Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños

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Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños Reviews

Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is a fun hostel in a great location within Baños. The biggest draw is the variety of deals such as the free dinner they offer every night.

The Location

Hidden on a small street a few blocks from the center of town, Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is in a great spot very close to the thermal baths in Baños, a small town with hostels on almost every street. What makes this hostel different is the quiet location on the edge of town and yet still it is still very close to everything. You will notice a large sign above the front door surrounded by a black gate letting you know you have arrived.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are located in separate buildings around the back of the main reception and bar building. After walking down the side of the main building you'll see two fairly new buildings containing dorms on the top and private rooms on the bottom. The wooden rooms are in good condition and well cleaned. The rooms are a good size and contain enough outlets and lockers for everyone within the room. The rooms are surrounded by a small balcony area with a few chairs and nice views of the backyard and garden area. The bathrooms are sufficient and have hot water also. Additionally, there is a separate, older building which holds more dormitory rooms. The Wi-Fi does not work well in the bedrooms but works well in the common area.

Common Spaces

A great feature of Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is the gated yard with plenty of greenery and gardens surrounding the property. The hammocks hanging on the side of the main building under the roof are also a nice touch that add to the homey, comfortable environment. The primary common area is the main building close to the front entrance where you will find computers, books, games, the reception, a TV, pool table, foosball table, a bar, and ample seating. This common area provides everything you would expect in a common area and more all in one place. The variety of seating combined with the bar area allows for a great space to socialize or stay off by yourself if you choose. There can be a lot of activity here because it is the main common area for the whole hostel, so it can get noisy. You can grab a generous, complimentary breakfast at the bar and order different types of food and drinks all day. There is also a large kitchen with a dining area around the back if you want to cook your own food.

Summary

Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is an excellent choice for people looking to enjoy Baños and meet other people. Offering a great common room, clean bedrooms, and deals every night, the value you get from this hostel is unmatched.
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Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños, Baños
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WayWard Wanderer
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-11-11

Stayed here 7 weeks.

I loved this hostel and felt like I was at home. I stayed for a month, left for Cuenca, and then came back to Banos for another three weeks because I missed it. A large part of my excellent time in Banos was this hostel. It's very clean, the beds and rooms are nice, the prices are inexpensive, and the staff treated me like a friend. The kitchen is spacious and well-equipped and has a large dining area to hang out with friends. There's a waterfall right out the back door!! I would wake up each morning and walk out on my balcony to enjoy the waterfall. The clubhouse has pool tables and a TV with a DVD movie library. The bar area serves good food for a reasonable price. The clubhouse is separated from the outer buildings which hold the bedrooms, so we could stay up all night by the hammocks without bothering anyone. They always have homemade cakes, cookies and pies in the cooler. Three nights a week they serve free dinner to the guests if you like the event on Facebook. Towards the weekend there's taco night, pizza night, and a very nicely done BBQ on the weekend. The clubhouse area is conducive to meeting people, and we all got together to go out at night. Patricio the bartender is a cool fellow and went ziplining with us one day. The other staff were always friendly to me and treated me as if the hostel were my own home. They don't have any crazy, overbearing rules about "lights out" or any nonsense. They treat you like adults, and the other travelers were usually courteous about noise and sharing space. My dislikes were the slow internet, the occasional inability to get the showers hot, and the neighbor's rooster. That damn rooster. But the good far exceeded the mild annoyances at this fine hostel. I stayed in several hostels in Ecuador and Colombia over 6 months, and Backpacker's was by far the most fun.

Brandon
2015-03-10
Age 41 | USA

Very clean & well kept

The proprietor of this hostel is incredibly helpful. She takes as much time as you need to inform you as well as arrange for sightseeing trips for you. I can not imagine how anyone could be more helpful. On top of that she bakes the cakes & goodies of any I have had in 3 months in Ecuador. The food is awesome as well. If you can't stay there, go by and have some great food in a friendly atmosphere ... Happy Hour all day!

Elizabeth
2013-11-11
Age 63 | American

Whilst the name is a bit of a mouthful, the sociable Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baos is a fun, friendly place to meet other travelers. It also has the bonus elements of a garden, kitchen, and bar.

