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Hostal Alternative

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hostel is clean, doesn't attract "partygoers", and the staff is awesome. Has a kitchen and lots of movies to watch. They also have the best brownies you will ever taste in your life! Would stay there again!

Thank Jessica B
Quito, Ecuador
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Clean, modern, good location (near the park, river, and city center), has a market near by (10-15 minutes walking), and a supermarket (15 minutes walking). Free unlimited coffee! There is a very nice kitchen where you can cook everything you need. You can have your own locker to guard valuable stuff. The bus station is not far away either (maybe,...

2Thank AntonTeplyy
Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great hostel! It is just outside of the city center so it is very quiet. The owners were very helpful and provided any and all info a backpacker might want. The showers were hot and the place was clean. Beds were also comfy.

Thank wweaver1982
Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This hostel is perfect for any backpacker. The rooms and bathrooms are really clean, the beds are very comfortable, and it is overall a very relaxing atmosphere. The breakfast in the morning is minimal and good, and there is free tea and coffee all day. They provide you with free towels, soap and shampoo which is very helpful! The location...

2Thank arielbraner
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A great place to stay and they store your luggage for you if required. A short walk to food and attractions. Beds are very good. Bathrooms are clean. Good wifi. Friendly staff. They also sell brownies at the front desk which are very tasty.

2Thank Benn S
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Really cool find, friendly and chilled staff, very walkable to any tourist hotspots (it might look far on the map but 10 mins to the centre of town maximum, nice to stay out of the way a little bit). Great relaxed common areas to meet other travellers on the balcony on the landing with comfy couches. Sell beer water etc...

1Thank seealdub
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful family run hostel with a modern/edgy look about it. The staff can all speak English but will speak Spanish if you want to practice. The garage/workshop next door is family owned and allows guests to park vehicles securely during their stay. Our motorcycle broke down during our time here and everyone at the hostel was super friendly and helpful,...

1Thank Janet Y
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a twin room on the top floor. It's very clean and a new hostel. Room was spacious and bright. Bathrooms were clean and the shower head was one of the best in South America with hot water! Kitchen was clean and the utensils were immaculate (very rare in communal kitchens) lots of tea options (free) breakfast was...

1Thank Snapsta E
Palermo, Italy
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 5 of the morning, the man at the reception opened us and gave us immediately the room to sleep 2 hours before the morning. We didn't Pau additional prices. Moreover very clean, wonderfull showers and great to walk for all calle larga and visit the city. The best choice you can do in Cuenca.

1Thank Paolo M
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Well nice It is a comfortable and friendly hostel, attention is good, clean and also has a reading room for the tv and a terrace where one can have a good time. It also allows you to use the kitchen to prepare the food you like. It is not very close to downtown, but walking one arrives fast and fresh...

1Thank Evan B

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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.”
AntonTeplyy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The upstairs rooms are the best”
, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The bathroom upstairs is the best one!”
travelinggypsies-rv, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“clean and comfortable, easy access to touristic places in Cuenca, pleasant experience for fair price”
sweethottieangel, 15 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Ask for the dorm room on the second floor or the double bed in room 6.”
goingoingoingoing, 25 Apr 2015 | Read review
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