Overlooking Colonial Cuenca This Modern Loft Is A Jewell of Centro
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About Dave Harbour
Dave and Nancy Harbour live in Anchorage, Alaska. Nancy is President of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and Dave is a retired Commissioner, Regulatory Commission of Alaska, an energy consultant, professional photographer and writer.
Dave Harbour purchased this Condo in 2012
Why Dave Harbour chose Cuenca
Dave says, 'Having stayed in wonderful locations all over the world, I picked this particular one because of its convenient location, its privacy in the midst of a city, the fact that it is in a colonial building with executive conveniences. And to be able to go onto the rooftop at dusk or in the afternoon to enjoy the sun or a tropical evening breeze--surrounded by the majestic Andes--is a spectacular blessing which I hope to share with you.'
What makes this Condo unique
Harbour believes the unique benefits include: -Modern loft in colonial building with direct, private access to an outdoor sitting room and rooftop sun plaza overlooking the city. All of the above, in addition to: -Cuenca central city location -Walking distances to tourist attractions, markets, medical services, governmental offices, banking, river walking, etc. -Exceptionally quiet and private location just steps from all the activity the city has to offer. -Wonderful sleeping weather (high 40s-60s) and wonderful daytime weather (60s to 70s); pleasant even during the 'rainy' season when weather is still mild and comfortable.
Children not allowed
Please read our rental agreement. To protect your pleasant stay: We allow no smoking in this executive apartment; nor is there a place outside to smoke. So our rule is no smoking whatsoever. We also do not permit animals. This is a wonderful, private unit which is perfect for a quiet couple or single person, so our limit is two adults. We provide cable television and Internet but caution guests that the private atmosphere is maintained by all 7 apartment inhabitants treating neighbors with respect. So far, this informal understanding has worked to the benefit of all. Please note that the description above -- to be complete -- should let you know that the bed is a comfortable, queen-sized one. The entrance to the Casa San Sebastian, Unit #4 is on the second level of our colonial building with third level master bedroom opening to a covered, furnished terrace and to a roof-top plaza overlooking the City. Your unique unit, therefore, is close to the front entrance with personal access out the bedroom door to a common area outdoor terrace, seldom used by others. Because of the bedroom's immediate access to the terrace and plaza it is the best situated unit in one of the best located colonial apartments in the Central Downtown Area. -Dave
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful home and incredible location in Cuenca!
We enjoyed our time in Dave's apartment very much. The location was ideal, close to great restaurants and parks. We loved spending time on the porch and rooftop (hardly anyone in the building was ever using the communal space). We worked remotely from the apartment for the month and there is not any natural light in the apartment, so the outside space definitely makes up for it. I highly recommend this apartment to anyone visiting in the future as it feels brand new, Dave keeps it up very well.
We thoroughly our stay. His home was exceptionally equipped for everything to enjoy our stay. His apartment guide was well thought out and very useful
Small, Quaint Condo in Nicely Refurbished Historic Building
Perfect spot for exploring the city of Cuenca, Ecuador! All the major sites were pretty much in walking distance, yet it was quiet in the evenings when you were ready to sleep. A good place to stay for a weekend or a week. Any longer and you might become a bit claustrophobic as all the windows look out on the courtyard and were opaqued for privacy. We stayed for two months so we really got to know the place. The listing description was pretty accurate, however the photos made it seem larger then it was in reality. We didn't mind too much because we were out and about most days!
The condo was extremely clean and well maintained with a very comfortable bed and a good shower (important in Ecuador). The owner and his staff were helpful and accommodating to our needs as to things to do, restaurants, tour guides and transportation. Make sure you read the guest comments in the condo, lots of good information in this book. Make sure you go to Mangiare across the street. This was a great Italian restaurant with a wonderful staff. Also, try out Villa Rosa on Gran Columbia. Sites to visit are the old and new cathedrals, the Panama hat factories and stores, the Cajas National Park, Cathedral in Biblian, silver in Chordeleg, Pumapungo Park and ice cream at Tutto Freddos!
We enjoyed our stay in Cuenca and were glad we found a nice, safe condo so centrally located. We would recommend this property to friends and relatives.
Casa San Sebastián
This property is positioned wonderfully for a visit to Cuenca. It is about 7 blocks from the main square and a plethora of restaurants. One of the best though is directly across the intersection from the condo. The unit is one block from another, quieter square and 4 or 5 blocks to the river.
The unit itself has everything you need. The most enjoyable part for me was the shared covered patio off the bedroom, which I used as a reading and napping area, but my wife preferred being all the way upon the roof, looking over the city.
