Quito is no stranger to the international backpacking scene and many hostels have a long history of providing basic accommodations and excellent service to travelers exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether you want to stay along the cobblestone streets of the Historic District, experience the more vibrant nightlife of the Mariscal, or try out one of the quieter residential neighborhoods dotting the city, one of these excellent hostels will fit the bill.
Hump Day Hostel
Located around the corner from the popular La Ronda Neighborhood in the Historic Center of Quito, Hump Day Hostel offers modern accommodations in a renovated historic building. This is not the most inexpensive option in the city but location may be worth the difference in price. Each dorm bed comes with its own electrical outlets, reading lights, as well as personal lockers and privacy screen. There is an on-site bar, a fully equipped, shared kitchen, an outdoor roof terrace and a concierge. Free breakfast just might seal the deal.
Community Hostel Quito
Currently the best-rated Specialty Lodging on TripAdvisor, the Community Hostel Quito provides direct access to the Historic District of Quito. Dormitory-style bunk beds are priced by the size of the room and private double beds with bath are also available. There is a guest kitchen but breakfast is included with your stay and communal dinners are a tradition. They also have laptops available for patrons traveling without their own.
Community Hostel Quito, Pedro Fermín Cevallos, Quito, Ecuador +593 2-228-5108
Consistently highly rated on TripAdvisor, the Minka Hostel is located in the San Juan Neighborhood around the corner from the Basilica del Voto Nacional, an iconic church on the edge of Historic Quito. They provide multiple spaces for just hanging out, a shared kitchen and on-site Spanish lessons. Dog lovers will be happy to hear that some of the proceeds of their stay will go towards helping the stray dogs of Quito.
A mere block away from Parque Alameda, Hostel Revolution is positioned equidistant between the active nightlife in the Mariscal District and the UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center of Quito. The owners are upfront about providing a quiet atmosphere for guests and encourage an international clientele of all ages. Private rooms and dormitory style bunk beds are very reasonably priced.
Quito Backpacker Guest House
Marketed as a backpacker’s sanctuary, the Quito Backpacker Guest House is tucked into the backstreets of the Itchimibia neighborhood, a short walk during the day or a taxi ride at night to the Historic Center of Quito. Located next to a local food market, visitors can save a little extra by cooking in the shared kitchen. Dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds as well as double and triple rooms with private bathrooms are available. Free wifi, an on-site travel agency and free luggage storage are nice extras.
The Secret Garden
Another hostel located in the residential neighborhood of Itchimbia, The Secret Garden advertises high pressure, hot water showers, an often hard-to-come-by combination in Ecuador. With plenty of dormitory space or twin, double, and triple bedrooms with shared baths, there are several options in this brightly painted space. The upstairs terrace provides an excellent view of Historic Quito and the iconic Virgen de Pancillo, making this hostel a solid choice.
The Secret Garden, José de Antepara y Los Rios, Quito, Ecuador +593 2-295-6704
Discovery Quito Hostel
Every room at the Discovery Quito Hostel has free wifi, a shared living lounge with television and a shared kitchen, as well as outdoor spaces in the garden and terraces. Dormitory-style rooms with bunks offer the cheapest rates while private rooms with double beds are also available. Located in the trendy Mariscal District with plenty of options for late night partying, this hostel also has an on-site bar.
El Hostelito offers pod-style dorm beds. Pods come in two sizes, single and double; each with electrical outlets, reading light, pillows, curtains and a private locker. There is a communal kitchen and a TV and games room. Outdoor spaces include a garden, terrace and rooftop with views of the city and the Pichincha volcano.
El Hostelito, y N29-, Ernesto Noboa Caamaño, Quito, Ecuador +593 98 686 4178
A modern-style hostel in the cafe-filled Gonazalez Suarez Neighborhood of Quito, the Boutiquito Hostel advertises affordable luxury and functional design. They offer shared rooms for 4, 6, or 10 people and also have some private rooms available. Your stay includes fresh breakfast that comes with a gorgeous view of the historic church in Guapulo and the surrounding Andes.
Boutiquito Hostel, Jonas Guerrero 100, Quito, Ecuador +593 98 464 7441
Situated in the quaint San Marcos Neighborhood in Historic Quito, the Friends Hostel is a historic building in its own right. Two dormitories, one for men and one for women, as well as a few private rooms are available. A shared kitchen and communal living areas with an eclectic collection of furniture and Ecuadorian knick-knacks provide ample space beyond dormitory living.