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Historic District Gem

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2 (3 in a pinch)

Explore Cuenca from this modern one bedroom, one bath apartment in a renovated colonial building. Located in the historic district, you'll be walking distance of Parque Calderón (the main square), Plaza San Sebastián, Calle Larga, and the entire colonial city center.

With easy access to taxis and public transportation, this secure, centrally located apartment is a wonderful point from which to explore Cuenca. When it's time to relax with a book or a glass of wine, enjoy the covered outdoor patio or rooftop areas. Internet, DirecTV, washer/dryer, and dishwasher are available for your convenience.

With your own fully equipped kitchen, you'll be able to take advantage of the glorious array of fruits and vegetables at the nearby market. Shops, restaurants, museums, and public squares are nearby.

What makes this place special? The location, privacy, shared common areas in the building, and modern amenities. You'll also appreciate the commercial-grade fiber optic Internet connection, which you won't find in most rentals. Both WiFi and direct Ethernet connection are available.

With one queen-sized bed, the apartment works best for one or two people, but a sofabed and twin air mattress are also available.

Check-in/check-out times are enforced only if guests overlap on the same day.

More Details

Natalie D.
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

About Natalie D.

I live in the U.S., but am fascinated with South America. I hope to eventually live in Cuenca, at least part-time.

Natalie D. purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Natalie D. chose San Blas

This building was featured in the New York Times as an example of colonial buildings in Cuenca being renovated while retaining the original facade. After staying in the building on my first trip to Cuenca, I was lucky enough to find out that this apartment was for sale, and bought it. This building is special for its lovely ambiance and the comfort level: the high quality Internet connection, plentiful solar hot water, good water pressure, and modern appliances.

What makes this apartment unique

Great central location, while being just far enough from the main square to be a bit more quiet. The building is secure and has friendly occupants.


San Blas Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is modern and has a window that opens.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, nightstands, and built-in closet space with drawers. It sleeps two; in a pinch, there is also a twin air mattress that could be used in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Historic District Gem
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great location. Great apartment.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this apartment and it was everything we remembered. It's very comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your time in Cuenca. Natalie, Alejandra, and Mercedes were all helpful and accomodating. And it's in a great location - far enough away from most of the commotion but close enough to be an easy walk.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we expected and more

  • 5 of 5

Natalie's apartment is exactly as represented and communication with her and the property manager, Alexandra, insured that everything went without a hitch. The apartment is comfortable, clean, very well equipped and stocked with about anything you could want or need. In addition, it's in a perfect location in the historic city center. We couldn't have been more pleased and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Cuenca.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Met expectations

  • 4 of 5

Very clean, and well equipped. Natalie was in touch throughout to make sure all was going well and had little notes to make things easier which was appreciated, it made any adjustments seem easy. Alejandra the manager was readily available and very informative both about both apartment and area. Mercedes who cleaned apartment was very thorough, efficient and accommodating especially on day of our departure which was later in the day.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, Comfortable with all amenities. Right in the middle of Historic Cuenca!

  • 5 of 5

This adorable apartment, right on Simon Bolivar street, has everything we needed, and more!

Central location and being on Simon Bolivar made it easy to navigate the city.

Our flight was late, and the owner graciously arranged for us to be met on the street, in front of the apartment, in spite of the cool, rainy night, and the late hour.

The interior courtyard was a delight. Right off the street into this charming space on our way to the apt.

The apartment is cozy, elegantly and cleverly laid out, utilizing all space.

The kitchen had all appliances, large and small, including a dishwasher which made us VERY happy. Glassware, plenty of cookware, all the necessities.

There is a washer/dryer combination that was a bonus. Hate hunting for a laundromat!

And, should anyone feel the need to, there is also an iron and ironing board.

The furniture is comfortable and attractive. The bed large and comfy!

There was also plenty of storage for our clothing. With lots of extra linens, towels and blankets. (Coming from Costa Rica, I found the mornings nippy, The blankets welcome)

And a safe!

For us, it's a relief knowing passports and money are safely locked away.

There is a gorgeous rooftop terrace. Perfect for champagne toasting.

We ate and drank looking over the city. Stunning views.

Our two weeks went by too quickly.

As soon as we returned, we received notice we had been credited our damage deposit. The owner was right on it!

The apartment, the owner, Natalie, the manager, Alejandra, and the maid, Mercedes, all made this trip a great experience!

We'll be back.

Thank you Natalie!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jack, you two were the perfect guests and it was a pleasure to host you. You're welcome back any time!
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We have stayed here twice . Love this place

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Walking distance to the park, places to eat and shop. Quiet, secure, clean with plenty of hot water. Well stocked with everything you need for a short visit or a long stay. Natalie is wonderful. Feels like home.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything We Needed

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this apartment was perfect for us. The apartment was as described and is located in a neighborhood that worked very well for us. One of our favorite evening activities was to walk over to the plaza outside of San Sebastian and watch the families together. We had all the household items that we needed for day-to-day living. The shower was great with plenty of hot water and a washing machine and dryer were available in the apartment. At night it was very quiet and we slept well in the very comfortable bed. The property was clean and everything was in working order. The property manager Alejandra was extremely helpful and easy to contact if needed. During our stay the apartment was carefully and thoroughly cleaned by Mercedes. Though we did not meet the owner in person, we were able to contact her easily by email as well. Because of the uncertainty of flying out of Cuenca (Tame won't fly if it is raining), Alejandra set up a private driver to take us to Guayaquil so that we might fly to Quito from there. A great driver and a fun easy alternative. Alejandra also had helpful information for us when one of us became ill. We would definitely stay in the apartment again and recommend it to family or friends. It was everything that we wanted and needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Mariscal Lamar Airport (CUE)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Café San Sebas
Car: not necessary

Winner of Outside Magazine's 2014 Travel Awards for 'Best Adventure Hub,' Cuenca has something for everyone, whether heading to the Cajas National Park or staying in the colonial center of town. Cuenca has numerous museums, restaurants, markets, and architectural delights. Bus tours depart from the main square, and the biggest challenge is deciding what to.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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