Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

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.

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
Read all reviews

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

Check Availability

Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 10.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 10.0

Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • 10.0


    03 Feb 2020
    This is a volunteer-run hostel so everyone working there are also travelers and really friendly. Good vibes, modern decor and lots of natural light in the common spaces. There’s a cafe right down stairs, good coffee, laundry facilities, and good WiFi. There seemed to be two paid staff who were around quite often and also really friendly. Perfect location and we walked to the center and river walk every day. Loved it here.
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    02 Feb 2020
    Great location near the river. The hostel was chill and traveler-friendly. The staff was super helpful. The coffee shop is definitely a bonus.
    USA, Female, 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
  • 9.4


    22 Feb 2020
    Great people here, very good location, a bit of road noise at night, but a great value and great experience!!
    USA, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 8.3


    28 Feb 2020
    Pros: very clean, good location Cons: although the hostel itself was quite quiet, the hostel is on busy cross road and all through the night you can hear traffic and the traffic light beeping. It was very difficult to sleep.
    Ireland, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.3


    24 Feb 2020
    Cute and clean place, not that big and not social but it had a lot of natural light. The location is not ideal; 15 min walk to center and to bus.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.0


    14 Feb 2020
    The common rooms were great, nice balconies, kitchen available for dwellers, great adhacent cafe where to have good meals. I was unlucky with my room: the window opened to the kitchen that was not very pleasant
    Estonia, Female, 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+
  • 5.4


    22 Feb 2020
    This was the 1st time that a carefully-researched hostel in Ecuador did not meet expectations. The volunteer employees should have their own room - we never got to use our room with the light on because they had different sleep schedules. Bathrooms dirtier than expected; one was broken. Volunteer staff were helpful when needed, but not quite approachable. Regular staff member who checked us in was cold. The private rooms may be a better experience but I think bathrooms are still shared
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
Read all reviews


  • 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