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Community Hostel

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0.9km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

We are the best hostel to meet people, with daily activities and a huge dinner table which allows for everyone to share and create experiences that last a life time! Best hostel breakfast and dinners!... More...

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The Secret Garden Quito

Hostel
1.2km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Awarded 2014 Best Hostal in Ecuador, The Secret Garden is a friendly Australian/Ecuadorian run hostel conveniently located in a quiet, authentic cobble-stone street in central colonial Quito... More...

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Rebel Hostel

Hostel
0.4km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Rebel Hostel is small luxury American/Dutch run hostel on a quiet street in a beautiful colonial house in the historic centre of Quito. Enjoy low rates during our opening months.... More...

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Hostel Revolution

Hostel
1.6km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Welcome! Bienvenidos! to Hostel Revolution a friendly small cosy Backpacker hostel in Historical Quito. Created for and by Backpackers... More...

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Casa Carpedm

Hostel
1.3km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Awarded HOSTELWORLD's 2018 Winner Ecuador, 2019 & 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award, Distintivo Q 2019 - Calidad Turística. Give yourself the gift & begin your travels with a smil... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

L'Auberge INN

Bed and Breakfast
2.1km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Welcome to Auberge Inn, a lot of travellers from any country are looking forward to share your experience!... More...

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Minka Hostel

Hostel
1.3km from city centre - Show on Map
8.7
Fabulous 438
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Affordable prices, comfortable rooms and free Quichua class! Discover Quito with us.... More...

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Color House Petite

Hostel
3.4km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Color House Petite is a nice place that offer you airport transfers, free WiFi, free parking and free breakfast.... More...

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Colonial House Inn

Hostel
1.1km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Welcome to the Colonial house the greatest, quietest and restful Guest house in Quito.... More...

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Blue House

Hostel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
7.3
Very good 457
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
Free WiFi

!!!!!Hey you come in and take a look inside
The warmest welcome to Blue House really your home away from home, a place catering for you... More...

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Hotel

Hostal Juana de Arco

Hotel
0.4km from city centre - Show on Map
9.7
Superb 39
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Welcome to Hotel Juana de Arco, we waiting for your visit!... More...

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Masaya Hostel Quito

Hostel
0.3km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Between modern facilities and colonial architecture, Masaya Hostel Quito perfectly mixes the spirit of a hostel and the comfort of a hotel.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Papucho´s Guest House

Bed and Breakfast
6.7km from city centre - Show on Map
9.0
Superb 13
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

At Papucho´s Guest House Guests guests will enjoy waking up with the singing of birds.... More...

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Hostel

El Hostelito

Hostel
4.5km from city centre - Show on Map
8.6
Fabulous 706
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Comfortable single & double pods, sociable environment, upcoming neighbourhood of La Floresta, fitness equipment in rooftop terrace; what else do you need? oh yes, free breakfast and free food wal... More...

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Hostel

Hump Day Hostel

Hostel
0.3km from city centre - Show on Map
8.9
Fabulous 176
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hump Day Hostel is a brand new venture located in the heart of Quito´s old quarter.... More...

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Friends Quito

Hostel
0.5km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Welcome to Friends Quito! Come and live a unique experience in Quito and have a great time in a fun and safe environment.... More...

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Selina Quito

Hostel
3.6km from city centre - Show on Map
8.5
Fabulous 94
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Selina Quito is a new hostel opening in April 2018. We are looking a forward to welcoming you in Quito.... More...

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Hostel

Vibes Hostel

Hostel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
8.2
Fabulous 1558
  • Perfect Location
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Hostelworld Awarded best hostel in Ecuador, enjoy the relax & comfort of a modern cozy tranquil SPA hostel and be free to enjoy your stay whether it is at our pub, meeting new friends or simply en... More...

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Apartment

La granja

Apartment
3km from city centre - Show on Map
7.4
Very good 1
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Visit Quito and stay at Apartments La Granja... More...

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Hostel

El Patio Hostel Quito

Hostel
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

El Patio offers comfortable private and dorms rooms in the heart of Quito.... More...

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The Quito Guest House with Yellow Balconies

Hostel
1.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 7
Free WiFi

We offer a personal service that will make you feel as home.... More...

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Hostel

Casa Helbling

Hostel
3.1km from city centre - Show on Map
10.0
Superb 4
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Casa Helbling is centrally located in the newer part of town, a five minute walk from the Avenida Amazonas, a well-known shopping center.... More...

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Hostel

Mogens Pod Hostel

Hostel
3.2km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Mogens Pod Hostel is a stylish brand new hostel in La Mariscal area, Quito. La Mariscal is the most vibrating neighbourhood of the city.... More...

