Quito, Ecuador, isn’t known for being the safest city in South America. However, it is a worthwhile stop due to it’s rich history, numerous adventure options, and day trips you’ll find here. If you want a comfortable homebase, I recommend staying at the La Casona de Mario hostel.
What I loved most about La Casona de Mario was the feeling of being at home. Especially after a long day exploring the bustling city, it was always nice to come back to a peaceful and relaxing place, lay on the couch with a blanket, and watch some television or play one of the board games in the common area. Moreover, Mario has two adorable and friendly dogs, only adding to that homey feeling.
What’s interesting about Quito is that the dangerous area is actually the tourist area, La Mariscal. That being said, there is a lot to do in La Mariscal, so you don’t want to be too far, either. La Casona de Mario is located in a quiet, safe neighborhood that’s about a 10 minute walk from La Mariscal, making it the perfect location.
Something else really wonderful about La Casona de Mario is the length Mario goes to to keep his guests safe. Along with the two dogs, who bark each time someone enters the property, there is a padlocked iron gate, which you’ll get a key to once you check in. Moreover, the house itself and your room also have locks, which are part of your key set.
While this isn’t a party hostel, I actually felt it was more social than some of the crazy hostels I’ve stayed in. There are so many common areas – the TV room, the game area, the kitchen, the barbecue area, and the outdoor patio – so you’re always meeting new and friendly people. There’s also a board with postings about different travel happenings and companies, so guests can interact and share tips.
When choosing a hostel, it’s important to look at the free perks offered, to see where else you’ll be saving money. At La Casona de Mario, there’s complimentary linens, towels, Wi-Fi, a book exchange, hot water, and parking.
I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone heading to Quito. More than anywhere else you visit in South America, you’re going to want a comfortable homebase in a safe location in Quito. La Casona de Mario provides just that.
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