Minka Hostel, Quito

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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.

The Location

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.

Common Spaces

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.

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Minka Hostel Reviews from the Web

Great staff nice orientation great location super.


We really enjoyed our stay in Minka Hostel. The owner was very attentive and helpful. He gave us a lot of useful information about Quito and Ecuador in general and helped us arrange different trips. The breakfast was good and all the facilities and rooms were clean. Our room was a bit noisy from the street.

Overall we would recommend Minka Hostel :)


My stay at Minka was very enjoyable. All the staff were attentive and committed to all guests getting the most out of there time at the hostel, Quito and the surrounding attractions. I will likely return to Quito and will definitely book at Minka.


It is family run hostel. I think the host ix extremely accommodating. He really embrace the concept of putting his guests first; he adjusts our schedule according to our needs. Although there was a miscommunication, he immediately rectify the situation to make sure we are satisfy with the results. I cannot emphasize enough how good he was to us. I really like the other employees too, they definitely knew how to welcome their guests even with a language barrier.

Muchas gracias!!


We had a wonderful stay at Minka! From the beginning Danilo and Alex were super happy to help and provide with comprehensive information about Quito and Ecuador. We were traveling as a family and we felt home. The beds were v comfy and we enjoyed spending a lot of time in common areas - there was always something interesting to do! We only missed better windows isolation, it could get really cold inside - plenty of blankets were provided though. We recommend Minka highly, we'd love to repeat!


We stayed here for two nights and the staff was over the top accommodating to us. Provided airport pick up, location was great, included breakfast. Would definitely stay here again.


My stay at Minka was perfect: quiet & restful. I booked a private room with a bathroom en-suite for 4 nights & I slept 10 hours a night. At night, the neighborhood is quiet save for the sound of an occasional passing car. The hostel is located off a small one way street & near a school. Alexandra and Danillo (married couple) were great hosts - even though I woke up late, Alex always made me breakfast. They both directed me on activities to do. Central yet safe location and laundry on site!


The staff was incredible with tons of recommendations . We stayed at other hostels and wish we stayed here the entire time. Very informative and welcoming . Lots of activities within the hostel such as movie nights and karaoke nights. Showers and bathrooms were clean and the area was walking distance to lots of things. Highly recommend !


Theoretically a good hostel, BUT: close to a busy road and very noisy at night, kitchen could be better equipped and maintained, the lights turn off in the bathrooms and chill out areas every few minutes because they are on motion sensors, roof in the common area leaks when it rains and there was barely anyone any other guests. But the staff is lovely and super helpful. They have a great website with all the information you could need for Quito and further travel.


This is a really nice hostel. A lot of work has been put in by the family owners, by creating an interactive website with all the tourist info you could need for Quito, with maps, recommendations for restaurants, day trips etc. The hosts are also very responsive to communication,are personable, happy to provide recommendations

The included breakfast is great

It was a bit quiet while we were here so socially it was quiet. And our room was loud at night and in the morning due to the adjacent road.


A lovely hostel in Quito. The common areas are a little dark and chilly, so they're are not too inviting to hang out at the hostel.

The owner speaks English (which, in my opinion, is a huge plus) and he also helps you to organise trips and is reliable. His website with tour and activity overviews helps you to plan your time in and around Quito.

Overall, a nice stay at this hostel.


We loved staying here! The staff is so nice and friendly. They also recommend a lot of places and activities around the area, and even offered tours. The included breakfast was also yummy! A great vibe!


Loved it! Would 10/10 come back.


Staff was amazing and very helpful with how to get around in the city. You can also book tours through them and they don't uncharge just adds convenience. Daneilo was great and very accomodating. Will stay there again.


The staff are so friendly and helpful. The beds are rely comfy. The hostel was very quiet though when I was there


I really loved Minka Hostel. Very chill environment with great people. The front desk guy is extremely helpful with planning your trip. And the rest of the staff is also super nice. Definitely recommend Minka if you want a chill environment!


Love the hostal the staff was very friendly and helpful the location is good and breakfast was great I highly recommend it


This hostel has a lot of potential with very nice common areas. Unfortunately they seem to still be running the place in pandemic mode and most dorms have been converted to private rooms, which limits occupancy and creates a less social vibe. Staff was friendly, but it felt more like a hotel the two times I stayed since there was no good social vibe.


This hostel is great! They arranged a taxi for me from the airport and the driver was so kind and helped me get into the hostel. The night check in feature allowed me to go straight to bed and sort out payment in the morning. The lockers are really spacious - perfect if you have a big travel backpack! The bed was super comfy and breakfast in the morning was great! I look forward to staying here again, they were just what I needed!


The staff there was so kind. Exceptional service and I met some cool people while playing pool.



Whether you are passing through or planning an extension, at Minka Smart Hostel you will feel like family.
We are a comfortable hostel located in the heart of Quito in the historic center of the city, just 600 meters from the government palace. We have a high-speed 5G WIFI connection (170 Mbps), three lounge areas, a rooftop and a terrace. All spacious and automated making us the first Smart Hostel in the city.

If you need help with your trip in Quito or Ecuador. We are happy to help you and recommend depending on your time and budget. You can also download our application where you will find all the tourist places inside and outside the city. How to get there, what to do, nearby places, recommendations and more.

Our classic 3-story building features:

1. A fully equipped kitchen for guest use.
2. Bedroom beds have wraparound reading curtains to ensure privacy and a good night's sleep.
3. Breakfast is included in all reservations.
4. And the reception works 24 hours. Contact us to find out about our express check-in and how it works for our overnight travelers.
5. We offer Pick Up service from the airport. Click Here: bit.ly/mnkpickupservice

Among the many services that we can offer you are: Pickup service from the airport, Spanish classes, Car rental, Laundry, Tours, etc.

Important: Parking is limited! Contact us to coordinate a place.

Policies and conditions:

1. Payment upon arrival in cash or by credit card
2. Arrival from: 13:00 PM
3. Check out before 12:00 PM.
4. Cancellation policy: Please inform us 24 hours before you can modify or cancel the reservation in order to rent to someone else.

Location and Contact


• More information in Our Webpage: https://www.minkahostel.com/contact-getting-to-us
• Minka Hostel is located at Matovelle 219 y calle Vargas (intersection), at San Juan neigborhood (Barrio San Juan), just 2 blocks from the Basilica del Voto Nacional. Find us in Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Minka+Hostel/@-0.214042,-78.5078577,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x91d59a244862252d:0xa6392827ce1e1684!8m2!3d-0.214042!4d-78.505669
• International Airport Mariscal Sucre is 40 km away from Quito Down Town. You could get a shuttle bus per 8 USD (please check http://www.aeroservicios.com.ec/itinerarios/) from the airport to Quito (old airport) and from there a taxi to Minka per 30 USD aproximately.
• if you need a taxi, please cmplete the form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezGOByDEi1t8cUglG20k_gKzIZr8b1kJn6Bg3PwPbbWePclA/viewform
• By bus from the North (Carcelén):
• - From Carcelen Bus Terminal get Trolebus up to La Alameda station. From here it's 5 minutes walk.
• By bus from the South (Quitumbe):
• - From Quitumbe Bus Terminal get Trolebus up to La Alameda station. From here it's 5 minutes walk.



Address: Matovelle 219 and Vargas, Quito, Ecuador

Minka Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Minka Hostel Quito www.minkahostel.com
Phone Number: +593 22952 971 +593 9966 26889
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Airport Pickup


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Hot Showers




Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Table Tennis

Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 5

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: All Ages

Note: Dormitorios compartidos

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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