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Hostal Alternative

Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #2 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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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 

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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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 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 

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Paris, France
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146 reviews 146 reviews
118 hotel reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I stayed 3 nights in a single room with shared bathroom Pros - Friendly and english speaking staff - My room and the common area are really clean - Wifi, hot shower, kitchen... - Very good value for money - Common area are nice : rooftop, living room, tv and DVD room... Cons - The hotel is located near the... More 

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Sydney
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I definitely found the staff to be some of the friendliest I've encountered in ecuador. Pretty good location, 15 min walk into old town. It's nothing special, but I found it welcoming and clean. I don't have any negatives about it really.....….........,........,..,,,.......,..,..,,,,,...............,

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a very nice, clean hostel where things like hot water and WiFi work well. It was quite quiet when I was there but still with very friendly people. Good, well stocked and clean kitchen is nice. It's a bit far out (a 15min walk) but you can walk most of the way along the beautiful riverside, and its... More 

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Address: Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
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