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Grand Old World Colonial in the Heart of Cuenca

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Cuenca - Apt 3

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

This 900 sqft classic, colonial apartment captures the essence of old world Cuenca. Enjoy the comforts of a home for what you’d pay for an average hotel (where all you get is a room with a bed and bathroom)!

Following the description of this apartment (at the bottom) is a 'checklist' of things you might consider when examining other listings. Be sure to look it over so you get the RIGHT FIT FOR YOU!!!

Now, about this apartment.....

Situated in an old colonial building, right in the heart of Cuenca’s El Centro, within easy walking distance to all the amenities you could possibly want! Even though the building dates back to before we were born, the apartment has been completely upgraded and modernized but without losing the character and charm.

- Close to the blue-domed Cathedral, flower market, and Parque Calderon, the center of the Universe when it comes to Cuenca’s activities, festivals, tourism office, tour bus, etc.

- EZ walk to large mercado brimming with fresh fruits, produce, and seafood

- Otavalan textile vendors (clothing, scarves, tapestries) line the nearby Plaza San Francisco

- Just a few blocks to the Tomebamba river and greenbelt, great for people watching, running, biking, exercise

- Eateries from cheap Ecuadorian to fancy to expat-owned all around you.

- Want a taxi or a bus? They're ripe for picking anywhere you happen to be in El Centro.

Elevators are very rare in the older buildings of Cuenca. The unit necessitates a 1 flight walk up.

The kitchen has plenty of counter (prep) space plus lots of upper/lower cabinets and drawers and…it’s fully stocked with everything you’ll need (except food!)…gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, food processor, and tall refrigerator. Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided. Also, in this large space, you’ll find the washer AND a dryer (VERY uncommon here!!) and off to the side, an antique office desk for your computer moments.

The living room is HUGE with dramatic 11ft high ceilings of elaborate design, trimmed with equally dramatic crown moldings, and topped off with large, ornate, wrought iron chandeliers. Large windows let in plenty of light . The living area is outfitted with a large L-shaped sofa, flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch TV (even USA stations!) from your laptop), and DVD player (with library of over 100 DVD’s to choose from). Off to the side is the dining area with a nice table and 4 chairs. Throughout the apartment, you’ll find pieces of art by local artisans like ceramics by Eduardo Vega, handmade candelabras by local metalworkers, and Otavalan tapestries. You’ll be happy as a clam.

The bedroom is situated in the back away from the front of the building and has a queen-sized bed. It has a beautiful antique armoire (closet), its own private bath with shower (towels and bedding provided).

OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too!

Yet another feature (as if you needed more!) is a rooftop terrace (exclusive acces for my guests only) with table and chairs, and great views daytime or nighttime.

Availability: Please consult the online calendar. I keep my calendar current at all times.

Pricing: You'll find the daily cost of this apartment to be less than an average hotel here in Cuenca, especially when you consider the additional expenses of eating out all the time. Ask yourself..."How many nights would I get for the same price, if I stayed at a hotel?”

When you arrive in Cuenca, I will pick you up at your arrival point (whether that be the airport, bus terminal, or van service), bring you to the apartment, give you a short orientation, answers any questions, and hand over the keys!!


* Location. Can you walk to most everything you'll want to do, or do you always need to take a taxi or bus to get there?

* Does the unit have hot water at the kitchen sink, bathroom sink (rare here), and shower?

* Does the shower have direct-piped hot water, or one of those electric shower-heads that produce only lukewarm water (known as 'widow-makers')?

* Does the unit have an oven or just a cooktop?

* Does it have both a washer and dryer IN the unit?

* Does it have a tiny fridge? Is it sitting on the floor where you darn near have to get on your knees to get anything?

* If 2 people are sleeping in the same bed, can they walk around both sides of the bed? Is the bed FULL or QUEEN?

* Is the bed(s) located in the SAME space as the living room?

