Hostels in Cuenca, Ecuador

16 hostels available. Prices start from $3 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Cuenca

Party Hostel Youth Hostel
"…This lets in a lot of sunlight while keeping the place warm and dry. There are several tables with umbrellas in the courtyard, where you can sit and relax during the day. This is also where the … More


Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Museum of skeletons 'Doctor Gabriel Moscoso' is 300 m from Guillerminas, while Museum of the Cañari Identity is 500 m from the property. At the guest house, rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. … More

Alternative Hostels

Free Breakfast
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel offers a variety of accommodation options, including dorms and private rooms, which are simple, but squeaky clean, spacious, and light. Dorms feature bathrooms, … More
Older travelers (+50) Party Hostel Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…From the bus terminal it is easiest to catch a taxi although there are local buses that can take you to the centre of town. There is a Supermaxi supermarket about a twenty-minute walk from the … More

Mallki Hostel

Free Breakfast
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Andres, the owner, is a jungle guide and he has also traveled extensively himself. He is exceedingly knowledgeable about much of South America and he can help you plan your onward trip or simply … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Ñañas Hostel Policy and Condition: Cancellation Policy: 3 days before arrival.In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 15.00 … More
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Common Spaces The reception is a big area just when you enter the building. There are few seats around and a cool little swing. There are quite few common areas around where you can sit and … More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller
Presidente Borrero Juan jaramillo More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
Calle Larga Calle Larga y Vargas machuca More

Hostal Yakumama

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…This hostel has a great location in the centre of downtown and only a short walk away from the main square. If arriving at the bus terminal in Cuenca, it is a twenty-five-minute walk, or you can … More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…It's a good choice if you are willing to sacrifice common areas of the hostel for the bar/restaurant. It comes with a great breakfast served in the restaurant. The Location As it's located … More

Check Inn B&b

Free Breakfast
"…The large dorm has single beds and is ample and spacious. It has a balcony with an incredible view and plenty of windows. The drawback is that it lacks curtains and is flooded with early morning … More
Adventure Hostels Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Check in from 15:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Taxes not … More
Solo Traveller
"…The building is a large house with ample space for each room. The furnishings are both comfortable and agreeable. Common spaces are nicely decorated and with inviting spots to hang out. The house … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…There are also extra common areas on the second floor if privacy is desired. The Wi-Fi is second-to-none, and likely the best attribute of this hostel -- it is super fast. A common sight in the … More

Hosteria Primaveri

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Check out time: 12pm Credit Cards Accepted. Breakfast Included. Taxes Not Included." …"…To Cuenca you can fly from Quito or Guayaquil. Cabs are readily available and charge $1-2 ($1 more … More

Hotels in Cuenca

"…We are Located in the heart of Cuenca's Historic District, surrounded by nature and culture, You will find the most important touristic sights in a matter of steps. Museums, plazas, mercados, … More
Benigno Malo 11-54 entre Mariscal Lamar y Gaspar Sangurima More
"…We have everything you need to have a pleasant stay, in the middle of a very safe sector and with all kinds of cultural manifestations of Ecuador, involving food, music, architecture and much more … More

Hostels in Cuenca, Ecuador

16 hostels available. Prices start from $7 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Cuenca (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cuenca.

Colonial architecture, colorful markets, and indigenous people sporting locally-made Panama hats are just some of the things that give Cuenca, this historic city, its character and culture.

To get your bearings head to Parque Calderón -- Cuenca’s main plaza. It’s hard to miss the grandiose Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción with its huge blue domes. At times, Cuenca feels almost European and fans of historic architecture will love Cuenca as it’s packed with churches and quaint squares.

Scattered around the city’s cobbled streets are a number of little markets, selling everything from woolens and souvenirs to flowers and sweets. Local, highly skilled milliners make Panama hats in and around Cuenca. The city is famous for the woven headgear, in spite of being named after another country! Barranco’s Panama Hat Factory has hundreds of them for sale and a small museum devoted to the craft.

In spite of being on many a backpacker’s itinerary, and having plenty of hostels, Cuenca doesn’t feel overly touristy. Cuenca’s hostels tend to be central, of decent quality, and affordable; there are also a number of hostals, which are inexpensive guesthouses with private rooms. It is a walkable city and the majority of sights should be within easy reach of wherever you choose to stay.

Nightlife isn’t exactly wild -- especially mid-week -- but on weekends the small bars and salsa and karaoke clubs near the river, on and around Calle Larga, are a good place to sink back a few Ecuadorian Pilseners.

There are some nice day trips outside of the city too. Head to Baños (about thirty minutes via frequent buses) to relax in the thermal spa or indulge in a massage. Sundays are quiet in the city center so one option is to go to and explore the markets of Gualaceo and Chordeleg and sample some roasted cuy (guinea pig) or shop for silver jewelry. Buses depart frequently from the bus station (Terminal Terrestre) for Gualaceo (the journey takes around an hour), then you can pick up another bus to take you to the small hilltop town of Chordeleg (fifteen minutes).

The bus station and the tiny airport are close to each other and around a fifteen-minute bus ride from the center. Taxis are cheap here too; just make sure you agree on a price with the driver before you get in.

Written by local enthusiast for Cuenca hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cuenca hostels Laura T

Cuenca Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cuenca, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 16
Average dorm price $11
Average private room price $43
Cheapest hostel in Cuenca Check Inn B&b with $6
Party hostels in Cuenca Pepe's House (12 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 7.8

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