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Riverfront condo - Amazing views in Cuenca's Historic District

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 14 - 28 nights


About the property

Beautiful, new 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath, sleek Euro-design apartment

Brand new in 2016! This fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment in the heart of Cuenca's historic center, located conveniently on Calle Larga only 4 blocks from the Parque Calderon and both new and old cathedrals. We are only 100 feet from the Rio Tomebamba.

There are wide views of the National Park el Cajas, the mountains and we overlook the river. You can lie in your master bedroom in the evening, listen to the river, look out at the lights of Cuenca and church of Turi. Look up and watch the stars through the twin skylights.

The master bedroom has a walk in / walk through closet to the beautifully custom tiled shower. The master bedroom features a private balcony with a terrace garden, beautiful views of the city and el Cajas National Park.

The two guest bedrooms share a beautiful bathroom with shower. One bedroom doubles as an office with a comfy pull-down Murphy bed with a memory foam mattress. The apartment sleeps 6 - 2 queen-sized beds and one double bed.

The kitchen features full-sized fridge, heavy duty gas cooktop, gas oven, microwave and top-rated Cuisinart toaster over and Ninja blender. All dishes, silverware, knives, bowls, plates and everything you need to cook the fresh produce bought at the 10 de Agosto Market or Tia Market, just steps down the street.

Granite counter-tops, stainless steel sink and appliances. Radio to keep you entertained while washing the dishes with a window overlooking the orchid garden.

Dining area includes a table with places for 6 designed and built by Cuenca's top furniture maker, Luriq. Built-in banquette for potlucks and Nilson Rea designed wheeled, granite topped island for prep.

Saving the best for last: balconies overlooking the Rio Tomebamba are located on each floor. The bottom floor for when it's raining and the upper for private nighttime glass of Chilean wine and Ecuadorean chocolates. The washer dryer combo is located off the MBR balcony. Both balconies include lovely stainless steel, custom made planters. The bottom floor for herbs and the top floor with 3 small trees for screening the view from the adjacent penthouse.

More Details

Terry Doyle
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Terry Doyle

Retired computer programmer and world travelers. Settled in Cuenca and spend the winter there. The rest of the time we live in another paradise, Ashland, OR. We also rent out rooms in this center of Shakespeare/Hiking/Good dining/and enjoyment.

Terry Doyle purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Terry Doyle chose San Blas

We first came to Cuenca on a trip to Ecuador (Galapagos, Amazon Rainforest, Highlands and Cuenca) in 2007. We stayed with the developer's family in 2009 in their apartment building just down the street from where we are now. At the end of that time, we asked to be kept up to date on new developments, especially on the barranca or river valley of the Tomebamba.

In 2014 we got an email from the developer's wife, saying there was this place on Calle Larga and were we interested? Yes indeed! We expressed our interest with an offer on one of the few remaining apartment (the developer had been featured in the New York Times for the Juan Jaramillo apartment/remodel).

Offer accepted and we are here. It was more work finding furnishings and everything to live with in Cuenca, but I think, when you see our place, you'll say it was worth it.

What makes this apartment unique

Cuenca is unlike any other city and Ecuador, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is unlike any other country (in our experience of 50+ countries). Great climate, wonderful restaurants, beautiful walks along safe streets and the river just behind our apartment and nice Ecuadorean people. 'Nuf said.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the lovely review! We built our condo as a home and not an uncomfortable showpiece. Glad you appreciated that.

I was wondering if you found the blackout curtains in the master bedroom? They are roll shades we had installed after trying to sleep with the lights (lovely to look at but too much for some sleepers). Weĺl make sure our property mgr. points them out.

Hope you will be back to visit. We let the place out between April and November. Come see us again.

Aug 2016
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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:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master bathroom off - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Custom tile and beautiful glass doors accent this lovely spa
    Guest bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Custom tile and glass doors accent a beautiful space
    Social bathroom - Toilet , Located for guests, on the first floor with custom tile/sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Memory foam queen, walk-in closet, walk thru bathroom
    Guest bedroom #1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Nice sized with max. floor space due to huge builtin closets
    Guest bedroom #2 + office - 1 Double Bed , Memory foam, comfy foldout bed plus desk
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Riverfront condo - Amazing views in Cuenca's Historic District
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Houston, Texas USA

See and Hear the Tomebomba from Two Patios

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-1/2 week stay in this lovely condo in the Cuenca Centro. It is well laid out, nicely appointed, and effectively maintained and managed. Loved the eclectic artwork. The kitchen was very functional: a great place to cook Ecuadoran food with fruits and veggies from the nearby 10 de Agosto Mercado the Vergel Supermaxi. We arrived early in the morning from Quito and were met by the owner’s very helpful agent, Cecilia, and a welcome basket of fruits, bread, honey, wine, coffee, and sweets so we didn’t have to rush to the grocery store. There were also starter stocks of essentials (dish soap, toilet paper, etc.). Having stayed in other VRBOs that were not so stocked, we really appreciated that.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous condo

  • 5 of 5

Clean,bright and close to everything.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathleen and Andrew! Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can come back to Cuenca again. -Terry
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Great Apartment and Great Trip

