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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 43 Specialty lodging in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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135 reviews 135 reviews
107 hotel reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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London, UK
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I really don't understand what all the great reviews are all about on this hostel. We were booked in for a couple of nights recently and after our first night couldn't get out of there quick enough. We ended up surrendering our booking fee for the 2nd night, but would have gladly done just to leave. Noisy, unclean facilities (the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Hostal Alternative is a clean, airy & affordable place to stay in Cuenca. We stayed in a private (twin) room with shared bathroom for 2 nights before moving on to stay with friends. The wifi, once it was fixed (not working on day 1), was good but not great in terms of speed etc. The kitchen was clean however there... More

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Aguas Calientes, Peru
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Amazing atmosphere, really nice staff. They have a lounge area with all the newest (pirated) movies (it's Ecuador...). Rooms are great and superb for the price. There's a reason lonely planet recommends them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Superb, spotlessly clean, airy and bright hostel with comfortable beds and a nice atmosphere. Especially liked the kitchen - so many places have terrible cooking facilities that we really appreciated the space and equipment. Good wifi and seating areas. A little traffic noise in our room, but there's not much anyone can do about that.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is the place you want to stay in Cuenca. It's really clean, new, has spacious rooms and kitchen, has a lounge area, DVD area, lots of natural light, wifi that works everywhere and really helpful and easy-going staff. It's located opposite the main museum within walking distance to the historical centre.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Came to Cuenca to study Spanish for two weeks and stayed here. It was the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed in and had such great staff there that really tried to help. There's a kitchen downstairs that is really well stocked, nice balcony and light & airy sitting room upstairs. Movies and comfy chairs if needed in the living... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Real hot water showers with amazing water pressure(!!!), it's clean, there's a nice kitchen, the wifi is ok, towels, friendly/helpful staff and the location is good. Our first three nights were super quiet but on the fourth night, a group of Aussies had a party in the kitchen and kept everyone awake until 3am. Hopefully that's not normal though.

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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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