We were very lucky when we moved here to San Clemente in December of 2011. Our friends, Jan and Wayne, were coming for a vacation at their home on the beach here in Ecuador at the same time as we were moving. They offered to let us stay with them for a while as we looked for more permanent housing. That was a great blessing and saved us the anxiety of not knowing where we could stay in a new country.
Since we have been here we have marveled at the courage of other ex-pats who have come down to Ecuador without knowing anyone, not knowing the language, and not having any idea where they would spend the night as they stepped off the bus at the edge of our little town. I have met a few of these courageous adventurers and have tried to help direct them to hotels or hostels.
Since we have started this blog several people have asked us if we could recommend a place for them to stay when they come to visit San Clemente. It is almost impossible to know what people we do not know are looking for in hotel accommodations and we are reluctant to recommend places we never actually stayed ourselves, so we generally tell our readers that there are quite a number of hostels and hotels in town varying in price range from high priced full-service hotels to low priced hostels.
We do not intend to get into the real estate business as we really do like being retired! But, since the interest is there, we decided to post a few pictures of some of the lodging available in the low to mid-priced range here in San Clemente.
I drove my bicycle around town the other day and took these pictures of hostels in our little Ecuadorian town.
The Costa Del Sol is on the far south end of town near San Aleo and is enclosed behind a wall with a pool, restaurant, and small store. Their website has pictures of the interior.
These next three hostels are right on the beach close to down town.
Puerto Polo and Casa Real are about a half block from the beach and have ocean views.
D’Artagnan is on the main north/south road about five blocks from downtown and has a small pool.
There are many other small units that rent rooms for short and long term like this nice new place at the end of the roadway to our house.
Just look for the, “Alojamiento” road signs that indicate lodging sites.
This picture is actually of a nicer hotel owned by our landlord called, “Macedonia.” It is not an hostel, but you can get more information about Macedonia at their website: www.laplayabuena.com.
There are many more hostels and nicer hotels here in San Clemente ranging from an eco-lodge on the extreme north end of town – to the low to mid range hostels – to the full service hotel Palmazul.
The day after I took these pictures Mary asked me to go into town and get some sugar. I went to one of my favorite tiendas run by a man named Johnny. He and his wife also own a nice restaurant named, “El Eden.” While I was at the store I noticed the sign for El Eden indicated that it was also an hostel.
I asked Johnny if there was actually an hostel above the store and he told me that there was. I asked him if the rooms were nice and he answered me honestly…,
“It is economical. Just six dollars.”
We cannot vouch for the quality of Johnny’s six dollar rooms and we have never stayed at any of the hostels shown above. Just know that there are places to stay in San Clemente if you decide to visit.
Life is good in Ecuador.