The Cheapest Hotels to Book in Ecuador

We recommend the best budget places to stay while you're exploring Ecuador
We recommend the best budget places to stay while you're exploring Ecuador | © Marko Reimann / Alamy Stock Photo
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13 October 2021

While often overshadowed by its bigger neighbors Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is a must for anyone thinking of visiting South America. Whether you’re backpacking through the continent or visiting Quito on a shoestring, we’ve picked out the best places to stay that are guaranteed to go easy on your pocket – and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

Try jungle living at Selina Amazon Tena

3.9/5 (28 Reviews)
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Set in thick Amazonian rainforest overlooking the banks of the Napo River, the Selina Amazon Tena is a charming bamboo lodge that won’t put a big dent on your wallet. Choose between shared or private rooms; expect balconies with river views in the higher-end accommodations. You can splash about in the swimming pool, and there’s a wellness center for yoga classes and massage treatments, all surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

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Stay at Hotel Libertador to experience the music city of Loja

3.9/5 (15 Reviews)
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Now from $59 per night

If you find yourself in the southern Ecuadorian city of Loja (a must-visit for music fans), you’ll find your dollar goes a long way at the Hotel Libertador. Firstly, it’s bang in the center of town, with everything within easy walking distance, so there’s no need for taxis. When you’re done exploring, take a dip in the heated indoor pool – there’s also a hot tub and sauna to ease any aching muscles.

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Sleep close to the beach at Hostal Antares in Manta

3.9/5 (50 Reviews)
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A stay in Manta means you’ll want to be within a short stroll of the beaches, and Hostal Antares puts you within walking distance of Playa Murciélago. Fancy a swim without the sand? There’s an open-air swimming pool here, too, and a hot tub with a waterfall. Rooms are clean and modern, with family suites sleeping up to four people; many boast balconies featuring top vistas of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

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Enjoy complimentary breakfast near Guayaquil waterfront at Casa Boutique La Fontana

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If you’re heading out to the Galápagos Islands, chances are you’ll pass through Guayaquil, though there are plenty of reasons to stay a while in this port city. And if you do, check into the Casa Boutique La Fontana for bargainous rooms, right in the center, just a couple blocks from the riverfront promenade. A bright, modern room awaits your return, with all the amenities you’d expect from a much pricier hotel. When you wake up, enjoy breakfast in the smart dining room.

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Kick back in the hip Selina Quito

3.9/5 (42 Reviews)
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Now from $33 per night

Formerly the Hotel Sebastian, this place has been given new life with colorful murals, funky furniture and a clientele of mostly younger travelers. There are plenty of fun places to hang out, too, with a library, cinema and cafe-bar. Plump for a bunk in a mixed dorm to really save on green, though private rooms are also available. Selina Quito is in the Mariscal Sucre neighborhood, known for its happening nightlife, so it’s a great spot if you’re up for hitting a bar or two.

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  • Catch a wave at surfer-friendly Hostal Rosa Mistica

    3.4/5 (10 Reviews)
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    Located at the top of Playa Montañita, the Hostal Rosa Mistica certainly scores top marks for its fabulous setting. This jungle-lodge-style hostel attracts a friendly mix of surfers and backpackers, thanks to the renowned waves and natural beauty of the area. There’s a healing room offering massages, while a beachfront bar-restaurant serves up cold beer and fresh local seafood – be sure to stick around for some spectacular sunsets.

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    Unwind at the laid-back La Góndola in Montañita

    4.1/5 (29 Reviews)
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    Now from $42 per night

    If your idea of relaxation is swinging in a hammock to the sound of nearby waves and little else, book yourself a space at La Góndola. This collection of shared cabins and private bungalows is as chilled out as you can get, just steps from Montañita Beach as well as local bars and eateries. There’s a shared kitchen to help you save even more money, which you could always spend on those surf lessons you’ve been meaning to take.

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    Grab a beer with fellow backpackers at Blue House in Quito

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    With its eye-catching blue facade set on a sloping cobblestone lane in old town Quito, they didn’t think too hard when naming this budget-friendly hotel. It offers both youth hostel-style shared dorms, with sleeping pods or bunk beds, as well as private rooms with their own or shared bathrooms. A mix of backpackers and young travelers give the place a friendly and sociable vibe, plus there’s a backyard for mingling over a drink or a game of pool.
    These recommendations were updated on October 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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