them which cut our time in the market in half (it was Saturday, the big market day, so I don't know why they couldn't do it another day). Not really good enough sadly and left a bad taste.
Well located in Otavalo. Rooms are OK and clean. There is hot water in the shower. I was put in a two single beds room instead of a dormitory. Nothing to complain about except a lack of atmosphere and charm.
We based ourselves here for a day as a stop on the way to the Colombian border and it was one of our favourite hostels in South America. First off, it was SPOTLESS - the cleanest hostel we've come across in two months travelling. The kitchen, rooms, and common area are all nicely furnished and very pleasant. The wifi was great, loads of hot water in the bathroom for showers. The owner was incredibly helpful - we had a bus at 3am to Tulcan and he organised a taxi with us, told us where the safest bus stop was at that time of night, and woke up at 3am to see us off.