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Hostal Majestic
Ranked #55 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
Reviewed December 24, 2012

This used to be the Hostal Paredes in the 2006 Lonely Planet guidebook but has changed owners, as I found out using the old guidebook. The rooms are located in a colonial mansion a couple of streets to Cuenca town centre. From the outside, it has an inviting lobby and on the inside the rooms are clean, the beds have very comfortable sprung mattresses, most of the floors are wooden or wooden laminate, rooms have antique furniture or a mix of modern and antique furniture, rooms have modern bathrooms with warm/hot showers, tv, a bottle of water, and fast wifi. The front rooms have windows but the backrooms don't although the doors have glass paneling above to allow natural light. The roof of the hotel has a large skylight so there is a lot of natural light during the day. I paid $18 for a single person, room with private bathroom and bathtub and it comes with breakfast (juice, coffee, bread, scrambled eggs, jam and butter).

The only disadvantage is that the tv downstairs is on all day playing music videos but they switch it off at night. Since it is an old building, the noise echoes. I only saw one other guest while I was here. If you want to experience staying in an old colonial mansion then this is it.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

I arrived in Cuenca without any hotel reservations. I just had a cab take me to Parque Calderon, which is the main square in Cuenca and walked around until I found I place I liked. I stopped at 3 other hotels before I ended up at the Majestic but I thought they were too expensive for the quality of the room. The room I ended up in at the Majestic was almost as nice as the rooms in the more luxurious hotels but it was 1/5 the price at only $21.

The room I stayed in (room 203, a tipo A room) was huge, with hardwood floors, beautiful dark solid wood furniture, a nice inlaid painted ceiling, a balcony, tv, a minifridge, two sitting areas, three beds and recently renovated bathroom featuring 24/7 hot water and a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath. The hotel also provides free fast wifi and cheap $1.75 breakfasts and lunches. The hotels does have three types of cheaper rooms but I cannot comment on the quality of them.

The hotel is located about 2.5 blocks north of Parque Calderon and there are plenty of ATM's, restaurants, grocery stores (there is one right next door), bakeries, and public transit nearby. The hotel staff are nice, although they speak very limited English, offering to store my baggage for me for a few hours upon my departure and giving me directions to various sites. As an added plus, check-out time is not until 1:30PM. I actually walked from the hotel to the hat factories and then to the airport (this is a first for me anywhere in the world) it took about 20 minutes.

My criticisms of the hotel are relatively minor. The floor in my room was very squeaky when walking on it. They do lock the front doors at night and you must wait for a staff member to open them. The room did not have a trash can so I had to go tot he common areas to dispose of trash. The hotel is almost eerily empty, I saw one other guest the whole time I was there (three days). That is pretty much it.

I give the Hostal Majestic 4-stars, 2 thumbs up. Its a good deal in Cuenca.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

I stayed in Hostal Majestic for several nights. I had a single room with private bathroom, 11$ per night with no window. The venue is quite weird (seems like a ghosted building) but I liked the atmosphere. You definitely get a different experience compared to the regular backpacker hostels.
It is located 2 blocks away from the cathedral, and there is a supermarket just around the corner. It is quiet, but my bathroom was not very clean (hot water 24/24). The Internet connection is very fast too.

Recommended for the somewhat strange experience :)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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7  Thank makapon
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

I stayed there for 6 weeks. 1 week in a $10/night room and 5 weeks in the best $21/night room after American Airlines found my baggage. The $10 room had no window and was very basic. The $21 room had a window overlooking a main street downtown, a refrigerator and a large glass enclosed shower. The people were very friendly and helpfull. The manager drove me to the bagage claim location across town, he helped me find an excelent barber and sold me a good used watch to replace one I lost. He cashed large bills for me when the banks were closed. Because I stayed so long, he gave me a discount on the room. The room prices were per person, not per room. The hostel is located 3 blocks from the center of the city. Breakfast was good soup, fruit juce, popcorn, usually chicken w/ rice and a veg, for $1.75.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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8  Thank JChere
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Reviewed September 12, 2016
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Stayed: September 2016
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Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2015, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2015, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostal Majestic

Address: Luis Cordero 11 29 | Manuel Vega, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Cuenca
Price Range: $35 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Being only 2km from the Mariscal Lamar airport, also near the financial center of the city. It is carefully reconstructed with tastes, classic and modern designs. We have rooms with decorations in warm colors. ... more   less 
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