Faqs

Airport (1)

How far is the Hostel from the new airport and how can we get there from the airport?

The new airport is about a one hour and fifteen minute taxi ride from the Hostel. (This is due to heavy traffic and the fact that the new toll road from the airport to the City Centre is not open yet.)  The normal taxi charge is $26.00. If you are only 2 people you can try to share a ride to reduce the cost. The alternative is to take the Airport bus ($8.00) to the old Airport terminal and then take a taxi to the Hostel. You can also use the city bus for .25 cents to get to the old town and then take a taxi. From there it is a short $2-$3.00 taxi ride to the hostel.

The hostel (5)

What time can I check-in?

Earliest check-in is normally 8.30am and latest is 11.30pm only as we do not have 24 hr reception (we do make exceptions for late arrivals for more than a 1 night stay but this needs to confirmed BEFORE booking so we can organise someone to wait for you.) Only late check-ins confirmed by us are admitted.

Is a Passport required to check-in?

Yes, a valid passport is required at check-in. We only accept international travelers.

Is the area where the hostel is located safe?

We are located on the northern edge of the Historical Centre. We recommend taking taxis in the evenings after 9:00 pm no matter where you travel in Quito and to travel as a couple or group. You will feel safe walking around the “old town” during the day and in the early evenings as there are hundreds of people near the La Ronda area. There are police on almost every corner. The area around the hostel is busy during the day and very quiet at night as we are a few blocks away from the shops, cafes, and bright lights. Some people may tell you to avoid this area and stay in La Mariscal (Gringo Land) but the crime rate is higher there. Use common sense, be aware of pickpockets and don’t advertise your wealth with expensive cameras and jewellery. People who get intoxicated and then “stumble” back to there residences are most at risk. When leaving a bar or nightclub have the staff call a cab for you, please don’t just jump into any car that comes along. Play it smart and enjoy everything Quito has to offer!

Do you allow smoking on the premises?

We do not allow smoking in the rooms or anywhere inside the hostel. However you can smoke on the roof-top terrace. Our hostel is equipped with smoke alarms and we take customer safety seriously!

Is the area around the Hostel noisy?

Hostel Revolution is on a one way street that gets a reasonable amount of car traffic. We do get some noise from the street but generally the area is quiet after 10:00 pm. No matter where you go in Ecuador you will hear some dogs barking at night. If you are a very light sleeper you might try ear plugs.

What is there to see and do in the area?

Lots! This is why we suggest staying with us. We are close to everything.

Alameda Park & the observatory – both recently renovated and restored – don’t miss the fantastic water/light/image display every Thur, Fri & Sat night! – 1 block away
Basilica – climb the towers! 10 minutes walk
Itchimbia Park – best views! 10 minute walk uphill
Plaza San Blas – 5 minute walk
Plaza Grande – 15 minute walk
Plaza del Teatro – 10 minute walk
Plaza Santo Domingo – 15 minute walk
Plaza San Francisco – 20 minute walk
La Ronda – is one of Quitos oldest streets, restored with galleries, cafes & live music – 20 min walk
Old Military hospital – recently restored and now a museum – 15 minute walk
Old Eugenio Espejo Hospital – recently restored and now an events center – 5 minute walk
Central Market – try local dishes and seafood, cheap! – 10 minute walk
La Mariscal – see the gringos! International foods, discos, bars, travel agencies – 20 minute walk
Parque el Ejido – 10 minute walk
Trolley, Metro, Ecovia buses – these are the three main bus lines. Only .25 cents – 5 minute walk

The Historical Center contains Quito´s greatest attractions – old Spanish colonial houses, beautiful streets and plazas, museums, churches, and monuments. There are also many cheap restaurants, cafes, and markets.

Walking through parts of the historical centre is like stepping back in time. Declared a world heritage city by UNESCO, Historical Quito has been reinvigorated since restoration started in the last several years. As part of the makeover, many buildings and streets have been restored, tourist infrastructure improved, police presence increased and crime reduced. Today the area has much more to offer the visitor and locals alike. The restoration process is still underway with new projects being completed all the time.

 

Check in (2)

What time can I check-in?

Earliest check-in is normally 8.30am and latest is 11.30pm only as we do not have 24 hr reception (we do make exceptions for late arrivals for more than a 1 night stay but this needs to confirmed BEFORE booking so we can organise someone to wait for you.) Only late check-ins confirmed by us are admitted.

Is a Passport required to check-in?

Yes, a valid passport is required at check-in. We only accept international travelers.

Around the hostel (3)

Is the area where the hostel is located safe?

We are located on the northern edge of the Historical Centre. We recommend taking taxis in the evenings after 9:00 pm no matter where you travel in Quito and to travel as a couple or group. You will feel safe walking around the “old town” during the day and in the early evenings as there are hundreds of people near the La Ronda area. There are police on almost every corner. The area around the hostel is busy during the day and very quiet at night as we are a few blocks away from the shops, cafes, and bright lights. Some people may tell you to avoid this area and stay in La Mariscal (Gringo Land) but the crime rate is higher there. Use common sense, be aware of pickpockets and don’t advertise your wealth with expensive cameras and jewellery. People who get intoxicated and then “stumble” back to there residences are most at risk. When leaving a bar or nightclub have the staff call a cab for you, please don’t just jump into any car that comes along. Play it smart and enjoy everything Quito has to offer!

Is the area around the Hostel noisy?

Hostel Revolution is on a one way street that gets a reasonable amount of car traffic. We do get some noise from the street but generally the area is quiet after 10:00 pm. No matter where you go in Ecuador you will hear some dogs barking at night. If you are a very light sleeper you might try ear plugs.

What is there to see and do in the area?

Lots! This is why we suggest staying with us. We are close to everything.

Alameda Park & the observatory – both recently renovated and restored – don’t miss the fantastic water/light/image display every Thur, Fri & Sat night! – 1 block away
Basilica – climb the towers! 10 minutes walk
Itchimbia Park – best views! 10 minute walk uphill
Plaza San Blas – 5 minute walk
Plaza Grande – 15 minute walk
Plaza del Teatro – 10 minute walk
Plaza Santo Domingo – 15 minute walk
Plaza San Francisco – 20 minute walk
La Ronda – is one of Quitos oldest streets, restored with galleries, cafes & live music – 20 min walk
Old Military hospital – recently restored and now a museum – 15 minute walk
Old Eugenio Espejo Hospital – recently restored and now an events center – 5 minute walk
Central Market – try local dishes and seafood, cheap! – 10 minute walk
La Mariscal – see the gringos! International foods, discos, bars, travel agencies – 20 minute walk
Parque el Ejido – 10 minute walk
Trolley, Metro, Ecovia buses – these are the three main bus lines. Only .25 cents – 5 minute walk

The Historical Center contains Quito´s greatest attractions – old Spanish colonial houses, beautiful streets and plazas, museums, churches, and monuments. There are also many cheap restaurants, cafes, and markets.

Walking through parts of the historical centre is like stepping back in time. Declared a world heritage city by UNESCO, Historical Quito has been reinvigorated since restoration started in the last several years. As part of the makeover, many buildings and streets have been restored, tourist infrastructure improved, police presence increased and crime reduced. Today the area has much more to offer the visitor and locals alike. The restoration process is still underway with new projects being completed all the time.