Esperanto Bed & Breakfast Surf Hostel, Montañita

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Esperanto Hostel is a small, friendly hostel located just one street back from the beach. It caters mainly to backpackers, who are attracted by the relaxed vibe and fantastic location (perfect for both surf and parties). It is separated from the craziness of downtown Montañita by the river, giving the area a more relaxed vibe ... although bars, clubs, and restaurants are just a few minutes' walk away! The rooftop is a great location to chill in a hammock and watch the sunset.

The Location

Esperanto is just one street back from the beach; the rooftop has sea views and you can hear the waves from the rooms. It is just the other side of the river that separates it from the busy downtown area of Montañita by a few minutes' walk. It is a seven-minute walk from the main bus stop. To reach the hostel, you have to walk down a dirt road, which runs alongside the river. The road is accessed either from the beach or from the main road. This is a popular tourist area containing numerous hostels and hotels.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms at Esperanto Hostel are clean, cozy, and have windows looking out toward the sea. They contain sturdy wooden bunk beds with clean white sheets (and warm blankets available on request). Although the rooms are fairly small, they only sleep four people making them some of the least-crowded dorms available in Montañita. Each bed comes with a large drawer where you can store your things. They also have secure lockers, each containing a safe box and plug socket so you can leave your phone charging securely. You can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves (if your roommates aren’t too loud!). Mosquito nets are available on request. Private rooms are also available.

Bathrooms are basic but functional. They are small, with just enough space for a toilet, sink, and warm(ish) shower. They appear to be cleaned regularly but could do with a little extra attention (liquid soap dispensers remained empty for the length of our stay).

Each dorm room shares one bathroom. For one of the dorms, the bathroom is just outside the room. The other dorm has a bathroom on another level. You can request a key for the bathroom if you would prefer to lock it so that people in other rooms don’t use it (we never had any problems, but apparently when the hostel is very crowded this can become a problem!).

Common Spaces

The open-plan ground floor contains the majority of the common spaces; there is a communal kitchen right next to reception, and a few seats gathered around a TV in the corner.

The communal kitchen is fairly clean and of a decent size and has bar seating down one side. A self-serve buffet breakfast including bread, coffee, tea, and fresh fruits is served here each morning (included in the room price). The hostel is missing a decent seating area in which to eat, although at the time of our stay, building work is ongoing in the garden area to extend the hostel and improve communal areas. Esperanto Hostel has a rooftop with hammocks and sea views. Despite being four stories high, there is excellent Wi-Fi coverage throughout rooms and communal areas.


Esperanto Hostel has friendly and personal feel. You are sure to meet the enthusiastic owner during your stay, who will most likely give you tips on things to do and ask for your opinion on the hostel! The dorms are bright; secure; and have clean, comfy beds. There is a decent communal kitchen and a simple breakfast buffet is included. The beach is just a few metres away, and clubs and bars can be reached within a few minutes' walk. The rooftop provides a nice environment to watch the sunset or relax in a hammock. It's a great hostel with a relaxed and friendly vibe!
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Secure lockers each contain a safe box and plugs for charging your devices
One of the four-bed dorms
One of the communal bathrooms
Reception, kitchen and downstairs TV area
Roof terrace
Communal kitchen
Front entrance
DondeScarlet Staff Reviewer
Published on Sep 3, 2018


When your travels take you to your must-see stop, Montañita, Ecuador, Esperanto Hostel will always offer you a great place to stay, relax and bond with other travelers.

Esperanto is one of the newest independently owned hostels in Montañita. We opened our doors season 2011 – 2012.

with maybe one of the best sea view terrace in the town

The Hostel is strategically located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, close to the town’s main strip and just a few meters from the ocean. Of course with a beautiful view of the beach and the sea from our terrace

We offer all the comforts and services that you as traveler/backpacker may need, always meeting our commitments with the evironment.

We are proud to say that our hostel is totally unique. We guarantee that Montañita and its wonders along with our list of amenities and friendly, multi-lingual staff will happily make it hard for you to leave.

LONELY PLANET in 2013 has chosen our hostel as the Green and Sustainable Option in Montañita


Location and Contact


• Starting at the bus station, walk 50 mts towards the north, , the beach is located in the west
• Cross the bridge walk 50 mts ( you will find a Esperanto sign) and turn left towards the beach.
• Walk 50 mts and turn left just before hitting the beach.( you will see another Esperanto hostel sign )
• Walk 20 mts more till you see on a corner a tall building with the sign of Esperanto Hostel
• Welcome home .



Address: Beachfront, Montañita (Montañita), Ecuador

Distance to city center: 1.03 km

Esperanto Bed & Breakfast Surf Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:



Website Esperanto Bed & Breakfast Surf Hostel Montañita
Phone Number: +593 99 970 4569
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller



Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Airport Pickup (140 usd 5 ppl)

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 55

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 20

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 4

Min. Age without Parent: 20

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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