Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Welcome to AlterNative Hostel!

Ours is a kind and friendly place that welcomes travelers from all across the world. We have a wealth of experience hosting travelers of all kinds. From backpackers to adventure motorcyclists, we know what travelers need and value during their stay.

AlterNative Hostel offers its guests a convenient and comfortable location at the corner of Calle Larga and Avenida Huayna Capac. The former is Cuenca's main hotspot for bars and restaurants, and the latter offers fast and easy access to the local airport and bus terminal. We are within walking distance of the historic center of Cuenca, and the Museo Pumapungo is just a few footsteps from our doors.

We provide fast 24-hour WiFi in all rooms and common areas.
Our hostel has hot water 24 hours a day.
In addition to the hostel's shared kitchen, we offer a special discount for breakfast at our specialty coffee house next door, as well as a full all-day menu.

24 Hour Reception
Check in 13:00
Check out: 11:00
We accept cash only for payment of the balance of your reservation. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.8

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Oct 2021
    Loved this hostel! It's bright and sunny throughout, dorms are clean, beds are comfortable, bathrooms are very clean and the showers are fantastic. The owner is so kind and helpful and seems to truly care about the well-being of the guests. The hostel is well taken care of and probably the cleanest hostel I've ever stayed in. The common areas were inviting and comfortable but nice and quiet at night. Great location, easy to walk places or catch a cap. Highly recommend staying here!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    16 Oct 2021
    We stayed here for over a month and really enjoyed our stay! The hostel was quiet and clean and had great common areas for relaxing, cooking, and hanging out. The owner is very helpful and kind. The location is about 10-15 min walking from everything in Cuenca and also close to a market with lots of fruits, veggies, and other good ingredients for cooking. This place felt like home and we will definitely be back !
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 Oct 2021
    This was an amazing hostel. Its a big house with common spaces and amazing natural lighting. The kitchen is fully equipped. Javier was an amazing host, he made me a route with the main attractions of Cuenca. He also helped me with booking my bus ride. I would totally recommend this hostel. Amazing value, super clean, good location and stunning infrastructure 10/10
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    17 Sep 2021
    Really nice place. Clean and modern, beds are super comfortable, 24 hour reception - I really enjoyed my stay.
    France, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    04 Mar 2020
    Super clean and comfortable beds. Cheap good breakfast and great coffee at the attached cafe. The hostel is a short scenic walk to the center.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    07 Aug 2021
    Felt very safe We were able to check in early no problems Staff very helpful with recommendations Kitchen available for use Drinking water from tap Hostel is on a intersection so busy roads but nice rooftop space we used for yoga At the bottom of Calle larga so a little walk into Centro but close to Inca ruins, would recommend!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7


    05 Apr 2021
    Alternative hostel is an excellent place to stay in Cuenca. The hostel facilities are very clean, the showers have hot water, and the hostel owner is kind and accommodating.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    17 Sep 2021
    The location is a few kilometers away from the historic district and there's notice to explore in the area around the hostel. A coue.museums that are closed as of the pandemic. Not usually a fan of modern design, but this hostel pulled it off spectacularly! Plenty of bathrooms and space.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    02 Nov 2021
    My wife and I liked this hostel. It is in s good location, not too far from the historic district. The room was decent (we were in a private room). The room could have used some additional storage but there was plenty available in the facility. What we really liked were the staff--very helpful and friendly. The manager cares about his guests.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    06 Mar 2020
    The hostel looks good. The dorms were basic, a bit lacking compared to what I encountered in Ecuador before. No plugs, lights or curtains for the beds, and very little space to hang up a towel to dry. Spacious locker, which was good because room & window of the dorm room could not be closed/locked. Staff was friendly and helpful. Overall a clean place, although the beds were left unmade for several days after people left the dorm. Kitched was well equiped and the eating space was quit nice.
    Belgium, Male, 41+
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Internet café
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • DVD's
  • Wi-Fi