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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Spent a few nights there and loved it. Will be returning after a trip to Montenita. The place is super clean, the beds are comfy and the staff is great. The street can be a little noisy, but for the price a great deal.

1Thank Michael R
Heidelberg, Germany
Reviewed 5 March 2016

The hostel is located 15 mins from the city center. We found it to be very clean and comfortable, and the interior is lovely. Breakfast is rather basic but included, the kitchen is well equipped. The staff was very friendly and helpfull with everything. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend it!

1Thank travelinggypsies-rv
Santa Barbara
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Great hostel for digital nomads. Dependable internet, several places to set up and work. Bunks are comfortable, the whole place is clean, and a nice social atmosphere to meet people. Not exactly downtown, but not a far walk from anything. It is a little loud at night because of the busy street and crosswalk, but ask for an interior room...

1Thank Chris C
Munich, Germany
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

The place is friendly, clean and the staff is helpful. Located about 15-20min walk from the center. But the hostel is directly next to a big 2 lane crossing with traffic the whole night. When the light switch to green you will even hear the sound with noise-canceler.

1Thank chaser09
New York City, New York
Reviewed 16 February 2016

This is a great hostel if you're staying in Cuenca! This hostel is SUPER clean as it is constantly being cleaned throughout the day. The beds are comfortable and the common areas make it easy to meet other travelers. The kitchen is a little bit small, but it's nicely equipped. Breakfast is simple (toast, butter/jam, and a banana), but free...

2Thank chiumonster
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 December 2015

Had a whole dorm to myself which was comfy but kinda lonely. Not a great place for meeting people. Well equipped kitchen. No breakfast :( Location not very convenient either. Ruined by bar launch next door going on til 7am! I moved after one night.

1Thank Lindsay H
Reviewed 15 November 2015

I came to the hostel because of a friend´s recommendation, honestly i didnt know what to expect since his description wasnt fair to the reality. As i arrived i was welcomed by the employees, really nice people and highly polite. Rooms are super clean, fair to the price, comfortable and warm! Highly recommended for families, couples or if u are...

1Thank sweethottieangel
Salzburg, Austria
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

We had a private room. The bed are comfortable and clean, the room was not very large but it is ok for a hostel. The shower was always hot and has a good pressure. They have a large kitchen and some common areas, like a corner with a large tv and some DVDs. Few minutes walk you can reach a...

1Thank 14alexandraa
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Nice building with a nice ambiance. The location was a bit away from the center. Cuenca is a nice place to walk but the 15 min walk annoyed me a little more than expected. More importantly, it's located on a very busy and loud intersection. There was also a party outside at 3AM. There are plenty of bathrooms and they...

1Thank Yuriy K
Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Although the rooms and kitchen were nice at this hostel we didn't have a very pleasant experience! We arrived late at 11.30pm and tried to check in, the man at the desk told us he only had one private room for us definitely no dorms, he spoke all in Spanish as we tried to use our broken Spanish not once...

1Thank Jayne L

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Alternative Hostel & lodging We're a kind and friendly place, that welcome travelers from all over the world. We have a wealth of experince in the industry and know what travelers value and need during their stay. The Hostel is at the end of calle Larga where you can find lots of bars and restaurants, is in front of Banco Central, also is very easy to take a cap or the public bus to anywhere in the city, is close to the aeroport and the bus station. Our hostel has water 24 hours a day. The guests have half and hour of free internet and also wifi 24 hour inside the hostel. Shared kitchen Cash only for payment of balance. ... more   less 

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Address: Huayna Capac and Casique Duma | across from Museo Banco Central, Cuenca 051010, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
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“The best rooms are not on the ground floor, because the ground floor rooms does not have windows, so ventilation is not very good.”
 of 5 bubbles AntonTeplyy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The upstairs rooms are the best”
 of 5 bubbles , 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The bathroom upstairs is the best one!”
 of 5 bubbles travelinggypsies-rv, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“clean and comfortable, easy access to touristic places in Cuenca, pleasant experience for fair price”
 of 5 bubbles sweethottieangel, 15 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Ask for the dorm room on the second floor or the double bed in room 6.”
 of 5 bubbles goingoingoingoing, 25 Apr 2015 | Read review
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