We heard a lot about the magic of Cuenca when we first journeyed through Ecuador but we never made it there on that jaunt. On the way back north, we made it a priority to stop in this city full of colonial beauty. Although Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca seems worlds smaller than Quito or Guayaquil. It has a very old-fashioned, livable charm to it. The only downside was that it is the most expensive city in Ecuador, with hostels and food costing much more than in most of the country.
Hotel Pichincha is literally the cheapest place to stay in central Cuenca, the most expensive city in Ecuador. It’s a godsend in a city full of accommodations calling themselves “hostels” but charging $20 per person per night, minimum.
Hotel Pichincha is literally the cheapest place to stay in central Cuenca, the most expensive city in Ecuador. It’s a godsend in a city full of accommodations calling themselves “hostels” but charging $20 per person per night, minimum. If you can deal with chipped paint, slightly saggy mattresses, and shared bathrooms, Hotel Pichincha is a great value. The hotel is huge and sprawling, the fourth floor windows offer great views over the Cathedral, and the rooms are clean and spacious. Singles, doubles, triples, and quads are available. Shared bathrooms occasionally run out of hot water, but are clean and modern. The highlights to this place are definitely the fast building-wide WiFi, and the friendly owners who offer all the information you’ll need on Cuenca and surrounds. It’s proximity to the main plaza and the fact that it doesn’t break the bank put Hotel Pichincha in first place for budget accommodations in Cuenca.
Internet cafe in building
Laundry service available
Maps, brochures, and travel information
Sinks in rooms
Address: General Torress 8.82 (on the corner with Calle Simon Bolivar)