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Hostel

Huasi Lodge

Hostel
1.1km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

The hostel has been designed in a listed house from early 1900 in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Quito named “La Tola” known for its history and traditions.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Plaza del Teatro

Hotel
0.8km from city centre - Show on Map
4.0
Rating 1
Free WiFi

Hotel Plaza del Teatro 4-star hotel in the Centro Histórico (Old Town) of Quito.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Travellers Inn

Bed and Breakfast
3.7km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

FREE: airport transfer (see conditions), WiFi, breakfast, 24/7 reception, linen & towels, guest kitchen, day/night activities, cable TV-all rooms, maps, parking, coffee/tea all day, luggage storag... More...

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Hostel

Hostel Quinta Carlota

Hostel
21.4km from city centre - Show on Map
8.3
Fabulous 30
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

With a lot enthusiasm and energy, we challenge ourselves to become one of the best countryside hosting places in our country, with a personalized and an excellent service.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Hostal La Posada Colonial

Bed and Breakfast
0.6km from city centre - Show on Map
8.9
Fabulous 200
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

La Posada Colonial is located in Quito, Ecuador... More...

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Home of David's Friends

Hostel
0.9km from city centre - Show on Map
8.4
Fabulous 79
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Quito Family & Youth Hostel offers a new concept of a modern-Andean tourist accommodation for backpackers, young people and adults. We offer well-equipped shared and private rooms.... More...

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Hotel

Hostal Royal House

Hotel
3.4km from city centre - Show on Map
8.3
Fabulous 2
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Hostal Royal House is a friendly and stylish hotel located in the centre of Quito near Plaza Foch, with our personal touch, you will feel like you are at home!... More...

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Heritage Inn

Hotel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
8.4
Fabulous 23
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Our experience in the tourism industry is the best guarantee for a nice, safe, comfortable stay.... More...

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Hostel

El Cafecito Quito

Hostel
3.6km from city centre - Show on Map
8.1
Fabulous 34
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
Free WiFi

El Cafecito Quito is a cozy, stylish and friendly hostel ideally located in Quito, near the Plaza Foch.... More...

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Hostel

Posada del Maple

Hostel
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
8.9
Fabulous 114
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free Breakfast

Hostel Posada del Maple was open in 1990 , the first hostel in Quito, we are proud to be recognized by all our customers from all over the world as a great place to be.... More...

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Hostel

Discovery Quito Hostel

Hostel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
7.6
Very good 209
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
Free WiFi

Due to its elevated location and mille spring climate, Quito can be visited any time of the year, making it a perfect destination.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Yumbo Imperial

Hotel
0.3km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
Free WiFi

Hotel Yumbo Imperial, all rooms with free WiFi!... More...

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Hostel

Chulla Hostel Cultural

Hostel
4.2km from city centre - Show on Map
9.7
Superb 1
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

The Chulla Cultural Hostel is new Hostel build in an old house in the city of Quito... More...

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Hostel

Quito Terrace

Hostel
2.3km from city centre - Show on Map
9.7
Superb 1
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Quito Terrace has a beautiful terrace to enjoy in your stay... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Casa Agua Canela

Bed and Breakfast
3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 60
Free WiFi

This house buiilt in 1932 is a colonial one but at the same time modern with all the amenities a tourist need when staying in Quito. Located close to the main entertainment and tourist mecca, the Mar... More...

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Hotel

Artplaza

Hotel
2.9km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
New
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Artplaza has everything you need to enjoy your stay... More...

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Hostel

Buena Vista Hostel Club

Hostel
4.8km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi

Buena Vista Hostel Club has a different Quito´s angle, enjoy nature and mountains but still be close to the city... More...

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El Andariego Quito

Hostel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi

El Andariego is located in Quito, 1.4 km from El Ejido Park. The property has a terrace and is 2 km from the El Ejido Park art fair.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Vieja Cuba

Hotel
3.9km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free Breakfast

Welcome to the Hotel Vieja Cuba, located in the heart of Quito's vibrant tourist area.... More...

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Hostel

Blue House Old Town

Hostel
1.1km from city centre - Show on Map
7.3
Very good 143
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
Free WiFi

Blue House Old Town is a very friendly and beautiful Hostal for all ages.... More...

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Apartment

Blue Door Housing Historic Quito

Apartment
1.2km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 8
Free WiFi

Visiting Quito? Need a place to stay? It has never been easier!... More...

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Hostel

Hostal Alcala

Hostel
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 36
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

We are located in the Mariscal district in Quito, an interesting mixture ofhomes, local businesses, sho...... More...

