The Kookaburra is a B&B run by a very nice Australian couple. There are only 2 rooms (actually suites) for rent. Our ground floor space had a bedroom with twin beds, a nice bathroom, and a sitting room/kitchenette with sink, mini-fridge, and microwave, plus a comfortable chair and a clothes rack The kitchen area had coffee, tea and milk along with dishes and utensils for two. There was a portable space heater in the bedroom.
The other unit is upstairs, with a queen bed, but otherwise very similar. Wi-fi is available.
You make your own bed, but they come in and empty trash and change towels.
It is a secure accommodation—guests get a room key and a key to the street door.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, and can be ordered off the café menu.
(Note: The Café is only open 4 days per week, Thursday-Sunday, from 8-4. On the days it is closed, they give an $8 discount on the room because there's no breakfast.)
double occupancy - $56 /single occupancy - $45
(Monday – Wednesday, double occupancy - $48/single occupancy - $41)
Their food is very good.
Nice hotel, hospitable service, almost in the center. The menu 2$!
Old chosts are there with your dreams!
One of the nicest hostels we stayed in during our time in South America, La Cigale is located right in the heart of Cuenca’s old town. The atmospheric and charming downstairs bar and restaurant is complimented by spotless dorms and double rooms all housed in an old colonial town house. The rooms are upstairs and although surround the downstairs bar and restaurant the place is not particularly noisey with the bar closing at a reasonable hour and the music also kept at a reasonable level giving the place a nice chilled out atmosphere in the bar and peace and quiet in the rooms...perfect.
We stayed in a four bed dorm but we had single beds...just one bunk bed in our room and had the entire ensuite room to ourselves. Definitely worth the $8 a night especially in relatively pricey Cuenca. A good breakfast of eggs, bread, coffee/tea and fresh juice is included
The restaurant downstairs is also extremely good value with well prepared, filling and tasty meals for between $3 and $5. Great choice of pastas, burgers, sandwiches and meals like chicken cordon bleu and lemon chicken. Ate here a LOT.
While in Cuenca for four weeks beginning March 15, I stayed with a local family (See Homestay in Cuenca). The family showed me the house of a friend of a friend which was being offered for sale at $100,000. It is on 5 acres of mountainside on one side of a river valley, 20 minutes from Cuenca via a newish highway which is in very good condition. (See photos)
After a short trip to Vilcabamba, I stopped in Cuenca to catch my plane to Quito and them back to the states. I stayed overnight at the Macondo Hostel in Cuenca.
My $21 "single room" at Macondo had two bedrooms, 3 single beds and plenty of built in closet and drawer space. What made this room such a great value is that it was the only room in my area of the 2nd floor with easy access to 2nd floor kitchen and bathroom. In effect, the room came with these as private features.
This is a very good value. The hotel is a converted old colonial mansion with rooms on first and second floors. Rooms are somewhat worn but offer a lot of space and very clean, private bathrooms with tons of hot water. Rooms are cleaned every day though towels and sheets are not to be mindful of the environment. We can recommend Room 112 as it had a nice balcony overlooking the street and was fairly quiet. There is a basic restaurant in the hotel where you can get breakfast. The hotel is secure and closed up at night where a watchman will let you in. People were friendly with us. We paid $25 a night for 2 people and got 3 beds in our room. Reservations can be made but a deposit will be required.
I stayed 4 weeks with a family chosen by the CEDEI Spanish School. My impression upon driving up to the house on the night of March 15: The neighborhood I am living in looked pretty shabby when I first arrived and it seemed that my host family did not speak a word of English. I felt very alone.
Two days later: This morning I walked with no problems and it turns out that in the daylight when I'm not on sensory overload the neighborhood isnt really too bad. The Palacios¨ (Sara and Jorge) house is worth 80,000 homes on the far outskirts of the city are much less. My afternoon teacher¨s house cost 45,000 just because it's not near the center of town. The food here is alot like home. We usually have fresh squeased juice, soup (potato, bean etc.), a main course with meat and rice, a vegetable and sometime desert with coffee.
Each homestay is unique and out of the mainstream in accomodation for most Northamericans.
The family I am staying with has a very nice house -- about the size of ours, very clean, but needs a few minor repairs. Mi madre local, Sara, is businesslike and I understand that she is keeping foriegners in her house to make a little more money. But she seems to love people and enjoy her work. She waits on me hand and foot! We have a nice conversations at dinner every night -- me, Gringita (an American college student -- more about her later), Jorge (the husband), a few of their children, sons in law, and usually the two grand children.
