Ecuador Hotels Description
Accommodation in Ecuador is wide-ranging, and caters to everyone from penny-pinching back-packers to those with money to burn.
All across the country, in rural areas, small towns and cities, you will find 'hostals', which cater to the budget market. Some have dormitories, which cost as little as $2 per night (up to $8 per night in Quito) per person. Most hostals have private rooms as well, with shared or private baths. Most towns also feature 'hotels', which tend to cost from $10 up to the low $100s - generally speaking, you get what you pay for. International four- and five-star hotel chains such as Hilton, Marriott and Sheraton exist only in Quito and Guayaquil.
In recent years, there has been an increase of eco-lodges across Ecuador, basically environmentally-friendly hotels often set in large, protected areas of forest. In theory, they use the money they get from tourism to help conserve their particular area of forest, and many also work with local communities to improve schools, build paths and improve the quality of life for the locals. However, while there are many bona fide eco-lodges around, there are also plenty of fakes that think they can boost their popularity simply by tacking 'eco-' onto their name (one place we visited claimed to be an ecolodge because it had a papaya tree!). Have a look at our guide on Eco-tourism to find out some of the basic principles that lodges should abide by in order to use this title.