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Posada del Maple is housed in one of several stately mansions surrounded by maple trees that all combine to add a special charm to this renowned street in the posh Mariscal Quarter in Quito, which has been chosen as a location for both Ecuadorian and international films. The building is in pristine condition, and it has been turned into an impressive and beautiful hostel.
The hostel is located in this mostly residential zone with many large mansions, which also incorporates cultural and commercial activities into its scene. The major hotels and most of the hostels are located in this area, together with an array of restaurants, bars, and discotheques, which give it a lively atmosphere during the day and into the late hours of the night.
The hostel is basically a two-floor house with a third floor that's made up of an immense attic. Altogether, between rooms and common areas, there are close to thirty spaces that make up this hostel. The rooms and common spaces are comfortably furnished and decorated with exquisite art and antiques. All in all, the hostel transmits the feeling of being at home, in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are two four-bed dorms with double-bed bunks. The other dorm is a ten-bed room with double-bed bunks. All rooms are large and spacious, have large windows, and are well ventilated and with good light during the day. Large lockers and power points are available, though in the large dorm, the plug-ins are a bit insufficient. Mattresses are very good, and beds have thick, warm blankets. All the dorms share the right upper wing of the house and their doors open to a hall with shared showers and toilets.
The shared bathrooms have toilet stalls with washbasins and large mirrors and soap. Showers have low pressure. Soap dispensers are placed in each one and towels are provided per guest. The bathrooms are cleaned regularly during the day and are adequately maintained. There is a general-use bathroom in the right wing, next to the dining area. Since the private rooms all have their bathrooms, the facilities are available without crowding.
The house has a wealth of common spaces. There are five indoor living/sitting areas and four outdoor spaces, three of which are covered. The house offers two TV rooms -- a smaller one for four people and a larger room for eight to nine persons. The rest of the sitting areas are for five to six people. Outdoor spaces are spacious and cheery, and smoking is allowed there.
The kitchen has a good size and great ventilation and illumination, but it is rather basically equipped and should be considered only for simple meals; anything a bit more elaborate is complicated by the lack of adequate cookware. The adjoining breakfast area is quite large and can comfortably accommodate up to sixteen people. The breakfast is included and is abundant and excellent quality. The jams are freshly made at the hostel and the fruit juice is natural and fresh as well.
This is an excellent place for a good stay in the city. As this is the best neighbourhood in the city, it has an abundance of choices for good, nice places to eat out; stores, bakeries, and shops of all kinds; and a short walk away, there is a vibrant nightlife. With plenty of space to hang out, it’s a good place to also relax and enjoy some quality at a home away from home.
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Published on 2016-12-05
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Welcoming, great vibe, comfortable!
We had a great few days in Posada del maple! The staff are lovely, very helpful, and the whole place has a really homey feel. Met interesting people with good stories. Didn't mind staying in co-ed dorms, everyone was friendly and we felt totally comfortable. Nice simple breakfast, good location, very secure. nice courtyards too.
We stayed for six nights in June 2006 in two different rooms. The first room had a private bath, but was dark and not too nice. The second room was on the second floor and was much, much nicer. It came with shared bath. If you don't mind sharing a bath, I would recommend you choose that option. The place was clean and the food was good. You really need to know some Spanish if you want to stay here. The atmosphere was very pleasant. We met lots of people from all over the world in the dining room who gave us a lot of good ideas of where to go.
Just got back and feel the need to comment on this hostel. While the staff was very pleasant and helpful, you definatly need to know some spanish (I do so no problem), the "coed" only dorms are a bit scary for a single women but the private room was fine. The mattresses are old and uncomfortable and the bathrooms need work. I left too early for breakfast, wish it started a little earlier (say 6 a.m.). Though I would stay here again, I feel strongly that it is not the five-star hostel you make it out to be.
I worked with the Peace Corps last year in Ecuador during spring break. This hostel was the first place we stayed at on our trip throughout the country. The owner is a wonderful cook, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. It's a very reasonably-priced and gorgeous getaway in the middle of the city. The area is worth visiting even if you don't stay at El Posado del Maple, but I recommend the hostel and the jugo de tomatoes de arboles (tree tomato juice)! It's amazing!
La Posada del Maple is well located right within Quito's New Town, where most backpackers stay. It is only a few metres from Av. 6 de Diciembre along which runs the Ecovia, one of the cheap and fast public transport systems in Quito. Juan Rodrguez is halfway between two stops, Manuela Coizares and La Clon. When first arriving with your pack the easiest way to get to La Posada del Maple is to use the taxis. Always agree the price before accepting the lift.
It's within easy walking distance are numerous internet cafes, restaurants, laundries and pubs. You do need to be careful when walking about the New Town at night, La Posada del Maple is a block or two away from the main busy area.