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Hotel

Boutique Hotel Casa Foch

Hotel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Boutique Hotel Casa Foch is a beautiful boutique hotel located near Quito’s historical center. You’ll find us just a block from Plaza Foch, Quito’s hottest night spot.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Gran Quitumbe

Hotel
9.3km from city centre - Show on Map
9.1
Superb 14
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Hotel Gran Quitumbe offer free city map, Laundry Facilities Safe Deposit Box, and additional cost direct shuttle from the airport to the hotel.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Hostal del Piamonte

Bed and Breakfast
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 41
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hostal del Piamonte is located in Quito, Ecuador... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Latinos Brothers House

Bed and Breakfast
0.9km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
New
0
Free WiFi

Latinos Brothers House is a good choice for your trip to Quito in Ecuador.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Aleidas Hostal

Bed and Breakfast
3.9km from city centre - Show on Map
9.7
Superb 1
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Aleida’s Hostal is a friendly and comfortable property located in the neighborhood “La Floresta”.The property offers all comfort for a great stay in Quito.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Mia Leticia

Bed and Breakfast
0.6km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 21
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Mia Leticia Guesthouse is really good located close to "Plaza del Teatro" and San Agustin Church.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Jhomana Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast
3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 83
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Located next to the police and 50 m from Av. Amazonas, just 5 min walk from Plaza Foch and a 20 min walk to Quito's Old Town. Close to both New Town and Old Town but yet in a quiet safe area. Jhomana... More...

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Hostel

Hostel Rock & Quito

Hostel
1.9km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi

The property is strategically located in the Quito uptown, in one of the most traditional neighborhoods El Dorado; where the old town and financial zone converse just a few minutes walk.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Hostal Marsella

Bed and Breakfast
1.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 437
Free WiFi

Recommended by all important tourist guide in the world, Hostal Marsella is located in the colonial part of the Quito, Ecuador Historic center with spectacular views of the Andes... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

La Casa Tolena

Bed and Breakfast
1km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
New
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

La Casa Toleña is perfect to visit Quito... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña

Hotel
0.1km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña has a privileged location.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Arupo 2 Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0

Arupo 2 Bed & Breakfast is perfect to visit Quito... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

PH Rooms Uio

Bed and Breakfast
4.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi

PH ROOMS UIO is a iconic 8 floor building with an on-site biographic gallery of the works of Eduardo King-man 1 of 3 top Ecuadorian painters... More...

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Hotel

Miguel Angel & Main Bus Terminal Quito

Hotel
7.9km from city centre - Show on Map
  • Marvellous Staff
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Miguel Angel & Main Bus Terminal Quito is the best place rest and follow in your trip around South America.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Tambocajas Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast
3.9km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Tambocajas Guesthouse is a nice little accommodation with 10 rooms and private bathrooms. You will sleep in very comfortable beds with warm down blankets.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Interamericano

Hotel
0.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hotel Interamericano is a stylish 3-star hotel located near the historic center of Quito.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

GUESTHOUSE NELSON

Bed and Breakfast
1.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 2
Free WiFi

GUESTHOUSE. N. is very cosy, restored old house, designed in colonial style.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Bonaventure

Hotel
3.3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hotel Bonaventure is a friendly hotel located in the North side of the city. The Hotel offers all services and facilities expected for a great stay.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Chez Elena Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast
2.7km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 10
Free WiFi

Chez Elena Guesthouse is located in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito... More...

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Hotel

Grand Hotel

Hotel
0.7km from city centre - Show on Map
Free WiFi

Grand Hotel is located near of Square Sto. Domingo at the historical center of Quito.... More...

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Hotel Saint Thomas

Hotel
3km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hotel Saint Thomas is located in the tourist core of Quito (la Mariscal neighborhood) nearby of restaurants, clubs, bars and pubs.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Huasi Continental

Hotel
0.4km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free Breakfast

Hotel Huasi Continental is a great choice to your visit to Quito... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Quito Airport Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast
19.8km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 41
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Welcome to Quito Airport Guesthouse! Just minutes from the new airport in Quito.... More...

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Hotel

Hotel Margarita 2

Hotel
1.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 1
Free WiFi

Welcome to Margarita 2! A multicultural hotel receiving guests from over the world!... More...

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Hostel

New World Equateur

Hostel
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi

New World Equateur is a friendly hostel located in the centre of Quito, close to the Plaza Foch. The hostel offers comfortable rooms at affordable price.... More...

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The House of The New Boulevard.

Hostel
0.9km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating 1
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

The House of The New Boulevard is a new friendly hostel in Quito. The hostel offers cosy rooms at an affordable price.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Hostal Loro Verde

Bed and Breakfast
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hostal Loro Verde is strategically located in the heart of Quito.... More...

