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Grand Old World Colonial in the Heart of Cuenca

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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

- Otovalan 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!)…6-burner 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?” Staying a month or longer? You'll benefit from a significant discount!!


* 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 INSIDE the unit?

* Does it have a tiny fridge like in colllege dorms? 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 (like a Studio)?

* 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.

If you don't see it...ASK! If you have special needs or concerns....ASK!!!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Basic Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2018

About Dano

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

Great Place, thoughtful touches and very clean. Excellent resources to navigate the area. I love your local tips.
Feb 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Blas in Cuenca

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • 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 ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

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Grand Old World Colonial in the Heart of Cuenca
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 37 reviews

A great base for your stay in Cuenca

  • 5 of 5

Our apartment had everything any guest could need, just like the comforts of home. The kitchen had more gadgets than mine. We slept well on the bed with plenty of covers for cool nights. Living room and dining room provided comfortable seating for us and any guests we could have invited. A bonus was the washer and dryer in the apartment ... no need to find the laundromat.

Dano provides his "bible" to all guests. This book was priceless in our quest for anything and everything in Cuenca and the surrounding communities. Recommendations on restaurants, shopping, art work, trips, hang-outs ... it was all there. An amazing resource.

We took several day trips (Devil's Nose Train trip, Ingapirca Ruins, San Bartolome, Chordeleg and Gualaceo) and enjoyed museums, artisan workshops, a spa, the zoo and the rum caves of San Miguel in and around Cuenca. Each different and worth the trip.

A word of caution: if you come from a warm climate be prepared for cool temps. You are at 8,400 fas an it gets cool quickly. There is no space heater in the apartment so bring some snuggly clothes for sitting around watching TV, reading or playing games in the evening when you're not very active (or you can buy what you need when you get there).

Thanks for a great vacation! We loved the whole experience ... Paul and Sue.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review! I'm thrilled you had a good time here,,,,,even those surprises waiting for you outside your front door, too!!! Upbeat, positive thinking, adventurous guests like you are a treat to host.
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Everything You Need and Want

  • 5 of 5

Last February my husband and I spent two weeks in Dano's excellent apartment. I am late in doing this review only because life at home has been busy - but not at all because of any hesitations we have about recommending this apartment if you want to stay in the centre of historic Cuenca. If so, we very much recommend you stay here. Not only was it as described but Dano's hospitality was amazing. He met us, showed us around and pointed out the extremely thorough "bible", which he had also sent us in advance, of information on the apartment, restaurants, shops and sights in Cuenca (and elsewhere in Ecuador). We used this guide extensively and really appreciated the thoughtful detail Dano put into it. Just as he had told us, it was easy to buy groceries locally and to find our way, on foot or in taxi's to Cuenca sites. Inside the apartment everything was in good working order and well-maintained. The bathroom was quite small but the well-documented instructions from Dano about what to do if we ever had no hot water were never needed. The kitchen was well set-up, though other than breakfast we mostly ate out at the many very reasonable restaurants in the area. And from the first day when Dano introduced us to the Otavalan family with a stall just outside the building door we felt like we were part of the neighbourhood.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jane!! It's easy to be a good Host when you have awesome Guests like you! Love my Canadian guests! BTW....the SF plaza out front? GONE!!! Renovation is underway! Dano
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Perfect accommodations and location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment had everything we needed and more. Fantastic location, close to restaurants, markets and anything else you might be looking for. Walking distance to double decker bus tour. Local Residents very friendly. Host went above and beyond to inform us and answer any questions. Highly recommend this apartment. We felt safe and secure here. We hope to return within two years.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Clean well kept spacious property. Delightful location within walking distance of myriad activities and historical sites. Excellent landlord.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All the amenities,great location etc

  • 5 of 5

Very attentive host,went out of his way to make us feel at home.Kitchen well stocked with basics.Property very clean and well maintained.Washer and dryer were a real bonus.Close to several restaurants and availability of taxi,s very handy.

This property should definetly be recommended for couples and famil as well as solo

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful host. Great location Clean and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

First time in Cuenca. We had a great time and were happy with the accommodations. This is a great location in the older part of the city call El Centro. Near everything. Dano the host had lots of info to share. He welcomed us when we arrived and made us feel at home immediately. This is a great place to stay in order to get familiar with Cuenca.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything is right outside your door, or within just a few blocks.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £72.21

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

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