Sara, Jorge and I discussed the cost of living in Cuenca Saturday. Sara speaks more ingles than Jorge, so she spoke for both of them. Asked me, in a very matter-of-fact manner, how much my pension is. When I told her, she looked shocked and said with serious conclusiveness that we could live well in Cuenca on that! We went on to discuss the price of her house (80,000), electricity etc.
This hostel has been run into the ground.
The entrance area is ok, but its rooms are in desperate need of some attention. The free breakfast never happened, and to be honest the kitchen was so dirty I probably am happy about that, the two tv rooms turned out to be one tv room with a faulty dvd player, the bathrooms leaked, and my favorite bit, when we left they tried to charge us 12 dollars each a night, instead of the 6 dollars each they had told us the room would be when we arrived. They did this to our friends too, apparently the manager had changed the bills.
The hostel was in a pretty good area, nice and central for life in Cuenca.
In the heart of the old city stands Alli Tiana in a tall building with the greatest views from its roof restaurant. Locals come here often to have dinner and enjoy the sight through the glass walls of the restaurant. Night views are magical!!! The name comes from old local language and means "welcome" if I remember well.
The elegant proprietor, Mario, is usually there to welcome you and always eager to help you out with everything. It is not a luxurious hotel but it is perfectly fine. Service is perfect and the rooms are pleasant and spacious and are cleaned every day. There is cable TV, telephone, private bath with hot water and good beds. A bottle of water and chocolates await for you when you come back!
Its location is very convenient as you are in the center of the action. Of course there is traffic noise during the day, but I avoided it by taking a room at the back.
Prices are around 20$US including a decent local breakfast.
Tours can be arranged in the hotel at good prices.
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Naranja is the work of art of a local artist who thoughtfully converted her 100 year old family home into a bright and airy guest house. The open courtyard is covered with a translucent material that lets light in but allows sitting out even if it’s raining. You can look down from any floor from the open catwalks which feature great old carved wood railings. The rooms vary quite a bit by size and amenities as you might expect in the renovation of an old home into rental units. The first room we looked at was cheaper but was extremely small. In fact, it was little more than a closet! It would have been okay if it was very cheap but it was about the price of an average Ecuadorian room and it was our first exposure to a room in Cuenca. After seeing the room we eventually chose there was no looking back.
It was quite a cozy and big/bright room with a nice area to sit and even its own little kitchen and private bath. It had very cool furniture and one could imagine living there long term though it could have used some new (and more colorful, the owner IS an artist, right?!) paint. There is a communal kitchen if your room does not have one and a nice area to sit out though we found it a bit dark in the evenings. Naranja is also very well located; in an area you can walk around at night and feel safe as well as being close to all attractions. It is a bit overpriced at $25 (which included the city’s exorbitant 12% tax) for a double per night for two but as Cuenca goes it seems to be a bargain.
We had room 5 (out of only 7) in January, 2007. It cost US$ 32.00, tax and breakfast included, for two persons. Our room had two balconies overlooking the Plaza San Francisco.
The room was a bit noisy with the windows open, but the street noise died down after the busses quit running. With the wondows closed, the street noise was tolerable. The quietest rooms are on the sides: 1, 2, 6, 7.
The hot water was available 24 hours per day. The included breakfast was good: juice, bread, two eggs, and coffee.
It`s ok, friendly, s 14 Dollars, save, but nothing special
But I think there are better deals in Cuenca....
Nice breakfast-room in the 6th floor
The perfect Hotel..it`s not expensive (s: 18 Dollars, d 30 Dollars) and really phantastic
Friendly, Clean, incredible views....
This place is great. Only $4.50 per person, and the staff is friendly, and it´s pretty empty. It´s a big old hotel with lots of space with a big atrium in the middle. There´s a little kitchen (no fridge). Just ask for a soft bed, and ask to look at a couple rooms if you´re not satified.
Kitchen, the staff is friendly, the place is clean and has character. Other backpackers came in and didn´t like it (no private bathroom) and paid $8 per person around the corner. Hovever, this is my type of hotel!!
The hotel may be really noisy, due to the large corridors, but it's OK, if you stay there for one night.
L'hotel peut etre assez bruyant, a cause de couloirs larges et hauts, mais on s'y fait le temps d'une nuit.
4.5 USD a night, in the center.
4.5 USD par nuit, et dans le centre.
The dorms are made of awfuuuuuuuul beds ! So hard to sleep !!! But the rest of the hotel is OK.
Les dormoirs sont constitues de lits atroces ! Trop dur d'y dormir ! Mais, le reste de l'hotel est OK
Cheap hotel (4 USd per person), nice terrace and free coffee...
Pas cher (4 USD par personne), terrasse sympa et cafe gratos...
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