The Location

The hostel is excellently placed -- just a couple of minutes' stroll from the middle of town and the thermal baths and about fifteen minutes' walk away from the bus station. It's tucked away down a quiet little street, so there's none of the noise from the bars or people. The area is safe to walk around after dark, as Baos is a very small and walkable town.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is split into three sections -- the main reception/bar/kitchen building; newly built brick buildings, where the smaller dorms and private rooms are based; and an older structure at the back of the property where the large dorm is. The modern buildings are lovely and new and have nice wooden bunks, but the barn-like dormitory is a bit tired and neglected, with no lock on the door and flimsy, broken, wooden lockers. However, it's clean, the mattresses are of decent quality, and there are double bunk beds to compensate for the rickety old building, which lacks curtains and the coziness of the newer units. The hostel will gladly store valuables in a separate locked area, though.

The bathrooms (en suite in each dorm) have hot showers and are kept pretty clean, though once again the old dorm is a bit of a letdown, as the walls of the tiny bathroom don't reach the ceiling, so the sounds and smells waft into the sleeping space.

Common Spaces

While Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos isn't an especially large hostel, they have really made the most of the communal areas. There is a cute little front garden (home to two lazy dogs) and shaded seating/hammocks outside the main building. The bar/reception area is a cool, open space with pool; foosball; sofas; and a well-stocked bar serving cocktails, coffee, and cakes. The bar also has a library and TV with a wide range of DVDs, but the room is open plan, so youd have to choose a quiet afternoon to sit and watch a film.

Behind the bar is a separate building with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. A substantial free breakfast is offered in the mornings, comprising of hot drinks, fruit juice, porridge, a banana, two bread rolls, and jam. There are lots of little social perks to Great Hostels, such as free meals certain nights of the week, as well as barbecues and cocktail nights. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and chat to other backpackers for those traveling alone.

Summary

This hostel should tick most of the boxes for most people. It has a good range of facilities and is fun without being the kind of party hostel that keeps you awake all night!

Laura T
2013-09-24

Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños Reviews from the Web

I stayed in this hostel five nights

It's a great hostel with nice location and friendly staff

The atmosphere is nice , i made lots of friends there

mohd8br9338
2022-08-10

The property was great overall! I would recommend it! Best hostel in Baos.

rodrigoarguelloroa4555
2022-08-02

Great staff. Very helpful with everything and awesome view of a waterfall.

I absolutely recommend it the place and you have Sebastian that will help you with anything and everything.

karenbvidal2063
2022-07-27

Was a really good hostel, people from all over the world and well located

aj2Y5GVXnlFvZEfE
2022-07-22

Nice stay there and cool stuff! The atmosphere is very cool if you love to socialise!

DeEgli99
2022-07-22

The facilities are quite nice and its clean. The staff are quite rude though and seem to only be nice to you if you are drinking their alcohol. It was a good vibe but only, and seriously only, because the guests made it nice.

railiengler6360
2022-07-16

clean hostel, good facilities and secure with lockers and keys for rooms, good social scene however on days that you dont go out other people do and then talk and smoke quite loudly on the balcony at 4am

raz2vic1033
2022-07-14

Its an amazing place, maybe one of the best hostels Ive stayed at so far. Sebastian even picked me up from the bus terminal in the middle of the night - what was really lovely. I immediately felt like home when I arrived - the vibe was cool and Ive met many awesome people.

Unfortunately some of the employees have a lack of motivation and are sometimes a bit annoyed, for example when you just order a drink

But still overall it was an amazing experience! I would definitely recommend it 100%

axh4Pr1dLcMebk4l
2022-07-14

First time Ive ever reviewed a hostel, but had to do it for this one. The place is great, but youre really going for Sebastian. He will hook you up with everything you could want to do in baos and makes it so easy to do it. Never had someone be that helpful at a hostel before. The guy knew everything to do and made sure you could do as much as possible in whatever time you have. Cant recommend this hostel enough

bplewis921501
2022-07-11

Let me save you 10 minutes of scrolling and comparing hostels. Stay at Great Hostel. Its easily got the best atmosphere in Banos. The bar area is an incredible set up for drinks and meeting people. The staff are incredible and always willing to help out. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and set up nicely. Sebastian, who runs the place, is an absolute legend. He goes the extra mile to make sure you have the best time in Banos. It was so great, me and my crew extended like 4 times.

kylecaron223396
2022-07-10

One of the best hostels I have stayed in. The atmosphere is incredible and Sebastian who organises all the events gets everyone together creating a really good vibe and no drama like anywhere else.

