A Review of Hostal Casa Del Rio in Cuenca, Ecuador
As you might expect with the name Hostal Casa Del Rio (House of/by the river), the hostal sits next to one of Cuenca’s main rivers. This means that from many of the rooms at Hostal Casa Del Rio, you actually do have a view of the river. You also get the sounds of the river at night.
The Casa Del Rio has hot showers, quiet spaces, cable TV (which we never turned on) and is very clean. Most of the rooms are $25/night… ours was a little bigger and had two windows looking at the river, so we paid $30/night.
We stayed for three nights here in Cuenca.
We stayed in Room 201, and liked our room. It was very comfortable. The owner of the hotel, Eugenio, was very nice and almost always on-hand to offer advice or helpful tips.
Those are the things we liked about the Hostal Casa Del Rio.
What we didn’t like:
The water pressure for the hot water is basically a trickle. You can get super-hot water, but if you want to take a shower with any kind of water pressure, you’ll have to turn on the cold faucet and take a warm shower.
The Internet worked in the lobby area, but wasn’t strong enough to reach to our room.
The Internet wasn’t fast enough to make calls via Skype. (Admittedly, I only tried this once, but I’m pretty sure it’s just not fast enough to make Skype calls.)
The sheets weren’t big enough for the bed. There was plenty of comforter, but we fought over the sheet all night.
All of these things are not a big deal. The hotel is pretty quiet and a good place to stay. They cleaned our room and made the bed every day, and gave us a new bar of soap and a new shampoo daily.
If you want a good, quiet, clean, and relatively inexpensive, (absent of luxuries, but still nice enough) place to stay in Cuenca, Hostal Casa Del Rio is likely a great option for you.