Review: Hostal Tena Ñaui, Ecuador

THostal Tena Naui Ecuador

Updated November 8th, 2018.

Located at the edge of the Amazonian city of Tena, Ecuador, Hostal Tena Ñaui showcases some stunning views of the surrounding rainforest without compromising on convenience. Offering only private rooms on a backpacker budget, this hostel is the treat you didn’t even know you needed!

Hammocks on the terrace at Hostal Tena Naui, Tena, Ecuador
Hammocks on the terrace at Hostal Tena Naui, Ecuador.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff

The thing that sets Hostal Tena Ñaui (pronounced Nah-wee) apart from the competition is the local expertise held by the staff. Multilingual owner Jens is an expat who made Tena his home twenty years ago and his experience within the city is invaluable to his guests. Jens’ language abilities mean that local secrets and tips can be passed on to a whole cross-section of travellers, even if they are not fluent in Spanish. Aside from the personal recommendations from the staff, a whole wealth of information on Tena is provided within the hostel, including city maps and tour information.

Hostal Tena Naui, Tena, Ecuador
Outside space at Hostel Tena Ñaui, Ecuador.

Convenience

When looking at Hostel Tena Ñaui’s location, it would be understandable to assume that all of the city attractions are far away. In reality, this is not the case at all. The hostel is only a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre and a taxi can be easily arranged on the cheap. Laundry service is available for a reasonable price on site and it is even possible to arrange pizza delivery direct to the hostel! There is a mini-mart situated just a couple of minutes away as well as a small restaurant, known for its homemade ice-cream. A whole variety of flavours are offered and I can honestly say the white chocolate popsicle is the best that I have ever tasted!

View of Tena from Hostal Tena Naui, Tena, Ecuador.
Spectacular view of Tena from Hostel Tena Naui, Ecuador.

Offers only private rooms

You’re a backpacker so that means you stay in dorm beds, right? Not necessarily true. At Hostel Tena Ñaui, the only rooms on offer are private but the cheapest are priced the same as most dorms in the city ($7 US per person). This means it is super easy to stay within a backpacker budget. There is the option of rooms with either a shared or private bathroom. All of the rooms provided at Hostel Tena Ñaui are clean, spacious and functional so you don’t have to worry about keeping your belongings confined to a small locker – you can spread out as much as you like!

The lovely cosy room at Hostal Tena Ñaui, Ecuador.
The lovely cosy room at Hostal Tena Ñaui, Ecuador.

Cloud forest views

Owing to the location of Hostel Tena Ñaui, you get to escape the noise and traffic of the city and instead take in a much more special view. Located up a hill at the edge of the city, the hostel truly flaunts the stunning surroundings. It is not uncommon to be visited by hummingbirds in the garden and on a clear day it is even possible to see the Volcano Sumaco in the distance! The outside communal area is a great place from which to do some bird spotting over the city.

Hostal Tena Ñaui garden, Tena, Ecuador
Get away from the city and relax in the gardens at Hostal Tena Naui.

Plenty of entertainment

A nagging concern for many millennial travellers is the quality of the WiFi available. Luckily, the internet at Hostal Tena Ñaui is great, which makes it an ideal accommodation choice for digital nomads or those looking to Skype family members back home. The strong connection means that it is even possible to get reacquainted with your Netflix account in the evenings! There are plenty of books in a whole range of languages available to read and hammocks downstairs for relaxing. Perhaps my favourite feature of Hostal Tena Ñaui is the giant chess board which is painted on the patio outside, complete with huge playing pieces.

Life-sized chessboard floor of Hostal Tena Naui, Ecuador - complete with playing pieces!
Life-sized chessboard floor of Hostal Tena Naui, Ecuador – complete with playing pieces!

Safe area

The great thing about Tena is that generally, it is a very safe city. Of course, there are incidents of petty crime but these mostly occur in the more tourist-orientated areas along The Boardwalk. As Hostel Tena Ñaui is located out of town in a very quiet area, you feel completely safe there. The hostel doors are kept locked at night and there is a buzzer system in place to ensure that only guests or authorised personnel are allowed to enter. Another huge plus for me, as someone who is constantly batting away mosquitos, is that all of the windows have insect screens you can pull across. This means that you can let the air in whilst you sleep without worrying. It might be a small detail but one that could save you days of discomfort in the long run!

Tena Naui Ecuador
Living room of Hostal Tena Naui, Ecuador.

Getting to Hostel Tena Ñaui

Most taxi drivers in the area know where the hostel is located so assuming you can pronounce that Spanish “Ñ” correctly, you should have no problems getting there. It should cost no more than $1.50 US from the centre in a taxi.

  • Address: via Las Antenas, pasando la Perimetral, Tena 150150.
  • Cost: Private rooms with shared bathrooms start from $7 US per person.
Sheree Hooker

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind wingingtheworld.com, a travel blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

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