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?

You can find our comprehensive analysis of all hostel prices in Cuenca here. We've found the average prices of dorms and private rooms, as well as the typical prices of hostels with various amenities, too.



Dorm Bed from $7.00
Private Room from $7.50
Overall Rating: 93%
Calle Aurelio Aguilar 1-31 y Av. Solano, Cuenca
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.


Dorm Bed from $11.00
Private Room from $15.00
Overall Rating: 94%
Mariano Cueva 11-28 y Mariscal Lamar, Cuenca
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.


Dorm Bed from $7.20
Private Room from $9.90
Overall Rating: 93%
Av. Huayna Capac y Casique Duma Esq., Cuenca
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.


Dorm Bed from $6.50
Private Room from $8.33
Overall Rating: 92%
Benigno Malo 6-34 Y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca
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.


Dorm Bed from $12.87
Private Room from $18.01
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 96%
Benigno Malo 10-31 y Gran Colombia, Cuenca
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a bar, a common room, and a games room. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's free breakfast, a cafe, and a microwave. Wi-fi, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $18.00
Private Room from $26.00
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 96%
Mariscal Sucre 12-19 y Tarqui, Cuenca
Pepe's House Cuenca is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service, a bar, bicycle hire, a common room, and board games. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a restaurant and a cafe. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, key card access, parking, towels included, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Private Room from $5.00
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 94%
Hernando de la Cruz 3-12 entre Estevez de Toral, Cuenca
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service, bicycle hire, and cable tv. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Luggage storage, parking, towels included, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable. And Hostel Bella Vista is also child friendly.


Private Room from $8.00
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 90%
Hermano Miguel 4-45 y Calle Larga, Cuenca
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, security lockers, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, parking, towels included, and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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