Hostal Yakumama

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Cuenca, Ecuador

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Hostal Yakumama Cuenca Reviews

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Yakumama Hostel Feb 09, 2014
Yakumama Hostel in Cuenca was my “safety place” in the case that I don’t find anything on the way through the city, or if no one gives me a better idea. I usually check “reference hostels” or places that I can more or less surely get in.

It was very easy to find the hostel, and you can get to it from the bus station or airport (they are right next to each other in Cuenca) by local bus system. I took bus 12 to the old cathedral, which is the center of the town, and than just walked the street to the hostel. Building is white, old colonial looking house which expends in the background to the long corridors and a garden. Outside of the building few flags and a large banner with the hostels name mark the proper house.

Reception is an integral part of the cute restaurant/breakfast area that also becomes live music scene for the weekend nights. People that work the reception are international travelers and they do speak English and few other languages. Mostly I encountered only Spanish language in the Ecuadorian hostels.

For the price of $9 offer stands for six bed dormitory with a breakfast. Breakfast consists of two pieces of bread with some spread, butter, coffee and juice. They d have extensive menu from which you can order familiar items, but it is a heresy to do something like that when you have incredible markets with traditional Ecuadorian breakfast around the area, and also markets are cheaper and have way more character. Reception does not work always and that is a bit of the issue because they lock front doors and you have to bother family that lives in hostel and wait for them to open the door. Usually in this cases you would get the key from the front door together with the key of your dormitory.

My dorm was on the first floor, right across the nice shower area with hot water. Dorm was specious, beds very good and sturdy, with smaller lockers on the side where you can place your important belongings. Beds are clean and warm, spacious enough even for me. They don’t have numbers for the dorms, but names, and they are a bit complicated… My room started with Vero and I think that last part ended with Cocha and that could be a bit of confusion when you are asking for your key from the reception. And they did make that key chain EXTRA large so that you don’t take key outside…

Bathroom for guys on the first floor is a bit of the hassle because you have to enter the garden and get to the door of the toilet. During the night that area is pretty dark so carry some light source. Garden also has a small bar and a half pipe for skating . Also there is ping pong table in the small adjacent room.

Second floor features more dorms and living room with sofas, TV and few hammocks. Movie selection is extensive and most of the newest movies are available. It is a good place to chill, check your mail (wifi is available), but watch out for some sofas because they are a bit dirty and have some bugs that can and will bite. Thing with the hammocks is that you can stay in them instead of dorm and you will pay only $5 per night.
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