Surrounding Area

There are endless adventures available for guests visiting Montañita regardless of the time of year. Get an adrenaline rush while paragliding over the ocean, explore the beaches along Ruta del Spondylus, go whale watching or visit La Isla de La Plata from Puerto Lopez, embark on a snorkeling excursion in Salango, or observe the local wild life while hiking through the Machalilla National Park. Looking to add even more excitement to your trip? Then head out on the town to Montañita’s city center and experience the vibrant night life that made this town famous!

There is truly something for everyone in Montañita!


Esperanto is a chill beachside retreat for travelers visiting the beautiful town of Montanita. The hostel is famous for our unique 3-story pentagonal structure that has often been compared to a lighthouse " a true architectural gem in Montañita!

The gated entry leads guests into a private yard featuring manicured landscaping, lush green grass, and vibrant gardens. The walk way wraps around to the backyard sanctuary where patrons can relax in hammocks, enjoy staff organized BBQs, escape the sun beneath the canopy tent, or enjoy a lovely breakfast before starting your day of sight-seeing.

Guests are welcomed at reception by friendly multilingual staff who are eager to help get you settled into your accommodations. The entry way of the hostel flows into a spacious common area featuring a fully equipped kitchen complete with a fridge, a stove top, blender, and a toaster - ideal for cooking budget-friendly meals for yourself or to share with friends.

The adjoining living room offers guests a relaxed space furnished with comfortable seating, cable TV and DVD player, an extensive library of movies, and a book exchange with a diverse reading selection. This is a great nook for curling up with a book or kicking-up your feet & watching a flick.

The third floor balcony boasts iconic views of the Pacific Ocean & endless moments of 'tranquillo' from the cozy hammocks hung along the hardwood terrace. This is a perfect place to sip a café con leche & scope out the morning waves or enjoy a cold beer while watching the sun disappear into the horizon. This is the perfect spot for mingling with fellow guests & exchanging stories about adventurous travels.


Our charming rooms -shared & private dorms - are true havens for rest & relaxation. Each room is furnished with two (2) bunk beds and provide flexible sleeping options for guests. Each dorm also features a private balcony that provides spectacular vistas of Montañita beach & invites in the gentle sea breezes & the sounds of crashing waves to lull you to sleep at night.

Each dormitory is equipped with a ceiling fan for temperature control, a mosquito net, and a safe deposit box (complete with an electrical outlet INSIDE) for locking up personal items and securely charging your electronics.

All rooms have access to private bathrooms with hot water showers. The shared dormitory rooms have a private non-ensuite bathroom. Private dorms have private ensuite bathrooms exclusive for the guests use.

Policies & Restrictions



•Guests are required to complete a registration form, including the check-in and check-out dates, to confirm or advise about room availability.

- If guests decide to extend their stay, please let us know the night before your scheduled check-out date to ensure room availability.

•Guests are required pay the full amount due on their room prior to 12pm on the day of Check Out. This is to avoid misunderstandings about room availability for both the hostel management and the guests. Not paying in advance could result in:

-Selling the room to another guest

-Assuming that the current guest will stay for an additional night when that may not be the case.

•Check-Out: 12 pm
•Check-In: 3 pm
•Rooftop Terrace Access: 7 AM " 12 AM midnight
•Kitchen access: 6 AM " 12 AM midnight
•Living Room: 24/7


•Hostel has a strict “NO DRUGS” policy on the property. Any and all drugs are strictly prohibited in and round the property, including the hostel guest rooms and the communal social areas such as the rooftop terrace, the backyard garden, etc. Guests who chose to disregard this policy surrender their right to remain at the hostel and will be asked to leave.

•Moderate alcohol consumption is only allowed in the communal social areas including the TV room, the rooftop terrace, and the backyard garden. If guests abuse this privilege, the hostel’s staff reserves the right to limit or deny access to any of these areas as needed.

•No explosives, detonators, chemical substances or any other materials that may cause harm to guests or damage the property are allowed on the premise. If found on the property, they will be confiscated immediately.

•For security purposes, anyone who is NOT a registered guest at Esperanto is prohibited from entering any shared or private guest room.

•Please turn-off all lights in the bedroom, bathroom, and on the balcony when leaving your room.

•Be sure to securely lock-up your room when leaving. Esperanto is not responsible for any lost, stolen or forgotten property so please secure the windows and lock your door to protect your belongings.

•Guests are not allowed to take any property for the hostel to the beach. This especially includes towels. If guests are in need of a beach towel, one can be purchased in the city center.

•It is absolutely prohibited to smoke, light candles or any flammable material inside the hostel in order to prevent potential fire hazards. Smoking is permitted outside on the rooftop terrace or in the backyard.

•Noise pollution. We ask that guests respect one another by keeping noise to a minimum by keeping the volume low when using any portable radios or MP3 speakers with external audio.



•Lost keys will incur a $10 USD fee. If you are worried about losing your room key please leave it at the reception desk on your way out.

•Guests are responsible for any and all damages they cause to Esperanto property and will be charged accordingly.

Other Information

The Neighborhood

Esperanto is located in a quiet neighborhood just a quick 2-minute walk from Montañita beach and just 5 minutes from the main city center. While guests are close to the parties and night life, they are far enough away from the hustle & bustle to enjoy a restful night sleep.

There are countless fantastic restaurants located within walking distance which feature culinary delights like Italian & Mexican cuisine, traditional American fare (pizza & burgers), sushi, ceviche, and vegetarian/vegan options. Having trouble deciding where to dine? Just ask our awesome staff who can recommend popular hot spots or a fantastic “hidden secret” local diner.

Guests can book tours through our staff, or through the locals in town, for activities such as paragliding over the ocean, renting sea kayaks, booking a surf lesson, attending a yoga class or renting bikes to explore the trails at Dos Mangas.

Starting at:
USD $10 per night
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