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Charm and colonial culture
Masaya Hostel Quito is complete, cozy and dazzling option, but above all, something totally different from existing hotels and hostels in the area. In short, it is the kind of place that was missing from the Historic City Center. Masaya opened its doors to break with the norm by offering a brand-new alternative in luxury accommodation, where guests can decide if they want to stay in a private room or in a shared room, either with friends or travelers from around the world.
In terms of location, you just cannot ask for more. Nestled in the heart of colonial Quito, on Rocafuerte and Venezuela Streets, it is just steps away from the famous “La Ronda” Street, Santo Domingo Square and the Plaza Grande, three iconic historical sites that preserve unaltered traditions from ancestral culture.
The old colonial house has over 20,000 square feet and is surrounded by carefully maintained gardens, creating an enchanting environment. This architectural jewel was fully renovated and restored to host travelers from different countries who are eager to immerse themselves in the cultural experience that Quito truly is. By maintaining its original façade, the house brings out the historical beauty of its surroundings, while the interior design accentuates its colonial architecture. The concept is complemented by paintings, lighting, and photographs from every corner of the country, which together serve to capture a contemporary ethnic style.
Renovated rooms are decorated to pay tribute to Ecuador’s traditional indigenous customs. Large windows in the hotel’s superior private room delight the eyes with a spectacular view of the Historic City Center. Shared dorms are the perfect option for people looking for the same decorative beauty and superior quality at a more affordable price.
Shared rooms are available for four, six, and eight people. They are equipped with individual blackout curtains, linens, lighting, lockers for each bed, and an in-room shower and bathroom. These rooms are perfect for groups or families who enjoy sharing, interacting, and making new friends.
In keeping with the series of differentiating aspects that the hostel has to offer, Masaya has a shared kitchen area for its guests, complete with everything necessary for those who prefer to do their own shopping and cooking. However, if full service is what you are looking for, the hostel provides breakfast and restaurant service. There is also a laundry service, movie viewing room, and free WIFI for guests to plan their itineraries and share experiences.
One of the best common areas is Masaya’s large yard and organic garden, with a special view of the Virgen del Panecillo (Quito’s Virgin Mary on the Hill). There is a roofed-in terrace with a game and relaxation area, with free cultural activities during the week, and organic chocolate tasting on the weekends.
Whether you are a guest or not, we recommend eating at the restaurant. The menu is based on organic and homemade products. The original and entertaining menu has names that are as local as its flavors, including the Buenzazoff Steak, Ñaño, and the Viveza Criolla Sandwich, playing off common slang you will hear around town. Food plays to all kinds of preferences and includes delicious gluten-free and vegan options.
The Bar Lounge serves a wide variety of beverages, including craft beers, wine, creative after-dinner drinks and cocktails that are also named using local slang (Chulla Vida, Acolite Vecina, No Sea Malito, etc.). A hot beverage is the best choice for a cold Quito night, and there are non-alcoholic drinks, too, for the little ones.
Masaya Hostel Quito is a recommended experience for all types of travelers and is a clear example of what it means to take the hospitality industry to another level. They are the first to offer this style of lodging in Quito Historic City Center, bridging wide gap between luxury boutique hotels and hostels. While Masaya is much cheaper, it still maintains same standards of comfort and customer service as other hotels in the area.
Masaya Hostel is a veritable game changer. The name means from beyond, and the finished product effectively pays homage to its name by achieving exactly that: going above and beyond, revolutionizing the hostel concept with luxury facilities that prioritize guest comfort with an original design and affordable prices.