The Secret Garden Quito




The Review

The Secret Garden Quito is a slightly overpriced hostel compared to other options in the area; however, it provides a great atmosphere to socialize and meet others, and the view from the terrace makes it really unique.

The Location

The Secret Garden is very centrally located and is very close to the historic part of the city. The central mercado is just down the street, while a couple of well-known and affordable restaurants are just opposite the hostel. Within a five-minute walk you can easily get to the Basilica as well as a central park with very nice views of the city. Various buses can be found at the avenue at the bottom of the street.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Both private rooms and dormitories are available. The mattresses are mostly in good condition and there is a corresponding locker for each bed. Given that this hostel caters mostly, but not only, to younger crowds, it is usually quite busy and noisy, and a good night’s sleep can depend largely on your room’s location. The rooms under the bar are the noisiest, although the noise gradually dies off after 11 p.m.

The rooms and bathrooms are usually ok in terms of cleanliness, although it could be better at times (however, this does depend to a great extent on your roommates at the time as well). Hot water is available most of the time, although it can pretty tepid when the hostel is really busy.

Common Spaces

These are the great advantage of The Secret Garden. When entering the building, next to reception, there is a travel agency where you can organize tours within the city, and where various nights out are organized as well. Further in there is a nice, small patio/garden area. On the other floors, there is a living room area equipped with comfortable sofas, a book-exchange space, a Wi-Fi room, and a restaurant/bar area. Wi-Fi is also available in the bar, although it is shut off at 6 p.m. to promote socializing. The view from the bar/restaurant is stunning and the food is also excellent. There is no kitchen for common use.


All in all, we would definitely recommend this hostel to sole travelers or groups who are after a good time and are not too fussy about some the details mentioned above.
by Voodoo Child Staff Reviewer
Photos taken by the reviewer — Genuine photos you can trust.
Tour Operator
Common Area 1
Common Area 2


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "The Secret Garden Quito" at Calle Antepara E4-60 y Los Rios.)


Calle Antepara E4-60 y Los Rios, Sector San Blas, Quito, Ecuador
-0.219042, -78.504637 (accuracy not guaranteed)
(02) 2956 704
To add or correct information for this listing, please use the Listing Correction Form.

How is The Secret Garden Quito rated on other websites?

  Cleanliness Location Atmosphere Overall
(2181 ratings)
(46 ratings)
Not listed on HostelsClub.
(3 ratings)
89% Guest Reviews

Stunning View!
This hostel will welcome you to Quito in the best way. Cheap, clean, friendly. People hang out and eat on the rooftop terrace, which has the most stunning view of Old Town Quito and the mountains. The location is great for striking out to Old Town, La Ronda, Teleferico, and anywhere else via the bus lines. There is a travel agency downstairs, which is very helpful, and the WiFi is fast (but it reaches only to the rooftop, not to the rooms). Highly recommend.
Age 19, United States
The Secret Garden has a reputation as the best hostel in Quito -- after you’ve paid a visit, you just might agree. It’s owned by an Ecuadorian-Australian couple and staffed by backpacker volunteers, and an on-site travel agency offers some of the best advice around for journeys throughout Ecuador. The Location The Secret Garden is located in Quito’s Old Town, in sector San Blas. It’s on a quiet street but within easy reach of the main attractions of Old Town, and the New Town is walking distance (if you’re keen) or a short cab ride away. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorm rooms are somewhat cramped, and small windows mean that they can get stuffy when the door is closed at night. But the bunk beds are comfortable, and with an individual reading light by each one, you’re less likely to be rudely awoken in the middle of the night by the overhead light being switched on. There are secure lockboxes for each person in the dorm room (bring your own lock) to store your valuables, but the floorspace gets a bit crowded when the dorms are full and big backpacks cover its surface. You have the option of a private room for a higher cost. Bathrooms are mostly shared, with a few private rooms having ensuites. They are clean and well-kept, but hot water for the showers is a bit sporadic -- patience is the key. Common Spaces The Secret Garden’s fifth floor outdoor terrace is one of the best hangout areas around, offering a panoramic views of Quito. Breakfast and dinner are available here for an extra charge (there is no kitchen, so self-catering isn’t an option). At night, staff will often build a fire to take the chill out of the air, and cheap drinks flow freely at the bar till 11 p.m. or so. Internet access is provided for a small charge at three computer stations, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel. There is a book exchange with novels and guidebooks to trade. It’s a very social hostel and meeting other travelers is a snap. Whether you just want someone to hang out with and have a beer, or to swap best travel tips with like-minded backpackers, you’re sure to find the right people here. An on-site travel agency is friendly, helpful, and very efficient. Summary The Secret Garden definitely provides value for money, and is one of the friendliest and best-run hostels around.
  Great location, safe place, lots of activities, and day trips leave the hostel. Definitely stay for dinner Wednesday nights to hear Solar perform their music and to hear the charrango.
  This was my first experience of Hostelling in South America and now two months later it spoiled me. A great place. The staff were like friends from the start. Met great people. The food was fab and the beers on the terrace in the evenings are the highlight of everyone's day. A must stay place.
  I stayed here for a week. It's a fun place and very social. I met some really good people. The staff were all pretty friendly, and all English-speaking volunteers, who knew a lot about Ecuador. The (Australian) owner was very friendly too. The view from the roof terrace is great. The dorm beds had lockers and reading lights, which I always like. And the location is good -- by a Trole (trolley bus) stop and on the edge of the old town. So why don't I give it my fifth star? While I was there, the hot water situation was unreliable in some of the showers. They were repairing some pump or other. You could always find a hot shower if you wanted, simply by going downstairs, but still it perhaps shouldn't have taken a week or more to fix.
  I really don't understand why this hostel is getting such rave reviews. Yes, it's clean and there are nice views from the bar, but...The bar is very expensive compared to the rest of Quito and the bar (terrace) is the ONLY social spot in the whole backpackers. This forces you pretty much to spend money in the bar when you just want a chat and to meet people, which is what backpackers do! A TV room would help solve this solution. Staff are so-so. They are all volunteers so they range from someone who's been in Quito for three months (and knows a little about Ecuador) and staff that have been in Ecuador for three days (and know nothing about Ecuador!). The food in the bar is also very average (at best) and very expensive. You can get a great Chinese meal 50m down the street for a third of price of the Secret Garden.
  This is a clean, safe and super location to the Old Town of Quito. We ate at the terrace restaurant on the top roof each night here at The Secret Garden, watching the lights of Old Town appear as we drank a beer with new friends from all over the world. It was myself, my husband and our son (a teenager who had a blast). Most of the people we met were college students, but it was fun and enjoyable hanging out with them. We met up with a couple of them again in Banos. The Secret Garden is a place I would go again. The staff were friendly and VERY helpful. The owners are personable and are truly customer service people. I loved Ecuador. Great adventure.
Ruth Burton
  I stayed at this hostel in August 2004. It was excellent. The beds and the bathrooms are spotlessly clean. It is located in Old Quito within walking distance of many tourist attractions. The staff are friendly and helpful with tour reservations and other information. The terrace restaurant is excellent and offers great views. They even have a movie night every Sunday. The movie is complimentary. I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone visiting Quito.

More reviews...

Rate The Secret Garden Quito

Have you stayed at this accommodation? Please submit your rating and review.