The Best Affordable Hostels in Cuenca, Ecuador

The Best Affordable Hostels in Cuenca, Ecuador Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca is a vibrant colonial city in southern Ecuador, the third largest in the country, and the capital of Azuay Province. Cuenca is considered as Ecuador's most important and beautiful colonial city after Quito. Dating from the 16th century, Cuenca's historic center, a Unesco World Heritage Site with its trademark skyline of massive rotundas and soaring steeples, is a magical sight in which you will feel like you are moving back in time. Cuenca is the center of many craft traditions, including ceramics, metalwork and the internationally famous panama hat. The nearby villages also offer many other handicrafts. Tourists enjoy wandering the ancient streets discovering picturesque alleys and hidden corners, where nuns march along cobblestone streets and kids in Catholic-school uniforms skip past historic churches. Fascinating historic monuments and fabulous views are found at every turn. Cuenca also has outstanding art museums and festivals. For a rewarding cultural experience, visit during Easter to attend the Festival of Religious Music.
How much do hostels in Cuenca cost?
Average Dorm Price $13 ($6 to $90)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $24 ($15 to $57)
Dorm Bed: $7.00
Private Room: $11.00
Overall Rating: 84%
Mallki Hostel is just two blocks from the river, museums, nightlife, and the historical center. The pet-friendly hostel offers a garden, reading nook, frere WiFi, BBQ, a balcony bar and free daily activities from homemade dinner to bicycle tours. Twin private rooms with shared bathrooms, double private rooms ensuite and mixed dorms of 4, 7 and 8 beds are available. Enjoy a free breakfast, free parking, security lockers, books for exchange, self-catering facilities, hair dryers for hire, laundry facilities, airport transfers, bicycle hire, towels for hire, luggage storage, 24 hour reception and security, a tours and travel desk, a mini-supermarket and a games room with a PlayStation, DVD's, board games and a foosball.

Calle Aurelio Aguilar 1-31 y Av. Solano , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $10.00
Private Room: $15.00
Overall Rating: 91%
El Cafecito rooftop bar/restaurant and backpackers hostel is greatly located in the heart of Cuenca. Enjoy an amazing view of the city and the surrounding mountains from the rooftop. From the hostel, go to the fresh food market (Mercado 9 Oct) across the street and for a short walk to the main plaza of Cuenca. The restaurant offers 5 courses family dinners every night, all freshly made with local ingredients. Stay in a 6 bed mixed dorm or in a twin, double or triple private room. All rooms are ensuite. The hostel includes free WiFi, books for exchange, parking, safe deposit boxes, airport transfers, towel rental for USD$2, 24 hour reception and security and a tours and travel desk.

Mariano Cueva 11-28 y Mariscal Lamar , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $8.00
Private Room: $11.00
Overall Rating: 88%
Alternative Hostels is a kind and friendly place that welcomes travellers from all over the world. They have a wealth of experience in the industry and know what travellers value and need during their stay. The Hostel is at the end of calle Larga in front of Banco Central where you can find lots of bars and restaurants. It is also very easy to take a cab or the public bus to anywhere in the city, including the airport and the bus station. The hostel has water 24 hours a day, a shared kitchen and a basic breakfast Included from 8:00 to 10:00 in the cafeteria, with more breakfast options for an extra fee. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in the rooms and everywhere inside the hostel. Single and twin private rooms with shared bathrooms and mixed dorms of 4 and 5 beds ensuite or with shared bathrooms are offered at Alternative Hostels. Other services at the property include free towels, free city tours, security lockers, parking, books for exchange, self-catering facilities, cable TV, an outdoor terrace, laundry facilities, towels for hire, luggage storage, 24 hour reception and security, a tours and travel desk, a restaurant and bar and a mini-supermarket.

