We stayed in this hostal for 1,5 week and we were quite pleased with the place. The city Cuenca is ok, we liked the buildings, being more of a sight then the average contrete waste city or village we see, but the black fumes the city buses pour out on the street and the invading traffic are horrible. Macondo was always a quiet retreat from these horrors. There is a nice garden, lots of places to sit or hang. If you skip the occasional loud co-tourist the place usually is very quiet. There is a well equiped kitchen guests can use. This must be the best and cleanest kitchen found so far (after travelling for 4 months now through south america). The staff are relaxed and friendly, they provide very good service. Can still see Tanya running around to make the best out of it and enjoying herself also. For us there were no downsides, and comming from us, professional complainers, says a lot. As i observed a lot of snow-birds (Canadians) and USA citizens are staying here, as do quite a few teachers, as this place used to be a school.
We payed 30 dollar a night, breakfast included. If one stays for a longer period (think a month or more), there´s a discount. Beds are good, showers can be hot as should be and everthing is as clean as you would like a hospital to be :-)
Other points: don´t try to look for ceramics or textiles (as in Otavalo quality) in the city centre, there is none. There´s a mercado for such things at a square in the northern part but the quality is very poor. The fruit and vegetable market is amazing though, try it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Macondo Cuenca
- Hostal Macondo Hotel Cuenca