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Corazon (Heart) of El Centro Apt

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

This 1200 sqft colonial apartment will keep you super comfortable during your stay in 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 properties. Be sure to look it over so you get the RIGHT FIT FOR YOU!!!

Now, about this apartment.....

Situated in an old colonial building located smack dab in the middle of El Centro. Everything you want is just steps outside your door.

- 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 a large Mercado featuring local grown fruits and vegetables plus meats and seafood.

- Lots of eateries from cheap $3 lunches to upscale restaurants.

- Pharmacies, medical/dental offices, and hospital all nearby.

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

- Nearby is a plaza lined with Otovalan vendors selling beautiful fabrics, clothing, shawls, scarves, tapestries, etc.

The apartment has been completely remodeled with new flooring, plumbing, toilets, furniture, paint, bed, etc etc.

The living room is huge, with 10ft ceilings, large L-shaped sofa, entertainment center, and large windows to let in lots of light. Enjoy the flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch (even USA TV stations!) from your laptop), or more than 100 DVD's of your choosing to play on the DVD player.

The bedroom is large with a Queen bed, full bath, and walk-in closet (rare in Cuenca!).

The kitchen is 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.

The really NOTABLE feature of this apartment is the HUGE sun room with soaring skylights! In this area, you can relax, take a nap, read a book, do laundry, or surf the Net at a work desk. When it rains, it's romance at its best to sit in the sun room and listen to the roar of the rain hitting the ceilings overhead. Also in this area a 2nd FULL bath.

Need to do laundry? No problemo as you have your own washer AND dryer (also rare here) in the apt. OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too!

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

Availability: Please consult the online calendar for dates available vs booked. 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?” If you're staying a month or more, you'll benefit from a SIGNIFICANT discount!!

FULL DISCLOSURE: This building (as is 95% in Cuenca) does not have an elevator. The apartment requires a 2-flight walk-up.


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

* Does the unit have hot water at the kitchen sink, bathroom sink (rare here), and piped to the 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 like in a college dorm room? 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 provide all the tools, gadgets, and small appliances you'll want to 'get the job done'?

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

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Dano

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for one week and it was a lovely place to call home. We were greeted at the airport and given an in-person intro to the apartment. What a spacious place! The colorful decor, bright and airy courtyard, living and dining room, bedroom with walk-in closet, & balcony made this a very easy place for one couple (& a friend who later joined us). It has plenty of amenities, including washer/dryer, microwave, large fridge, toaster oven, electric teapot, coffee maker, etc. The bed was comfortable and private, and the place clean and tidy on arrival. Also, the location is indeed very central to churches, mercado, flower market, restaurants, bakeries, main plaza, etc. We bought flowers for the apartment, ate fruit and baked goods for breakfast at home each day, & enjoyed the friendly neighbors who have the tienda downstairs and work at the dentist office. It’s an excellent value for the price and ideal if you want more independence and a sense of home.
Jan 2018
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San Blas Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • has walk-in closet and private bathoom
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis


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Corazon (Heart) of El Centro Apt
average rating of 4.733333 based on 29 reviews

Great El Centro Apartment

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just spent four months in this apartment in the heart of El Centro. It was exactly as described, and the pictures we had viewed for months in advance depicted it perfectly! We loved the location overlooking San Francisco Plaza, and enjoyed observing the daily hustle and bustle of the Otovalan vendors. Their colourful stalls and goods were always interesting and appealing. The mercado, just two blocks away, became a daily stop, for freshly squeezed orange juice, fruits and vegetables. We loved being able to wander the area, finding charming buildings to explore, restaurants and coffee shops to sample.

The apartment itself became a home away from home. The floor to ceiling windows in the living room made it bright and welcoming. As others have mentioned, the bedroom, tucked away in the back, was quiet, despite the daily busyness of the area. The walk in closet is wonderful, allowing you to unpack completely, no matter the length of your stay. Having a washer and dryer n the unit is a bonus, especially for a longterm stay. The kitchen is on the small side, but certainly manageable for many meals over the course of our stay.

Dano is a great host, there to answer questions, and look after small issues that arose, and his comprehensive "Bible" has loads of information about the area and the apartment. He went above and beyond usual duties, taking us to a local hospital when a minor "emergency" arose, and stayed to help us with the language barrier, as our Spanish was limited and did not include medical terms.

We walked and ran daily along the river, and enjoyed using the fitness equipment in Parque Paraiso. My husband joined a nearby gym, and we found yoga and tai chi lessons at a local wellness centre. All in all, it was a great way to avoid an Ontario winter!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you guys!! Gonna miss you. You were phenomenal and no stickies!! Maybe you hid one under the mattress??
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Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

Apartment is large and well furnished. All amenities you could want are provided. We were very comfortable with good sheets, towels bed etc. and the apartment is clean and tidy. location is right in the heart of Old Town close to sights, museums and lots of restaurants. The host picked us up at the bus station and gave us a comprehensive tour of the property and his large 59 page notebook of instructions and attractions proved invaluable during the stay. Communication with him via email was excellent and he responded promptly. Very good value over a hotel. Only problem was the construction noise from the plaza below. That should subside in a week or so when they begin laying the stone tiles. No fault of the host.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was located in a great area unfortunately the whole square was under construction.

