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Flying Donkey is a warm hostel with an excellent vibe. The hostel is personally attended by the owner, a young local who is outgoing, friendly, and full of tips on how to enjoy the city and travel the country.
Otavalo is a beautiful, small city, nestled in the North Ecuadorian Andes, three hours from the Colombian border. Its Indigenous and Hispanic mix has made it very popular with travelers. The Saturday market is spectacularly colorful and attracts bus-loads of visitors during the weekends. To avoid problems, booking ahead is highly recommended.
The hostel has a superb location, only a block from Central Park and in the heart of the city. The building is large and has four floors; the bottom level is a hardware store. Stairs lead to the first floor where a welcoming reception and a lounge are found. The second floor has four rooms (one is a dorm), a bathroom, the kitchen, and a cheery dining/lounge area. The third floor has eight rooms, consisting of at least one dorm and a bathroom. Both floors feel a bit like hotels, with the long corridors and doors on both sides. Above is the highlight of the hostel, the roof garden with amazing views of the city and surroundings.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are two dorms -- one for four people and the other for five; both have double-bed bunks and the second also has a single bed. Only the four-bed dorm has an external, shared bathroom. The other dorm and the ten private rooms all include their own bathroom. Consequently, waiting for your turn is minimal. Bathrooms are spotlessly clean. Showers have very hot water, but low pressure. Hooks to hang your things are included.
Next to the reception is a nice lounge for up to eight people. The kitchen and the adjoining dining/lounge area are on the second floor. Wall-to-wall windows in this area make for an excellent illumination. A spacious and very well-equipped kitchen allows two or perhaps three meals to be prepared at the same time.
The dining table accommodates eight people while the lounge can accommodate another five people or more. There are table games and a vintage eighties video game machine (with a nominal per-game charge), which is in mint condition and offers more than four hundred games. Fruit and coffee are included in the mornings.
The hostel’s walls are covered with all sorts of relics, masks, and pictures. They give the hostel a good, lively feeling. The premises are kept in mint condition and common spaces and bathrooms are maintained impeccably clean.
During the day, the views from the roof-garden offer great photographic possibilities. During the evening, when the city lights up, it is breathtaking. Otavalo also has many things to do and see in the surroundings and a stay can last for many enjoyable days.
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