Don't be put off by the outside appearance of Minka Hostel. Once you are through the door, you are welcomed into a great hostel.
Minka Hostel is located in the old town, just one block from the Basilica de Voto. There is some traffic noise in the four- and ten-bed dorm in the morning as the city wakes up, but it is through traffic rather than deliveries to shops or businesses, and so it is not too disturbing. During the night there is little or no noise from the street and the hostel is quiet.
The hostel is accessed via a garage, which is kept locked at night but staff quickly respond to the doorbell. A second gate provides security; the reception is located inside at the bottom of the stairs. Maps and information are supplied and staff are very knowledgeable about Quito and the surrounding areas. The hostel is close to the main bus routes.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are three dormitories, which can sleep four, six, or ten people, and there is also a private room available. All the dorms have recently been fitted out with brand new, very comfortable bunk beds. There are bright and very warm blankets on the beds, which are made up each day for you, and they have massive lockers, which will take the biggest backpacks.
Each dormitory has an en suite bathroom. The bathrooms are small but adequate and are kept very clean. Towels are available for hire should you need one, and liquid soap is provided. The showers are hot and have good pressure.
The hostel extends upward over four floors. The reception is on the ground floor and the first floor has a seating area where free films are projected on a Sunday afternoon. You will find the sleeping accommodation on the second floor plus another cosy seating area and beanbags as well as table and chairs near power outlets. The top floor is one large, bright airy space with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area, soft sofas, beanbags, and hammocks. There is also a pool table up here as well as a table football game, and you have access to a sweet little roof terrace with plenty of potted plants and a barbeque.
Minka Hostel has plenty of natural light and has some brilliant artwork all over the walls, which makes it bright and welcoming. There is a good Wi-Fi connection and music is usually played up on the top floor. You can buy cold beer and get free tea and coffee, along with the breakfast (it's good, with a couple of decent bread rolls, butter and jam, a piece of fruit, and tea or coffee).
Guests often stay longer than they planned at Minka Hostel, with many studying at local language schools in the city. The hostel will look after your bags for you if you want to go off for a weekend or longer and explore Ecuador. The place is friendly and welcoming and the large common room enables you to meet other travelers, although there are quiet spaces too if you want some privacy or quiet time.