Your Modern Rooftop Loft Home Overlooks Colonial Cuenca
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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cuenca condo description
This downtown loft (1 BR, 1.5 BA) is perfect for guests who need a comfortable, modern headquarters for vacationing, working productively or looking for their own real estate purchase in this world retirement capital. It would be perfect as a medium term abode for a single person or young couple but we generally err on the side of short term rentals due to owner's frequent use. We share our home with adults and children over the age of 12 to assure that our facility and amenities remain in as close to pristine condition as possible. Also, to preserve quality of life for our family and friends, we have a strict no smoking policy either in the building or on the street immediately outside our common, front door.
For those familiar with modern residential hotel suites, it compares favorably as it is larger and offers more amenities and privacy. You'll have on the first level a kitchen featuring stone counter tops, stainless appliances including a gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Connected by open air to a dining room and living room, the first floor also features a 'Social Bathroom' (i.e. half bath). The living room has an entertainment center, including a flat screen television (i.e. with DVD and many movie discs) and delightful, custom furniture handcrafted in early 2013, in Cuenca.
The second floor contains the bedroom with queen sized bed, full bath (i.e. with shower), and a door opening to the rooftop and plaza sun tanning, viewing and reading areas.
Your address is on the coveted Simon Bolivar Street, the backbone of the central business district, but the colonial building surrounding your loft protects you from the vibrant street sounds. The windows open to the open air, inner courtyard.
Casa San Sebastian is very private, yet close to the action.
This is the address you'll give the taxi driver: Simon Bolivar 13-86 Y Estevez de Toral. Yours will be Loft #4.
- On floor 2
- 950 sq. ft.
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Car Available
- Housekeeper Optional
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
From this unique loft, you can exit your bedroom, then sit and read, eat or drink on an open air plaza and rooftop overlooking the city and surrounding mountains. Every day is sunbathing weather....moreless
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Within walking distance, or a $2 cab ride almost anywhere in town, one can -witness numerous parades and public celebrations -tour centuries old cathedrals and churches -visit museums, the zoo, orchid farms -enjoy the hot springs for less than $1/day -sample the most delightful, healthy, inexpensive food on the planet -enjoy walking the streets of a happy, historical area in perfect weather almost every day of the year Then, with a little more expense (taxi @ about $10/hour), drive to national parks, or even down to the tropical jungle areas or to the beaches, or the valley of longevity at Vilcabamba just several hours away). What I prize most is the freedom: getting up and having a half papaya the size of a football with fresh lime, working on my computer with screenless windows open (Hardly any insects this high up), the a morning walk to the market or store or ATM to obtain a little cash, then a late lunch for $2-4 that is actually enough that I don't need more than a dinner snack. I love to smell the bread and pastry aromas wafting from the many small storefronts, to stop for a 1 liter glass of fresh squeezed pineapple, guava, or papaya in route anywhere. Then, sometimes, one can go out to the movie or soccer game, or to listen to a free concert at the performing arts center by the Cuenca Symphony. Delightful....moreless
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We Fell In Love with Cuenca
We Fell In Love with Cuenca
Our stay in Cuenca was wonderful. The location of Dave's condo is PERFECT. You are within a 10 minute walk to the river, Café San Saban (one of our favorite places to have breakfast), Mangiore (right across the street and a wonderful Italian restaurant) and the cultural district with beautiful churches and museums. I always felt safe on the streets and the locals are always willing to give directions and practice their English (or let you practice your Spanish). The accommodations are perfect - very clean, floors are beautiful tile and steps are a polished wood (both are priceless)! We cooked at home several nights and the kitchen is very user friendly.The outdoor sitting area was perfect for a lazy afternoon of relaxation and the roof top "sun area" has an unsurpassed view of the surrounding churches. The wireless internet is GREAT - as soon as we would start up the stairs to the front door, messages would start arriving through our cell phones. We walked an average of 7 miles a day enjoying the sites and were never bored! Make sure you take the $5 double decker bus tour from the center of town - well worth the money and allows you to get a feel for the layout of the city. We also enjoyed the museums and walk through the Inca ruins. Dave has a wonderful handbook for his guests that lists great restaurants, major attractions and sites you shouldn't miss. The most amazing part of this entire trip (we were there 12 days) is all the Americans and Canadians that befriended us. Every where we turned an American was offering directions or suggestions of things to do and see. We met more new couples in the time we were there than we meet in our hometown in a month! We will be back and certainly recommend Dave's condo!
