La Cigale Hostal, located in the popular Calle Larga area, is a new hostel aiming at the younger crowd. Although it has a bar, the music ends around midnight, so those needing a good night's rest will find it here.
French-owned (hence the French name, although locals pronounce the Spanish way, La Ci-gah-lay), the hostel, in a renovated colonial home, sports such touches as duvets on the beds. And the staff are multilingual, helpful and friendly.
The covered courtyard is filled with wooden restaurant chairs (with cushions) and tables, so there aren't too many places to lounge.
Large ferns adorn the edges of the courtyard.
This hostel is less than three years old, so the rooms are inviting, with fresh paint and clean floors.
Rooms are located on the second floor and in the addition on the back of the building.
A shared room with shared bathroom (baño compartido) is $8 per person, up to 4 in the room. Double rooms have two double beds and a private bath (baño privado) for $20 per person. The Queen room has one queen bed and private bath for $20 per night.
The 12% IVA (tax) is not included in the room rates, but your breakfast is included.
The restaurant serves popular fare like corn chips and guacamole, hummus and pita, ratatouille, salads and desserts.
They also serve vegetarian sandwiches, hamburgers, tuna wraps and crepes of all kinds. You'll find fresh fish here too, at very reasonable prices.
At night, the courtyard becomes a bar with music and happy hour.
Wireless internet is available throughout the hostel.
La Cigale Hostal is located at Honorato Vásquez 7-80 and Luis Cordero.
We couldn't find a website listed for La Cigale, but they do have a Facebook page.
You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 593 (7) 2835308 (inside Ecuador, call 07-2835308).
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