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Hostal Macondo
Ranked #18 of 60 Hotels in Cuenca
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Spent 3 nights here in a room without a bathroom. This was one of my favorite places I stayed in all of Ecuador, and I´m almost sad I didn´t spend much time in the hotel itself. Cuenca can be loud, but I didn´t hear any street noise at all in my room. The interior courtyard and the lobby space were both beautiful and looked much nicer than expected for the price ($19). Room was also very nice. Breakfast was fine. Included food is minimal - bread, marmalade, cheese, juice, coffee, tea. But if you want extra food, it´s a good value (eggs for $1, yogurt parfait for $1.50).

My only negative was a lack of hot water one night for my shower - I could only get warm. But otherwise, I have nothing but positives to say about this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

the service was expectacular, nice polite, clean, warm confort in my room and clean, Macondo's is very close to the tryp of churches around the Catedral, museums, and handycrafts market. nice mornings with delicious and healthy breakfast, with a home made mermelade, :).
my family love it, thanks at all wonderfull tryp.

Room Tip: rooms are pretty. 5 is close to the garden peacefull and perfect for a cozy afternoon with a book.
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

I have stayed in Hostal Macondo on four different occasions and have never been disappointed. Located in the heart of the city in an old colonial period courtyard home, Macondo offers a variety of clean and comfy accommodations - from rooms with private baths to shared dorm rooms or private rooms with shared bathrooms.

The social/dining/kitchen is a good gathering place to share travel stories with fellow guests, watch movies and generally hang out. For lunch or dinner, guests are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to cook their own meals. For breakfast, guests have their choice of the free continental brekkie or ordering something a little heartier from the menu.

Since Macondo is in an old courtyard home, all rooms are well back of the noise from the street....You will have a nice little courtyard garden to lounge in just outside your room and your sleep will not be disturbed by traffic noise.

The hostal also has laundry service at a very reasonable price.

There is usually English speaking personnel at the front desk and the staff is very helpful in offering directions and suggestions of things to do and see in the beautiful city of Cuenca.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

Nice hostal with clean, neat rooms. Close to Cuenca's historic center, restaurants and bars. We stayed for two nights in a two bed room. It had a clean bathroom with a hot shower. The weather was a bit chilly but the room had thick blankets on the bed. The reception helped us arrange a tour to Cajas National Park and it was great. I would stay there again for sure.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

It is a very nice place to stay, although more expensive than we would usually spend.
The rooms on the courtyard at the back were nice and clean, and quiet, away from city noise.
There was hot water with enough pressure. The WiFi was good and free.
As other reviews mentioned, breakfast was quite small for the price.
The accommodation price was a bit high for what you get.

Room Tip: try to get the rooms in the back
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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oxford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

Such a nice place to stay, although a little more than we would usual spend but well worth it. Lovely colonial buidling with lots of character, spotlessly clean and tidy, great chill out areas and the most well equipped kitchen we have ever come across! Highly recommend if you want to step it up a level.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2011

I stayed here this week with my partner.

The hostel rooms were perfectly nice and the courtyard and building was lovely. We were in a room off of the garden courtyard at the back and I would agree with other reviewers that this is the way to go. It was very quiet and we had a great sleep.

I would also agree with other reviewers that the breakfast is shockingly poor for Ecuador - basically just some cheap watery juice, coffee and bread. We were charged $4.50 extra for one omelet, fruit salad and a single glass of yogurt. That was only one breakfast as my partner was a bit under the weather and didn´t much feel like eating. With the added cost of a real breakfast it is much less good value and when you consider that you can get a three course meal many places in Ecuador for $3.00 the prices seem a bit much.

Also, I would not stay here if you want a lot of support and help from the staff. The woman manning the front desk the morning that we departed behaved in a ridiculously rushed and put upon manner and was a bit huffy about even taking the time to turn on the gas so that we could have a hot shower!

Otherwise, it is a perfectly beautiful, clean hostel with lots of individual charm.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Macondo
Address: Tarqui 11-64 Y Lamar, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Cuenca
#10 Business Hotel in Cuenca
#14 Romantic Hotel in Cuenca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely downtown hotel built around a beautiful garden. A very peaceful place in the heart of colonial Cuenca offering --travel and tour assistance --free breakfast --luggage storage --free maps --lending library --wheel chair rooms --24 hour check-in --plenty of hot water --kitchen use after 1PM ... more   less 
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