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Property Description

Are you looking for a home away from home in Ecuador? Well that is exactly what you will find at this picturesque, family run hostel in the heart of the Andes! Whether you are interested in relaxing by the fire, enjoying the scenery from a hammock on the porch, or hearing the rich history of this 43 year old hostel from Aida herself - Casa Aída offers relaxation, charm, and a wide variety of comforts. Aida also serves family-style home cooked meals using ingredients directly from the garden and fruit trees on the property. During breakfast and dinner, guests have the opportunity to share meals, stories, and get to know one another. An additional $5 for dinner includes a big bowl of homemade soup, bread, salad and a creative entree. Casa Aida offers space for camping as well for only $4 a day, which includes access to all of the facilities in the hostel. Please note: Reception is open 24 hours a day. We are a family run hostel which means we live here as well. If you arrive after 10pm and the lights are off ring the bell or knock until someone opens the door.

There really is not a better place than Hostel Aida as far as location is concerned, especially for lovers of the outdoors. Located in the quiet town of La Esperanza, at the base of Volcan Imbabura, it is a perfect starting off point for a trip to the summit. There are countless other hikes, hot springs, waterfalls, rivers and lakes to visit in the area as well! Two of Aida´s grandsons, Charlie and Jose, are experienced guides, and can lead and organize trips to the summit of Imbabura and other nearby destinations. Having grown up in La Esperanza, Charlie and Jose know the area like the back of their hands and are great resources and guides! If outdoor activities aren´t your thing, there are plenty of other attractions in the area. These include a trip to the nearby Otavalo markets, Ibarra, or simply just hanging around the hostel relaxing by the fire, playing with the animals or chatting with the family.

A variety of accommodations are available, ranging from private rooms to campsites. All rooms are brightly painted, and provide gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and garden. Each room is furnished with comfortable beds, a desk and chair, and plenty of warm blankets for those cold mountain nights! In addition, all accommodations include access to hot showers, free towels, 24 hour check in, free WIFI, and access to a fully stocked kitchen. It is important to note that all showers and bathroom facilities are shared.

Hostal Casa Aida policies and conditions:

Check-in time starts at 10 am.
Check-out time is 4 pm.
Please advise your arrival time.

Payment types accepted at this property: only cash.

Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival.

Taxes included.

Breakfast not included.


24-hour reception.

No curfew.

Pet friendly. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the property.

Child friendly.

Reviews & Ratings

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Nov 22, 2021
Casa Aida is a special place! It is run by 85 year old Aida who has the wildest and most heart warming stories of her more than 50 years hosting. Not to mention she cooks the most amazing authentic meals that feel like eating with family. Her grandson Juan guided me on an amazing journey up Ibabura, teaching me about the local fauna and upping my terrible Spanish whole way. The rooms are lovely and the showers are hot. There's much more to do here than 1 hike so give yourself lots of time!
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Male, 25-30
Feb 13, 2021
We loved our stay in Casa Aida, the founder of the hostel is a 83 years old lady, the sweetest grandma! Her family runs the hostel and everyone is so welcoming. I am sorry I just could spend one night, definitely will come back !
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Female, 25-30
Mar 12, 2019
La Casa Aida is one of those places that, if you are very lucky, you may stumble upon after a long day on the road, and once experienced, will never be forgotten. Aida and her gracious family (including an unknowable number of dogs) have been welcoming visitors for over forty years, and I can think of no better description for it than Aida’s own: “No es una hostel, es una casa.” Come for the volcano, stay for the pancakes.
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Free Parking
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Dryer
    • Parking
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi