It won’t be just the altitude making you feel light headed once we introduce you to the 3 best hostels in Quito, Ecuador!
We at Hostelgeeks have worked hard to find you cool and fun hostels in this beautiful ancient Incan city.
Honestly, you only need one great recommendation. But we like to list options for many traveller types so as not to disappoint.
Here’s your shortcut:
- Masaya Hostel Quito – great for couples
- El Hostelito – top pick for solo travellers
- Selina Quito – one for digital nomads
Get ready for knock-your-socks-off design and social spaces that will have you booking an extra night (or two). Our collection of hostels in Quito are awesome!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Don’t forget to check out our collection of 12 Local Things to do in Quito whilst you’re there.
Quick Introduction to Quito
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Quito cost 6€ – 11€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 17€ up to 50€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Tourism Tax: Be aware that the 12% tax is not included in the booking price of El Hostelito and Masaya Hostel Quito. At our #3 recommendation Selina Quito, the tax is at 22%.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Quito
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Quito.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Masaya Hostel Quito
Within a colonial building, Masaya Hostel Quito mixes modern facilities with hostel spirit and hotel comfort.
For the price, it’s astounding what you get and frankly we’re amazed.
Let’s start with the rooms which include 4-8 bed dorms and private options. They come with:
- Private bathroom
- Wi-Fi coverage
- Flat screen TV (private)
- Lamp, curtain, safe, plug (dorms)
Whether you’re a couple or single traveller looking to spoil yourself – opt for the king size bed private room.
All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the Masaya hospitality. The staff here have received a lot of love from their guests, and it’s no wonder.
Their aim is to deliver a local experience and this shines through via the daily activities on offer.
Try your hand at salsa or make your own empanada the Ecuadorian way. Yum!
Alongside this, there are of course top-notch amenities for you to enjoy.
Wind down in the gorgeous garden or get chatting on the rooftop terrace – it comes with a bar. There’s also a BBQ, cinema and pool table so forget the word ‘bored’.
Note: breakfast is included in private rooms and dorm peeps can pay 4 USD. It includes pancakes!
Forget transport as you won’t need it if you stay here. Many top sights are within walking distance including the famous La Ronda Street.
This is one of the best hostels in Quito for
- Female solo travellers
2. El Hostelito
There are two main reasons why you should stay at El Hostelito:
- Strategic location close to all main tourist spots & super safe
- There are double pods in a shared dorm
Yep, the Floresta/Guapulo neighbourhood is full of restaurants, bars, cafes and parks. The central location also means you’ll save coins on local transport.
It seems double bed dorms are becoming popular across the world, but El Hostelito has gone one extra step to make theirs really special.
Reserve a double bed for 1 person and that will accommodate 2. So basically, whether you’re one or two people, you’ll pay the same. Excellent.
If you prefer a slightly cheaper dorm, you won’t miss out on sturdy bunks with the same amount of privacy.
Note: there are no private rooms here.
We were kidding earlier, there are actually tons of more reasons to stay here…
- Free breakfast
- Free tea, coffee & filtered water
- Patio and Rooftop space
- Smart TV w/ Netflix
- Bar w/ local craft beer
- Bike rentals
The staff like to get social and encourage their guests to join in. If you like a good time, join in Happy Hour, free walking tour and occasional pub crawl.
To top it off reception is at hand 24hrs which means absolutely no curfew.
This is one of the best hostels in Quito for
- Solo travellers
3. Selina Quito
Enjoy beautiful rooms, places to connect and co-working spaces all under the roof of Selina Quito.
This is a hostel that redefines what it means to travel, work and explore for nomads and travellers of all shapes and sizes.
Check out the spaces:
- Movie room w/ Netflix
- On-site restaurant & bar
- Large chill/work space w/ piano
- Library/reading area
- Yoga deck
No matter which part of the hostel you choose to chill out, the design is homely and really spacious.
The dorm rooms here which range from 4-8 beds all come with a personal light and locker. It’s just a shame that privacy curtains aren’t included.
For the more indulgent traveller there is a suite option with a king size bed and private bathroom. Standard doubles and triples are also available.
If you’re looking to save money, there is a handy kitchen open at all times for use.
They host tons of events including yoga classes and salsa lessons so make sure you enquire with the friendly staff.
This is one of the best hostels in Quito for
- Digital nomads
- Social butterflies
What about cheapest hostels in Quito?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Quito.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Quito
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Read: guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst.
These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Quito for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Quito for solo-travellers?
Let us get straight to the point:
The question is, which type of social traveller are you?
Of course this makes a big difference to what you’re looking for which is why we always provide a few choices for you.
Best Party Hostels in Quito
Let’s be frank; Quito is not a party destination.
You’ll find that most of the hostels here are about striking design and chill spaces for a reasonable price.
However! You can still have a good time despite the lack of party hostels in Quito.
Remember when we told you about the awesome El Hostelito?
If not, scroll back up, quick!
Although technically not a party hostel, it has all the important ingredients for a fun, sociable time that could last all night long.
Their in-house bar offers a Happy Hour and it’s possible to join a pub crawl and venture to the nearby nightlife scene.
The bonus of it not being an advertised party hub means you can return to a quiet room and look forward to a good nights sleep. A perfect balance, we reckon.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Masaya Hostel Quito: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- El Hostelito: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Selina Quito: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Quito best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Quito. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Quito hostels on a map.
We love to plan our trips with a map with the sights and places to visit – and the potential hostels we’d like to stay. So we though this map helps you planning your backpackers trip as well.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
- El Panecillo
- Basilica of the National Vote
- Independence Square
- La Carolina Park
There’s also a handy Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Tour in Quito.
Flights to Quito?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over South America and the world for that matter.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Quito.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:
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- 3 best hostels in Cusco, Peru
- 3 coolest hostels in Bogota, Colombia
- 3 best hostels in Medellin, Colombia
You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.
Over to you
Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Quito hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries