Hostal de La Rabida
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Airport Transportation
- Breakfast Available
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Multilingual staff
- Non-smoking rooms
TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal de La Rabida Quito
Un oasis de paix dans Quito. Un accueil extraordinaire!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hostal de La Rabida Quito
Close to the airport
A comfortable, homely place to stay which is close to the airport and the New Town. They will kindly store your luggage if going down to the Amazon.
Muy agradable y acojedor, ¡es como estar en casa!
Éramos un grupo de 10 personas que nos dirigíamos a hacer submarinismo a las Islas Galápagos y pasamos dos noches a la ida y una al regreso de nuestra estancia en Galápagos (3 noches en total). El hotel se encuentra muy cerca del Hilton Colon Quito y de muchos restaurantes. Nos cobraron 44 USD más tasas por noche, lo que me pareció muy barato en relación con el servicio que obtuvimos. El precio incluía el desayuno americano cocinado a tu gusto (pides y el cocinero te lo prepara inmediatamente). Las habitaciones eran amplias... algunas incluso tenían un pequeño salón, otras tenían un jardín o terraza. El hotel estaba muy limpio, el servicio era excelente y todos hablaban inglés. No nos cobraron nada por guardarnos el equipaje, ¡10 maletas enormes durante 10 días! El hotel había sido previamente una casa particular y el salón, con chimenea incluida, era de lo más acogedor. Habíamos pensado en quedarnos en el Café Cultura, pero nos cobraban entre 15 y 20 dólares más por habitación. El Hostal de la Rabida está considerado como de precio medio en el Lonely Planet, pero, si has estado en el Café Cultura, considéralo como un Café Cultura sin grandes lujos. Sin lugar a dudas volvería a quedarme aquí.
Pequeño hotel encantador y amable
Llegué a Quito a principios de diciembre de 2005 para comenzar mi viaje por Sudamérica y el Hostal Rabida fue un lugar práctico y acogedor desde donde partir. Pese a ser una mujer que viajaba sola, me sentí segura en el hotel y el personal, en concreto Patricio, fue de gran ayuda para mí. El hotel tiene un pequeño restaurante en el que se ofrecen buenos desayunos y cenas, un bar y un sofá al lado del fuego que resulta muy cómodo para relajarse o charlar con otros huéspedes. En las inmediaciones se pueden encontrar restaurantes, Internet, oficina de correos y tiendas. Recomiendo el Hostal Rabida a todo aquel que viaje a Quito.
This is a great place in a good location. We spent 3 weeks in Ecuador and used this as our home base. It was charming, safe, clean, quiet and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We had to make several unexpected changes to our travel plans and they went out of their way to help us with airline changes, hotel bookings, etc. Highly recommended for a stay in Quito. March 2006.
Amazing small hotel !
Rough Guide ****** can't do justice to this superb small hotel - wonderful courteous helpful bilingual staff; crisp linen piled high; really peaceful street city centre; lovely food; excellent prices -wish we could live here for ever!
Nice little hotel
The La Rabida is a very small hotel located just on the edge of the historic district of Quito. It is a good location to walk the central city area and very close to a very lively resturaunt and club area. Their hotel resturaunt is nice and very convenient on Sunday when everything else around town is closed except fast food places. There was a fire in the fireplace and a comfortable living room-lobby and another small bar area.
My room was a single - just large enough for a single bed, chair and TV. All simple but very clean and well kept. The only negative was the lack of an Englist news chanel such as CNN International. It does, however, give you a chance to practice your Spanish. The window panels in the doors can be opened for ventilation (no A/C) and it would be nice if they has some sort of security panels so that they could be left open while you were out of the room. The hotel pet rabbit is jet black and named "Brownie." He tries to get in the rooms if you leave the door open. Also watch where you step on the door mat in the morning.
I did not want to take an organized tour to Otavalo and found that the bus takes much longer than advertised. The man at the hotel found a local driver who knew some English and wanted to use his new car and we had a good time touring. It turned out that I knew more Spanish than he knew English so it helped my language skills also.
The hotel will store all the stuff you bought at Otavalo for you if you are going to the islands and returning to La Rabida before your flight home. Very nice of them.
I would recommend La Rabida.
Lovely, friendly little hotel
I arrived in Quito in early December 2005 to begin my travels in South America and Hostal Rabida proved to be a friendly and helpful starting point. As a single female traveller the hotel felt secure and the staff (particularly Patricio) were really helpful. The hotel has a small restaurant that offers good breakfast selections and dinner, a bar and sofa by the fire which are good place to relax or chat to other guests. There are restaurants, internet, post office and shopping all nearby. I would recommend Hostal Rabida to anyone travelling to Quito.
Very nice and cozy, feels just like home!
We were travelling for a scuba diving trip in a group of 10 to the Galapagos Islands and stayed here for 2 nights before the trip and one night after the trip (total 3 nights).
This hotel is located within walking distance to the Hilton Colon Quito and many restaurants. They charged us USD 44 per night plus tax, which in my opinion was really inexpensive for what we got. The rate included American breakfast cooked to your liking (you place your order and the chef cooks it right away).
The rooms were good-sized... some of them had a small living room, some of them had a garden or verandah. The hotel was very clean, service was excellent and everyone spoke English.
They didn´t charge us anything for storing our bags (10 big bags) for 10 days!! Turns out this hotel was a former residence converted into a hotel so the living room (with fireplace) felt really cozy.
We also considered staying at the Cafe Cultura but they charged us around USD15-20 more per room. The Hostal de la Rabida is considered mid-range by the Lonely Planet but if you´ve stayed at the Cafe Cultura then consider it as a no frills Cafe Cultura. I would DEFINITELY stay here again.
A Great Find!
We found this charming little inn on the Internet and I kept my fingers crossed that it would be good. My husband was very apprehensive as he was born in Quito, hadn't been there for 18 years and wanted to stay at a big American chain hotel (unlike our grown daughter & myself who wanted local flavor). Boy! We lucked out! The staff is fabulous and cater to your every wish. The owner, Nora, is now part of our extended family as is her husband, Pablo. Pablo, by the way, is a fabulous tour guide for hire and we traveled all over the country (day trips) with him. Breakfasts are perfect in the hotel, the garden is cute, the bunnie rabbit Brownie will eat your leftovers, the living room is cozy & comfy - they light a fire every evening and we had wine, did puzzles, played games & felt right at home. The security is excellent, the neighborhood is a few blocks from the new "in" area with restaurants & shops. If you're looking for marble lobbies, brand new furniture & carpeting, state-of-the-art lighting, this is not the place for you. The building is old, has 11 (?) rooms - but charming, clean, good water pressure, safe (we never locked our doors), and offers service galore with a smile! This really was a find! We loved it!
Nice Hotel for a couple nights
I stayed at this hotel for a total of 3 nights (pre and post Galapagos). Not too far from the airport and located in a semi-quiet area. The staff is very nice and speaks good English. Their restaurant was good for dinner and also breakfast. They have baggage storage in case you don't want to bring it all to the Galapagos.
Lots of restaurants in the area that you can walk to and also a bakery around the corner. There is an internet cafe that is $1 per hour which is called ChocoNet and it is on the next block.
Be careful of the rabbit in the courtyard. It is nice but, leaves droppings on your mat outside your door. My friend also fell in the courtyard, as she missed a step.
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