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Iguana Backpackers Reviews

Barrio de Tigrillo, Montanita, Ecuador

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189 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Decent location and staff helpful - rooms not the cleanest or best but inexpensive.


Chilled out, social hostel. Easy to make friends. Drinking games most nights. Good location, five mins from beach!


Lots of mosquitos, because it is close to a river (which doesnt move much). Not a great common space, so it was more difficult to make friends there.


Really cool atmosphere in a good location. Staff were a bit lazy though and hot water and wifi were intermittent


The hostel is in a great location only a 50-100m from the main town center which is perfect depending on if you want party than come home to a quiet bed. I stayed in the upstairs loft which was awesome - fresh air, mosquito nets to keep the bugs out and peaceful. I would recommend this hostel as they have activities very night but its quiet time after 11pm so if you want to head out you can or just sleep easy once everyone leaves :)


I really enjoyed my stay at iguanas, good locations and a nice atmosphere. Sleeping upstairs in the 10 man loft was an experience... But pretty cool! Only things with this place are that there's no breakfast, WiFi can be temperamental, and the same with the hot showers...


This is a really nice hostel. Super chilled in the day but comes alive at night. Montanita is definitely about the nightlife, so the location was brilliant to be able to party, but go back to a quiet hostel. Had a fun time here meeting new people. Staff are not that friendly and the showers are rarely hot, but apart from that, a good place to stay.


If u wanna party hard this is the place. People were awesone, and Sebastian and Andy rock the house in drinking games and taking everyone to party places afterwards. Could use more toilets tho, think there's one for the first floor and another for the second. Still cool place to have an awesome time.

  • 14th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Very good location and the place to party (everyone from other hostels comes here). Has mosquito nets which is nice. Very loud if you just want to sleep not party. Hot water is on and off. You legitimately will see iguanas.


This is definitely a party hostel so if you want to get decent sleep at night, you may want to look elsewhere. If you want to meet people, play beer pong and other drinking games then this is the place to be. Water didn't always work and showers were lukewarm at best but this happens at other hostels as well.


Iguana was a great hostel. Minutes from the beach and the center of town. All the backpackers staying there are friendly and fun. Everyone gets to know each other in the common area and the nights are started with games at the hostel run by the friendly and enthusiastic staff. When quiet hours start, those who desire all go out on the town together. Super fun party hostel and a great atmosphere. Book the loft if you can!


I stayed there 3 days. Water went out twice and the bathrooms were dirty. No toilet paper. If you're in the dorms, you will hear the noise from the loft above. There is a lot of creaking from the wood at all hours. Good atmosphere for beer pong and getting drunk before going out. Nice that each bed had mosquito nets. Huge lockers. Staff only friendly if you partied, otherwise they had no idea who you were. Walked out at 4 am because the noise was too much, slept on bus to Guayaquil instead.


Nice terrace with big iguanas just outside, which is cool. Rooms are alright. Showers are cold but that doesnt matter since the climate is so tropical..


Location is good being just out of the action but close enough to walk in. The downstairs hammock area is a great place for chilling out and meeting other travellers and it's a nice novelty sleeping in the dorm up on the roof with the breeze to keep you cool. Decent place, but seems like you can get more for your money elsewhere.


Wicked time at iguana. Location was spot on. Short walk to the main area but quiet enough to sleep. Slept in the loft which was so inch better than the rooms! Sebastian was a legend too! Thanks for a rad stay montiñita ✌️


Good hostel in a safe area. Great staff, especially Roman, who really goes above and beyond. As for the rooms, I was in the outside room which was nothing special. Wifi didn't work in the room. Hostel is cosy and clean. They also have a free salsa night.


AMAZING ATMOSPHERE!! Great place to chill and get to know new people, great drinking games with tge staff and everyone goes out together to parties! You have cleaner,closer and more "normal" hostels, but hey, the have Iguanas walkin' around ;) Great fir the more relaxed and social trevaler


The "8-bed" loft (I counted 11) is actually better than the 6-bed dorm, even though the price is the same, because the latter gets hot despite the roaring fans.and loft is more open-air and breezy and comfortable without fans. The wildlife--birds, iguanas, etc.--in the lagoon just outside is amazing and would be even moreso if someone would pick up the garbage.


Iguana is great! Never experienced such a lovely atmosphere from such a small hostel. The social area is great and the rooms are nice. Its also a fab location because its far enough from the main strip so you can sleep. Also, ace to see iguanas so close!


This was a really fun hostel to stay in, and very easy to meet other travellers. Love the hammock chairs. The staff was helpful, and the beds were super comfy.

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