This charming hostel overlooked one of the three or four rivers that flow through Cuenca. Our first room (#12) was the upper floor room looking out directly on the river, with mountains in the background. Cloud covered mountains were a beautiful sight on many evenings. The rise and fall of the river, as the rains came, was an interesting sight as it meandered its way through the city and on down to the Amazon eventually ending up in the Atlantic Ocean.
Our room was large with a Queen bed, a bunk bed, a sitting area with two large chairs, and a desk. The bathroom was large, with a two step up to the shower. Plenty of room for a family.
We liked Cuenca so much we decided to stay for an additional six days. We had to move into two other rooms and found them to be extremely clean and comfortable. One of the rooms was a bit small, but clean and comfortable.
I believe this to be a home converted into a hostel. Due to the nice weather, there's little insulation in walls and ceiling, consequently there was a bit of noise as guests went about their various activities. It did not disturb us at all.
A beautiful multi-level patio with tables, chairs, & Umbrellas, overlooked the river. Many happy evenings were spent on this patio exchanging stories with other guests. Most of the guests were American, Canadian, or U.K., when we were there.
A nice breakfast was taken in a Japanese Restaurant next door. This consisted of eggs, a roll, butter & jelly, coffee, and fresh squeezed juice. Very nice.
The quality of the service offered by the staff was exceptionally high. When asked were I might find a barber, I was taken to the salon by a staff member. They did their utmost to make sure every guest had a quality stay at their hostel. Rooms were promptly and professionally cleaned every morning.
There's a common sitting room for TV, no TVs in rooms. Few English speaking stations were available while we were there, but they were in the process of getting more English speaking stations.
This hostel is located on a quiet street overlooking the river and a park. By existing the hostel to the right, a few steps will take you to stairs that will put you in "Old Town" with all the exciting activities found in this beautiful city. This walkway has four or five levels, but there is almost one hundred steps to get to the top. Works up an appetite for an early lunch at one of the many nice restaurants found all over the city.
We highly reccommend this hostel to couples and families as a clean, safe, fairly priced hostel, in a great location, with an exceptionally high quality staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RiverView Hotel Cuenca is a privately owned boutique Inn on the Barranco (cliff) over-looking the Tomebamba River and the Paseo (boardwalk) in Cuenca, Ecuador. With only nine rooms RiverView Hotel in Cuenca, Ecuador feels like home. Serving breakfast and lunch on site is The Vegetable Bar restaurant, open from 8am to 3pm daily and vegetarian friendly! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Nova Hotel Cuenca