We only had a chance to stay here one night but we're definitely going back when we pass through Cuenca again. Our room was spacious and clean, the bathroom was big and the shower/hot water worked well, though it drained very slowly. The wifi connection worked on our room but we spent most of our time down at the restaurant/bar.
Breakfast and lunch were great, dinner was ok, good, not great. Skip the humus, its bland... Sandwiches are the way to go. The only down side with dinner was they mucked up our order, served our appetizer after the main courses, and charged us full price for drinks ordered during happy hour. To give them some credit, the restaurant bar is packed at night and the staff seem to be running around trying to attend to everything. They could probably use an extra staff person.
The beds are comfy and we didn't really hear the bar but strangely we heard a tv come on at about 3am and it stayed on, quite loudly all night. I couldn't figure out if it was another backpacker watching a movie on their computer or the night staff but it was a little on the annoying side.
The staff at La Cigale were awesome except for one girl who worked the restaurant, who was not particularly friendly or helpful.
All and all, I highly recommend La Cigale, both the hostel and the restaurant/bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private and shared rooms that includes a good breakfast, private bathroom with constant hot water, good mattresses... It also includes wireless internet which stretches from our café, in which you can buy delicious and cheap food, from hummus and pita to savoury crepes to steak to nachos with guacamole. It turns into a bar at night, complete with happy hour, good music and a great atmosphere. This might have been a problem for sleeping, but no – the music gets shut off and everyone gets kicked out at somewhere at midnight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Cigale Hotel Cuenca