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Historic District Gem

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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. Weekly housekeeping included.

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

Natalie D.
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Natalie D.

I live in the U.S., but am fascinated with South America. Cuenca, Ecuador is a favorite destination.

Natalie D. purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Natalie D. chose San Blas

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Blas in Cuenca

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Historic District Gem
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Excellent apartment, comfortable, well equipped, great location.

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this apartment for 1 month. The apartment was well set up and well stocked for all of our needs -- we really weren't lacking for anything to make us feel at home. I especially appreciated how the kitchen had everything I needed and wanted to cook many of our meals! And it was wonderful to have a dishwasher and laundry right in our unit. The location is excellent, on Simon Bolivar, one block from the plaza San Sebastian and about 5 blocks from the Parque Calderon. We loved the pretty inner courtyard and the 2 roof decks, one covered and one open to the sun. There is a bit of street noise that comes in through the windows on the street side of the apartment, but it is also nice to have the light that comes in through the windows on that side too, so, it is a trade off. The owner and the manager were easily reachable and very responsive by email or phone throughout our visit. Overall, we enjoyed our stay there very much and would gladly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Great apartment.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this apartment and it was everything we remembered. It's very comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your time in Cuenca. Natalie, Alejandra, and Mercedes were all helpful and accomodating. And it's in a great location - far enough away from most of the commotion but close enough to be an easy walk.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we expected and more

  • 5 of 5

Natalie's apartment is exactly as represented and communication with her and the property manager, Alexandra, insured that everything went without a hitch. The apartment is comfortable, clean, very well equipped and stocked with about anything you could want or need. In addition, it's in a perfect location in the historic city center. We couldn't have been more pleased and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Cuenca.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Met expectations

  • 4 of 5

Very clean, and well equipped. Natalie was in touch throughout to make sure all was going well and had little notes to make things easier which was appreciated, it made any adjustments seem easy. Alejandra the manager was readily available and very informative both about both apartment and area. Mercedes who cleaned apartment was very thorough, efficient and accommodating especially on day of our departure which was later in the day.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, Comfortable with all amenities. Right in the middle of Historic Cuenca!

  • 5 of 5

This adorable apartment, right on Simon Bolivar street, has everything we needed, and more!

Central location and being on Simon Bolivar made it easy to navigate the city.

Our flight was late, and the owner graciously arranged for us to be met on the street, in front of the apartment, in spite of the cool, rainy night, and the late hour.

The interior courtyard was a delight. Right off the street into this charming space on our way to the apt.

The apartment is cozy, elegantly and cleverly laid out, utilizing all space.

The kitchen had all appliances, large and small, including a dishwasher which made us VERY happy. Glassware, plenty of cookware, all the necessities.

There is a washer/dryer combination that was a bonus. Hate hunting for a laundromat!

And, should anyone feel the need to, there is also an iron and ironing board.

The furniture is comfortable and attractive. The bed large and comfy!

There was also plenty of storage for our clothing. With lots of extra linens, towels and blankets. (Coming from Costa Rica, I found the mornings nippy, The blankets welcome)

And a safe!

For us, it's a relief knowing passports and money are safely locked away.

There is a gorgeous rooftop terrace. Perfect for champagne toasting.

We ate and drank looking over the city. Stunning views.

Our two weeks went by too quickly.

As soon as we returned, we received notice we had been credited our damage deposit. The owner was right on it!

The apartment, the owner, Natalie, the manager, Alejandra, and the maid, Mercedes, all made this trip a great experience!

We'll be back.

Thank you Natalie!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jack, you two were the perfect guests and it was a pleasure to host you. You're welcome back any time!
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We have stayed here twice . Love this place

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Walking distance to the park, places to eat and shop. Quiet, secure, clean with plenty of hot water. Well stocked with everything you need for a short visit or a long stay. Natalie is wonderful. Feels like home.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • 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 San Blas, Ecuador

Rental Basis:
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £74.26

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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