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“Noisy up front, quite in the back; hospitable all around.”
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Calle Angosta
Ranked #28 of 79 Cuenca B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 13, 2013

After reading reviews on TripAdvisor for Calle Angosta, I made the booking prior to an October visit to Cuenca. I was to be staying in Cuenca for two nights, one night on either end of a three-day trek through nearby Cajas National Park. As such, sleep was important given the physical exertion expected at such a high altitude. Previous reviewers suggested that the B&B's rear rooms would be best, so I specifically requested such a room when making the reservation. The reply: no problem.

Our first night in room 8 was fantastic-- we felt welcomed, the room and bathroom were new and clean, and the food at Calle Angosta is reasonably priced and delicious (this was a constant). Gloria, her family, and her staff are all excellent and kind. When we returned from the park a few days later though, I was told that guests' reservations had been shifts, and we were now to stay in room 3, in the front of the property. From the unending doorbell, parking bell, people passing by our room's windows to the noise of the general reception area, it's a wonder that anyone in rooms 1, 2, or 3 can get and peace and rest. Avoid these rooms entirely. I was supremely disappointed (and honestly, angry) that I had the foresight to request a rear room, and we were subjected to the racket of the front rooms all the same.

Last bone to pick: the staff didn't seem to get that my boyfriend and I were gay, and together. The whole awkward question about two men in one bed came up when checking in the *second* time. Come on, now. Basic awareness is not so much to ask, particularly in the hospitality industry in one of Ecuador's larger cities. There's no sense in creating an awkward situation. None of us lives in boxes anymore, and certainly not in closets.

All around, though, a haven amid a busy Cuenca.

Room Tip: Get a room to the rear of the property, take advantage of the breakfasts and cheap beer, and be grac...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Calle Angosta Hotel is a few blocks from the main square and indeed almost everything worth visiting in Cuenca. While Cuenca has its charms, mostly from old residences lining the streets downtown and the river walk at the bottom of the hill, it leaves something to be desired as a top destination in Ecuador. The touted churches are newish or second tier, nothing close to those in Quito. It is a bit chilly so come prepared for 2600 meters and the differences of weather that higher altitude brings to the tropics. Stinky untuned-up smoke-belching loud buses are found on almost every street.

This small hotel has parking, TV, internet, included breakfast( a bit austere compared with better hotel breakfasts we had around Ecuador, but they did toast up the cold bread-roll upon request to make it a bit more appetizing), clean rooms and bath, decent, attentive service from the owner and family. There is a new section where we stayed in the back behind the parking lot, and the older original part is entered from the street and includes the reception, dining area, and a few rooms.

Our room was warm, but a bit small for the number of beds in there. Bathroom is new and has one of those fancy bowl sinks which have no place to rest one´s toiletries. The shower is hot, but lacks anywhere to lay soap or shampoo. And there is one tiny towel rack in the whole bath, not even a hook graces the door or walls.

The room has a small closet wardrobe, but there is no place to open suitcases, and only one straight-back chair and minuscule desk where we ended up spreading our bags open.
Polyester linens, but new and clean.

Our room with breakfast was indeed one of the priciest we booked in all of Ecuador, but I suppose a bargain overall since it was clean, comfy, and secure. Cuenca is more expensive for the most part than the rest of the Andean Corridor. Notwithstanding, we found good places to dine for less and real Panama hats at $10 a pop but the prices go up from there to several hundred.

Some tips for Cuenca:

Botanical gardens at the Pumapungo museum, Panama hats at the street market beside the new cathedral, Coppelia for ´fast´ but homemade food, real steak, frejol, potatoes or rice, platano macho, and coconut drink: $2.75 for the whole plate, Austria cafe has decent real machine coffee, Gelato along the main streets ( there are two companies and both are excellent), Colombian home style food at Moliendo Cafe Restaurant, a large bookstore with piles of pulp fiction and some good ´real´ books, too, somewhere not far from the Colombian restaurant.

Cuenca is on its way to becoming a retired gringo hangout, so do not be surprised if enthusiastic foreigners invade your space and want to chat about their novelty of residence.

Room Tip: We liked the room at the back, but people make a lot of noise in the common areas. But it might be q...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We moved to this hotel after staying a couple of nights in Hostal Macondo, which was fully booked the third night. Both hotels are fully recommendable, though Calle Angosta is a little more expensive (48$ for a double room, private bathroom, breakfast included, against 40$ in Macondo). In exchange for the price difference, rooms in Calle Angosta are bigger, brand new, beds are much bigger and comfortable and breakfast includes eggs. Wi-fi also works better.They also have a restaurant serving cheap "almuerzos", thought we didn't try them.
Regarding location, it is walking distance from the Cathedral Square and the area seemed safe at night (actually most of the Cuenca centre seemed safe). There is nearby bus stop connecting with both the terminal and the airport.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

With tax, we paid $58 a night which was our priciest stay in the hostal communities of Ecuador. Having said that, the rooms are newly refurbished with very comfortable mattresses, pillows, and I had the first bathtub --can you say great soaks--in Ecuador. We were in room 4 which was spacious and clean, though a through fare to the back rooms, so a little noisy one or two nights. The staff and especially Mariela and Gloria were so attentive. In fact, Gloria brought my husband fresh peppers for his eggs. Cuenca was unseasonably cold, so they also gave me two extra blankets for our stay. The hostal is about 8 blocks from the main Parque Calderon--a wonderful brisk morning walk and close to many old town sites. (In other places, tea and snacks were available to fix, but since a restaurant is attached, we had to pay for tea at night. Didn't cost much, but would have been nice as a paying guest to have this amenity.)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Just spent three nights in this hostal with our kids, great stay, good location near all historical sites, comfortable and clean rooms, friendly staff (Mariela and her wonderful customer contact, lovely owners very present), I would return without a doubt.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The rooms here are great - very clean, comfortable, great bathrooms and decent breakfast. It is the service however that makes this place stand out - the staff are so helpful, friendly and accommodating that they make you feel very well looked after. The location is great too - short walking distance to all the main sights and peaceful and quiet at night.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Clean quiet modern rooms ( I stayed in the back section), very friendly helpful staff, good restaurant, good price and good location. My stay here was everything I had hoped it would be. I wouldn't change a thing. Oh, I did have a problem with the hot water but they fixed it right away.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Tarqui 12-38 (entre Sangurima y Vega Munoz), Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #28 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Cuenca
Price Range: $19 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Calle Angosta 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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