* Does the furniture look comfortable or is it rigid and formal and/or crammed together in a tiny space?

* Does the kitchen come with all the amenities you’ll want/need to prepare meals and save a few bucks from eating out all the time?

These kinds of things can make the difference between an 'okay' experience and a great one. Closely examine the photos in each listing and look for details in the descriptive write-up.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Basic Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016

About Dano

I am originally from the Seattle, WA, USA area. I've lived in Cuenca since early 2011.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We were delighted with our choice of apartment 3 with Dano as a thoughtful, attentive host. The apartment is charming with aspects of elegance, such as the ceilings and stately doors. It is laid out very nicely and is spacious - if one of us wants to stay up late, the living/dining area is separate enough from the bedroom to not disturb the other person. There's plenty of hot water and internet service was fast and reliable. The bathroom is a tad cramped but I only mention it if that's important to someone. The bed is high quality, as are sheets and towels. Dano goes beyond the basics with touches like plentiful and thoughtfully placed mirrors and lamps on both bedsides. Lots of kitchen utensils - I never lacked for anything in the kitchen. The apartment is very tastefully decorated but not cluttered- the nice balance that makes it feel like a home but it doesn't feel as though you are living in someone else's space. Location- a lot of life and activity which may not be to everyone's liking but I loved watching the artisans set up early in the morning in the plaza below and listen to the music and festivities when they closed up for the day. The bedroom is away from the street so you don't hear this so much from the bedroom. And we could walk to everything within Cuenca! Finally, Dano provides his "bible" of anything you need to know about the apartment, Cuenca and the surrounding area. Very helpful!! I highly recommend!
Aug 2016
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Grand Old World Colonial in the Heart of Cuenca
average rating of 4.875 based on 23 reviews
Johns Creek, Georgia (metro Atlanta)

The Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Dano's immaculate apartment for a month and enjoyed ourselves on many levels. Our transition was easy because of his efforts prior to and after our arrival. He guided us through the best approach to getting from Guayaquil to Cuenca, continued to communicate with us to ensure our comfort, contributed to our social calendar, and had a binder chock full of helpful information - a lot of which we could have spent the entire month learning if it were not for his tremendous effort.

The location is probably the best in Cuenca. We became immediately immersed in the Cuencano lifestyle with the daily activities in San Francisco Plaza across from our balcony. In addition, great restaurants, bars, parks, galleries, and entertainment venues were nearby.

The spaciousness of the apartment enhanced our comfort. The kitchen has am impressive amount of supplies and cookware. Also, the washer and dryer (not the small ones found in Parisian apts) were a bonus.There were plenty of quality linen, towels, and blankets.

We highly recommend staying at Dano's apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANKS!!! You two were great and I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves so much. COME BACK!!! Dano
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Old World Charm in this Fun Cuenca El Centro Apt.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed twice in Dano's apt.s. and both times the stay was above and beyond fabulous! Clean, comfortable and spacious with no detail left undone. Seriously, you feel you just walked into a staged home! ( even the spices are lined up like soldiers in the cupboard) Dano is great and goes out of his way to make your stay enjoyable. He greeted us at the airport, drove us around to show us a little bit of Cuenca before taking us to his apt. He has a mobile phone for your use which you can also call him with any concerns. On our first stay, the water main in the street broke and needed repair, and when we discovered we didn't have any water in the apt. Dano was there within minutes with big bottles of water and he called the city to find out when the pipe would be repaired. The repair men of course said soon! Dano kept on them and made sure it was repaired without taking days( which could happen here) and kept us supplied with water.

