The only reasons I stayed here were the price and the World-famous Equator Monument. I was surprised at how much more was available—the busy riverfront, a 24-hour ferryboat [“bridging the nation”], markets, including a fish/Farmers market, and specialties like sewing!
Unfortunately, I was hugely dismayed with the hostel aspect if this lovely and sometimes lively space. It has three levels, the bottom primarily consisting of the restaurant & reception; the second having segregated dorms; the third, private rooms (not available when I was there?!). The reception/restaurant/staff were absolutely the best.
However, the problems began with the ascent(and descent) to the hostel/overnighting. There are NO HANDRAILS! Maybe young people can blithely go up & down, but oldsters, especially those of us who are somewhat disabled (the severely disabled/wheelchair would NOT be able to access this part if the facility) would be in an extremely tense situation.
The dorm room has perhaps 8-10 bunk beds, which would be OK if each bunk had a personal reading light and power outlet. But that was not the case; there were a few overhead Eco-bulbs which lit up the entire space; eye mask required! There were only TWO outlets that I could find, NO WAY near enough if every bunk was occupied. Heck, I bunked close to one outlet to have first/prior use—if that was called for.
The shower/toilet facilities were good, ample water, hit & cold.
But the lack of handrails is why I will never return and the hostel/overnight section earns my much UNwanted “Wheel of DISapprival!”