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Natalie D.

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish

Historic District Gem

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Ecuador - Casa San Sebastián

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2 (3 in a pinch)

Explore Cuenca from this modern one bedroom, one bath apartment in a renovated colonial building. Located in the historic district, you'll be walking distance of Parque Calderón (the main square), Plaza San Sebastián, Calle Larga, and the entire colonial city center.

With easy access to taxis and public transportation, this secure, centrally located apartment is a wonderful point from which to explore Cuenca. When it's time to relax with a book or a glass of wine, enjoy the covered outdoor patio or rooftop areas. Internet, DirecTV, washer/dryer, and dishwasher are available for your convenience.

With your own fully equipped kitchen, you'll be able to take advantage of the glorious array of fruits and vegetables at the nearby market. Shops, restaurants, museums, and public squares are nearby.

What makes this place special? The location, privacy, shared common areas in the building, and modern amenities. You'll also appreciate the commercial-grade fiber optic Internet connection, which you won't find in most rentals. Both WiFi and direct Ethernet connection are available.

With one queen-sized bed, the apartment works best for one or two people, but a sofabed and twin air mattress are also available.

Check-in/check-out times are enforced only if guests overlap on the same day.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Natalie D. (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish

About Natalie D.

I live in the U.S., but am fascinated with South America. I hope to eventually live in Cuenca, at least part-time.

Natalie D. purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Natalie D. chose Ecuador

This building was featured in the New York Times as an example of colonial buildings in Cuenca being renovated while retaining the original facade. After staying in the building on my first trip to Cuenca, I was lucky enough to find out that this apartment was for sale, and bought it. This building is special for its lovely ambiance and the comfort level: the high quality Internet connection, plentiful solar hot water, good water pressure, and modern appliances.

What makes this apartment unique

Great central location, while being just far enough from the main square to be a bit more quiet. The building is secure and has friendly occupants.


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Historic District Gem
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Great Apartment and Location!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent 3 weeks in Cuenca and loved my stay in this unit. Very comfortable and had everything I needed. One block from San Sebastian Square on the quieter (in my opinion) end of the City Center. From this location I walked everywhere. Just a few blocks to the river and not far from the New Cathedral.

The unit had functioning dishwasher, Gas Range, Microwave, Washer/dryer unit, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and blender. Nice bedroom, very comfortable for a couple. Bathroom was fine for me. Big shower. Satellite television with movie channels and plenty of English programming. Internet is shared which is common in Cuenca. So, bandwidth in evening drops, but I brought my own router which I recommend. I used the Ethernet cable in the living area so I had my own wi fi connection. Still had to share with other units, but signal strength is higher and its more secure. I really felt safe. You have a big locked door to enter building, then another locked gate and then very solid door to your apartment. Appreciated the safe in the bedroom. There is a nice cafe a block away for morning coffee and two restaurants less than half block away. Many more options withing comfortable distance. Walking I averaged 6-8 miles per day so I covered the entire city from this location. You can choose to be in the middle of the city but it will be noisy. For me it was perfect and I will stay here again. The owner, Natalie, was a pleasure to work with and her property manager, Ale, was very responsive. You can't go wrong staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super location, great host! :)

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in this well-equipped apartment located in a prime central area of Cuenca. It is within blocks of beautiful public squares and churches and definitely gives you the flavour of every-day life in Cuenca. There are a lot of shops and restaurants located nearby, as well as a great laundromat if needed. There is some noise from buses, but that would be anywhere in the central historic district, and it is something we got used to within a day or two. Natalie could not have been a more helpful and accommodating host. Thank you again Natalie for all your tips! We would highly recommend Natalie's home away from home to anybody wanting to explore Cuenca and the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice space in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We had so much fun during our week in Cuenca and this proved a perfect starting point for all our activities. We walked almost everywhere but when we needed a cab or bus, we never walked more than a block or two. Plenty of nice restaurants nearby too. The unit was clean, well maintained, and the bed was comfortable. Loved the open air spaces and the view from the rooftop - just wish we had more time to enjoy them!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, safe apartment in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We booked this the night before arrival and Natalie, the host, responded promptly and ensured check-in went smoothly - great price too. The very clean apartment is in a historic building with a modernized interior, and located perfectly for the cities many churches, plazas, shops, and anything else Cuenca can throw at you.

My wife and I would totally recommend this property to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. I'm glad the apartment worked out for you, and you're welcome back any time!
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Michigan, USA

Mature couple, retired, love to travel.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is located perfectly, close to the main square, but far enough to reduce congestion. The apt. Feels very safe, the shared outside spaces are quite lovely. There is a bit of traffic noise as one side is on the street, but by 10pm the noisy was minimal and did not intefer with sleep (even though one of us is a light sleeper). It is nicely furnished, nice kitchen and nice bathroom. Both Natalie (owner) and Alajandra (on-site manager) were very friendly, helpful, and responsive to all inquiries. We were there for 10 days and found the apt perfect for our needs. We were able to walk to all the "old city" attractions, found wonderful restaurants within walking distance, and located markets close by to meet our shopping needs (coffee, water, etc.). We would definitely stay again, and are thinking about a month long stay next year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Mariscal Lamar Airport (CUE)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Café San Sebas
Car: not necessary

Winner of Outside Magazine's 2014 Travel Awards for 'Best Adventure Hub,' Cuenca has something for everyone, whether heading to the Cajas National Park or staying in the colonial center of town. Cuenca has numerous museums, restaurants, markets, and architectural delights. Bus tours depart from the main square, and the biggest challenge is deciding what to.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Cuenca, Ecuador

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £68

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ecuador in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is modern and has a window that opens.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, nightstands, and built-in closet space with drawers. It sleeps two; in a pinch, there is also a twin air mattress that could be used in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking

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