Av. Huayna Capac y Casique Duma Esq. , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $8.00
Private Room: $11.00
Overall Rating: 83%
Enjoy free WiFi, security lockers, comfortable common rooms, books for exchange, hair dryers for hire, luggage storage, 24 hour reception and security and a games room with DVD's and board games at Hostal Yahumama. In the backyard of the building is a beautiful garden, including a skate ramp but no worries, the staff and guests respect your sleep and will be quiet early. In the front of the building, there is a lounge/bar with free breakfast for Hostal Yakumama's guests, where drinks and food is also served all day until 10pm except on Sundays. There are private double, twin and 4-bed rooms for couples, friends or families but also 6-bed, 8-bed and 10-bed dorms for guests on a tighter budget. Towels are available for a USD$5 deposit per towel, which is fully returned when you return the towel to reception upon check out.

Luis Cordero 5-66 y Honorato Vasquez , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $8.00
Private Room: $9.00
Overall Rating: 92%
Mi Casa Hostel is a small and cosy hostel with a nice and friendly atmosphere. There are lots of common areas, which makes it easy to meet other travellers and a fully equipped kitchen for guests who prefer to cook their own food. Twin, double and triple private rooms with shared or private bathrooms and 6 bed mixed dorms are available at Mi Casa Hostel. Located in a safe neighborhood and within walking distances of all the main touristic sights of the city, the hostel is near all the facilities you might need during your stay including a mini-supermarket, a bakery, laundry services, fruit shops, restaurants and bars. If you are arriving from the bus terminal, you have three options: take a taxi that will cost you USD$2 for a 5 minutes ride, take the bus 8 for USD$0.25, which will stop you in front of the School 3 de Noviembre and walk less than 5 minutes, or walk 25 minutes to Mi Casa Hostel. The hostel also offers a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge TV, self-catering facilities, an outdoor terrace, luggage storage, a covered garden and free WiFi in all the building. The reception is open from 7h30 until 23h with a friendly and helpful staff.

Estevez de Toral 14-21 y Pio Bravo , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $8.00
Private Room: $11.50
Overall Rating: 83%
Bauhouse has five shared dormitories of 4, 6 and 8 beds, which have a locker for each guest and bathrooms with showers and hot water 24 hours a day. A free breakfast is included for every guest. Wi-Fi is included with no extra charge throughout the hostel and a reading room is available with space to use laptops as well. For those who wish to have a quiet evening, there is a TV room with streaming TV and DVDs available. Enjoy Bauhouse Hostel's weekly activities including a movie night every Tuesday. The hostel also offers laundry services, towels and bikes for hire for an extra charge.

Bicycle parking, books for exchange, self-catering facilities, luggage storage, a tours and travel desk, 24 hour security, express check-in and check-out, a games room with board games and tea and coffee making facilities.

Benigno Malo 10-31 Gran Colombia , Cuenca, Ecuador,
Dorm Bed: $6.50
Private Room: $8.33
Overall Rating: 89%
At Mochilier's Hostel you will find a 24 hour front desk and a shared kitchen. There are two lounges upstairs: one with games and the other with cable TV. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the entire property and comfortable social areas are available for you to share your experiences with other travellers from around the world. The hostel is ideally located in the Historical center of the city, near many restaurants, clubs, bars, museums, and churches. The hostel is also just two blocks away from Calle Larga (Main Street), four blocks to the Tomebamba River, seven blocks from Pumapungo Museum, two blocks to the Calderon Park, the Old and New Catedral, ten minutes to the Bus Station and Airport, twenty minutes to the Turi lookout and five minutes to the Stadium and Cuenca University. They have ten comfortable and spacious rooms, privates and shared, placed on the second floor, with big windows, balconies and internal courtyards. The hostel offers a wide range of accommodation, the rooms can be composed of single beds, queen beds or bunk beds. Some rooms have a sofa bed in case it is necessary and all rooms have towels included.

Benigno Malo 6-34 Y Juan Jaramillo , Cuenca, Ecuador,
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