9 Best Hostels in Quito

Are you about to embark on an adventure to explore beautiful Quito? That's fantastic! We introduce you to the absolute BEST Hostels in Quito 2023, based on reviews and actual first-hand experience.

Founded on the ruins of an Incan city, this bustling destination attracts backpackers from all around the world every year, and for good reason.

The city is packed with fun attractions, boasts the best-preserved historical center of all Latin America, and is located only 50 km from the world's highest active volcano! What's more, it features some very affordable yet comfortable and secure hostels.

Short and crisp: The Best Hostels in Quito

  1. Friends Hotel & Rooftop - best for Couples, Digital Nomads
  2. Hostel Revolution Quito - best for Solo Traveller
  3. Quito Terrace
  4. Minka Hostel - best for Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  5. Huasi Lodge - best for +50 Traveller, Couples
  6. El Patio Hostel Quito - best for Female Solo Traveller
  7. Casa Carpedm - best for Solo Traveller
  8. Community Hostel Quito - best for Digital Nomads, Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  9. Rebel Hostel - best for Quiet Rest

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Got you intrigued? Great! In this post, we are sharing helpful information about Quito before highlighting the ten coolest hostels to stay in Quito.

This way, you can plan the perfect trip on a budget!

Things To Know Before Visiting Quito

Best Time To Travel To Quito


There are only two seasons in Ecuador. The dry season runs between June and September. The rainy season spans from October to May. Note that April is usually the wettest month. You can find more information on average monthly rainfall and temperatures here.

While the best months to travel to Quito are June, July, August, and September due to the sunny weather, they're also the most expensive time to travel to the capital city. So, if you're on a budget and don't mind a bit of rain, we'd recommend traveling to Quito between January and May.

Best Things To Do In Quito For Free
 - Backpacker Style

Quito is a rich and captivating historical city brimming with attractions for travelers on a budget. Here are some of our favorite free activities in Quito:

  • Exploring the old town

  • Taking a stroll in Parque La Carolina

  • Visiting the National Museum of Ecuador

  • Visiting the Iglesia de Santo Domingo (note that the church is closed every day between 1 pm and 5 pm)

  • Exploring the artsy neighborhood of Guápulo

  • Wandering historical Calle La Ronda at the end of the day and enjoy live entertainment, including street performers and families playing hopscotch, a traditional game.
  • Watch Out For Altitude Sickness

    Perched at 9,350ft (2,850m) above sea level, Quito is the world's second-highest capital city after LaPaz in Bolivia. This means that altitude sickness is a risk if you aren't used to living in high elevations.  That's why we recommend taking it easy for the first day or two in the city until your body acclimatizes. Especially if you're planning to climb mountains or volcanoes during your trip!

Safety In Quito


While Quito isn't the safest city in the world, you can take precautions to stay safe during your visit.

Watch Out For Pickpockets in Public Transports


Public transport is very affordable in Quito, with some local bus rides as cheap as 25 cents. This makes it the perfect way to travel from one place to another. Yet, buses and trains are also breeding grounds for pickpockets looking for their next victim. So, don't carry or display any valuables to avoid being robbed. Also, avoid traveling at night and try to catch public transport during the least busy times of the day.

Be Careful With Taxis


In Quito, registered taxis are yellow.

However, you should never enter a yellow taxi without an orange license plate or a sticker and identification number. What's more, taxis should also have a red panic button and surveillance video cameras onboard.

 Also, avoid catching taxis at night time.

If you don't have any other option, go to the nearest shopping mall or big hotel reception desk and ask the staff to call a taxi for you. These places usually have their own taxi drivers they work with.

Lastly, lock the doors and keep your windows up once you're in the cab.

Avoid Certain Areas At Night


Pickpockets tend to operate in the following areas:

  • La Carolina park

  • El Ejido park

  • La Mariscal

  • La Floresta

  • La Marín

  • El Panecillo neighborhood

  • Bellavista neighborhood

  • Historic District

  • Mariscal Sucre 

  • Bus terminals


Best Hostels In Quito, Ecuador in 2023

Now that you're more familiar with what to expect after landing in the capital city, let's review the ten best hostels in Quito.

Hostel Overall Rating Best for Distance to Center Amenities More info

Friends Hotel & Rooftop

from $38.00

9.5

#

Couples

#

Digital Nomads

1.77

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Hostel Revolution Quito

from $7.00

9.4

#

Solo Traveller

3.02

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Quito Terrace

from $8.00

9.3 3.74

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Minka Hostel

from $7.00

9.2

#

Party Hostel

#

Solo Traveller

2.79

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Huasi Lodge

from $7.00

9.2

#

+50 Traveller

#

Couples

2.39

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

El Patio Hostel Quito

from $8.00

9.2

#

Female Solo Traveller

5.01

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Casa Carpedm

from $12.00

9.2

#

Solo Traveller

2.64

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Community Hostel Quito

from $8.00

9.1

#

Digital Nomads

#

Party Hostel

#

Solo Traveller

2.22

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

Rebel Hostel

from $7.00

9.1

#

Quiet Rest

1.09

# Free Breakfast

# Kitchen

4 Money-Saving Tips for Quito

In addition to booking an affordable and comfortable hostel in Quito, here are four money-saving tips that will allow you to explore the city on a budget:

  • Taxis are an affordable way to travel around Quito, but make sure the taxis you choose use a meter. A short taxi ride should cost you less than $5.

  • Even cheaper than taxis, a local bus ticket will cost you 25 cents in Quito!

  • A lot of restaurants offer Almuerzos. Almuerzos are fixed-priced lunches from a set menu. They're typically served between 12.30 pm and 3 pm and will cost you between $1 and $3, including a drink.

  • Eating at the local markets is another great way to save money on food while experiencing local cuisine. Mercado Central and Inaquito Market (Mercado Iñaquito) are among our favorites.


And that's a wrap!

We hope our guide on the best hostels in Quito will allow you to enjoy a hassle-free stay in one of the most scenic cities in South America. From its colonial architecture and rich history to incredible gastronomy and diversity, Quito has a lot to offer travelers looking for adventure on a budget!

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