Cuenca, a beautiful city nestled in the mountains of central Ecuador, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Known for its colonial architecture, breathtaking landscapes, and rich history, Cuenca is a must-visit destination in South America.
Here are the best hostels in Cuenca.
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Guillerminas is one of the best hostels in Cuenca having all the tourist spots within its vicinity. It's situated only 700m away from the Tomebamba River and 1.4km away from the Pumapungo Museum. Not only this, but Cuenca New Cathedral, Abdon Calderón Park and Old Cathedral are situated at a walkable distance of 300m.
The Museum of skeletons 'Doctor Gabriel Moscoso' is 300m from the hostel while the Museum of the Cañari Identity is 500m away. Guillerminas has six recently renovated deluxe rooms. Two of them have balconies, two come with street-facing windows, and the other two have skylights. Common facilities include a kitchen, living room with TV, and Wi-Fi services.
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El Cafecito Hostel, one of Cuenca's best hostels, welcomes adults with a terrace bar and private bathroom in every room. It's conveniently located near popular landmarks like Old Cathedral, Cuenca New Cathedral, and Abdon Calderón Park. Free WiFi is available as well as tours.
The hostel's restaurant serves International cuisine, and it offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options too. Enjoy a great view of the city and the mountains from the rooftop bar. The hostel is just a short walk to the main plaza of Cuenca and the fresh food market, Mercado 9 Oct, is just across the street.
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Pepe's House is a delightful space to relax and make new friends. The charmingly refurbished republican house, situated in the Historical Area, offers 12 rooms, 3 livings, a café bar, and a rooftop. With a tranquil ambiance, this hostel is perfect for guests who appreciate a restful atmosphere.
Complimentary hot beverages (coffee and infusion) are available all day. The 100Mb 2:1 commercial grade Wi-Fi is free and operates throughout the premises. The English and Spanish speaking staff are attentive, and the location is unbeatable - the airport and bus terminal are nearby, and many attractions are within walking distance.
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Mochilier's Hostel, located in the historic center of the city, offers a range of comfortable and spacious rooms, both shared and private, equipped with single or queen-size beds. The property boasts a 24-hour front desk service, free Wi-Fi, and cozy social areas. Upstairs, two lounges provide entertainment with board games and cable TV.
Restaurants, bars, clubs, churches, and museums are all located nearby. The bus station and airport are a short 10-minute ride away, as well as other popular attractions such as the Pumapungo Museum, Turi lookout, and Cuenca University.
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Alternative Hostels is a warm and welcoming place that caters to travelers from all over the world. Located in Cuenca, it's one of the city's finest hostels, just a few paces from the Pumapungo Museum and a 13-minute walk from the Tomebamba River. Guests have access to the property's shared spaces such as the restaurant, communal kitchen, and lounge, with free WiFi throughout. Everyone will love the family rooms which provide bed linen for a comfortable stay.
Don't forget to try the À la carte or American breakfast options offered every morning. Plus, enjoy amazing activities like hiking around Cuenca. Some notable sites near the hostel include the Chahuarchimbana House Museum, Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures, and Museum of "Las Conceptas".
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Selina Cuenca welcomes nomads, travelers, and explorers who redefine the way of travel, work, and exploration. Co-working spaces are available for the perfect work-life balance, while daily classes and activities help tap into local energy and culture. Bohemian vibes can be found everywhere with artistic expressions such as murals, music, and parks.
Outdoor enthusiasts can't miss the spectacular hiking and trekking at El Cajas National Park. Dorms at Selina Cuenca are set at a new standard, equipped with personal shelves, lockers, and seating areas. Private rooms are also available.
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Mallki Hostel is your home away from home in the charming city of Cuenca. It's conveniently located just 5-10 minutes walk away from the city's main square, historic center, markets, football stadium, river walks, parks, bars, cafes and restaurants, making it easily accessible. The hostel's shared dorm rooms come with curtained beds, giving guests both privacy and comfort.
Additionally, these rooms feature power outlets inside lockers, allowing safe and secure charging of devices. With a 24-hour reception and free bag storage for guests, you can relax in our common areas, which include a cozy reading nook, balcony and garden. Mallki Hostel provides useful information and advice on spectacular hiking routes in the nearby picturesque Cajas National Park. The hostel also has camping equipment available for rent.
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Wild Incas Hostel in Cuenca, Ecuador is located in the historic district, just a short walk from the Tomebamba River. The hostel offers bike rentals for guests who want to explore the city by bike. The 24-hour front desk and concierge service are available to assist guests with any requests. The private rooms at Wild Incas Hostel include a flat-screen TV and private bathroom.
Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Popular nearby attractions include the Museum of "Las Conceptas" and Cuenca New Cathedral.
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Hostal Yakumama, located in the heart of Cuenca and just 500 meters from Parque de la Madre, offers comfortable rooms with wooden furniture and a safety deposit box. The bathrooms are private or shared and come with a shower. This guest house has a 24-hour front desk, a garden, and a terrace.
Additionally, guests can enjoy facilities such as a shared lounge, a games room, and a tour desk. Mariscal Lamar Airport is a quick 5-minute drive away. With its convenient location near museums and the Tomebamba River, Hostal Yakumama is the perfect place to stay.
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