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Hostal Yakumama Reviews

Luis Cordero 5-66 y Honorato Vasquez, Cuenca, Ecuador

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176 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Our stay here was great. Hostel owners were helpful in recommending things to do. Fair warning - in general if you arrive in Cuenca on a Sunday most of the town is shutdown.


Great place! it's HUGE! but doesn't take away from the hostel or atmosphere. The rooms are wonderully spacious and really pretty- the ceilings and minimal but pretty decor are stunning. The free breakfast is delicious home made bread with juice and coffee or tea but you can also order extras for REALLY cheap. Really great security. Staff are nice and helpful. The evening guy is pretty quiet but the day staff are good. PERFECT location!!! so so so close to everything in an awesome area!


great spot, cool hostel interior. good breakfasts. some helpful, some lukewarm hosts. plenty of noise if your room is by the courtyard at night. listened to s girl get a tattoo right outside our window until after 1am one night. otherwise, it was nice.


Great hostel! cheap, clean, good atmosphere, met a lot of nice people, great breakfast (especially the bread). Luis from the reception is also fun and helpful, took us out to a cheap vegetarian restaurant :)


Excellent, except that the building door is locked all of Sunday and late nights and it's difficult to find a way in! Someone was banging on it all night one evening which woke us up.

  • 17th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


excellent place!!

  • 8th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Okay let me start by saying overall this is a pretty good hostel, good bathrooms with hot showers and nice room. Free breakfast is only toast and coffee or tea but they have good additional things to buy for cheap. But you can woken up erything in this hostel. Saturday night around 1 am they decided to close the garage door and lock the hostel??? A person was ringing the door bell and literally POUNDING on the door for 30 MINUTES without any of the staff answering the door. Reception is 24hrs??


I really loved my stay at the Yakumama Hostel. The stuff was very hepful and the rooms are big and clean. There was even a basic breakfast included with homemade bread. It's a good place to meet people, there is a lounge, TV room and garden with a nice fountain. The location is right in the city centre. I would definitely stay at Yakumama again :-).

  • 17th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This could be a nice hostel, but unfortunately the atmosphere is absolutely rubbish. It is also really annoying that they completely close the entrance on a Sunday and you have to buzz in and out, waiting for ages for a man to come downstairs and open the door for you.


Guy at front desk that works everyday is very rude and does not listen to cleaning requests. The hostel is the dirtiest I've been in so far after 14 months of travelling so that should be a statement of it's own. The breakfast is poor, quality of bread is the poorest. Staff closes the bar early, which takes away from the atmosphere of the hostel. Would not recommend. I'm not sure what the cleaning staff does but dirty toilet paper on the floor of both the men and womens bathrooms were leftdaily.


- in the night very noisy - could be cleaner - nobody at the reception on Sunday + friendly stuff + perfect location + good collection of movies


Staff rude, they let some traveller with a pregnant filthy dog in the hostel that stayed in your room scratching full of fleas jumping on beds and sleeping on people's backpacks. What a joke. Everyone told the person to get rid of the dog but at night would cry and bark waking everyone up. I give bad rating for this because completey unacceptable and poor management.


Lovely rooms clean and spacious, staff were accommadating. At times it felt like a huge empty mansion. And Sunday the bar is closed and so is the front door. Found myself walking down the big empty hallways searching for other backpackers most of the time. didnt even realise there was a movie room on the second floor. But give it a go, nice location and good wifi for the size of the place.


A big hostel in the middle of the city. Location is the strongest point as it's close to everything. Staff are slightly impersonal but that's understandable as there are a lot of guests. Breakfast is the standard bread and jam but extras are available. All the toilets and showers are in a central location and not in the rooms. Would recommend.


A fantastic huge old building, with the large dorm providing single non bunk beds. Friendly and helpful staff. Good basic free breakfast. A good place to base yourself whilst doing the day trip to Ingapirca.


Perfect location just 2 blocks from main square. Good mattresses and double duvet! Wifi throughout hostel. The owners are great, friendly and on the ball, but all other staff totally clueless. Free breakfast embarrassingly small (2 tiny pieces of bread) but you can pay for eggs and extra bread. The 10 bed dorm is a roof terrace that they've thrown a roof onto, it is drafty and there are no curtains. 360 degree attack of sunlight in the morning! No guest kitchen.


After 2 months traveling throughout Ecuador my wife and I thought this was one of the worst places we had stayed . 1 - we booked a double room with private bath . The room was bare basic a bed and a chair with a closet to put our stuff , lightbulb burnt out in the lamp by our bed reported and not fixed . Private bath - on the opposite side of the building way past the two shared bathes . Our private bath was so filthy we did not even use it. free breakfast 2 pc bread juice coffee look elseware

  • 31st Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Restaurant and Bar excellent, rooms could need an extra touch like a wardrobe, nightstand or reading lamp. Bathrooms were clean but ceiling moulded as no windows to fresh air. Unfortunately our room had no oportunity to open a window which was a shame. Nevertheless, highly recommendable for location, lovely swiss owners, excellent food and drinks and price for value.


the 10 bed dorm is incredibly spacious!

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