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La Casa Cuencana
Ranked #10 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Cuenca
Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

We had a great experience at la casa Cuencana. the private room was very nice, big and clean with small kitchen on the 3rd floor of a building next door. All the staff was helpful. Thank you to Marta, the owner who made us feel like at home. She was always very keen on giving any information we needed to discover the city and the rest of the country. We forgot some important staff in the hostel and she was so kind to send them back to us in Guayaquil by bus without charging us anything. She definitely went out of her way.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

This hostel has a great location. Near the panama hat museum, near the big supermarket and down town in the old center. We stayed in a private room with a shared bathroom. This is the first negative point because there is only one bathroom including a toilet on the floor to serve (when it is full) at least 12 persons. You can imagine the line in the morning. This also wakes you up when there are early birds. It is a pretty noisy place in so you will here every footstep. The kitchen is badly equipped. Almost no plates or glasses and the pots are horrible to cook with. The owners try to make you feel home and are really helpfull which is a good thing. All in all a good and cheap option to stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coyhaique, Aisen del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

I don't have any complaints about the La Casa Cuencana. It's easy to find and in a great location for the price you pay. One downside is you probably will hear music when you're going to sleep at night. But if you're tired like I was, it's not going to make a difference. The family is very nice and very eager to help. Good people. I love that it was clean and somewhat ecofriendly with motion sensor lights. I would stay there again and recommend for the weary backpacker. Also, there's a full kitchen!

Room Tip: Top floor was good, I imagine you would hear people walking up the stairs because they're creaky...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

We have been travelling for 11 weeks through Latin America and this is one of the best so far; I recommend this hostel for a number of reasons. the place is comfortable and the owner, Marta will make you feel right at home. If you are looking for a good nights sleep and a place to relax This is the place to do it. In addition, the place has a good kitchen, hot water and a little courtyard in the top floor, all floors have a living room to chill. From a location point of view, right in the historic centre of town, the hostel is near all the great restaurants and bars. I would recommend going to the tourist office (5 Min walk) and asking for a map and overview of the city. They will give you all the information you need to see the city and the surrounding area (Inca ruins etc...).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

It was nice to find that there is at least one place in Cuenca that is still maintained and owned by Ecuadorians. They actually spoke in Spanish which is rare in ex-patriot heavy Cuenca. The family that runs the place is of course extremely kind and helpful. I had a private room and it was very comfortable and clean. (the room is actually the one in the photo) The price was right as well. The only problem is that on the weekend it can be a bit noisy, not from the hostel but from the music playing at other establishments across the street. I recommend staying here because it is clean, comfortable, in a great location and most importantly Ecuadoran owned and operated.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

I have been traveling for 6 months through South America and this is one of the best so far; I recommend this hostel for a number of reasons. First, the place is comfortable and the owner, Marta will make you feel right at home. If you are looking for a good nights sleep and a place to relax on a backpackers budget ($8 for dorms), this is the place to do it. In addition, the place has a good kitchen, hot water and a little courtyard to sit out and relax.

From a location point of view, you could not ask for better. Right in the historic center of town, the hostel is near all the great restaurants and bars. I would recommend going to the tourist office (5 min walk) and asking for a map and overview of the city. They will give you all the information you need to see the city and the surrounding area (Inca ruins, villages, etc...). The tourist office is on the Parque (park) Calderon near the main cathedral.

The hostal is a 25 min walk from the bus station (terminal terrestre) or a taxi will cost you something like $2.

Room Tip: Marta owns 3 hostels, each right next to each other. So if for some reason you don't like the Ca...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

We were booked into Hostal Hogar Cuencana but checked out after only one night. Desperat e for a good nights sleep, we checked into this place and ended up staying for longer than planned we liked it so much.

The owner Marta is a lovely lady and by far the best host we have come across during two months travelling around Ecuador. She showed us a selection of rooms and we chose a very large first floor room at the front. She explained that we may get some street noise there but as it was very spacious room with brand new bathroom with loads of hot water and a good shower, we risked it. Apart from one night when and idiot taxi driver parked outside with stereo on at full volume ( could have happened anywhere in Cuenca!) it was fine. A good location in the Centro Historico with lots of good restaurants close by.

The bed seemed brand new and was the most comfortable and the best we have had to date in Cuenca. There is also access to a kitchen which is nice when, like us you are travelling for along time.

Great value and Marta is a real pleasure to deal with and genuinely wants her guests to be happy. A bit like staying with an old friend. Would definitely recommend it as a place to stay and will return when next in Cuenca

Room Tip: All the rooms are more spacious than other we have see in Ecuador. Our at the front first floor was...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Casa Cuencana
Address: Hermano Miguel 4-45 Between Calle Larga and Honorato Vazquez | Hermano Miguel 4-45 Between Calle Larga and Honorato Vazquez, Cuenca, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Cuenca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Cssa Cuencana Hostal, the original since 2005, We are a Ecuadorian family-run hostel. We proudly offer accommodation in a warm environment, cozy, comfortable and diverse rooms and common areas. We are located in the heart of historic district(El Centro) the best place to enjoy the local culture, history, nature and the lovely scenario of a city named Cultural Heritage of Humankind. We offer dorms and private rooms in our three buildings among great restaurants and bars, museums and the Tomebamba River and only a few blocks from the main square. Here in a safe neighborhood, you can relax and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Ecuadorian culture. Contact our email to check for availability and room options, room rates and large groups. We welcome to you to your home in Cuenca. ... more   less 
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