- Guest Jim and Dee Dee (Anchorage Alaska USA)
- Date of stay 11/01/13
- Review Submitted 11/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
my wife and i finished up a 3 week trip to ecuador with a 4 night stay at dave's beautiful condo in the heart of cuenca's historic district....after having only 4 days of sun in our 2 weeks on the coast it was somewhat ironic that we had sun everyday in cuenca (albeit with a few showers thrown in to justify the spring-like weather that we had heard about)......maribel the property agent could not have been more helpful.....prior to our arrival we received an e-mail outlining things about the condo as well as how to get around and other very useful information.....on arrival she met us at the condo and then gave us a quick tour in her car before dropping us at the local grocery store (i should mention that by prior arrangement she had partially stocked the pantry and refrigerator)......the condo is immaculate and situated and a beautifully restored historic building.....everything is very modern.....but the best part is the pair of rooftop decks.....fantastic views of the city and complete privacy.....everything is within walking distance....taxis are $2-3 per trip.....the most we spent was $5 for a drive to banos.....a highly recommended day trip.....dave's condo comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED....our only regret was not having more time.....next visit will be a minimun of a week probably 2.....thanks again dave and maribel for sharing your condo and city with us....david & coca
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/17/13
- Review Submitted 07/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
Manager response: We are so grateful that David took the time to summarize his stay both here and in our leather bound, Casa San Sebastian Guest Book. Our first guest, Nancy, made a number of suggestions for improvement to us privately and we were able to accomplish virtually every one of those -- and then some -- before David's arrival. She 'passed it forward' and David benefitted. My wife and I just finished our latest visit and added significantly to the inventory of amenities following David's visit. Our goal is to continue providing the best possible Cuenca experience that our guests could expect. Thanks again, Nancy and David, for your public and private comments and for the helpful notes/tips you left future visitors in our Casa San Sebastian Guest Book. Godspeed all, and, welcome to Cuenca! Dave
Cuenca home base
Cuenca home base
We spent 2 weeks exploring the beautiful historic city of Cuenca, while staying in this condo. Dave's place has everything you need in a "home away from home". I could walk to everything in the historic central area or take a taxi or bus. Dave was a very helpful welcoming host who did everything he could to ensure we had a great visit. He promptly answered any questions and solved any problems we encountered. He arranged to have some groceries stocked to tide us over until we could go shopping. Our favourite restaurant was Mangiare, right across the street from the condo - very friendly staff and great food with an Italian slant. We enjoyed all the many restaurants we tried, from local fare to Spanish, Argentinian and Italian. I loved all the open markets for the local crafts, flowers and of course the local food markets...so many different fresh fruits and vegetables! Taking tours of the old historic churches, monasteries and hospitals was fascinating. Be sure to visit the museum of The Ministario de Cultura del Ecuador, including the archeological site and gardens behind it. Thank you Dave for all your help!
- Guest Nana (Vernon BC Canada)
- Date of stay 05/04/13
- Review Submitted 05/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Manager response: Nancy: My family and I are deeply honored to read your unsolicited comments. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! While we knew as we purchased it that Casa San Sebastian was unique in many ways, we also know that renting one's home requires empathy for guests and dedication to customer service. We will strive to always deserve comments similar to yours from future guests. In such a way, we hope to 'pass forward' your good and helpful spirit. I would also note that as our first guests, you and your husband were patient with us as we developed and sought to polish procedures. Thank you for your helpful suggestions, all of which have been or are being implemented. Godspeed always y que le vaya bien! Dave
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|Owner Vacancy Discount
Nov 30 - Dec 20, 2013
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
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For longer term renters, housekeeping service may be provided upon request at a fee of $20.
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- Refundable Damage Deposit: $200
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Mariscal Lamar International Airport at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Mangiare Bene at 0.01 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Cuenca Tenis y Golf Club at 16 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Villa Rosa, Mangiare Bene at 0.1 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2012
About: Dave and Nancy Harbour live in Anchorage, Alaska. Nancy is President of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and Dave is a retired Commissioner, Regulatory Commission of Alaska, an energy consultant, professional photographer and writer.
Dave says, 'Having stayed in wonderful locations all over the world, I picked this particular one because of its convenient location, its privacy in the midst of a city, the fact that it is in a colonial building with modern conveniences. And to be able to go onto the rooftop at dusk or in the afternoon to enjoy the sun or a tropical evening breeze--surrounded by the majestic Andes--is a spectacular blessing which I hope to share with you.'
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
Harbour believes the unique benefits include: -Modern loft in colonial building with direct, private access to an outdoor sitting room and rooftop sun plaza overlooking the city. All of the above, in addition to: -Cuenca central city location -Walking distances to tourist attractions, markets, medical services, governmental offices, banking, river walking, etc. -Exceptionally quiet and private location just steps from all the activity the city has to offer. -Wonderful sleeping weather (high 40s-60s) and wonderful daytime weather (60s to 70s); pleasant even during the 'rainy' season when weather is still mild and comfortable.
- Primary: +1 907 227 7110 Dave Harbour, Owner
- Secondary: +593 9848 47855 Maribel Crespo, Manager
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Entry from front door (Right) to living room from secure entry vestibule.
Dining room between kitchen and living room.
Loveseat-Convertable single bed.
Bedroom - Note doorway to secure plaza area and rooftop.
Leaving bedroom to secure plaza area.
Covered (open air) plaza with bedroom door (far left) and stairs to rooftop.
Rooftop plaza area for meals, sun bathing, relaxation.
A rooftop view, dusk.
Offering a rooftop prayer of thanks for this view and blessing!
Sunny overhead but raining on the mountains, a rooftop view.
Returning to the lower plaza and bedroom door from the rooftop.
Media Center in living room.
Looking out the secure bedroom doorway to the open air, indoor plaza.
Upstairs bath and shower.
Bedroom door (Left) to private covered plaza area. Stairs above to rooftop.
Secure area plaza, open air above first floor plaza but covered to provide shade
Owner enjoying 20 minutes of late afternoon sun.
Mountains and churches abound.
A rooftop view of the Catholic Education Center.
An inspiring rooftop view, evening.
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Date last modified - Saturday, November 30, 2013
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