Posada del Rio
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Posada del Rio Jun 26, 2011
After being in the city for a day, I had time to look around and find habitation that would fulfill my need of nice, clean, good vibe place for list money possible. After searching trough few hotels and hostels, I ended up in Posada del Rio, family house that has dorms and private rooms in three floor setup. Place looks freshly remodeled with some kind of theme going inside of the building with terracotta colors and dark wooden beams.
Bottom floor is reserved for owners’ family, and they live and interact with everyone that is staying in house. I believe that two sisters are running the place, and they are very open and professional. They speak ok English so you won’t have problem communicating. Wooden stairs lead the way to second floor where kitchen and large living area dominate the space. I simply love the stairs going around light pit that has really cool lights hangings from the ceiling all the way to the bottom.
Dorm occupied area under roof, and it looked very nice, dreamy, clean, and nothing like hostel. It is a bit like they have 5 kids and all of them are in the same room under roof, so that they do not bother anyone… There is access to nice rooftop terrace and kitchen and living quarters are located on the second floor. Cost for dorm is $7, and they use US dollars. There is good WiFi, no breakfast, and towel is included. Shower is very good with warm water from heater that is added on the pipe. No lockers, but I did not have any problems.
Area has few book sharing places, but they are extremely expensive, or they ask for 3 to 1 deals… which is not acceptable. Hostel is on the hill above the river, and lots of restaurants and hotels are all over this area due to its beauty. Cuenca is city with amazing markets, very clean, orderly and with lots of good fresh food. I usually ate in one of them for its dirt chip price and huge variety of veggies, meats, soups, traditional meals and thons of cheap fruit.
Cuenca is very easy to walk around, and there are lots of things to be seen. Artisan markets are very common, and they are mostly hand made things from local shops. I like their scarves, and leather work. Churches are almost too common for comfort, but you’ll survive if you don’t go in every one. On the way from Banos, approaching the city of Cuenca, we passed through city of Byblios or something like that, and that place has HUGE cathedral on the slope of the mountain. We were coming during evening, and that thing was lighten so nice, that it looked like movie set or the most incredible monument in the world. I did not have time to visit it, but if someone can do it, please write the review.
I recommend this hostel as a best cheap place to stay in Cuenca, and only thing they should include is breakfast :)
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