Where should I stay in Baños, Ecuador
If you are heading to Ecuador then it is likely you will be making your way to the town of Baños, home of adventure in the form of hiking, biking, rafting, canyoning and zip lining. Tucked in a small valley by the side of the Pastaza River and boasting it’s own volcano (Tungurahua) nearby, Baños is also known as the ‘Gateway to the Amazon’. So the question is where should I stay in Baños? Allow me to introduce La Casa del Molino Blanco, a luxury B&B with hostel prices!
La Casa del Molino Blanco
Who runs it?
La Casa del Molino Blanco is run by Elba who is one of the warmest ladies we have met and from the minute you arrive she will make you feel at home. With the help of other staff Jimmy’s and his mother the B&B is fun and welcoming. Jimmy’s mum even baked a cake for me when they discovered it was my birthday. I don’t know of any other hotel or B&B who would do that.
Elba runs a website www.banios.com which rates the best places in Baños and has listings for cafes & restaurants, spanish schools, tours, spas and more. They know the best companies and tours for all things adventure in Baños and can organise all tours from the B&B.
Jimmy was also able to point us in the right direction for our Amazon tour which happened to be 12 hours from Baños. Clearly these guys know a lot more than most about Ecuador and all it has to offer whether it be the Amazon, Wildlife & Nature Reserves or just the best way to get around.
Where is it?
Situated just five minutes walk from the town centre and at the base of the walking trail to the best viewpoints over Baños this bed & breakfast boasts both convenience and a relaxed location. The area is quiet and safe and the locals are very friendly.
La Casa del Molino Blanco has both 5-bed dorms and private rooms with both double beds and twin-singles.
Private rooms feature built-in wardrobes and bedside tables and many have fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the town of Baños.
Privates cost $9.90 US per person per night.
Single Rooms $13.90 per night.
5-bed dorms feature lockable drawers for small items like passports, electronics etc. and each dorm has plenty of shelves and tables to put your stuff.
Dorms cost $7.90 US per night.
All prices minus 12% tax. All prices include breakfast.
What else has it got?
Unlike most hostels, hotels and B&Bs across South America Molino Blanco actually has everything they tell you they have; hot water (all-day), Wi-Fi, same-day laundry service ($1 per kilo), comfortable beds made daily and a great breakfast.
The breakfast is the best i’ve had in the last 5 months of travel. Like most travellers I am sick to death of the hard round bread and jam most hostels provide. At Molino Blanco you get fresh croissants, wholemeal bread and chocolate bread. 3 types of bread! A large range of teas, coffee and fresh juice is also provided. On alternating days Jimmy and Elba cook either Colombian pancakes, scrambled eggs or provide fresh fruit and muesli. Breakfast runs from 8am-10am.
On the top floor of the 3 storey B&B there is a great communal lounge room with hundreds of DVDs in both Spanish and English, plenty of boardgames and a huge TV. A sunroom attached to this also offers great views over Baños.
Outside there is a courtyard with a nice garden, a hammock and plenty of tables and chairs. There is also a BBQ which Jimmy is more than happy to fire up if guests wish to eat at the hostel. The kitchen inside is also available for use by guests.
How’s the vibe?
Thanks to Elba & Jimmy the B&B has a really friendly vibe and most guests end up staying longer than anticipated. We met heaps of great people here from all over the world and everyone was down to earth and fun. Most of the guests were aged between 22-32 but due to the luxury feel the B&B is definitely suited to older travellers and families too. The best thing about Molino Blanco is the people, the whole family is happy to help make your stay better and as a result the travellers you meet here are happy ones.
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