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Hostelz.com's Review
Finally, a hostel with a name that reflects what it offers -- Community Hostel really does have a sense of community. It is a friendly, vibrant place with a great location in Quito’s colonial district. Its assets include amazing views and even more amazing beds.

The Location

This hostel is directly opposite the buzzing Mercardo Central and walking distance to the sights of Quito’s Old Town. The Ecovia bus stops at La Marin, a five-minute walk away. While it is incredibly close to the heart of the colonial district, it can be a little confusing trying to find your way at first and getting lost can take you down the quiet back streets and an underpass, so consider taking a taxi. If you arrive after dark, then you’ll find the Old Town is incredibly quiet and does not feel too safe, so definitely flag a cab to take you to the hostel. There are lots of police around until quite late, but there’s always a need to keep your wits about you anywhere in Quito, especially if you have bags.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms have incredibly comfortable bunk beds. They are custom-made with solid wooden frames and fantastic mattresses. They also have huge bouncy pillows and snug fluffy blankets. After a while on the road, sleeping in a bed here feels like climbing into your own back home. Rooms have wooden, under-bed drawers that lock (solid, secure efforts, not the usual flimsy makeshift kind you often find) and there’s no need for your own padlock as keys are provided. Dorms are quite small but sleep a maximum of six so they aren’t too crowded. Private rooms are very spacious.

There are only two, family-home-style bathrooms with bath/toilet in the same room (one on each floor) and while they are brand new and have lovely hot showers, they are always occupied. Dubious stomachs suffering from Montezuma's Revenge may want to bear this in mind!

Common Spaces

Community Hostel's easygoing, sociable vibe makes it feel a bit like a big house-share at times. There’s a huge table in the upstairs common area, making interactions with others very easy. Free (and good quality) tea and coffee is available all day. There is also a lounge with large sofas, book exchange, DVD library, and a projector for movie nights. Both floors have a narrow balcony spanning most of the building’s length and facing the old town and the surrounding mountains. There are two kitchens -- one for staff to prepare the optional daily breakfasts and dinners (both of which you can pay extra for) and the other for guests wanting to self-cater. Community Hostel seems to attract some foodie volunteers, so meals are of high quality but they are a little on the expensive side when you consider that the same price in many Quito eateries will buy you a two-course meal and a drink. Reasonably priced beer and wine are available to buy from the hostel as well.


This hostel is super friendly, super helpful, and super comfy. La Mariscal may have the bars and nightlife, but the Old Town is a far nicer place to stay. Taxis are cheap so you can always head out to party in "Gringolandia" and get a more restful night’s kip amidst the historic buildings downtown. Our only minor grumbles are the lack of bathrooms and the fact that the hostel advertises that it has laptops available for guests, but all of them appear to have been broken for a while. There is Wi-Fi, though, and many internet cafes close by, so it’s not a huge issue.

by Laura T
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2013
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