100% would recommend to stay here if you are staying in Banos, no other hostel comes close

gregbeaumont55886
2022-07-08

Check in to check out the stay, Sebastian, fellow guests, accommodations, and overall vibe here was incredible. Couldnt recommend enough

tommywagner977142
2022-06-13

Getting stuck here was not my plan , however I choose the best hostel to stay at . I can tell after a week , everyone from other hostels came here and it was packed , the vibe is what makes it , I can ignore the pressure of the water , the fact that they havent updated their activities, the crazy parties , for me it was all about the experience!! Thanks Sebastian for everything

alapierreg3380
2022-06-12

definitely the best hostal i ever been to , good vibes, good people the staff was incredible. ill be back for sure

LielDav
2022-06-12

Comfortable place at the edge of town. A little bit away from the center of town (though still quite close and walkable given the small size of Baos) but very close to the thermal baths

aDjqVEJyz60dyVEV
2022-06-07

Great hostel , really is a great hostel , it was the best hostel Ive stayed in 18 counties that Ive been to, Sebastian is shot caller, booked 4 stayed 8 days , I drank 15 rum and Coke beat my record I dare you !! Mississippi proud !!

lottsam2664344
2022-05-27

Great place

inbardimri
2022-05-27

The staff is amazing and the whole stay was just perfect, I enjoyed every minute of it.

eyaltol9688
2022-05-27

Really great atmosphere and super friendly staff who made everyone feel welcome. Good activities in the evenings to be able to meet other travellers. Everyone was really friendly and we had a great time.

sophiemanning641477
2022-05-26

Great atmosphere. Attractive, clean rooms. Great good and fun staff.

lbrunner9260
2022-05-23

Description

At Great Hostels you will Experience Great Moments with other travellers, get involved in Social Activities, Gardens and hammocks. ! Free Cocktails on Saturdays at 22:30 (Canelazos); Movie Nights on Sundays and we invite the popcorn!

Have fun at the meeting point, you will find a collection of classic movies, Big Smart TV, Guides & Books for change, cosy lounge & living rooms, lots of table games, Pool Table, Internet access, Wi-Fi, social activities.
You will enjoy good music, cocktails, tasty food, homemade cakes and jams - not to be missed!
Rest in the spacious and comfortable rooms and Gardens
For those who like to make their own food we have a fully equipped kitchen open all day.
You will always find the staff ready to help you. We are onsite to help you with any issues and to enjoy the great atmosphere together.
Our Hostel provides information and many recommendations about restaurants, regional markets, main attractions and touristic activities.
We will help you find the best tours in the region such as Jungle, Rafting, Canyoning, Canopy, Climbing, Parapenting, Biking, Trekkings.
Set up in unique buildings with all the features you are looking for. A large thatched cabin painted in red, full of character, transformed into reception and common area, surrounded by gardens & hammocks. Spacious guest kitchen with an amazing look.
Two four beds rooms with big lockers, rack, desk and chairs, large beds, 4 five bed bedrooms, all of them with private bathrooms and balconies also giving you a wide view of the mountains and the famous waterfall.

What makes the hostel unique is that each room has a marvellous hand-painted ceiling and mural by Michaela Steinhauser. There is the room which has the deep, swirling Tsunami; another room which features the scorching desert of Dalil; a third room which offers a view of the mysterious and relaxing Calypso island; or the room that depicts the holy, powerful mountain of Olympus and its gods and goddesses. The other rooms offer a delightful portrayal of nature, such as the bright field of Girasoles, a wonderfully captured Sunset, the butterfly and geisha Papillon room, and the glowing Vanilla Sky.

Location and Contact

Location

• From the Church, 200 meters! Check the Map
• Taxi: $1,25 from the bus terminal

Map

Map

Address: Ricardo C. Zurita y Ambato, Baños (Banos), Tungurahua, Ecuador

Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños Baños www.greathostels.com.ec
Phone Number: 593 (03) 274-1825
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Female Solo Traveller

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

City Tours

Parking

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Towels

BBQ Grill

Bar

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Darts

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

TV

Table Tennis

Walking Tours

Yoga Classes

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7am a 12 pm

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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