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Quito ~ Chicago Hostal

Location:Quito, Ecuador

Cost: $12 for double bed with private bath.
Date of stay: Jan. 2012 (2 nights)

The Chicago hostel is located on the outskirts of both old town and new town.  The location is within walking distance to Parque Itchimbia although up many flights of stairs, and a 15-20 minute walk to the old town center.  As with most areas of Quito,walking is only recommended prior to dark, and taxis can be found from old town for $1.50.

The hostel is very well kept with great friendly staff with several private units and some shared room/bath units.  The showers offered scalding hot water and wifi was available in the lobby and 2nd floor.  The 5th floor of the hostel opens up to a rooftop terrace with shared guest kitchen.  This is where breakfast is served, a typical breakfast of bread,coffee,and scrambled eggs.  Fruit and juice may be purchased additionally.  Breakfast is included until Jan 31 2012 then will cost $2.

Each room offers a tv and many have great westward facing views of the city. The lobby has information about several tours including last minute Galapagos tours and other tours around the city that the staff is happy to assist in arranging. Some of the staff is English speaking, and all of them are very helpful. The rooms are a little loud, able to hear activities outside as well as other guests in their rooms.

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