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Hostal Alternative

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Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #4 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Carina850 Jakarta, Indonesia
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Booked 3 nights but upon arrival immediately had the urge to stay only one night. The hostel is at the corner of two busy streets which gives all day long a lot of noise. Also there is a lot of noise in house. There is some construction going on and the way the hostel is build just transports all the... More 

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Tonsupa, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I love the location of this hostel because it is right in the middle between the old, historic area of Cuenca and the "new Cuenca" where there is a nice supermarket. Everything is easily accessible. Across the street, there is a bank with an ATM, the best museum in the city called Museo Pumapungo, and small stores where you can... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The hostel itself is pretty centrally located. There's an ATM and a market very close by, and the bus terminal is a 10 minute walk, $2 taxi. The employees were nice and very helpful. I had an issue with my bank and they helped me find where I needed to go. The hostel was clean, nicely maintained but the wifi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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 March 15, 2015 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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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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Toronto, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 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 

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