Dave was easy to deal with and spells out all the ins and outs of Cuenca in San Sebastian's handbook. Dave's property manager, Maribel, was attentive to our needs, getting us picked up from the airport and setting us up with an initial supply of groceries. She helped set up a couple side trips as well.
Locals that we met in the neighborhood were warm and welcoming.
We have no hesitation in recommending this unit if you want to experience Cuenca at its best.
To date, all of our guests have become good friends even though most of our relationships are long distance. Paul is another example of why it is such a pleasure to provide this service. We are humbled by these thoughtful comments and take them as a challenge to never stop improving! Below is another comment we received from Warren of Chicago:
I stayed at Casa San Sebastián for 5 nights in Nov 2013. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The location could not be beat! The building itself, in the heart of Centro, is close to everything. It is a totally renovated colonial with all the modern conveniences. The furnishings and appliances in the unit were great. There are two outside decks that allow you to relax and enjoy the views of the city. The one bedroom unit is perfect for one person or a couple. Maribel, the property manager, was very helpful arranging anything that I needed. I highly recommend this place and I will stay there on my next visit to beautiful Cuenca. Warren M.
Simply one of the best
My wife and I spent 6 days over Christmas in this VRBO. The location is perfect, right on the parade route (Simon Bolivar) of the Pase del Nino Viajero. We like to walk and from this location could cover most the town's many sites without taxi or bus. The outside covered sun deck was a real pleasure and if a person wants more sun, the next level up gives you that and some nice city-scape views with lit steeples of the many Iglesias. It is a clean, modern and efficient unit in which everything worked. The photos reflect the real appearance, and the owner will go the extra mile to help with your questions and concerns. I would strongly recommend this property to anyone looking for quality and value in Cuenca.
While it is true that we strive to exceed our guests' expectations, this sort of review is a great honor which continues to raise the bar for us.
Thank you for trusting us to make "nuestra casa su casa."
We Fell In Love with Cuenca
Our stay in Cuenca was wonderful. The location of Dave's condo is PERFECT. You are within a 10 minute walk to the river, Café San Saban (one of our favorite places to have breakfast), Mangiore (right across the street and a wonderful Italian restaurant) and the cultural district with beautiful churches and museums. I always felt safe on the streets and the locals are always willing to give directions and practice their English (or let you practice your Spanish). The accommodations are perfect - very clean, floors are beautiful tile and steps are a polished wood (both are priceless)! We cooked at home several nights and the kitchen is very user friendly.The outdoor sitting area was perfect for a lazy afternoon of relaxation and the roof top "sun area" has an unsurpassed view of the surrounding churches. The wireless internet is GREAT - as soon as we would start up the stairs to the front door, messages would start arriving through our cell phones. We walked an average of 7 miles a day enjoying the sites and were never bored! Make sure you take the $5 double decker bus tour from the center of town - well worth the money and allows you to get a feel for the layout of the city. We also enjoyed the museums and walk through the Inca ruins. Dave has a wonderful handbook for his guests that lists great restaurants, major attractions and sites you shouldn't miss. The most amazing part of this entire trip (we were there 12 days) is all the Americans and Canadians that befriended us. Every where we turned an American was offering directions or suggestions of things to do and see. We met more new couples in the time we were there than we meet in our hometown in a month! We will be back and certainly recommend Dave's condo!
Within walking distance, or a $2-3 cab ride almost anywhere in town, one can
-witness numerous parades and public celebrations
-tour centuries old cathedrals and churches
-visit museums, the zoo, orchid farms
-enjoy the hot springs
-sample the most delightful, healthy, inexpensive food on the planet
-enjoy walking the streets of a happy, historical area in perfect weather almost every day of the year
Then, with a little more expense (taxi @ about $10/hour), drive to national parks, or even down to the tropical jungle areas or to the beaches, or the valley of longevity at Vilcabamba just several hours away).
What I prize most is the freedom: getting up and having a half papaya the size of a football with fresh lime, working on my computer with screenless windows open (Hardly any insects this high up and NO mosquitos), the a morning walk to the market or store or ATM to obtain a little cash, then a late 3 course lunch for $2-4 that is actually enough that I don't need more than a dinner snack. I love to smell the bread and pastry aromas wafting from the many small storefronts, to stop for a 1 liter glass of fresh squeezed pineapple, guava, or papaya in route anywhere. Then, sometimes, one can go out to the movie or soccer game, or to listen to a free concert at the performing arts center by the Cuenca Symphony. Delightful. Dave