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Hostal Alternative

Certificate of Excellence
Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #3 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed for a few nights because I liked the city more than I expected. I think this partly because of the location of this place, it's close to the old town as well as some nice trails and neighbourhoods right across the river so exploring was fun. Cool building and helpful staff. Comfortable beds but the interior rooms don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights in a 5 bed dorm. The hostel is really beautiful and clean. It has a lot of different common areas (tv area, rooftop, chill out area, kitchen, balcony). In the kitchen you can find everything to prepare your own meal. The staff is as well very friendly and helpful. My bed was very comfy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This hostel is very nice with friendly and helpful stuff.the will give you all the information needed to explore the city,find markets or museums. This hostel has a kitchen and dinning area in the main level as well as a TV room.at the upstairs level you find a spaces balcony with lots of setting,as well as inside a chill area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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 

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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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.

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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 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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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 

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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 

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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 

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