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Iguana Backpackers Reviews

Barrio de Tigrillo, Montanita, Ecuador

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74%

Rating
250 Total Reviews
  • 72%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 62%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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100%

Best hostel in Montañita. Very confused by the reviews, as were several other people who were hanging out. Very helpful staff, clean beds with mosquito nets, the surf boards were cheaper than anywhere else in Montañita. Owner was always around and very involved in her business, very friendly. Bartender was extremely friendly and fun, served some of the best mojitos I've had in my life, put happy hour on all night!. Spent the whole time topping everyone off, had the best time I've ever had !!

  • 5th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ecuador
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Staff really helpful and come out and party with you which is nice. $6 bottles of rum available from the hostel which is awesome. Can have a smoke up in the back chill out space which is cool. Semi party hostel with decent crowd and beds have mosquito nets. 2 min walk from centre of town so great for partying hard and still get a little sleep if you can survive the heat. Nice chillout and pre drinking spot but the benches could do with a bit of a freshen up. Apart from that a great place!


43%

Dirty Party Hostel. No Atmosphere. If you just want a cheap place to drink a lot and you don't care about the dirt it's a good choice.


69%

I didn't mind this hostel except the cleanliness was an issue.. I found a used pregnancy tester on the bench in the bathroom.. it was there for 2 days, I also found a used condom next to my bed. when it rained, the roof leaked and my mattress was soaked! staff were nice and,friendly. it's advertised as a party hostel, but it was very low key when I was there


77%

Th perfect hostel if you love partying, staff were nice, atmosphere was good due to the balcony area downstairs. The beds had mosquito nets and there are fans in the rooms, but the bathroom weren't always maintained after each night. Other than that it was great, and less than a minute away from the strip!


89%

It would be nice if the upstairs shower had hot water, it was a little annoying having to go to the downstairs shower to take a hot shower.

  • 14th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

Excellent staff. Friendly, helpful and enjoyed hanging out with the travellers. Loved all the girl staff! Common area is not bad. Has a bar at night, cheap drinks but could be a bit bigger. Showers weren't that clean but did the job with hot water half the time. Kitchen was good. Rooms are basic dorms with bug nets and fans. Common area gets smelly at night from the near by creek. If you want to party, meet good people head there.

  • 11th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Geat vibe at iguana! Nice place to stay. A few blocks away from the city center, and you don´t have to stand all the noise going on around there. You´ll get a good night sleep on the iguana beds, that come with a mosquito nest hanging on top. The bathrooms were okay but no hot water on the showers at least on the night that I stayed (wich is common in montañita). At night there´s a really cool bar where everyone hangs out and it´s a nice oportunity to make friends from all over the world.

  • 31st Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Great hostel, located near the center and beaches. Great people and great staff, very welcoming !

  • 24th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


60%

This is the loudest place I have ever stayed at. It's 5am and there is a loud piece of machinery going next door. That may not be the hostels fault but no one is going over there to ask them to stop. The floor boards creak so that if someone gets up to go to the toilet it wakes everyone up. People come and go all night. It is most definitely a party hostel, so if you'd like to get 7 hours of sleep so you cam be awake to go diving or surfing you'd be better off sleeping on a park bench.


91%

Excellent place to stay!!! Staff member are awesome and they take you for free to a club at the cocktails street. The social area is perfect to meet people from around the world. Saludos a Rosita y al Parcero!!!

  • 10th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

great place to meet people.. not many good hostels in montañita, its very expensive in the high season.. so this is a great option.. the common areas are small but it good to meet other people.. gad a great time there


51%

Hostel is very small. Staf weren't very friendly, just average. There are way nicer hostels near the beach, and cheaper!


86%

Dont expect too much for the price, it only has three toilets for like 40 people. Staff are friendly and they will accomodate you if rooms are sold out. Had a few problems with bed bugs told the staff and they said it was not harmful and that they were going to fumigate the following day. Great atmosphere to start pregaming. If youre not that picky deft stay there. I would go back.


60%

Great hostel to meet people in the common area. Nice chilled out vibe, but not the best facilities, but worth the money you pay.


31%

Very low value for money! Dirty, loud, no hot water and almost no water in shower, for 10 dollars at night in a 10 person dorm. I changed to Mama Cucha on the other side of the road, there I had my own nice room own bathroom and a hammock for 8 dollars. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else! There is a lot of cheap and better opportunities in Montanita!!


97%

Great location, loads of fun and beautiful staff! Definetely a recommended hostel!

  • 17th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


66%

Iguanas is a good location off the main strip but still a party hostel! It's great to meet people and pre drink, however the common area is too small for the amount of people staying. Also as it's next to the river and it absolutely stinks. There are not enough toilets downstairs for the number of guests and they are not thoroughly cleaned. The female staff don't speak any English and are moody and unhelpful. However the surf instructor Jorgen does speak English and is both friendly and helpful.


77%

Was definitely not the cleanest place I stayed in but super fun and really awesome to meet others (great for solo travelers) girls from hostel like to party much and are fun but rest of staff doesn't interact with guests. Kitchen was kinda gross but restaurants in the town are very cheap. Surf instructor is not worth the money!!! Doesn't do anything to help you improve at all.


51%

Even though we'd booked for 5 days, upon arrival discovered they'd overbooked and had no room for us. Initially, really friendly and apologetic, but they made us wait for the lady who arranged the bookings. She was rude, told us all they could was give us was a room the following night for that night only and offered us no help in arranging accommodation elsewhere. Very upset after travelling as long as we had to get there.


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