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Bed and Breakfast

Hostal la Chorrera

Bed and Breakfast
1.5km from city centre - Show on Map
0.0
No rating
0
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

Hostal la Chorrera a great choice to enjoy your holidays in Quito.... More...

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Hostel

Arco Del Sol Quito

Hostel
3.5km from city centre - Show on Map
8.0
Fabulous 13
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
Free WiFi

Arco Del Sol Quito is a friendly property located near the Foch Square, ideal location in Quito.... More...

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Mist-covered mountains surround Ecuador's capital, Quito. Beneath its calm Andean backdrop, this ever-growing city is the country's centre for both arts and politics. It's known for its indigenous peoples, who you can see in vibrant traditional dress, and bustling artisan markets. The central old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 17th-century colonial architecture in a series of leafy plazas dotted with ornate churches.

Among the hostels in Quito is a place with its own swimming pool and sauna that funds a local street children's charity. There's also a centrally located Quito hostel with an outdoor terrace and a kitchen serving homemade pizzas. Most Quito hostels have outside spaces like gardens or terraces, and relaxed communal areas for meeting fellow travellers (as well as multilingual staff). In some you'll find private bathrooms or other perks such as rainfall showers.

Quito's buzzing old town is a good place to start exploring, with narrow, cobbled streets, historic buildings and interesting museums. Mariscal Sucre, or La Mariscal, is a lively part of the new town, popular with residents and guests (it's also nicknamed 'gringolandia'). It's the place to go for bars and world cuisine. The La Floresta neighbourhood is home to Parque de las Tripas – as evening falls here, food stalls start selling local dishes like empanadas and seco de pollo (chicken stew).

Drive about 30 minutes north of Quito to visit the equator. A short walk away, there's the Intiñan Solar Museum (which has ancient claims to be the 'real' equatorial spot). To mark important times of the year, Quito has many colourful festivals with processions, music and dancing – alongside cannons, bonfires and beauty queens. Head to the Museo Nacional for pre-Hispanic Ecuadorian art like ceremonial stone thrones and ceramic wild serpent bowls. For a true taste of the city, pick up a plate of hornado – beer-marinated, whole roast pig – in one of Quito's markets. 

Quito's main airport Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre is 37km from the city. Taxi prices from here to the old town are fixed and the journey takes about one hour. A 30-minute shuttle bus gets you from the airport to Parque Bicentenario, which is 15km away from the old town and means a less expensive taxi ride. The city's two principal bus terminals (Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe and Terminal Terrestre Carcelén) are both around an hour's journey by public transport.

We have 74 hostels in Quito with an average rating of 8.6 based on 7,945 reviews 74 of 74 properties available in Quito

About Quito

Mist-covered mountains surround Ecuador's capital, Quito. Beneath its calm Andean backdrop, this ever-growing city is the country's centre for both arts and politics. It's known for its indigenous peoples, who you can see in vibrant traditional dress, and bustling artisan markets. The central old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 17th-century colonial architecture in a series of leafy plazas dotted with ornate churches.

Among the hostels in Quito is a place with its own swimming pool and sauna that funds a local street children's charity. There's also a centrally located Quito hostel with an outdoor terrace and a kitchen serving homemade pizzas. Most Quito hostels have outside spaces like gardens or terraces, and relaxed communal areas for meeting fellow travellers (as well as multilingual staff). In some you'll find private bathrooms or other perks such as rainfall showers.

Quito's buzzing old town is a good place to start exploring, with narrow, cobbled streets, historic buildings and interesting museums. Mariscal Sucre, or La Mariscal, is a lively part of the new town, popular with residents and guests (it's also nicknamed 'gringolandia'). It's the place to go for bars and world cuisine. The La Floresta neighbourhood is home to Parque de las Tripas – as evening falls here, food stalls start selling local dishes like empanadas and seco de pollo (chicken stew).

Drive about 30 minutes north of Quito to visit the equator. A short walk away, there's the Intiñan Solar Museum (which has ancient claims to be the 'real' equatorial spot). To mark important times of the year, Quito has many colourful festivals with processions, music and dancing – alongside cannons, bonfires and beauty queens. Head to the Museo Nacional for pre-Hispanic Ecuadorian art like ceremonial stone thrones and ceramic wild serpent bowls. For a true taste of the city, pick up a plate of hornado – beer-marinated, whole roast pig – in one of Quito's markets. 

Quito's main airport Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre is 37km from the city. Taxi prices from here to the old town are fixed and the journey takes about one hour. A 30-minute shuttle bus gets you from the airport to Parque Bicentenario, which is 15km away from the old town and means a less expensive taxi ride. The city's two principal bus terminals (Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe and Terminal Terrestre Carcelén) are both around an hour's journey by public transport.