  • 5 of 5

A great apartment and very well supplied with everything needed for a perfect vacation in Cuenca. Also, wonderful views of the mountains and nearby river from the master bedroom and living room terraces. Our on-site condo manager Cecilia was invaluable in making our stay perfect. Overall, my wife Ann and I highly recommend this property for those visiting wonderful Cuenca.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, William! We loved having you visit and so glad that you enjoyed yourself. Most certainly welcome back anytime. Guests like you make VRBO stronger and a pleasure to deal with. Ciao!
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Terrific apartment....Wonderful view.....great location

  • 5 of 5

The bldg and complex are gorgeous, especially the beautfully tended greenery.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Spencer! You are most certainly welcome any time. Nice long stay in Cuenca and so glad you enjoyed the apartment! -Terry
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The Views and the Terraces

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 5 weeks in this wonderful condo. The condo comes fully equipped for cooking in if you so desire. More than half the time we spent on the beautiful terrace reading, writing or just gazing at the view. Cecelia the awesome property manager is extremely helpful and does a great job of taking care of you. Great treats await you.The apartment complex, which is gorgeous, is in a perfect location to visit the many restaurants, museums etc. and to enjoy both the Historical District and the newer part of beautiful Cuenca. Enjoy your stay and the sights and sounds of the Tomebamba river!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Robin and Brad! You guys are 5*'s as well! You are most welcome to come back any time. We love the place, too and hope to be back enjoying it soon. -Terry
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Hall shower too small

  • 5 of 5

Had everything in the kitchen that you needed.

Hall shower very small

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. The shower, certainly not huge, is 33" x 34" and bigger than the one in our guest bath at home. Fully tiled, soap/shampoo niche, custom glass with blue bubbles that you can see in the photos. The Master shower is larger at 6 feet x 3 feet and a downstairs bathroom for visitors.
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Museo del Banco Central
Dioramas and (infamously) a couple shrunken heads. Well worth the walk and across the street...
Reputedly the best restaurant in Cuenca, which is saying a lot. The best we've been to is Aj...
Amaru Zoo Cuenca
Nice collection of animals (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and so forth from South Ame...
Pumapungo Gardens
Indigenous ruins, a garden and a small zoo. Nice 10-15 minute stroll along the river to get ...
Mercardo 9 de Octubre
Cleaner and more modern than the 10 de Agosto just down the street from our place. It's over...
Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno
More interesting for it's location near San Sebatian Plaza perhaps, but worth a visit for th...
Pumapungo Museum
Interesting dioramas and (infamously) a couple shrunken heads along with indigenous artifact...
Abdon Calderon Park
What can one say? Absolutely the heart of Cuenca! Beautiful and peaceful with something goin...
Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla
Just down the street - left at the front door, 100 feet and left again into the "museum". Th...
Rio Tomebamba
What can I say? This is the main reason we bought where we did and when we did. The river is...
Flower Market
Voted the number 1 flower market in the world by National Geographic (which may be a bit ove...
Old Cathedral
Rife with history the Old Cathedral (no longer a church) was started in 1567 and now a museu...
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Marical Lamar - Cuenca
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cuenca Golf and Tennis Club
Nearest Train
300 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Panamerican Highway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Car: not necessary

Too many features to list for Cuenca and it is well known as one of the top if not the top retirement center in the world. UNESCO world heritage city, National Geographic's best flower market in the world, International Living's no. 1 retirement center, featured on countless websites and news services.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in San Blas, Ecuador

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Holiday Season 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
My Standard Rate
28 night minimum stay
for 28 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £264.21

1. Rent: Rent is non-refundable within 60 days of your arrival unless another guest can be found to take your place for the dates of your stay.
2. Minimum Stay: The Condominium Association rules require a minimum rental period of 10 days.
3. Check In/Out Times: Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
4. Number of Overnight Guests: We appreciate that you may have invited relatives or friends to stay with you during your visit to Cuenca. However, unless specifically documented in the rental agreement, the rental amount is for two residents only. A fee of $10.00 per guest per night must be paid in advance for each additional guest staying in the apartment. The total number of people staying in the apartment at any one time must not exceed four people. Payment must also be made 10 days in advance of the guest's arrival.
5. Security: We are required by our Condominium Association to provide the names of each person staying in our apartment and the dates of their stay, whether it is for all of the rental period or a shorter period. Also a copy of the passport or cédula of each guest must be provided to our property manager.
6. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited throughout the complex, including on balconies, and outdoor common areas. Guests must go outside the condominium complex, should they wish to smoke.
7. No pets.
8. Keys: You will be provided with 4 digit PIN to our apartment, as well as key cards for the main entrances. These must not be given to anyone else. All entrances must be locked upon entry and exit.
9. Apartment Rules: Guests must follow the Apartment Rules that are listed in our “Welcome Guide” in the apartment. The Condominium Association also requires that you sign a copy of the rules.
10. Security Deposit: After inspection of the apartment, unless damage has been done or items are missing, we refund the full security deposit within seven days to the account used to pay the deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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