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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had a great stay at Flying Donkey, the staff are amazing particularly Paul who helped us to plan the rest of our Ecuador trip for which we will be forever grateful to him! The rooms and clean and comfortable, the bathrooms are clean with piping hot showers and the hostel itself is quiet and tranquil. Superb location as well,... More 

2 Thank Billie T
Melbourne, Australia
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371 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We spent 3 nights at the Flying Donkey Hostal and it was very good. It's only a few blocks from the market and a similar distance to the main square. There are several restaurants within a few blocks as well and a minimart a block away. The room was clean and the shower had hot water. We had a twin... More 

1 Thank Alek C
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The flying donkey is a clean, centrally located hostal with extremely helpful and welcoming staff! The private rooms come with shampoo/body wash and a towel. It also had a great view of the busy Otavalo streets. I highly recommend The Flying Donkey!

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Lancaster, Ohio
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71 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We stayed here for four days. While it is not a luxury hotel the hostel is clean, comfortable, and cheap. Very nice couple run the hostel and even their very young son is very friendly. Funky and fun wall hanging everywhere. Includes a kitchen where you can cook your own food. We came back from the market early when they... More 

Thank CrabbyFatGuy
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145 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

its not easy to find such a good hostel for that price. the boss and the other employed as well are very friendly and at any time very helpfull. the hostel is very well lovated in the city center. all the rooms were very clean. the kitchen was equipped as the employed would use it too. we really loved the... More 

1 Thank Giuseppe R
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

I was at FD for four nights and I feel very welcomed. Paul is a great host and had lots of information about Otavalo and arounds. Great kitchen with free fruit and coffee in the morning is always a plus. All facilities and rooms are super clean. If we can we will come back to stay at FD.

Thank ana s
Northampton, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

A spacious and clean hostel with a great central location close to shops, and market. The bus terminal is a 15 minute walk away. The kitchen facilities are good. The staff are very helpful and advise on all the local attractions. The wifi is not reliable and occasionally experiences outages. I do not think this hostel offers good value for... More 

1 Thank SamDavies83
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125 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed here three nights. Staff are helpful though sometimes absent from reception. The kitchen is very well equipped with a powerful gas hob. The room was clean and comfortable. Quiet too considering it looked over the street. Atmosphere was a little lacking in the hostel but most likely just because it was quite quiet. The roof terrace is great... More 

1 Thank Sarah D
Kunming, China
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Positive points: The rooms were spotless; the beds were very comfortable; it was quiet; the hostel provided soap, shampoo and towels; the kitchen was big; the view from the terrace was great; the owner was very friendly and informative. Negative points: none that spring to mind. All in all an excellent place.

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Quito, Ecuador
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Some of the less than positive comments on the FD are regarding the noise. Yep, Av Calderon is quite noisy. The FD has done their best to mitigate this by installing attractive wood shutters to block out the light and noise (i.e. Rm 12). However, it is an impossibly noisy street. The good news is that the noise dies down... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Laundry Service
  • Airport Transportation

Additional Information about Flying Donkey

Address: C/ Abdon Calderon y Simon Bolivar (Esquina) | Otavalo Central, Otavalo 100201, Ecuador (Formerly Samay Inn)
Region: Ecuador > Imbabura Province > Otavalo
Price Range: RM85 - RM112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Right in the middle of town. Near all the sights”
 of 5 bubbles 554AliceV, 14 Oct 2015 | Read review
“3rd floor is quieter, I think.”
 of 5 bubbles 418jeanl, 4 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Dorm #4 has a locker that you can transform into a desk!”
 of 5 bubbles Farwayland, 25 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Interior room to avoid street noise - particularly at the weekend”
 of 5 bubbles carlyf323, 10 Sep 2013 | Read review
“If you want any sleep, get an internal room. Employees were nice, but sure glad we didn't pay ahead on this one.”
 of 5 bubbles CarolandRichard, 30 Jul 2013 | Read review
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