Riobamba hotels and hostels
Mansion Santa Isabella
Hotel El Libertador
This fancier hotel in a renovated building with wood floors sits conveniently across the street from the train station. There’s a busy restaurant-grill downstairs that opens early and closes late, and wi-fi is available.
Hotel Los Shyris
The large and modernish Shyris is great value for its central location and clean rooms with TV. Many of the rooms are sunny and recently renovated, and bathrooms are small but nice and clean. The lobby has Riobamba’s cheapest internet ($0.
If everything else is full, you'll be fine at Hotel Imperial. It's clean, friendly and noisy.
Situated 3.5km northeast of town on the road to Guano, Abraspungo is a first-class hotel inbuilt around a whitewashed, tile-roofed hacienda.
Hostería La Andaluza
About 15km north of Riobamba on the Panamericana, this renovated, colonial hacienda has panoramic views and beautiful grounds.
If everything else is full, you'll be fine at Hotel Whymper. It's pricey for what's on offer, but comfy, and some rooms have views.
Hotel Riobamba Inn
Holding on to the ’70s like they never went out of style, the orange bedspreads, vinyl chairs and groovy Chimborazo mural offer the kitschiest comfort in Riobamba.
This glass and glowing hotel probably was glamorous when it was first built, but nowadays it’s dated and more funky than anything else.
When it comes to friendliness, value and down-home cutesiness, it’s hard to beat Oasis, a gem of a guesthouse behind the owners’ home. Rooms (and two apartments) are grouped around a garden, complete with two squawking parrots.
Residencial Ñuca Huasi
Once Riobamba's most popular backpacker crash-pad, Ñuca Huasi has gotten a bit grimy over the years, but it's fine if you're pinching pennies. The building itself is a beauty.
The Montecarlo occupies an attractively restored, turn-of-the-20th-century house. The use of blue (blue couches, blue carpet, blue trim and blue plaid bedspreads) can be a bit overbearing, but it’s a lovely place nonetheless.
Hotel Tren Dorado
Not surprisingly, the ‘Golden Train’ is close to the train station. It has spotless, comfortable, flowery rooms that would make Martha Stewart proud.
Between the bus terminal and downtown, Hotel Zeus is a seven-story hotel with a range of room styles and amenities as well as gym access. The pricier rooms are excellent (some have five-star views of Chimborazo).
Colorful rooms make for a cheerful stay at this friendly hotel across the street from the train station. There's a restaurant downstairs and fake archeological souvenirs for sale in the lobby.
If everything else is full, you'll be fine at Hotel Segovia. It's drab and impersonal, but secure and clean.