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.

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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 9.0

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 8.6

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 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


    12 Dec 2019
    Great location, bus stop on the corner, walk to small restaurants and the park, helpful staff, small library and a tv room, plenty of seating.. couches, chairs on the balcony, even a small cafe right next door.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    02 Oct 2019
    Amazing staff! The beds were super comfy, the rooms, bathroom's and common areas were always clean. It sucks they didn't do free breakfast, but the cafe next door isn't bad. The only bad thing would be that it's right on the main road, so it's super loud, and you can hear the traffic light cross walk beeping all night! Apart from that, it was a great stay.
    Australia, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 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
  • 9.4


    01 Nov 2019
    The best nights sleep and shower I had in Ecuador. Loved the private room.
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    19 Dec 2019
    I had a great stay at Alternative hostels. I stayed in a private room, which was clean and comfortable. It was a very quiet season when I stayed there, so I cannot say that there would have been much of an atmosphere, but I enjoyed the peace and quiet. The staff was very helpful and happy to answer all my questions. Overall, a really good stay.
    Finland, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6


    30 Jan 2020
    Nice private hostel close to the museums and not a far walk from the city centre. Good wifi, decent sized dorms and good value breakfast at the cafe next door. The lockers couldn’t be locked which was a bit odd, but otherwise very good
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 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

    19 Nov 2019
    Extremely comfortable beds! Located about a 10 minute walk from the centre of town. The staff were really nice and welcoming but there were not many other guests when I was staying. Breakfast not included but you can get a really nice meal with coffe in the adjoining cafe for $2.50. Would be a really cool place if it was a bit busier
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
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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