|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Beautiful, newly constructed, 800 sq ft apartment vacation rental and an additional 180 sq ft terrace. Modern, yet comfortable style. Centrally located with 24 hour security, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, high-speed Internet (Wifi), flat screen TV with DVD and Cable, washer & dryer and a terrace with the best view of the city - that has a lovely outdoor sitting area and grill. 20-minute walk to El Centro (the main downtown plaza), a 10-minute walk to major shopping areas. There is a flight of stairs from the door entrance to apartment itself.
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Geovany and Charity have been married for 3 years. They live in Cuenca the majority of the time, but also spend a few months each year in the States. They own and operate a few small businesses, and are expecting their first child soon.
Charity Osorio purchased this apartment in 2010
When Geovany originally saw the view from the terrace, he knew this was a property that couldn't be matched. Originally purchased as an investment while he was living abroad, upon returning to Cuenca, the couple lived in the apartment during their first two years of marriage. They have personally experienced everything it has to offer, and highly recommend the experience for others.
As an international couple, the Osorios bring a unique view of what makes a living environment comfortable. They have brought this view into the selections they made for the apartment - from the size of the towels, to the types of sheets, to the overall ambiance.
We stayed at this apartment for three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and loved everything about it. The terrace is right off both bedrooms and looks over the city of Cuenca and the surrounding mountains. I think we had coffee on the terrace every morning and we used it constantly for relaxation, cocktails etc.
The apartment was very nice as well--very well furnished, great kitchen and very comfortable. The modern apartment building was in a nice area of Cuenca within walking distance of the historic center (although with the price of taxis we were generally lazy and took a cab). The elevator worked very well but you do have to walk up stairs from the 5th to the 6th floor. The manager and owner were very responsive and made every thing easy for us, plus they had a detailed list of everything you might want to do in Cuenca and a map to show you where. Outstanding experience overall.
There is a wonderful view of Centro and mountains surrounding Cuenca from the terrace. However, there are some practical problems with the apartment. One was that the terrace grill was so filthy that it could not be used. Also, we did not want to spend the time it would take to clean it. (It should have been cleaned after previous renters' use.) So, we could not enjoy the grill. (Aside from the grill, the rest of the apt was very clean.) Also re food prep/cooking, the water pressure in the kitchen was so low, and the hot water so tepid, it was difficult to really wash dishes. Water pressure and temperature were fine in the bathroom. So, we do not know why the kitchen was such a problem. For those who like to read in bed, bring a headlamp. The apt's ceiling lighting fixtures were made for two bulbs, but one has been removed from all of them, presumably to save electricity. This makes the bedrooms' lighting unsuitable for reading. Also, in the bedroom with the largest bed, there are no end tables and no other light source except for the one-bulb ceiling fixture. Finally, the entrance to the apt is on the 5th floor but there is a flight of stairs from the entrance to the apt itself which is on the 6th floor. This fact is not mentioned in the VRBO description but should be. Aside from these issues, we enjoyed our stay here. The bakery/tienda on the ground floor was handy. Also, I had a serious computer problem, so the ground floor computer service shop was great. Pizza place within a block was the best we had in Cuenca; and the nearby Uruguayan restaurant specializing in grilled meats was terrific and very reasonably priced. Anywhere we wanted to go in Centro was within a $2 cab ride.
Debo felicitar a los esposos Osorio por tener un departamento tan bonito/acojedor/moderno/seguro y con una vista expectacular de la ciudad de Cuenca, mi estadia fue maravillosa y me senti como estar en mi propia casa, fue una muy buena elecion el haber llegado ahi. Esta bien localizado con una cafeteria en el mismo edificio , restaurantes a su alrededor. No tuve el gusto de conocer a los señores pero si conoci a Belen que fue muy amable y atenta a todas mis preguntas.
Out stay was absolutely wonderful. As a family of four, it had all the accommodations necessary. It is also a very secure building. Below are many shops that can facilitate your stay. We had a bakery, a small convenience store and a workout gym. Overall, a five star stay.
This condo with a full balcony overlooking the city of Cuenca was a true find! It is located just about a half a mile outside of the old colonial city which made walking to town very easy and fun. The condo has all the amenities that a western traveler would expect and is beautifully decorated and modern. Downstairs is a lovely little bakery where you can get fresh bread every day as well as a coffee and dessert shop and a very "high end" deli with fresh meat and imported wines. If you want to be close to everything without being in the middle of the colonial city congestion - this is the place for you. No car needed - you can get just about everywhere within less than a miles walk or take a taxi for about $2.
We really enjoyed are stay in this apartment. The place was clean, the shower was hot and powerful, and the direct TV and DVD player with provided movies gave us some night time entertainment. The view from a very large balcony consisted of looking at the cathedral domes as well as the old town area and mountains. The apartment was stocked well with dishes , glasses and cooking utensils. The washer and dryer was also nice as it allowed us to pack lightly for the trip. The building also has a security guard and you had to be buzzed in and out of the building. The restaurant next door also had guards on duty but the neighborhood seemed safe even without them.
The location was also perfect. The first floor of the building had a small store and desert restaurant. Across the street was a few more stores and an internet café which came in great to print boarding passes. There is a deli on the corner that served fantastic sandwiches as well as an Italian restaurant ½ block away that had good food. There was also 2 or 3 pharmacies close by and the nearest major grocery was about 8 to 10 blocks away. That area also had many restaurants and the Millennial Mall. The owners provide a booklet of other nearby restaurants, sites and things to do. They also provide a cell phone with a few minutes that you can make calls on. We never met the owners but we worked with Bellin who was simply wonderful. Our morning flight home was cancelled and we were rescheduled for the evening. We were allowed to stay at the apartment until 5 pm when we had to go to the airport.
It was about a 20 minute walk to the beginning of the downtown area. The sidewalks were wide and in great shape so it was an easy walk. There was also a bus stop nearby that had many different routes that you could catch. There was also a major hospital and emergency room within two blocks. The other direction was a Mercado and the Mall Del Rio. The mall was a bit of a walk but a cab could not cost more than $2.00 to get you there.
The apartment is located on the main cultural avenue in Cuenca. At different time throughout the year, there are parades, events etc. right out the front door. There are a few restaurants and coffee shops on the same block, and many, many more within a 15 minute walk. It is just a 20 minute walk to the heart of downtown - Parque Calderon. There are also several very good hospitals and pharmacies within a two block range. Overall, it's a beautiful area and an excellent location that will put you in easy access to the best the city has to offer.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£120|
Please Note: Our check-in time is at 2:30 pm, and check-out time is at 11:00 am.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.