Dano has great recommendations for restaurants, places to see and things to do. He has an informational book in each apt. and it covers everything and anything you need to know about Cuenca, and how to use everything in his apts. which is very helpful when you go to use something and not sure how it works! ( i.e. washer and dryer)

Each apt. is furnished with quality appliances, a very nice washer and dryer, a very, very comfortable bed, sparkling bathrooms and beautiful decor! The location is perfect for the parks, downtown, and to walk everywhere to see the sights. With a living room overlooking the plaza, you can be entertained for hours watching the local vendors selling their wares, sightseeing tourists taking pictures,, and the indigenous local women with their panama hats& colorful dress loaded down with fresh fruits or veg! If you are lucky and there is a festival, you can see fireworks from your window. On the upper landing is a covered patio covered wit beautiful flowers, tables for sitting and enjoying the warm weather in the evenings.

Dano's apt.s are everything they say they are and you won't be disappointed staying here. We have traveled much, and sometimes places sound better than they are,especially if the price is reasonable, but in this case, it is all true! There are stairs, so if you are not able to do stairs, these apts.are not for you.

On our second trip we planned our trip around his vacancy so we wouldn't have to stay someplace else! Thank you Dano! You are the best!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very roomy and as described in VRBO. Dano was an excellent host. Picked us up at the bus terminal. His recommendations to see and do were great; museums, gallery, Cajas park, symphony, bus tour, restaurants, etc. Dano has what he calls his Bible. Excellent information with details on apartment, restaurants, and much other useful info. Apartment is in fantastic location in Cuenco Centro; easy walking to many interesting sites and activities. Driver recommended (Orlando) was great; very good local knowledge, good English, and very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cuenca El Centro Apartment... Amazing Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Dano is amazing. We had planned on driving to Cuenca and meeting him at the apartment but we had to change plans at the last minute and fly. His car was broke down but he still met us at the airport and rode in a taxi with us to the apartment. Once there he showed us how everything worked and didn'tindustrial when we peppered him with questions. He smiled while we were exclaiming how beautiful the apartment was. It is gorgeous! And he has a handy apartment bible that is filled with everything you could possibly need to know. Dano is amazing and his San Francisco apartment has everything you need. Everything you need is close by. You do not get this kind of treatment/service in a 5 star hotel, especially at the inexpensive price you pay. You need to stay here if you'really going to Cuenca. A perfect and romantic place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a long or short stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Apt 3 for 5 weeks. It's location is perfect (3 blocks from Parque Calderon) and with cheap taxi fares, there is no need for a car. The roomy, fully equipped apt has everything you will need, including a good washer and a dryer. The rental rate is very reasonable. Dano's description of the apt is spot on. Dano is an invaluable resource for anything/info you may need. We highly recommend him and his apt.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Owner Dano thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Our spacious, fully equipped apartment was located on the second story with a balcony overlooking Plaza Sanfrancisco in the center of the Historic District. The apartment has a full kitchen, a washer dryer and. 40inch TV with over 100 dvd's. It is tastefully decorated with art and ceramics from local artisans.

Dano supplied us with his amazing "bible", a binder filled with hints and suggestions of things like where to shop and eat. He also includes descriptions of the art and where to find it.

Dano went out of his way to make us comfortable. He left us with use of a phone and thank goodness for that...at one point we locked ourselves out and, with one phone call he came to the rescue.

Highly recommended and great value for the price!

Thanks Dano

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks folks. It was always nice to run into you and see that you were clearly enjoying yourselves. Have a great time on the rest of your adventures in EC! Dano
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Museo del Banco Central
Amaru Zoo Cuenca
Rio Tomebamba
Old Cathedral
Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception
Flower Market
Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel
Abdon Calderon Park
Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno
Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla
Pumapungo Gardens
Pumapungo Museum
Fabianos Pizzeria
Plaza San Francisco
Sunrise Cafe
Windhorse Cafe
Cafe de Nucallacta
Tutto Freddo
Paladar's Restaurante
Inca Lounge and Bistro
Teatro Sucre
Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz

Everything is right outside your door, or within just a few blocks.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Cuenca, Ecuador

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
9 Dec 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £79

Manager'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 Cuenca in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower (no tub)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 queen bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis

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