When you arrive at the office you could actually end up staying at one of three different hostels. Posada del Maple itself, Posada de los Jazmines across the street or Hostal Alcal a short walk away. All are administered from the same office and all have use of the facilities at Posada del Maple. A returnable $2 key deposit is required for which you will recieve a bunch of up to 4 keys. They take a while to get used to.
The hostel is friendly and well run. Dorms, batrooms, common areas and dining area are all very clean. Bed linen is provided and the dorms are cleaned daily. Breakfast is included in the price and is something to look forward to. It is served from 7:30am to a very reasonable 10am and really is all you can eat, juice, fruit, eggs, cereal,toast, pancakes and tea/coffee.
The dining room is spacious, the long tables providing a sociable atmosphere to eat in. There is also a reading/TV room with a well stocked book exchange, reference library and TV/video and a selection of videos. The reception area has lots of seating and information on tours and trips.
Posada del Maple Reviews from the Web
Staff promised to order me a taxi when i had early morning flight. Well, im happy theres uber, cause no taxi arrived as promised.
Wonderful location. The room is big and cozy.
Lovely hostel, the owner sorted a laundry service to pick-up, wash and return our laundry for the next day, kept our baggage all day after we checked-out and organised our taxis to the airport. There is a lovely social space and nice little outside area, highly recommend.
Comfortable clean rooms, friendly staff, nice breakfast. Would recommend
Can't say enough about the owners. Remarkably friendly people, helpful, willing to make my experience as good as possible. Location is central, rooms cleaned every day, breakfast is great.
Super friendly staff, not much atmosphere but mostly because of COVID it seems like - nice little place for a night or two in Quito in a good location. First night wifi went in and out the whole time but was fixed the next day.
Liked: The atmosphere Didn't like: Tiny rooms
Liked: The staff are AMAZING, the rooms are clean, the breakfast is yummy, and the price is affordable! Didn't like: Nada. Todo bien!
Liked: Everything Didn't like: Nada
Liked: Muy bien ubicado, desayuno rico, agua caliente. Didn't like: Sabanas y mantas obsoletas y duchas poco limpias
Best hostel I've stayed at in Quito. Very friendly and helpful staff- they'll let you stay in the common areas until your departure time even after you've checked out of your room. Breakfast provided. Free internet and a computer to use it on if you didn't bring your own. Clean rooms. Overall a great place.
Liked: After a complete mess up by posada del maple we ended up staying at the" sister" hostel alcala ( see below) which was lovely. Great breakfast and good kitchen. Didn't like: We didnt end up staying at this hostel as on arriving even though we had a comfirmed booking we were told they were full and sent to their another hostel. We were barely given an apology and absolutely no explanation as to how this could have happened when we had a confirmed reservation. After a long bus ride and taxi to hostel we just wanted a room but instead we were handed a map and told to go to the other hostel. When we got there the owner seemed to not be aware of this swap and said he was full As well. Thankfully eventually he realised he had a room for us but a really frustrating start to our stay in Quito. Posada del Maple obviously knew when we booked they were full and could have saved a lot of bother by emailing us and telling us to go to the other property in the first place as it is a few minutes walk away and not next door. Terrible customer service and would avoid this property. Hostel Alcala is however a nice hostel.
Liked: Location was excellent Didn't like: Even though i had a print out of 2 nights confirmed. With 10% payed through hostelbookers she told m there wasnt a room available for the second night with the private bath i had reserved. Sv then gold m it was available layer on that day. When paging she tried to charg m her postes rate a the front desk not the rate i had reserved for. I thi think she only wants to accept hostelbookers reservations if she is wempty. She ended saying we had ro pay a 12% Quito room tax. We pas it but were not happy. For this reason malone i would not reccomend this hostel. I gate being taken advantage of.
Liked: Cozy, friendly Didn't like: none
Liked: Location; friendly staff Didn't like: Nothing; all fine for cost
Liked: The staff was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is warm and the breakfast is awesome. Didn't like: There were only two computers with internet and they were both pretty slow. The website describes an internet cafe next door, but I don't think it's there anymore.
From 1990, the first B&B in the most beautiful and quited street of the touristic district, La Mariscal, Juan Rodríguez E8-49 y Av. 6 de Diciembre, close to all services and 15muinutes walking distance to Historical city.
Quality services, clean and great breakfast included and best rates.
All type of rooms: private (with sat TV and shared batroom and dorms and rates for all needs. Free Internet and Wifi, communal kitchen with self service hot berverages, luggage storage and garage.
Warm staff at your service.
All type of rooms: private with bathroom, private with shared bathroom and communal dorms.
Location and Contact
In La Mariscal, Quito's touristic district. 2 blocks south from Colon avenue, 3 blocks east from Amazonas avenue.
Juan Rodríguez E8-49, Entre Av. 6 De Diciembre Y Calle Diego De Almagro, La Mariscal, Quito,
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