  • 3 of 5

Pros: close to restaurants, stores, historical churches and many activities in the square. It is very well furnished and kitchen well equipped. Bed is comfortable. Property owner is exceptional. He will do everything possible to correct a bad situation.

Cons: construction noise from 7am til sometimes 8pm. Internet connectivity is fair at best.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clarification for those who are considering staying here: 1. The square block in front of the building is being refurbished into a new public park/plaza/open-space. All demolition was done months ago. There won't be any new structures (ie; buildings) constructed is limited to pavers, a new fountain, benches, and planters. 2. The side street, its sidewalks, and the sidewalk in front of the building are being completely refurbished as part of the over-arching project. The street is 85% done as of this writing (re-laying heritage cobblestone), and the sidewalk in front of the building is only a few days away from being finished with hand-laid marble tiles. Looks GREAT! 3. Yes, there's going to be some noise from workers and mixing cement. It generally stops when night falls which is about 6:30 - 7pm. Most guests are out and about exploring the city during the work day anyway, so it usually has little impact. In fact, several of my past guests have commented how they've enjoyed watching the changes and seeing how things are done here in Ecuador which can be QUITE DIFFERENT than back home!!! 4. Internet had not been a problem to any of my guests prior to this stay. I had the internet company out 3 times to investigate and they did not find anything wrong with the installation. However, the WiFi router was 3 1/2 years old and I was told they start to poop out at that age. But, I could not find any ADSL routers in any store in Cuenca!!! I found a used one and installed that, plus replaced each of the repeaters/range extenders with new ones. It's my belief that the problem was also exacerbated by the guest having 3-4 devices connected at the same time, plus streaming...and that all those connections and activity usurped the bandwidth...especially if a person in another apt was also connected. IF the bandwidth hits the max, no new connection can be made. In any case, I am in the process of upgrading to Fiber Optic now that FO is being rolled out in Cuenca. Dano
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Dano's Corazon Apartment - "WOW"

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Dano's Apartment 1 (Corazon) was great. It was very large, clean and well decorated.The bed was extremely us a good night's sleep each and every night. The walk in closet was a bonus, making it easy to unpack rather than living out of a suitcase. The sun room was a little chilly in the mornings but what a refreshing change from the Florida heat we left behind.

The location couldn't have been better. It was so convenient to have the craft market at our doorstep, the Park, Cathedral and flower market a block away and our favorite bakery and tienda within a few steps. A five minute walk and you were at the river....beautiful! We did a fantastic day hike in Cajas National Park and spent another amazing day at the Zoo.

Dano went above and beyond the call of duty by assisting us with transportation arrangements from Guayaquil to Cuenca. He was readily available to answer any questions we may have had, providing us with helpful advice and suggestions.

We enjoyed our Cuenca vacation tremendously and even though we were away for a month, we felt right at home in our apartment.

Thank-you, Dano

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Theresa & Dom....thanks for the AWWWESOME review! Glad you both had a great time here!!
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Great El Centro Property!

  • 5 of 5

Great location in a plaza that houses a craft market. One block from the main Park Calderon, about 5 blocks to the river. Location can not be beat! The apartment was very clean and spacious! It is technically a one bedroom, but it is big enough to take advantage of the fold out sofa. The kitchen was well equipped. I enjoyed people watching from the balcony.

Dano was readily available to answer questions and was proactively informative, an excellent host. I would recommend this to friends and family! The plaza does get quiet at night, so consider this if you expect to get home late and are planning on walking. You may want to take a taxi.


  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great visit to Cuenca over Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We spent the Christmas week in Cuenca. Dano was our host and we truly felt like his guests. This apartment is squeaky clean, spacious and nicely furnished. The kitchen has everything needed to make delicious food that you can buy at the local market. We enjoyed shopping and cooking at home -- a very welcome break from our hotel stay in Guayaquil. Best of all -- breakfast on the roof deck which is a lovely and serene spot, also well maintained with cactus plants, beautiful ceramics and colorful paint. Even thought the apartment in located right on a plaza sleeping at night was quiet and restful because the bedroom is away from the front windows. The apartment has lots of charming features and is very comfortable. It has a washer and dryer! A luxury item we probably take for granted. The location in el Centro is perfect -- so easy to walk to the river, out for coffee and to see the sights just by walking around. Dano made every effort to make our stay pleasant. Before we arrived, he helped us figure out transportation to Cuence and picked us up at the van location when we arrived. He was very responsive to all our questions and shared useful information -- like finding a place called Joe's Secret Garden where we enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner. He has a comprehensive resource book he has written over the years with detailed guidance on local restaurants, events, and insights into having an enjoyable time in Cuenca. We loved our day at the local spa -- so relaxing. His enthusiasm for the quality of life in Cuenca is so clear and it is nicely balanced by deep knowledge of the area and things to do and not to do. We felt very welcomed and safe in Cuence and look forward to a return visit and a longer stay with Dano.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ....and the Oscar for the Best Review for a stay in 2015 goes to.... (film at 11) It was great having you and making new friends. I look forward to your eventual return....soon!!!! Dano
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Museo del Banco Central
Pumapungo Museum
Amaru Zoo Cuenca

Everything is right outside your front door.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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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