We’ve traveled the entire country looking for the best places for you to stay! Here you will find the list of our recommended hotels and hostels in Ecuador. BONUS: We also offer hotel and hostel pick up from all the listed places in Quito.

The Wanderbus offers hotel and hostel pick up only in Quito since the city is very large. If you’re staying in another accommodation (AirBnB, friend’s house, another hotel or hostel, etc.) you will have to meet at one of our set pick-up points in touristic areas, at either The Blue House Hostel near Plaza Foch or Plaza Belmonte.

In Baños, Cuenca and Montañita we only offer set pick up points from the main touristic areas. Due to the logistics of some streets or neighborhoods, as well as the small size of these other cities, we are not able to pick up everyone from their individual hostels or hotels in Baños, Cuenca and Montañita. You can use our planning guide to see where the pick up points will be so you can plan your trip accordingly.

What is the difference between a hotel and a hostel in Ecuador?

In Hostels you can find dorms (shared rooms with space for 4 or more people), as well as private rooms that are available. Hostels are also more focused on community, so you will usually find daily planned activities as well as a common area and shared spaces.

In hotels you will only find private rooms. Hotels are more focused on resting, privacy, and personalized service.

Hotel and Hostel Recommendations when traveling to Ecuador

Hotels and Hostels in Quito

(we offer pick ups in all the places listed in Quito)

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador. It’s a big city with plenty of personality and lots of culture. Most hotels and hostels in Quito are located in two tourist neighborhoods — La Mariscal and the Old Town — where you can also find lots of things to do. The Blue House Hostel is one of two permanent Wanderbus pick up points in Quito.

Pick-ups start at around 5.30 am until about 6.30 am. Log in to Your Account to confirm the pick-up time at your specific accommodation.

La Mariscal and Northern Quito

Old Town Quito

Hotels and Hostels in Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi National Park has 2 entrances: North and South. The Wanderbus Pick up is at the South Entrance. All hotels and hostels located in this area are outside of the National Park (except Tambopaxi, which is near the North Entrance). You can take a short and cheap taxi ride to/from the hostels and hotels located near to the South Entrance. If you are staying in a place near the North Entrance, you’ll need to take a taxi or pick-up truck for about 45 minutes to/from the South Entrance for around $20. If you are staying in or around the town of Machachi, a taxi to the South Entrance takes about 30 minutes and will cost around $8.

TownAccommodationPrice Range
North side of MachachiSecret Garden Cotopaxi$33-$145
North side of MachachiHacienda Porvenir$23-$245
MachachiHotel Casa Sakiwa$20-$50
MachachiChilcabamba Lodge$60-$196
Near the south entrance of CotopaxiCuello de Luna$23-$124
Near the south entrance of CotopaxiHotel Rondador Cotopaxi$17-$25
Near the south entrance of CotopaxiCuscungo Cotopaxi Hostel & Lodge$10-$25
Near the south entrance of CotopaxiTambopaxi$25-$312

Hotels and Hostels in Quilotoa

There are many hotels and hotels that will give you access to Quilotoa and the Quilotoa Loop. There are a few located right next to the crater in the town of Quilotoa but there are also more hotels and hotels located in neighboring towns, where you will have to take a taxi to the Wanderbus pick up point.

TownAccommodationPrice RangeDistance to pick up point
QuilotoaRuna Wasi Quilotoa$25-$905min walking
QuilotoaHosteria Alpaka Quilotoa$18-$1054min walking
ChugchilanThe Black Sheep Inn$35-$10030min by car
ChugchilanVaquero Hostel$20-$7030min by car
ChugchilanHostal Cloud Forest$18-$11030min by car
IsinliviLlullu Llama Mountain Lodge$22-$1551h 35min by car
IsinliviHostal Taita Cristobal$17-$851h 35min by car
SigchosHosteria San José de Sigchos$77-$18555min by car
SigchosHostal Dinos by Hurvinek$15-$701hour by car

Hotels and Hostels in Baños

Baños is the adventure capital of Ecuador. It is a very small town, and everything is in walking distance (it usually takes between 5-10 minutes to get everywhere).

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Community Hostel$10 – $305 min
Great Hostel Los Pinos$9 – $585 min
Hostal Casa Real Spa$35 -$1255 min
Hostal La Casa Del Molino Blanco$10 – $45.5011 min
Posada Del Arte$45 – $1556 min
Hostal Princesa María$9 – $357 min
Selina$12 – $1201 min
Hotel La Floresta$100 – $120 6 min

Hotels and Hostels in Alausi

Alausi is a town located in the Andes mountains and is famous for the Devil’s Nose Train. There are a few places to stay here and they are very close to the pick up point.

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Community Hostel Alausi$15-$902min
Hotel Europa$65-$1207min

Hotels and Hostels in Cuenca

Cuenca is an easily-walkable medium sized city located in the south of Ecuador. It is very safe and most hotels and hostels are located in the historic center in the middle of the city.

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Selina$7 – $1007 min
Pepe’s House$17 – $908 min
Siena Hotel$25 – $607 min
La Cigale$9 – $506 min
Hostal Latina$14 – $556 min
Casa San Rafael$30 – $757 min

Hotels and Hostels in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador with tons of places to stay. Here are our top recommendations for hotels and hostels here, we also recommended to take a taxi if you’re traveling anywhere in this city.

AccommodationPrice RangeDistance to pick up point
The Holiday Inn Guayaquil$130-$230At the pick up point
Manso Boutique Guest House$12-$7020min by car
Dreamkapture Hostel$8-$3515min by car
Hostel Nucapacha$1620min by car
Nazu City Hostel$16-$4520min by car

Hotels and Hostels in Montañita

Montañita is a small party town located on the beach. If you want to hit the party scene look for a hostel or hotel in the heart of the town, if not, there are many beautiful hotels and hostels located a little farther away in quieter areas where you can get a restful sleep.

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Selina$12 – $1453 min
Kundalini$15 – $1753 min
Nativa Bambu Ecolodge$95 – $1051 min
Rocio Boutique Hotel$45 – $17012 min
Hidden House Hostel$6 – $303 min
Cabañas Montañita$15 – $1703 min

Hotels and Hostels in Ayampe

Ayampe is a very small relaxing beach town. Here you’ll find a few hotels and hotels all within walking distance of everything!

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Spondylus Lodge$17 – $1353 min
Finca Punta Ayampe$55 – $13010 min
La Buena Vida BB$30 – $1154 min
Hostal Los Orishas$20 – $404 min
Vistamar Guesthouse$40 – $753 min
Aloha Ayampe$45 – $803 min
Las Cabañas de la Iguana$20 – $504 min

Hotels and Hostels in Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez is a beautiful coastal town with lots of great places to stay. You can easily walk to most places here but there are some locations that are a little farther away, where you can still walk but you can also take a taxi.

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Hotel Piedra del Mar$18 – $30At the pick up point
Hosteria Mandala$60 – $17015 min
Hosteria La Terraza$60 – $12019 min
Victor Hugo Hotel$56 – $9511 min
Hosteria Cabanas Itapoa$21 – $1357 min
Hostel Los Islotes Beach Front$9 – $302 min
Monte Libano$24 – $6510 min

Hotels and Hostels in Mindo

Mindo is a small town surrounded in beautiful Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest and is home to hundreds of species of birds. There are great places to stay and most of them are close to our pick up point.

AccommodationPrice RangeWalking time to pick up point
Cinnamon House$9 – $255 min
La Casa de Cecilia$9 – $605 min
Cabañas Armonía y Jardín de Orquídeas$25 – $1455 min
Mindo Real$27 – $355 min