hostel in quito, ecuador? and galapagos - isla isabela?
i have booked a flight to galapagos on 3-29 to 4-5. i have heard that isla isabela is one of the best and someone gave me a name for accommodations 'casa rosada' next to 'beto's bar', but i can't find a website. anybody been to galapagos? are there any affordable, nice places to hole up for a week?
thanks for the help.
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Take trole (from the bus station) to Plaza Santo Domingo. It's a good area, in the heart of centro historico and close to La Ronda, a popular street with bars, restaurants and street music.
Can't remember the name of the hostal in Cuenca. Borrero x Mariscal Sucre. There were also three hostals next to/opposite each other. Similar price like in Quito.
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Hostal Auberge Inn is a short walk through a nice park from the old city. I liked the locale because it was not in either of the tourist-heavy districts, so it felt lower key and, frankly, safer. The only downside was that our room was very cold. Also has a nice garden.
Blue House Hostel is horrible. Don't stay there. It's noisy, they had a spotlight shining straight at our window (no curtains, and yes, it was the hostel's spotlight), and the bed had no support. Actually, probably better advice is to just not stay in Mariscal.
The last one is a little pricier - as in $26/$42 (s/d) - but I really liked it, so it's here anyway. We stayed at San Francisco de Quito after our bad experience with Blue House. It's not a hostel, but the price was affordable, the included breakfast was good, and the building it's in is fantastic. It's right in the heart of the old city. Also, excellent service, and if your up for spending a bit on dinner, the attached restaurant has the best filet mignon $10 can buy.
In Puerto Ayora, I stayed at the Hotel Espana. Again, not the cheapest option, IIRC it was $50 for a double, maybe $60, but they included a great breakfast, the service was excellent. I felt that it was good value. I definitely wouldn't want to stay anywhere without air conditioning.
I also stayed a night at the Hotel Elisabeth. Also $50, but no AC and the room was crap and there was no breakfast. I spent a night there just because I was feeling awful when I got to town and just took the first place I looked at so that I could lie down for a while.
I haven't stayed on Isabella, and I can't remember the name of the place I stayed on San Cristobal (though I generally don't recommend San Cristobal anyway).
Whether the Galapagos are affordable or not depends on your budget. On a month-long holiday, I usually bring enough budget so that I don't have to scrimp on every little thing. As a result, I could afford some decent hotels in the Galapagos (helped that our cruise was about $400 under budget ). But if you're planning on spending $10/per person on accomodation...you're probably going to have trouble finding a place, particularly a clean place.
Not many places in the Galapagos have websites, but the place you mentioned does have a facebook page.
I'm afraid I can't recommend anything in Cuenca. Don't stay where we stayed, which was the Hostal El Monasterio. The walls are paper thin (so when your neighbour decides to watch TV at 4am, that means it's wake-up time), and there's a lot of stairs to get there. The elevator has been broken for years, and second day we were there the power was out entirely all morning, so no lights in the stairs or in the room.
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