We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 49 Cuenca accommodations

Hostal Alternative

Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
Hotel amenities
Hostal Alternative
Best prices for: 1 room 1 guest
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Hostal Alternative to your Saves list
Ranked #2 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
ChuckBC62 Kamloops
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    47
    16
    5
    0
    1
See reviews for
1
30
22
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (14)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (69)
  • Mar-May only
    (10)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (16)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (20)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (23)
All months
Kamloops
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife, my daughter and I spent 3 nights in the Hostel. It was quiet, clean and comfortable. The private room my wife and I occupied was a decent size with comfortable twin beds. A handy shelf/desk attached to the wall was great for working on my computer. There were lots of hooks to hang packs, coats, and towels. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New South Wales, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is very nice. They have a downstairs area that is basically all kitchen and dining. A balcony to view some parts of the city where you can eat or have a drink. A movie/tv area available to use whenever you want to. Its away from all the chaos in the city and downtown it would take you about... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Miami Beach, Florida
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stay more in hotels, but I was very comfortable in Hostal Alternative even in a shared dorm room. Place is clean. People are friendly. It is pretty close to historic center. Wi-fi performance is not so good.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The place is clean, simple but nice rooms, hot shower, towels and soap provided, full kitchen, laundry onsite but worth only if you need a full load, nice terrace and other common areas to sit and relax. It's also close to the colonial center and the river. People in the reception are friendly and helpful, although the information could be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lucerne, Switzerland
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Hostal Alternative has several areas to socialize. a cozy tv corner, a place where you can read, a kitchen to cook and chat. I really enjoyed staying at alternative. also the owners (a couple) are so helpful and interested in you. everything was so clean. I loved the beds. only negative point is the noise from the street if you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We've just arrived here after one night at another hostel in town, which was such a disappointment we nearly gave up on Cuenca altogether. Luckily we decided to stop by and check Alternative out seeing as it was on the way to bus terminal and we are so, so glad we did. The building is lovely and airy and spotlessly... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We landed at the Alternative hostel after a very bad experience in our trip, sad, tired and unmotivated. Xavier (the owner) help us a lot with literally everything. A very nice guy. Moreover, the hostel is really nice (for sure the best we saw in Ecuador), has good, clean toilets and a good kitchen. Reception and cleaning staff are easygoing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lexington, Kentucky
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Its a beautiful place and the owners are very down to earth and super friendly. It is very clean and the place is stylish and sleak. Its the kind of place you feel good being in. Big kitchen and beautiful hangout rooms and eating rooms. Well worth a couple extra bucks for the 9 dollar dorm vs a super cheap... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We moved to Alternative after spending a couple nights in another hostel in Cuenca and wanted a clean place with hot showers. Alternative does it right, great security, very clean, great price, and really nice atrium type layout with places to hang out and get to know other travelers. Large, very well equipped kitchen. The owners were very sweet and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

....this is a good bet, as long as you don't mind a bit of noise. We really liked the staff, and the feel of the place, but as it has a central stairwell and noise really carries, our sleeps were not as deep as maybe they could have been. As a couple, when we arrived they didn't have a private... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Hostal Alternative? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hostal Alternative

Address: Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld and HostelBookers so you can book your Hostal Alternative reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

18 photo of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (17)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Family/play areas (4)
Viewed
Other (11)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay